The mission of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is to provide a strong foundation in the skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level occupational therapy assistant practice competencies. It also would like to provide an opportunity to understand the occupation in its fullest definition as the way humans translate action into meaning. We would like to foster the recognition of diversity as one way this process occurs, both within the student population and in potential patients/clients. We would like to provide the necessary skills, resources, and learning environments that motivate and encourage a sense of self efficacy and responsibility for the continuance of learning throughout life. Finally, we would like to provide a nurturing and humanistic environment that demonstrates respect for the quality of the individual and provides for the development of the student's personal and academic growth; and therefore, for the patient/client for whom they will offer care.