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Will Entry Level Degrees Change for OT’s and OTA’s?
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
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GOTA Information Session:

Will Entry Level Degrees Change for OT’s and OTA’s?  

Come to an information session on history, pros and cons surrounding this complex issue
Come provide your feedback before the RA votes at AOTA in April
Where: Brenau University, Norcross Campus, 3139 Campus Drive, Norcross, GA 30071
When: Saturday, March 23, Time: 10 a.m. -12 p.m.
 Speaker: Audrey Gargiullo, MS, OTR/L, Georgia Representative to AOTA Representative Assembly


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AOTA Representative Assembly is engaging in discussions and actions which could change entry level degree standards for both OT’s and OTA’s in the future.  Currently we have two entry levels for both degrees.

OTA: Associates or Bachelors

OT: Masters or Doctorate

Your RA will be voting at our next meeting, 4/03-4/04/19, which takes place at the AOTA national meeting in New Orleans, on whether to remain dual entry level point for each degree or recommend going to one entry level point for one or both degrees.

Link for RA Agenda for the Spring 2019 Meeting (Must be AOTA Member to See)



There is a long history surrounding this topic.  Below are some of the links where you can read more:

Information from Special Task Force Studying Possible Changes to Entry Level Degree Requirements for OT and OTA





Additional Information:

https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/BOD/ACOTE-Mandate-Background-Materials.aspx   https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/BOD/FAQs-ACOTE-Mandate.aspx

A survey to share your thoughts and viewpoints on the issue sent out soon from AOTA to all members.   I will be presenting locally on this topic in March, more information to come. Come to hear some of the background about this issue, the pros and cons and complicating factors of the issue and what may change.  Come give your feedback before this important decision is decided.

Thank you,

Audrey Gargiullo, MS, OTR/L

Georgia Representative to RA

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