Course Descriptions

Select a subject area to view course descriptions

Course Descriptions

Occupational Therapy Course Descriptions

OTA 100   Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Assistant I ...   4

Prerequisites: BIO 240/243, ENG 101

Acceptance in the OTA Program. Introduction to occupational therapy, including its history, philosophy, and practice base in relation to treatment in psychosocial dysfunction, physical disabilities, and developmental pediatrics. Theories guiding occupational therapy practice, values and ethics of the profession. Exploration of oral and written communication skills. Overview of occupational therapy process and the OTA role in screening, assessment, treatment planning, treatment implementation, and discharge. Examination of role of occupational therapy personnel in variety of treatment settings, including concepts related to client-practitioner interaction and communication and the importance of collaboration with clients, caregivers, and other health care professionals. Level I Fieldwork opportunities to apply basic occupational therapy principles and techniques and observe roles of OTs and other allied health professionals. Four lecture hours and three hours per week. Level I fieldwork beginning week six for six weeks.

Corequisites: Suggested Corequisites: BIO 270/271, CPT 103, ENG 115 or ENG 125, OTA 103.

OTA 102   Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Assistant II ...   3

Prerequisites: OTA 100

Introduction of beginning skills in occupational therapy treatment in psychosocial dysfunction. Major theories guiding occupational therapy practice in psychosocial treatment and their application to sensory motor, psychosocial, and cognitive development through the life span. Emphasis on group leadership and facilitation, development of communication and observation skills, and use of self as a therapeutic modality. Examination of issues related to death and dying. Exploration of occupational therapy process of assessment, treatment planning and treatment implementation and discontinuation of intervention in relation to psychosocial practice issues and concerns. Discussion of concepts of psychosocial intervention with other areas of practice. Role of the OTA in prevention, health maintenance, and quality of life of the individual with psychosocial dysfunction. Three lecture hours.

Corequisites: OTA 112, OTA 104/114, OTA 207/217

OTA 103   Adaptive Activities I ...   2

Prerequisites: BIO 240/243, ENG 101.

Acceptance into the OTA program. Use of activities in occupational therapy with primary emphasis on the performance area of play/leisure including, those that address sensory motor, cognitive, and psychosocial performance components. Introduction to common therapeutic media used in OT practice. Introduction to acquisition of basic skills, concepts of activity analysis, instruction of individuals and groups, problem-solving, equipment maintenance, and cost and supply factors. Four lab hours per week.

Corequisites: Suggested Corequisites : BIO 270/271, CPT 103, ENG 115 or ENG 125, OTA 100.

OTA 104   Adaptive Activities II ...   1

Prerequisites: OTA 100

Continuation of use of activities in OT with a primary emphasis on the performance area of work/productive activities that address sensory motor, cognitive, and psychosocial performance components. Activities, strategies, and techniques that emphasize the use of purposeful activities and occupation to enhance role function. Introduction to standardized and non-standardized evaluations using activity based format. Development of more advanced skills that focus on grading and adapting purposeful activities and instructing individuals and groups for therapeutic interventions. One lecture hour per week.

Corequisites: OTA 102/112, OTA 114, OTA 207/217.

OTA 112   Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy Assistant II Lab ...   1

Prerequisites: OTA 100

Lab course complement to OTA 102. Provides hands-on laboratory experience, reinforcing material covered in the lecture component. Two hours per week.

Corequisites: OTA 102, OTA 104/114, OTA 207/217

OTA 114   Adaptive Activities II Lab ...   1

Prerequisites: OTA 100

Lab course complement to OTA 104. Provides hands-on laboratory experience, reinforcing material covered in the lecture component. Two hours per week.

Corequisites: OTA 102/112, OTA 104, OTA 207/217

OTA 203   Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy III ...   4

Prerequisites: OTA 102

Occupational therapy process related to physical dysfunction evaluation and treatment procedures including self-care, therapeutic exercise, home management, use of adaptive equipment, work and play-leisure skills. Introduction to remediation in movement difficulties and practiced in the laboratory. Administration of standardized and non-standardized tests and evalu-ations, and need for demonstrating service competency. Activity analysis, documen-tation, formulation of goals and objectives, collaboration with occupational therapist on treatment implementation, assessment/ reassessment, and termination of treatment. Level I fieldwork introduces application of occupational therapy procedures under close supervision. Three lecture hours. Three hours Level 1 Fieldwork beginning week four for nine weeks or one week of 30 hours.

Corequisites: OTA 213, OTA 204/214, OTA 209, OTA 218

OTA 204   Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy IV ...   3

Prerequisites: OTA-102

Evaluation and treatment of pediatric population appropriate to role of OTA including development and perceptual motor skills, self-care, design and use of adaptive equipment, and play/leisure issues are explored in relation to normal sensory motor, psychosocial, and cognitive development. Interventions using age appropriate activities. Examination of cultural factors on treatment and treatment implementation, including the importance of collaboration and inclusion of family, care givers, and others in the OT process. Laboratory experiences arranged at on-site daycare center for typically developing and special needs children. Field trip to be arranged. Three lecture hours.

