Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Year: 2016–2017

Semester 1 – Fall

BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

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. To be applicable to any health career program, successful completion of both BIO-168 and BIO-173 with a grade of ?C? or better is required.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

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

Prerequisite(s): 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.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits—Composition I 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

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate COMPASS scores or equivalent.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

HSC113 Medical Terminology

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 in relation to pathological conditions, tests, and procedures. Common medical abbreviations will also be discussed for each system.

Lecture Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in MAT063 or equivalent COMPASS score.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 2 – Spring

BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in BIO168.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions

2 credits—This course introduces the student to the healthcare system and provides an opportunity to explore a wide variety of health careers/professions. Students will explore ethical and legal responsibilities within the healthcare system including expectations for professional behavior. This course will allow for certification in common healthcare requirements.

Lecture Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PSY241 Abnormal Psychology

3 credits—Survey of the major classifications of psychological disorders. Emphasis will be on theoretical perspectives, descriptions of disorders, and therapeutic approaches.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): PSY111

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology -OR-

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

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SOC205 Diversity in America

3 credits—Introduction to the sociological study of group relations in the United States. Basic concepts such as culture, groups, inequality, prejudice and discrimination will be explored. Focus will be on class, race, and gender, however other statuses (such as sexual orientation, religion, age, and abilities) will also be discussed. Students will gain a better understanding of the relationship between individuals and society, as well as the experiences of minority groups.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

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

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 3 – Summer

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

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Phase II of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $585.50

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

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Phase II of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Phase II of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $549.00

Semester 4 – Fall

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA102, OTA103, and OTA104.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA102, OTA103, and OTA104.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $730.50

OTA203 Level I Fieldwork Pediatrics

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 Co-op Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA102, OTA103, and OTA104.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $590.00

OTA204 Pediatric Psychosocial Conditions and Occupations

1 credits—The first in a sequence of courses addressing psychosocial 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 mental health disorders, conditions, and circumstances affecting this period of human development.

Lecture Hours: 16

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA102, OTA103, and OTA104.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $168.50

OTA311 Adult Psychosocial Conditions and Occupations

2 credits—The second in a sequence of courses addressing psychosocial 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 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 psychosocial disorders and conditions, and circumstances affecting this period of human development.

Lecture Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA201, OTA202, OTA203, and OTA204.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

OTA312 Adult Psychosocial OTA Skills

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 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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA201, OTA202, OTA203, and OTA204.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $557.00

OTA313 Level I Fieldwork Psychosocial

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

Co-op Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA201, OTA202, OTA203, and OTA204.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $168.50

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 the student to transcend from a student to entry level practitioner.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA201, OTA202, OTA203, and OTA204.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 5 – Spring

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA311, OTA312, OTA313, and OTA501.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $688.50

OTA310 Adult Physical Conditions and Occupations

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

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA311, OTA312, OTA313, and OTA501.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA311, OTA312, OTA313, and OTA501.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA311, OTA312, OTA313, and OTA501.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $337.00

OTA403 Level I Fieldwork Physical Dysfunction

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

Co-op Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA311, OTA312, OTA313, and OTA501.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $168.50

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

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA310, OTA302, OTA401, OTA402, and OTA403.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $977.50

Semester 6 – Summer

OTA503 Level II Fieldwork B

5 credits—The second 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 points of the lifespan, experiencing disruption of occupational performance.

Co-op Hours: 320

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in OTA502.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $842.50

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
319-296-4013
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Program Advisor

Cindy Koehn
Health Education and Services Center 228
319-296-2329 ext.1195
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Program Chair

Booker Johnson
Health Education and Services Center 228C
319-296-2329 ext.4013
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Dean

Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 173
319-296-4457
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