Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4 credits – The first of a two-semester sequence especially designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring an in-depth undergraduate transfer course. The course focuses on the interdependent relationships between the structure and functions of body systems and the ways these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure the survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include levels of organization, the chemistry of life, support/movement, integration/control, and coordination. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab and BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab with a grade of C or better

BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4 credits – The second of a two-semester sequence designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields or wishing an in-depth undergraduate transfer course in the biological sciences. The course focuses on interdependent relationships between the structures and functions of body systems and the way these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include systems associated with circulation, maintenance, elimination, and continuity. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab

CSC110 Introduction to Computers

3 credits – An introductory course in electronic information processing and information system management designed to provide the students with a general understanding of computer hardware and software and the facility to use this knowledge in the creation and management of useful information. Students will be given hands-on experience with operating system, word processing, database management, presentation and spreadsheet software. Exposure to and use of the Internet, including security and privacy concerns, is an integral part of the course. Basic computer literacy is expected for students entering this course.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

A minimum grade of 'C' in RDG039 College Preparatory Reading II or appropriate Compass score.

Other Requirements: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences

2 credits – This course presents the foundation necessary to develop a basic medical terminology vocabulary. Emphasis on the components of terms as related to each body system will be provided. The course further provides the student with the opportunity to properly spell, pronounce, and utilize medical terms. The utilization of a medical dictionary will also be a focus.

Lecture Hours: 32

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

OTA101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the key concepts of occupational therapy as a health and wellness profession. The roles of occupational therapy in a range of traditional and emerging health care, community-based, and education settings are explored. Foundational and philosophical concepts, professional ethics, and the emergence of occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant roles are investigated. Students will participate in activities to guide them in developing an understanding of the occupational therapy process and the skills needed by a healthcare professional.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: Acceptance into Phase 2 of Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Course Fee: $278.00

OTA102 Human Movement and Occupation

3 credits – Study of the interrelationship between the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, and musculoskeletal system and analysis of functional movement required for engagement in occupation. Formal and informal biomechanical assessment methodologies are presented. Students will gain skill in utilizing assessment data for the occupational therapy process in collaboration with the occupational therapist.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: Admission to Phase II of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

OTA103 Task Analysis

3 credits – The development and emergence of human occupational performance throughout the lifespan is examined by exploring areas of occupation, occupational roles, habits and routines. Students will learn to analyze occupational tasks and functional activity demands, grade and adapt activities, and build the basic skills necessary for teaching therapeutic activities to meet the needs of occupational therapy consumers, either individually or in groups. Emphasis will be placed on the use of occupation-based media as a means of understanding a client’s cognitive and functional performance. The significance of context and environment will also be explored in relationship to program planning and implementation of therapeutic interventions. Additional topics include an introduction to note writing and goal development.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: Admission to Phase II of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

OTA104 Assistive Tech and EM

2 credits – An introduction to the role of assistive technology and environmental modification used to facilitate occupational performance. Topics will include: determination of need, selection of and instruction in use of assistive technology and/or environmental modification, low vs. high tech equipment options, and assessment of client safety during occupational performance.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: Admission to Phase II of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Course Fee: $42.00

OTA201 Pediatrics and Occupation

3 credits – The first in a sequence of courses addressing conditions causing disruption of occupational behaviors, skills, and life roles in humans throughout the lifespan. This course presents occupational and developmental frameworks for understanding the occupational nature of infants and children through the adolescent period, their families and caregivers. Means of applying the occupational therapy process by the occupational therapy assistant is studied within the contexts of a variety of disorders, conditions, and circumstances affecting this period of human development.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: Admission to Phase II of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

OTA202 Pediatric OTA Skills

3 credits – Structured experiential learning will provide opportunities for the student to solidify knowledge, develop and practice professional skills and behaviors utilized in the occupational therapy process with infants and children through the adolescent period and their families in a variety of settings.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: Admission to Phase II of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Course Fee: $0.00

OTA203 Level I Fieldwork A

2 credits – Students will be participant-observers in settings providing occupational therapy services to children and/or adolescents. Emphasis will be placed on development of professional work habits and supervisory collaboration.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: Admission to Phase II of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Course Fee: $470.00

OTA301 Adult Conditions and Occupation

4 credits – The second in a sequence of courses, that addresses adult conditions causing disruption of occupational behaviors, skills and life roles in humans throughout the lifespan. This course present theoretical frameworks and models for understanding the occupational nature of early to middle adulthood at home, at work, and in the community. Approaches to applying the occupational process by the occupational therapy assistant is studied within the contexts of a variety of disorders, conditions, and circumstances affecting this period of human development.

