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Occupational Therapy Assistant Course Descriptions

OTA 110  Fundamentals of OT

This course introduces occupational therapy theory, practices, philosophies, and principles. Emphasis is on providing a basic understanding of the profession as well as beginning to develop interaction and observation skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate basic understanding of occupational therapy practice options, uniform terminology, activity analysis, principles, process, philosophies, and frames of reference.

OTA student

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program

Corequisite: BIO 168, ACA 122, and demonstration of computer competency

OTA 110 Course Outline

OTA 120  OT Media I

This course provides training in recognizing the therapeutic value of and in using a wide variety of leisure, self-care, and work activities. Topics include crafts, games, personal care and work activities as well as teaching and learning methods and styles. Upon completion, students should be able to design, select, and complete/perform leisure, self-care, and work activities that would be therapeutic for designated client populations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program

Corequisite: OTA 110

OTA 120 Course Outline

OTA 130  Assessment Skills

This course provides training in appropriate and accurate assessment and intervention skills related to sensory, movement, perceptual/cognitive, affective systems, and ADL skills. Topics include kinesiology, body mechanics, sensory, ROM, MMT, cognitive/perceptual, psychosocial, self-care, and work-related assessments; treatment approaches; and basics of group structure and dynamics. Upon completion, students should be able to administer various assessment tools and appropriate treatment approaches regarding sensation, movement, perception/cognition, affect, self-care, and work-related skills.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: BIO 168, OTA 120, OTA 140

Corequisite: OTA 110

OTA 130 Course Outline

OTA 140  Professional Skills I

This course introduces the roles and responsibilities of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapists Registered in occupational therapy practice and facilitates development of observation, documentation, and therapeutic use of self skills. Topics include Code of Ethics, roles and responsibilities, credentialing and licensing, documentation, therapeutic use of self and professional identity/behavior, supervisory relationships, time management, and observation skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate ethical behavior; discriminate between role and responsibilities of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapists Registered; and participate in acceptable supervision, documentation, and scheduling.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program

Corequisite: OTA 110

OTA 140 Course Outline

OTA 150  Life Span Skills I

This course is designed to use knowledge gained from PSY 241 as it applies to occupational therapy practice from birth to adolescence. Topics include review of normal growth and development, identification and discussion of common disabilities and delays, assessment, treatment planning, and intervention approaches used with these populations. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and use assessments, screenings, and interventions for infants through adolescents for selected disabilities and developmental delays in various settings.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: BIO 169,OTA 130

Corequisites: PSY 241, OTA 163 and OTA 170

OTA 150 Course Outline

OTA 161  Fieldwork I - Placement 1

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance and direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisites: OTA 120, OTA 140

Corequisite: OTA 130, OTA 170

 OTA 161 Course Outline

OTA 162  Fieldwork I - Placement 2

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance and direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisites: OTA 120 and OTA 140

Corequisite: OTA 130, OTA 180

OTA 162 Course Outline

OTA 163  Fieldwork I - Placement 3

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance and direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisites: OTA 120 and OTA 140

Corequisite: OTA 130

OTA 163 Course Outline

OTA 164  Fieldwork I - Placement 4

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance and direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 3

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisites: OTA 120 and OTA 140

Corequisite: OTA 130, OTA 250

OTA 164 Course Outline

OTA 170  Physical Dysfunction

This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for working with individuals experiencing varied medical and physical conditions within their socioeconomic and cultural environments. Topics include medical terminology, common diagnoses, structures, and functions that change with disease processes, assessment and treatment priorities for specific problems and conditions, treatment planning, and intervention. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize common symptoms, prioritize problems, and provide for patient safety and infection control when planning and implementing treatment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: BIO 168, BIO 169

Corequisite: OTA 130, OTA 161

OTA 170 Course Outline

OTA 180  Psychosocial Dysfunction

This course uses theories and principles related to psychological/psychiatric health and illnesses as well as provides training in assessing and treating symptoms of dysfunction and therapeutic use of self and groups. Topics include psychiatric illnesses, symptoms of dysfunction, assessment and treatment of individuals, planning and facilitating therapeutic groups, client safety, and psychosocial aspects of practice. Upon completion, students should be able to plan effectively and conduct individual and group treatment for client conditions related to psychosocial dysfunction recognizing temporal, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: PSY 281

