TOMBALL, Texas – Lone Star College-Tomball’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program has been reaccredited through 2027.
“We’re very excited about this,” said Dr. Terra Ruppert, director of LSC-Tomball’s OTA program. “We had our onsite reaccreditation visit by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) in February where we received a 10-year reaccreditation status. We had numerous areas of strength that were identified during that process.”
ACOTE currently accredits 397 occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational programs in the United States and its territories.
“Our OTA graduates have a 100 percent pass rate on their national board exam (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy), which has happened for the past several years,” Stephanie Johnston, Fieldwork coordinator/professor pointed out.
Tom Lescarbeau, the interim dean who oversaw LSC-Tomball’s OTA program during their reaccreditation visit, stressed that LSC-Tomball is proud to provide the community with this outstanding programs.
“As evidenced by the recent reaccreditation of our Occupational Therapy Assistant program, the faculty and staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best instruction and practical experiences the profession has to offer,” Lescarbeau said, before adding, “Our state-of-the-art facilities ensure each student is well prepared for real-world experiences. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program went through the reaccreditation process without any areas of noncompliance.”
Being reaccredited without having any areas of noncompliance wasn’t a surprise to LSC-Tomball’s Vice President of Instruction Dr. Quentin Wright.
"In all of my years of observing and working on reaccreditation processes, I have never seen a program as prepared for reaccreditation as the occupational therapy team,” Wright said. “The self-study report submitted was thorough and well-structured and the accommodations for the reviewers were well planned. As noted by the reviewers, the reaccreditation process only proved what we already know---the LSC-Tomball Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is top notch."
Lone Star College-Tomball is located at 35000 Tomball Parkway, at the intersection of SH 249 and Zion Road. For more information about the college, call 281.351.3300 or visit LoneStar.edu/Tomball.