Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Course Information Cr Hrs
OTA-100 Occupational Therapy Foundations

This course is an introduction to occupational therapy, its history, philosophies, values and ethics.  The occupational therapy process and role delineation of various occupational therapy personnel will be explained.  Students will develop an understanding of professional organizations, practice settings, and the need for professional advocacy.

 Prerequisite: ENG 101, MTH 110, PSY 130, BCS 120, PLS 101, COM 100 and Admission into the OTA program.
3-3-0
OTA-105 Perspectives on Health

This course will provide students with an understanding of varying health needs and perspectives including the effects of disease and disability on occupational performance, sociocultural factors affecting occupation, global social issues, and models of health promotion and wellness.  Various models of care will be examined including medical, community, education, and social models along with basic regulatory reimbursement, and documentation guidelines for each.  Students will receive an introduction to evidence-based practice in this course.

 Prerequisites: ENG 101, MTH 110, COM 100, BCS 120, PLS 101, PSY 130 and Admission into the OTA Program
3-3-0
OTA-110 Dynamics of Human Movement

This course is a study of biomechanical, neurological, and sensory components of human movement as required for life roles. Assessment, treatment and communication skills are learned through extensive hands-on and problem solving activities.

 Prerequisite: Admission into the OTA program.
4-3-2
OTA-120 Therapeutic Media

The OT Practice Framework will be introduced.  Various types of therapeutic media, as seen in occupational therapy service settings will be utilized.  Students will have the opportunity to enhance their activity analysis, communication and professional behavior skills.  Opportunities to conduct simulated individual and group treatment sessions will be provided.

 Prerequisite: ENG 101, BCS 120, MTH 110, PSY 130, PLS 101, COM 100
3-2-2
OTA-130 Principles of Neuroscience

This course focuses on the principles of neurological development as they relate to the occupational therapy assistant practice. Concepts of neurological development and functioning, motor learning, reflex development and integration and the impact of illness and disease related to neurological deficits are covered.

 Prerequisite: ENG 101, MTH 110, PSY 130, BCS 120, PLS 101, COM 100 and Admission into the OTA program.
2-2-0
OTA-200 Therapeutic Design

This course focuses on fundamental design and construction techniques for remediation and adaptation in areas of occupation.  Students will use evidence to justify recommendations for adaptation.  Design in the areas of basic splinting, orthotics and prosthetics, assistive technologies, wheelchair seating and positioning, and community mobility will be explored.  Students will demonstrate the ability to assess and provide appropriate adaptive interventions through the use of case studies.

 Prerequisites: OTA 100, OTA 105, OTA 110, OTA 120, OTA 130, OTA 210, OTA 211, OTA 220, OTA 240, OTA 250
3-1-4
OTA-210 Occupational Therapy in Early Development

This course is an exploration of the physical, perceptual, cognitive and psychosocial developmental sequence from birth through late adolescence. Normal and abnormal development are introduced along with occupational therapy evaluations and interventions. Family, social and legal issues and support services for this population will be explored, as well as the occupational therapy process, role delineation and service provision in pediatric settings. 

 Prerequisites: OTA 100, OTA 105, OTA 110, OTA 120, OTA 130
4-3-2
OTA-211 Practicum I

This course encompasses clinical observation in various settings as assigned by instructor. Students are responsible for transportation and expenses related to this course.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous OTA required courses.
1-1-x
OTA-220 Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

This course focuses on the psychosocial issues related to the practice of occupational therapy. The relevance of occupation and goal directed activity in mental health is explained. Evaluation and treatment techniques for individuals and groups is practiced.

 Prerequisites: OTA 100, OTA 105, OTA 110, OTA 120, OTA 130
4-3-2
OTA-240 Occupational Therapy in Physical Dysfunction

This course presents the study of physical dysfunction as it relates to occupational therapy in a medical setting. Disease etiology, progression and prognosis as related to occupational therapy practice will be studied. Theories of assessments and interventions will be demonstrated. Students will have the opportunity to utilize various types of adaptive equipment, assistive technology and strategies to adapt, compensate or restore function.

 Prerequisites: OTA 100, OTA 105, OTA 110, OTA 120, OTA 130
5-3-4
OTA-241 Practicum II

This course encompasses clinical observation in various settings assigned by the instructor. Students are responsible for transportation and expenses related to this course.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous OTA required courses.
1-1-x
OTA-250 Occupational Therapy in Adult Development

This course focuses on occupational therapy assessment and interventions related to human growth and development from early adulthood to death. Normal and pathological conditions associated with aging will be discussed.  Documentation of services in geriatric settings will be addressed. 

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous OTA required courses and permission of instructor.
4-3-2
OTA-260 Occupational Therapy in Outpatient Settings

This course presents the occupational therapy process in outpatient settings.  Theory, assessment, and treatment of clients in outpatient settings will be emphasized.  Students will learn how to adapt and restore function with a focus on the development of interventions for a variety of diagnoses and problems.  Concepts of work hardening, ergonomics, and physical agent modalities will be introduced.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous OTA required courses.
4-3-2
OTA-270 Seminar

This course is designed to provide increased awareness of practice and professional development issues.  Program management, professional development, credentialing and licensure will be addressed.  Students will develop employment skills, such as resume writing and interviewing.  Students will discuss ethical dilemmas in the workplace and learn strategies for conflict resolution.

 Prerequisites: OTA 100, OTA 105, OTA 110, OTA 120, OTA 130, OTA 210, OTA 211, OTA 220, OTA 240, OTA 250
1-1-0
OTA-280 Practice ApplicationsThis course provides an opportunity for students to develop clinical practice strategies in the areas of assessment, intervention, discharge, and documentation.  Various practice settings and models will be addressed through case-based learning.  Students will identify the role of research in practice and will learn to use evidence-based materials to make clinical decisions.  Prerequisites: OTA 100, OTA 105, OTA 110, OTA 120, OTA 130, OTA 210, OTA 211, OTA 220, OTA 240, OTA 250 5-3-4
OTA-285 Practicum III

This course is comprised of a supervised clinical practice experience in a setting assigned by the instructor. The equivalent of full-time clinical practice are assigned. Students will be provided with specific placement prior to registration for this course. Students are responsible for their own housing, transportation and other expenses related to this course.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous OTA required courses.
6-0-18 (clinicals)
OTA-286 Practicum IV

This course is comprised of a supervised clinical practice experience in a setting assigned by the instructor. The equivalent of full-time clinical practice will be assigned. Students will be provided with specific placement prior to registration for this course. Students will be responsible for their own housing, transportation and other expenses related to this course.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous OTA required courses.
6-0-18 (clinicals)