Academics

OTA 100 INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT

0.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to introduce students to the occupational therapy profession and the role of the occupational therapy assistant as a member of an interprofessional team of health care professionals. Key concepts such as occupation, therapeutic use of self, task analysis, assistive technology and a client-centered approach to treatment will be introduced. Basic occupational therapy assessments and interventions for geriatrics, mental health, pediatrics and physical dysfunction practice settings will be demonstrated and practiced.


OTA 110 FOUNDATIONS FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT

4 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides an introduction to the health care discipline of occupational therapy, including its history, philosophy, theory, ethics, safety of self and others, evidenced-based research and practice, cultural diversity, and role delineation within the occupational therapy process and the Practice Framework. A broad overview of the relationship of cognitive, physical and psychosocial health and disease will be presented, along with a focus on occupational performance, documentation and the Practice Framework for the occupational therapy assistant.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program


OTA 111 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

4 Credit Hours (OC)
This course addresses the fundamental concepts of occupational therapy for individuals and groups. Occupational therapy assessments and interventions, group development and group dynamics to support occupational performance, participation, and well-being across the lifespan with a primary focus on the aging process. Level I fieldwork experience is completed.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.


OTA 112 MENTAL HEALTH AND FUNCTION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

4 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides a basic understanding of mental health conditions and behaviors across the lifespan. The principles of the occupational therapy process, assessment and interventions are discussed. Level I fieldwork with a psychosocial emphasis is completed.

Pre-requisite: BIOL 140, OTA 110, OTA 111, and OTA 118, all with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment.


OTA 114 TASK ANALYSIS, ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND THERAPEUTIC MEDIA FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT

4 Credit Hours (OC)
In this course, occupational therapy process including assessment and intervention implementation will be examined through task analysis, gradation of activities, and adaptation through the use of assistive technology and therapeutic media and interventions to promote occupational performance across the lifespan.

Pre-requisite: BIOL 140, OTA 110, OTA 111 and OTA 118, all with a "C" or better or concurrent enrollment.


OTA 118 APPLICATIONS OF ANATOMY AND KINESIOLOGY IN THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS

4 Credit Hours (OC)
In this course, body structures and functions of the neuromusculoskeletal system will be examined in relation to performance in areas of occupation across the life span. Training in techniques to enhance functional mobility, wheelchair management, and management of mobility devices will be examined. Analysis of activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) tasks and their upper extremity activity demands including joint range of motion, muscle strength, gross motor coordination, fine motor coordination, grip and pinch strength, and prehension and grasp patterns will be emphasized. Functional mobility, physical transfers, upper and lower extremity joint range of motion, goniometry, and manual muscle testing competencies are directly assessed. Therapeutic exercise and its relationship to performance skills and occupations will be examined. Documentation of occupational therapy service provision to ensure accountability will be reinforced.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program.


OTA 210 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS AND INTERVENTIONS IN PEDIATRICS

4 Credit Hours (OC)
This course applies the occupational therapy process in traditional and emerging pediatric practice settings. Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions addressing behavioral, cognitive, neuromuscular, orthopedic, perceptual, physical, and sensory impairments and other health conditions found in the pediatric population will be the primary focus.

Pre-requisite: OTA 112 and OTA 114, both with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment


OTA 211 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROCESS AND INTERVENTIONS FOR PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION

4 Credit Hours (OC)
This course applies the occupational therapy process in the assessment and intervention of individuals with physical dysfunction across the life span. The process of assessment and interventions addressing cognitive, muscular, neurological, orthopedic, perceptual, physical and sensory impairments and other health conditions in traditional and emerging physical dysfunction practice settings will be the primary focus.

Pre-requisite: OTA 210 and OTA 212, both with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment.


OTA 212 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT LEVEL II FIELDWORK-PEDIATRICS

5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides an offsite, clinical fieldwork experience with an emphasis on pediatric assessment and intervention. Concentrated focus on the cognitive, developmental, physical, psychological and social factors that influence engagement in occupation with the pediatric population. Students are provided an in-depth learning opportunity to experience delivering occupational therapy services to individuals and groups, focusing on application of purposeful and meaningful occupation. Level II fieldwork experience is completed.

Pre-requisite: OTA 112 and OTA 114, both with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment.


OTA 213 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT LEVEL II FIELDWORK-PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION

5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides an offsite, clinical fieldwork experience with an emphasis on assessment and intervention of physical dysfunction. Concentrated focus on the cognitive, physical, psychological and social factors that influence engagement in occupation of individuals or groups with physical dysfunction. Students are provided an in-depth learning opportunity to experience delivering occupational therapy services to individuals and groups, focusing on application of purposeful and meaningful occupation. Level II fieldwork experience is completed.

Pre-requisite: OTA 210 and OTA 212, both with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment.


OTA 220 MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION FOR THE OTA

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course introduces program development, marketing, management, promotion and advocacy for occupational therapy service delivery. Concentrated focus on leadership, professional behaviors, and interprofessional team collaboration. This course includes a service learning project with key process partners from within the community.

Pre-requisite: OTA 210 and OTA 212, both with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment.


OTA 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the study project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters). The project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department. A final written report is submitted to the faculty member by the student.

Pre-requisite: Department approval