Corequisites: OTA 203/213, OTA 214, OTA 209, OTA 218.

OTA 207   Health and Disease ...   3

Prerequisites: OTA 100

Overview of disease conditions commonly seen for treatment by occupational therapy practitioners. Etiology, symptoms and physical and psychological reactions to these conditions. Basic influences contributing to healthy living. Includes medical terminology and procedures commonly used in occupational therapy.

Corequisites: OTA 102/112, OTA 104/114, OTA 217

OTA 209   Health Occupations Seminar ...   2

Prerequisites: OTA 102

Current trends and issues in the health care system, including legal and ethical components of practice, cultural diversity; OTR-OTA role delineation; supervision; documentation to ensure accountability and reimbursement requirements; community resources; multi-disciplinary approach to treatment; and employability skills. Examination of OTA as director of activity program in relation to assessment, treatment planning, and treatment implementation needs. Issues of continuing professional competency, research and program development, involvement in professional organizations and political advocacy. Exploration of quality assurance and measurement of treatment outcomes as well as credential requirements, compliance with regulations, and the use of non-professional personnel. Two lecture/seminar hours per week.

Corequisites: OTA 203/213, OTA 204/214, OTA 218.

OTA 210   Occupational Therapy Assistant Practicum I ...   4

Prerequisites: OTA 203

Development of professional skills through supervised application of treatment principles. Fieldwork experience in the treatment of geriatric clients, physically disabled children or adults, or clients with psychosocial dysfunction. Student under direct supervision from an occupational therapy practitioner in all aspects of occupational therapy practice. Requires at least 37 hours per week for eight weeks in each of two different sites for a total of 16 weeks. (See OTA 211). Specific objectives developed by the fieldwork site educator in collaboration with OTA academic fieldwork coordinator. Completion of at least one fieldwork practicum in a physical disability site and the second in any of the following: physical disability, psychosocial, pediatric, hand therapy, work hardening, or a combination of sites. Psychosocial experiences are expected in all fieldwork.

Corequisites: OTA 298

OTA 211   Occupational Therapy Assistant Practicum II ...   4

Prerequisites: OTA 203

Development of professional skills through supervised application of treatment principles. Fieldwork experience in the treatment of geriatric clients, physically disabled children or adults, or clients with psychosocial dysfunction. Student under direct supervision from an occupational therapy practitioner in all aspects of occupational therapy practice. Requires at least 37 hours per week for eight weeks in each of two different sites for a total of 16 weeks. (See OTA 211). Specific objectives developed by the fieldwork site educator in collaboration with OTA academic fieldwork coordinator. Completion of at least one fieldwork practicum in a physical disability site and the second in any of the following: physical disability, psychosocial, pediatric, hand therapy, work hardening, or a combination of sites. Psychosocial experiences are expected in all fieldwork. Note: Fieldwork II must be completed within 18 months following completion of academic coursework. All academic and Level I and Level II Fieldwork must be completed before the student is eligible for graduation. Graduation from an accredited OTA program is a prerequisite to submitting an application to sit for the national certification examination.

Corequisites: OTA 298

OTA 213   Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy III Lab ...   1

Prerequisites: OTA 102

Lab course complement OTA 203. Provides hands-on laboratory experience, reinforcing material covered in the lecture component. Two hours per week.

Corequisites: OTA 203, OTA 204/214, OTA 209, OTA 218

OTA 214   Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy IV Lab ...   1

Prerequisites: OTA 102

Lab course complement to OTA 204. Provides hands-on laboratory experience, reinforcing material covered in the lecture component. Two hours per week.

Corequisites: OTA 203/213, OTA 204, OTA 209, OTA 218

OTA 217   Health & Disease Lab ...   1

Prerequisites: OTA 100

Lab course complement to OTA 207.  Provides hands-on laboratory experience, reinforcing material covered in the lecture component.

Corequisites: OTA 102/112, OTA 104/114, OTA 207

OTA 218   Adaptive Living Skills ...   4

Prerequisites: OTA 102

Skills required for designing and fabricating adaptive equipment. Adaptive activities with a primary emphasis on performance area of activities of daily living as applied to seating, positioning, splinting, functional tasks, functional mobility, and environmental barriers. Communication with clients, families, care givers, and other health-care professionals in relation to benefits and use of adaptive equipment, its function, care, and precautions. Four hours per week.

Corequisites: OTA 203/213, OTA 204/214, OTA 209.

OTA 298   Occupational Therapy Capstone ...   1

Prerequisites: OTA 203

Completion of program-culminating experiences for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate's degree. Provides an opportunity for application and integration of academic course work into fieldwork experiences. Requires reflection of how the role of occupational therapy and the occupational therapy assistant are demonstrated and delineated in each fieldwork facility. Allows for problem solving approach for adjusting to various work sites and handling feedback from supervisors. Requirements for college standardized testing, state licensure and national certification examination are reviewed. Completes development of professional resume and cover letter for employment.

Corequisites: OTA 210, OTA 211