Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 82
Program Start: Fall only

Phase I – Foundational Coursework

Phase I Notes

  • Students are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking Phase I courses.

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for Phase I with no lower than a:

    • "B" in BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab,
    • "B" in BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab, and
    • "C" in any individual Phase I general education course.
  • BIO168 and BIO173 must have been completed within the last five years of starting Phase II, unless waived by the program chair.

2017–2018 Suggested Sequence of Study

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student.

When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation/Degree Audit to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

General Education courses
Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite. See the course description for more details.

Semester 1 – Fall
BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 $674.00
CSC110 Introduction to Computers 3 $505.50
ENG105 Composition I 3 $505.50
HSC113 Medical Terminology 2 $337.00
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts 3 $505.50
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $505.50

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Total Credits 18
Semester 2 – Spring
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 $674.00
HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions 2 $337.00
PSY121 Developmental Psychology 3 $505.50
PSY241 Abnormal Psychology 3 $505.50
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology -OR- 3 $505.50
SOC205 Diversity in America 3 $505.50
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $505.50

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Total Credits 18

Phase II – Technical Courses and Clinical Experience

Phase II Notes

  • Phase II must be completed at full-time status.

  • Students will complete Phase II in approximately 12 months.

  • Before students can begin Phase II they must complete the Phase II admissions process.

  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all of their Phase II coursework. Less than a “C”, which is less than 75%, is considered failing.

    Students may not progress with other course work until a failed course is retaken.

    Students may only fail one Phase II course; failing more than one course will be grounds for dismissal from the program.

Failing one or more courses will be grounds for dismissal from the program.

Clinical Experience Requirements

Clinical experiences are completed off-campus. Sites may be local, in-state, or out-of-state and students are very likely to travel at least 2-3 hours away from campus for at least one placement to complete their fieldwork requirement. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical education, as well as any associated uniform and housing costs. Students will not be allowed to select specific sites for clinical education, but may make requests for special needs or geographical locations. Placement at sites will be dependent up the availability of supervisors.

Participation in clinical education requires:

  1. Criminal background, urinalysis testing, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, sex offender, and adult/dependent abuse background checks are required prior to the first day of Phase II courses. A negative finding of the background check may limit and/or exclude you from participation in clinical education (fieldwork) component, thus your eligibility for program completion/graduation would be compromised. If you have a negative finding, you can go through the NBCOT Early Determination & Character Review. NBCOT states “To ensure that occupational therapy practitioners meet standards of professional conduct prior to entering the profession, all applicants for certification are required to provide information and documentation related to affirmative responses to character questions on the examination application. - See more at: http://www.nbcot.org/character-review-process#sthash.893065du.dpuf

  2. Students are required to complete CPR, HIPPA, First Aid, Mandatory Reporting, OSHA training prior to the first day of clinical course work. This training is part of HSC108 Intro to Health Professions.

  3. Current physical exam and updated immunizations are required, including current hepatitis B series (unless signs waiver), MMR, and current tetanus. Polio and meningitis are also recommended. Current 2-step TB test results are required. This must be recorded on the Hawkeye Community College Student Health and Immunization Record form prior to the first day of Phase II courses.

    Physical and immunizations must be up to date and maintained until the following August and/or completion of all fieldwork. Failure to do so will disrupt fieldwork placement and jeopardize your position in the program.

A dress code for clinical education exists and may be dictated by the clinical site.

Semester 3 – Summer
OTA102 Human Movement and Occupation 3 $585.50
OTA103 Task Analysis 3 $505.50
OTA104 Assistive Tech and EM 2 $549.00

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Total Credits 8
Semester 4 – Fall
OTA201 Pediatrics and Occupation * 3 $505.50
OTA202 Pediatric OTA Skills * 3 $730.50
OTA203 Level I Fieldwork Pediatrics * 2 $590.00
OTA204 Pediatric Psychosocial Conditions and Occupations * 1 $168.50
OTA311 Adult Psychosocial Conditions and Occupations ** 2 $337.00
OTA312 Adult Psychosocial OTA Skills ** 2 $557.00
OTA313 Level I Fieldwork Psychosocial ** 1 $168.50
OTA501 Professional Practice for OTA ** 3 $505.50

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Total Credits 17
* First 8 weeks
**Second 8 weeks
Semester 5 – Spring
OTA302 Physical OTA Skills * 3 $688.50
OTA310 Adult Physical Conditions and Occupations * 3 $505.50
OTA401 Elders and Occupation * 2 $337.00
OTA402 OTA Skills for Elders * 2 $337.00
OTA403 Level I Fieldwork Physical Dysfunction * 1 $168.50
OTA502 Level II Fieldwork A ** 5 $977.50

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Total Credits 16
* First 8 weeks
**Second 8 weeks
Semester 6 – Summer
OTA503 Level II Fieldwork B 5 $842.50

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Total Credits 5

Course Cost Calculation:
2016–2017 resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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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.1255
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Student Success Specialist

Darla Palmer
Health Education and Services Center 205
319-296-2329 ext.1223
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Pre-Health Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
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Student Success Specialist: Pre-Health

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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