Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum

Year 1 Semester 1:

12 Total credit hours

credit hours

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.

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A survey of American literature from the period of exploration and settlement to the present. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from among a diverse group of authors for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 Composition I

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Introduces basic human communication principles and theories embedded in a variety of contexts including interpersonal, small group, and public speaking.

3

In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability, and conics may be included.

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Year 1 Semester 2:

12 Total credit hours

credit hours

General Psychology is a survey of the major psychological topics, theories and approaches to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.

3

A study of medical terminology, word origin, structure, and application for Allied Health majors.

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This lecture and lab course should combine all of the elements of BIOL 2301 Anatomy and Physiology I (lecture) and BIOL 2101 Anatomy and Physiology I (lab), including the learning outcomes listed for both courses.

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This lecture and lab course should combine all of the elements of BIOL 2302 Anatomy and Physiology II (lecture) and BIOL 2102 Anatomy and Physiology II (lab), including the learning outcomes listed for both courses.

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Year 1 Semester 3:

12 Total credit hours

credit hours

This course will examine the role of occupational therapy in health care, and community-based and educational systems. Topics include history and philosophical principles, occupation in daily life, the Occupational Therapy Framework: Domain and Process, Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, current and emerging practice areas, and roles of the registered occupational therapist and the certified occupational therapy assistant. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 3 credits.
Prerequisite: all general education courses

3

This course will focus on principles of occupational therapy and performance of human occupations in work, self-care, and play/leisure throughout the lifespan. The student will learn observations, analysis, identify and adapt age appropriate occupations; identify the client factors that affect occupational performance; select appropriate intervention strategies for this population; and adapt contexts to support occupational performance. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 2 credits.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 General Psychology

2

This course will examine the occupational therapy process in relation to individuals with psychosocial challenges across the lifespan. This course emphasizes mental health frames of reference, identification of occupational therapy assessment strategies, explanation of psychiatric diagnoses based on the DSM, implementation of occupation-based interventions for the promotion of mental health and wellness through occupational therapy. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 3 credits.

Prerequisites: PSYC 2301 General Psychology

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This course will focus on the development of observation skills; assessment; documentation; and teaching, adapting, and grading self-care, work, and play and leisure occupations for individuals with psychosocial challenges. Topics include group dynamics, development of therapeutic use of self, and interventions to maximize participation in meaningful occupations and ensure safety. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 3 credits.
Co-requisite: OTHA 1161

Prerequisites: OTHA 2309 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy

3

This course includes a work-based learning, observation and guided practice for application of the occupational therapy process in settings serving children or adults with psychosocially challenges.

Students are supervised by clinical educators or faculty at health care, education, or community settings. In-class activities complement topics and experiences in off-campus sites. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 1 credit.
Co-requisite: OTHA 2302

Prerequisites: OTHA 2309 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy

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Year 2 Semester 1:

13 Total credit hours

credit hours

This course will present the basic principles of biomechanics and kinesiology related to human movement and occupational performance. Emphasis is on the musculoskeletal system including skeletal structure, muscles and nerves, and biomechanical assessment procedures. Students also are introduced to muscle testing and goniometric testing procedures. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 3 credits.

Prerequisites: BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I (lecture + lab), BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II (lecture + lab)

3

This course is the study of occupational performance of adults with physical disabilities, emphasis on musculoskeletal disorders. Topics include; medical management, theory, frames of reference, evaluation tools, intervention and treatment techniques, PAMs, and splinting. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 3 credits.

Prerequisites: OTHA 1309 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy

3

This course is the study of occupational performance of adults with physical disabilities, emphasis on neurological disorders. Topics include medical management, frames of reference, evaluation tools, intervention, and treatment techniques. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 3 credits.

Prerequisites: OTHA 1309 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy, OTHA 1349 Occupational Performance of Adulthood

3

This course will focus on the development of observation skills; assessment; documentation, and teaching, adapting, and grading of self-care, work, and play/leisure with adults with physical disabilities. Emphasis on awareness of activity demands, contexts, occupations or activities used as therapeutic interventions, treatment techniques, and equipment to maximize participation in meaningful occupations, improve independence, prevent deformity, and ensure safety with this population. Additional emphasis on the role of the Occupational Therapy Assistant in the OT process. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 3 credits.
Co-requisite: OTHA 1162

Prerequisites: OTHA 1309 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy, OTHA 1349 Occupational Performance of Adulthood, OTHA 2304 Neurology in Occupational Therapy

3

This course includes work-based learning experience, observation and guided practice that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts in settings serving adults with physical disabilities. Students are supervised by clinical educators or faculty at health care, education, or community settings. In-class activities complement topics and experiences in off campus sites. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 1 credit.
Co-requisite: OTHA 1319

Prerequisites: OTHA 1309 Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy, OTHA 1349 Occupational Performance of Adulthood, OTHA 2304 Neurology in Occupational Therapy

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Year 2 Semester 2:

12 Total credit hours

credit hours

This course focuses on the occupational performance of elders and the effects of aging and chronic illness. This course reviews medical management, frames of reference, evaluation tools, treatment/intervention strategies specific to this population. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 3 credits.

Prerequisites: OTHA 1211 Occupational Performance throughout the Lifespan

3

This course focuses on the occupational performance from birth through adolescents and presents specific issues in the practice of pediatric occupational therapy. Topics include theory, frames of reference, evaluation tools and techniques. This course reviews treatment/intervention strategies specific to this population. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 3 credits.

Prerequisites: OTHA 1211 Occupational Performance throughout the Lifespan

3

This course will focus on the development of observation skills; assessment; documentation, and teaching, adapting, and grading of self-care, work, and play/leisure with pediatric/adolescent populations. Emphasis on awareness of activity demands, contexts, occupations or activities used as therapeutic interventions, treatment techniques, and equipment to maximize participation in meaningful occupations, improve independence, and ensure safety with this population. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 3 credits.
Co- requisite: OTHA 1160

Prerequisites: OTHA 1341 Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence

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This course includes work-based learning experience, observation and guided practice that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts in settings serving children or adolescents. Students are supervised by clinical educators or faculty at health care, education, or community settings. In-class activities complement topics and experiences in off campus sites. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 1 credit.
Co- requisite: OTHA 1315

Prerequisites: OTHA 1341 Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence

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This course explores the role of the occupational therapy assistant in health care delivery. Topics include documentation, funding and reimbursement, credentialing, professional issues, occupational therapy standards and ethics, health care team role delineation, and basic management of resources, including environment, personnel, and budget, preparation activities for Level II fieldwork, licensure and certification, employment acquisition, and development of a professional development plan. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will earn 2 credits.

Prerequisites: OTHA 1305 Principles of Occupational Therapy

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Year 2 Semester 3:

12 Total credit hours

credit hours

An 8 week health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the OT clinical professional. Students will use the occupational therapy process while developing and practicing the skills of an entry-level OTA. Students are assigned to a setting working with individuals that offers a diversity of experience. Students receive general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the fieldwork site, college, and student. As outlined in the learning plan, the student will apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry. Level II fieldwork experience is off campus. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will earn 5 credits.
Co-requisite: OTHA 2230

Prerequisites: OTHA 1341 Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence, OTHA 1349 Occupational Performance of Adulthood, OTHA 2304 Neurology in Occupational Therapy

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A seminar-based course designed to complement Level II fieldwork by creating a discussion forum addressing events, skills, knowledge, and/or behaviors related to the practice environment. Application of didactic coursework to the clinic and test-taking strategies for certification exams. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will earn 2 credits.
Co-requisite: OTHA 2560, OTHA 2561

2

An 8 week health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the OT clinical professional. Students will use the occupational therapy process while developing and practicing the skills of an entry- level OTA. Students are assigned to a setting working with individuals that offers a diversity of experience. Students receive general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the fieldwork site, college, and student. As outlined in the learning plan, the student will apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry. Level II fieldwork experience is off campus. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will earn 5 credits.
Co-requisite: OTHA 2230

Prerequisites: OTHA 2560 Clinical Occupational Therapy Assistant - Level II Fieldwork A, OTHA 1341 Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence, OTHA 1349 Occupational Performance of Adulthood, OTHA 2304 Neurology in Occupational Therapy

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