Corequisite: OTA 130

OTA 180 Course Outline

OTA 220  OT Media II

This course provides training in appropriate and accurate assessment and intervention skills related to orthotics, prosthetics, assistive devices, environmental controls, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues. Topics include ergonomics and hand function, splint selection/fabrication, changes that improve access for persons with disabilities, use of modalities in treatment, and computers in occupational therapy intervention. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in fabricationg and monitoring orthotic devices, constructing and modifying assistive devices, using ADA guidelines, and using computers for therapeutic purposes.

Course Hours Per Week: Class,1; Lab, 6; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: OTA 120, OTA 130 and OTA 170

Corequisite: None

OTA 220 Course Outline

OTA 240  Professional Skills II

This course builds upon and expands skills developed in OTA 140 with emphasis on documentation, supervisory relationships, involvement in the profession, and clinical management skills. Topics include clarification of roles and responsibilities, detailed examination of the supervisory process, professional participation in organizations, and the mechanics of assisting in clinic operations. Upon completion, students should be able to work effectively with a supervisor, plan and implement a professional activity, and perform routine clinic management tasks.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: OTA 140

Corequisite: None

OTA 240 Course Outline

OTA 245  Professional Skills III

This course provides preparation for Fieldwork II experiences using skills and knowledge gained in OTA 140 and OTA 240 to promote integration into the professional community. Topics include interview skills, résumé production, conflict resolution, professional presentations, participation in research activities, and completion of all forms required for Fieldwork II. Upon completion, students should be able to complete independently employment-seeking activities and provide in-service training.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: OTA 240

Corequisite: None

OTA 245 Course Outline

OTA 250  Life Span Skills II

This course uses knowledge gained from PSY 241 as it applies to occupational therapy practice from young adulthood through old age. Emphasis is on identification and discussion of common disabilities and chronic diseases, assessments, planning and interventions used with these populations, and activity programming. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and use assessments, interventions, and activities for adults with selected disabilities and losses in various settings.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: OTA 130

Corequisites: PSY 241, OTA 170, OTA 180 and OTA 164

OTA 250 Course Outline

OTA 260  Fieldwork II - Placement 1

This course provides clinical experience under the direct supervision of experienced Occupational Therapist Registered or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant personnel working in various practice settings. Emphasis is on final clinical preparation for entry-level practice in the profession. Upon completion, students should be able to meet all critical competencies established by the curriculum and the American Occupational Therapy Association guidelines for entry-level practice.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 18

Semester Hours Credit: 6

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all required OTA curriculum courses except OTA 261 and OTA 280.

Corequisite: This course must be completed within 18 months of the completion of all other OTA course work.

OTA 260 Course Outline

OTA 261  Fieldwork II - Placement 2

This course provides clinical experience under the direct supervision of experienced Occupational Therapist Registered or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant personnel working in various practice settings. Emphasis is on final clinical preparation for entry-level practice in the profession. Upon completion, students should be able to meet all critical competencies established by the curriculum and the American Occupational Therapy Association guidelines for entry-level practice.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 18

Semester Hours Credit: 6

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all required OTA curriculum courses except OTA 260 and OTA 280.

Corequisite: This course must be completed within 18 months of the completion of all other OTA course work.

OTA 261 Course Outline

OTA 280  Professional Transitions

This course provides closure to the educational program following Fieldwork II placements. Emphasis is on portfolio development and presentation, program evaluation, Fieldwork II experience analysis and synthesis, and final preparation for the certification examination. Upon completion, students should be able to enter the occupational therapy work force with supportive documentation demonstrating progress toward meeting critical competencies set forth by the curriculum.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 2; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: OTA 260 or OTA 261

Corequisite: Enrollment in either OTA 260 or OTA 261

OTA 280 Course Outline
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