- OTA 100 -
Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy
- The philosophical base and history of
occupational therapy is examined. Through an historical approach, frames
of reference within the profession are reviewed with emphasis on
occupation as a health determinant, the meaning of occupation and
purposeful activity, and professionalism. A broad range of practice
areas are investigated. Ethics of the profession are examined and
applied to practice situations. Legislation and legal issues affecting
the profession are reviewed.
- OTA 101 -
Fundamentals of Activity/Therapeutic Media
- Through experimental
learning, students will explore and develop skills in performing
processes required in minor crafts, gross motor activities, games and
simple work tasks. Emphasis is on activity analysis and adaptation
from the perspective of work and play/leisure tasks throughout the life
span. Safety in the use of therapeutic activities is emphasized. A file
will be created for each therapeutic media studied. Students will learn
to teach techniques in applying therapeutic media to a group.
OTA 102 - Rehab
Terminology/Disease & Diagnosis - A comprehensive course that is
designed to offer students proficiency in the use of terminology utilized in
a variety of rehabilitation settings. Basic medical terminology will
be incorporated including prefixes,
roots and suffixes. This course will include an in-depth study of
common diseases and diagnoses found in rehabilitation. Occupational
therapy databases, sites and resources will be explored via the internet.
- OTA 110 -
Occupational Skills - Psychosocial
- Individual and group
interactions related to occupational therapy intervention are examined.
Theories of practice that explain interpersonal behavior from an
occupational therapy perspective and psychiatric conditions treated by
the occupational therapy assistant are reviewed. The therapeutic use of
self and collaboration with the registered occupational therapist and
other health care professionals with an emphasis on team work is
investigated. Interviewing, observation, communication, and group
process skills with an emphasis on cultural differences are simulated
and observed in clinic settings. Group roles and stages are examined.
The differences between task groups and talk groups are analyzed. Group
leadership is practiced.
|OTA 111 -
Clinical Practicum I
- Designed to acquaint the student with the day to day activities in the
clinical setting when caring for individuals with psychosocial issues that
interfere with occupations and roles. This experience enables students to
apply academic knowledge to practice and develop an understanding of the
needs of clients, setting and staff.
- OTA 120 -
Documentation in Occupational Therapy
- Record keeping for
accountability and reimbursement is examined. Emphasis is placed on
learning the structure and function of daily note writing.
Patient/client evaluation techniques including data gathering,
reassessment, treatment recommendations, and treatment termination are
presented. Students learn to write behavioral objectives and assist the
OTR with goal writing. Techniques of quality assurance are introduced.
Insurance systems and various methods for documentation are explored.
The ethics of documentation is examined. Medical terminology is
- OTA 130 -
Dynamics of Human Movement
- The organization of the human
nervous system and the structure of the human body in relation to
joints, trunk and extremities is examined and analyzed in terms of
functional movement required for work, play and self-care activities.
Occupational therapy theory in relation to physical dysfunction is
reviewed along with the interrelationships between the central nervous
system, peripheral nerves and the musculoskeletal system. Physical
conditions that interfere with successful performance of occupational
roles are examined. Gross manual muscle testing and goniometry are
simulated and practiced. Principles of kinesiology and body mechanics
are presented. Safety procedures in relation to functional mobility are
reviewed. Principles of energy conservation, work simplification and
joint protection are introduced.
- OTA 140 -
Occupational Skills Development in Pediatric Roles
- Biological, psychosocial and
environmental conditions that lead to dysfunction in the roles of the
child from neonate to adolescence are examined. Adaptation and
adjustment to limitations in occupational performance are explored. The
role of the occupational therapy assistant in prevention and
rehabilitation programs within medical and community settings such as
hospitals, infant programs, schools, and private practice is defined.
Evaluation and treatment techniques are examined including activities
that facilitate age-appropriate balance of work, self-care and
play/leisure behaviors. The underlying performance components necessary
for successful occupational behaviors is presented. Emphasis is placed
on collaboration with families, caregivers, teachers and significant
|OTA 141 - Clinical Practicum II - A
laboratory experience that includes observing and identifying normal and
abnormal developmental behaviors in the pediatric population. This course
builds on previous introduction practicum experience and is designed to
reinforce and augment understanding of principles and techniques for
observing, assessing, planning and implementing occupational therapy
treatment sessions with pediatric clients.
- OTA 200 -
Occupational Skills in Physical Rehab
The normal occupational performance in development of adult and
geriatric roles is explored. The physical, socioeconomic, environmental
factors, lifestyle choices, and physical factors that influence adult
and geriatric occupational performance in their roles.
Exploration of the recovery process, from acute care to
rehabilitation for physical and psychosocial conditions, is reviewed.
The role of the occupational therapy assistant in prevention and
rehabilitation programs is defined. Involvement in assessment,
intervention, and therapeutic activities that facilitate age appropriate
occupational behaviors is practiced. The discharge process and
collaboration with other professionals and community agencies is
included as part of the treatment continuum.
- OTA 210 -
Assistive Technology in Occupational Therapy
- The technology employed by
the occupational therapy assistant is explored through laboratory
practice and field site visits. This technology includes but is not
limited to: environmental adaptations, orthotics, prosthetics, assistive
devices, adaptive clothing and equipment. The use of computers in
inventory systems, word processing, cognitive retraining, evaluation,
and work simulation is defined and practiced.
- OTA 220- Advanced
Occupational Therapy Skills for Physical Dysfunction
course focuses on treatment techniques and adaptations to assist
individuals with physical dysfunction in various settings and the role
of the occupational therapy assistant.
The course builds on the theory, foundation and skills learned in
OTA 200 with laboratory activities that allow students to apply
screening, assessment, analysis, intervention, implementation,
documentation, discharge planning and outcome activities.
OTA 221 -Clinical Practicum III -A
laboratory course providing a continuation of clinical practicum with a
focus on treatment planning, safety precautions, contraindications and
documentation in OTA Program affiliated adult and geriatric rehabilitation
- OTA 230 -
Occupational Therapy Management
- This course presents an
introduction to basic management issues including: clerical,
organizational, fiscal and supervisory components. Topics relate to an
occupational therapy department as well as activity programs. Legal
guidelines related to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the
employment process are explored. Quality assurance, research, and
continuing education to support continued professional growth is
emphasized. Techniques for developing a resume and participating in an
interview are practiced.
- OTA 240 -
Clinical Practicum IV
- This experience involves a
ten week assignment for 40 hours per week of advanced
clinical experience under the direct supervision of a registered
occupational therapist or a certified occupational therapy assistant
with the student assisting in all phases of practice.
- OTA 241 -
Clinical Practicum V -
This experience involves a ten week assignment
for 40 hours per week of advanced clinical experience under the direct
supervision of a registered occupational therapist or a certified
occupational therapy assistant with the student assisting in all phases
This course must be
successfully completed along with AS Degree for the student to be
eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam.