FARMINGTON — The San Juan College Occupational Therapist Assistant program will host an opening celebration and ribbon cutting on Friday.

The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting at noon in Room 55338 of the Health and Human Performance Center. After the ribbon cutting, tours of the program's classrooms and facilities will be given from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

Occupational Therapist Assistant program staff and current students will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the program during the tours. The program began classes in August 2013 and will continue admitting new students through a three-step accreditation process with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

The first step of the process was to submit a candidacy application, and the second step includes admitting students and submitting a complete self-study.

The program has completed step one and has also submitted its self-study to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. The final step will involve an on-site evaluation from accreditation evaluators.

The program is a joint effort between San Juan College and San Juan Regional Medical Center.

Completing an accredited Occupational Therapist Assistant program allows graduates to take a national certification exam. When certified, they can obtain their state license and work in hospitals, nursing homes and school districts, as well as home health and rehab center environments. They will work under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

For more information about the program and the ceremony, call the Occupational Therapist Assistant office at 505-566-3849.