Lecture Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of "C" in OTA201 Pediatrics & Occupation.

Course Fee: $205.00

OTA302 Physical OTA Skills

3 credits – Structured experiential learning will provide opportunities for the student to solidify knowledge, develop and practice professional behaviors utilized in the occupational therapy process for individuals experiencing disruption in motor and sensory-perceptual abilities needed for adaptive occupational performance.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of "C" in OTA102 Human Movement & Occupation.

Course Fee: $205.00

OTA303 Psychosocial OTA Skills

3 credits – Structured experiential learning will provide opportunities for the student to solidify knowledge, develop and practice professional skills and behaviors utilized in the occupational therapy process for individuals experiencing disruption in social, emotional and interactional abilities needed for adaptive occupational performance. Both individual and group intervention strategies are explored.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of "C" in OTA202 Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant Skills.

OTA304 Level I Fieldwork B

2 credits – Students will be participant-observers in settings providing occupational therapy services to adult consumers. Emphasis will be placed on development of professional work habits and supervisory collaboration.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of "C" in OTA203 Level I Fieldwork A.

OTA401 Elders and Occupation

2 credits – The third in a sequence of courses addressing conditions causing disruption of occupational behaviors, skills and life roles in humans throughout the lifespan. This course presents theoretical frameworks and models for understanding the occupational nature of late adulthood at home, at work, and in the community. Approaches to applying the occupational therapy process by the occupational therapy assistant is studied within the context of a variety of disorders, conditions, and circumstances affecting this period of human development.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of "C" in OTA201 Pediatrics & Occupation.

OTA402 OTA Skills for Elders

2 credits – Structured experiential learning will provide opportunities for the student to solidify knowledge, develop and practice professional skills and behaviors utilized in the occupational therapy process with elder consumers in a variety of settings.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of "C" in OTA103 Task Analysis.

Course Fee: $220.00

OTA501 Professional Practice for OTA

3 credits – This course speaks to the management and service roles of the occupational therapy assistant, as well as ongoing responsibilities of a career as an occupational therapy healthcare professional. Active learning strategies requiring student interdependence serve to prepare the student to transition to the final portion of the program - fieldwork education.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of "C" in OTA101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy.

Course Fee: $675.00

OTA502 Level II Fieldwork A

5 credits – The first of two courses consisting of 8 weeks of full time community-based clinical education. Students will participate in the delivery of occupational therapy services, in collaboration and with supervision from a currently licensed or credentialed occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. They will work with individuals at different point of the lifespan, experiencing disruption of occupational performance.
CO-OP Hours: 320

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in all of the following courses:

  • OTA301 Adult Conditions & Occupation
  • OTA302 Physical Occupational Therapy Assistant Skills
  • OTA303 Psychosocial Occupational Therapy Assistant Skills
  • OTA304 Level I Fieldwork B
  • OTA401 Elders & Occupation
  • OTA402 Occupational Therapy Assistant Skills for Elders
  • OTA501 Professional Practice for Occupational Therapy Assistant

OTA503 Level II Fieldwork B

5 credits – The second of two courses consisting of eight weeks of full time community-based clinical education. Students will participate in the delivery of occupational therapy services, in collaboration and with supervision from a currently licensed or credentialed occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. They will work with individuals at different points of the lifespan, experiencing disruption of occupational performance.
CO-OP Hours: 320

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in OTA502 Level II Fieldwork A.

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY121 Developmental Psychology

3 credits – This course presents a life span, developmental approach to the study of the developing person that identifies the behavioral dynamics of the physical, cognitive, social, and affective domains of development with a view to the impact of family, school, and community.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY241 Abnormal Psychology

3 credits – This course is a survey of the major classifications of psychological disorders. Emphasis will be on theoretical perspectives, descriptions of disorders, and therapeutic approaches.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC205 Diversity in America

3 credits – This course is an introduction to the sociological study of majority-minority group relations. Focus will be on the basic concepts such as groups, intergroup relations, power, prejudice, and discrimination, as well as social understanding, tolerance, and acceptance. A wide assortment of minority groups, including women, racial, ethnic, the physically and mentally disabled, homosexuals, religious groups, the elderly and the young, and those singled out for their lower socio-economic status will be considered.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

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Candace Croft
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