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Accreditation news and updates from
The Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant Education Accreditation Program
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MAY 2016
Hi Everyone,
I hope you are all enjoying the lovely spring weather as many of you prepare to send off another graduating class to rewarding careers.

We have a lot to share with you in this first edition of What’s New.  We hope you will find this new format to be user-friendly and informative.  We would appreciate your feedback and content suggestions for future newsletters. In this addition, we are excited to share our new
Strategic Plan, changes to Policies and Procedures, information about our upcoming Education Session, and more.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you.  Any and all questions are welcome!

Sincerely,
Amanda Walton
Program Manager
ACCREDITATION UPDATES
Congratulations to the following programs who were awarded accreditation status this spring:
  • Collège Boréal - Programme Assistant de l'ergothérapeute et Assistant du physiothérapeute  
  • SAIT Polytechnic - Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant Program
Congratulations to the following program who was granted Candidacy Status this winter:
  • Red Deer College - Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant Program
Click here for a full list of our Affiliated Programs
POLICY UPDATES
The following key documents have been approved or revised.  Please read through this information in order to be fully informed about all new and revised policies. 
ACC-14 Candidacy Status
NEW
This policy was created to formalize the parameters around applying and being granted candidacy status (previously in guideline format only rather than in policy), and includes the parameters around voluntary withdrawal.
ACC-09 Disclosure
REVISED
This policy was revised to align with ACC-15 Voluntary Withdrawal from Accreditation.
ACC-15 Voluntary Withdrawal from Accreditation Process
NEW
This policy provides clear requirements for notifying students, faculty, and staff should a program choose to voluntarily withdraw from the accreditation process. It also addresses fee payment.
View All our Policies & Procedures
Politiques et procédures
2016 ANNUAL EDUCATION SESSION
Accreditation as a Quality Improvement Initiative
June 1, 2016 - Vancouver BC
This event is open to all affiliated programs, as well as to programs interested in learning more about our accreditation program and how it can complement quality improvement initiatives.
View Details and Register Here
QUESTION FROM AN EDUCATION PROGRAM -  PROGRAM EVALUATION
"We need to better understand Standard 4. We have program evaluation surveys in place, but what else should we be doing? Can you help?"
Find the Answer
ROLE EMERGING CLINICAL PLACEMENTS & ACCREDITATION
Dedicated members of our Joint Accreditation Committee (JAC) have been working hard to provide guidelines around role emerging clinical placements, and how their hours can be included in the Criterion 3.4 fieldwork hours requirements for the accreditation of OTA & PTA education programs.  
View GUIDE-12 Role Emerging Placements
UPDATE: THE T-RES PROJECT
The T-Res Summary Report and Recommendations were finalized this winter.  They were reviewed and approved by the Boards of CAOT and PEAC last month and both organizations are committed to implementing the recommendations.  The OTA & PTA EAP will be working towards implementation in the coming months and more information will follow soon. The report details the study results and offers six key recommendations. Special thank you to all who contributed to this project.
View the Full T-Res Report & Recommendations
OTA & PTA EAP STRATEGIC PLAN
Following an engaging Strategic Planning Session in October 2015, and with representatives from several stakeholder groups, we successfully finalized a 3-year Strategic Plan that has now been endorsed by the Boards of CAOT and PEAC.  Thank you once again to all who provided such valuable input through the survey and during our planning session.  We value your ongoing commitment to optimizing the contribution of OTA & PTAs to the health and wellness of Canadians through the advancement of quality education.
View a Summary of the OTA & PTA EAP Strategic Plan
QUESTION - SHOULD I CONSIDER BECOMING A PEER REVIEWER?
Have you ever wondered what it might be like be part of a Peer Review Team?  While the accreditation process is intense, the benefits to you personally and professionally cannot be understated. You will return to your workplace with a significant knowledge of accreditation to share:
 
"This was an exceptional professional development experience and opportunity.  I would not hesitate to recommend this opportunity to develop skills in accreditation review." - PRT member

Learn more about what it’s like to be a PRT member at our June 1st Education Session, featuring a presentation by Cassie Prochnau, faculty member at MacEwan University and recent PRT member.
Learn More About Becoming a Peer Reviewer
QUESTIONS?
Amanda Walton, OTA & PTA EAP Program Manager is available to answer questions about all aspects of our accreditation program. Whether you have questions about about applying for candidacy status, or what is involved in becoming a Peer Review Team member; do not hesitate to ask.
 
By Phone: (226) 636-0632 extension 103
Or by Email: amanda.walton@otapta.ca
If you have comments about this newsletter or suggestions for future topics, please email: adminassist@otapta.ca
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