Occupational Therapy

  • OTA 1510 Foundation/Occupation/Therapy

    Students will be introduced to the history, development, function, and philosophy of the occupational therapy profession and the occupational therapy assistant. Students will learn about relevant theories, frames of reference, and models of practice that influence the occupational therapy process. In addition, students will identify how sociopolitical, economic, and geographic factors influence current occupational therapy practice. Students will also demonstrate their ability to locate, select, and interpret evidence-based practice research that supports ethical occupational therapy practice. Prerequisite: acceptance into OTA program. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 1520 Medical Specialties

    Students will understand the effects heritable diseases, genetic conditions, disability, trauma, and injury to physical and mental health have on an individual. Students will explore the effects disabling conditions have on the occupational performance of a person. Students will learn about normal development throughout the lifespan, medical terminology, signs and symptoms, course & prognosis, and common medical treatments related to disease/disability. Prerequisite: acceptance into OTA program. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 1530 Fundamental Skills of OTA I

    This is the first course in a series of two that focus on development and refinement of skills for the occupational therapy assistant. Students will learn the application component of the knowledge learned in Foundations of Occupational Therapy. Topics include, but are not limited to: understanding yourself and others, applications of the language of the profession, introduction to basic computer skills and assessment tools, and development of professional behaviors. Prerequisite: acceptance into OTA program. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 1620 Psychosocial Concepts/Techniqu

    Students will be introduced to current occupational therapy and psychological models of care to address the complex needs of individuals with psychiatric and neurobehavioral disorders. Content surrounding mental health theories and trends, diagnoses and medications will be explored. Occupation-based assessment and intervention techniques will be explored and practiced in this course. Through hands on experiences, students will develop individual and group treatment sessions in clinical environment that mirror best practices in mental health. Prerequisites: OTA 1510, OTA 1520. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 1630 Fundamental Skills of OTA II

    Students will build upon the knowledge gained from OTA 1530 to further develop skills necessary for professional practice. More application and evaluation of the following skills will occur: application of the OT process, treatment planning, activity analysis, computer skills, assessment use and techniques, cultural sensitivity, and portfolio development. Prerequisite: OTA 1530. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 1640 Therapeutic Interventions I

    Students will be introduced to the occupational therapy continuum of therapeutic interventions. Students will structure, plan and implement individual and group interventions that are reflective of contemporary occupational therapy practice in pediatric and psychosocial settings. Various frames of reference and models of practice will be used to guide student planning. Prerequisite: OTA 1510. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 1650 Growing Years:Birth-Young Adul

    Students will learn the major developmental disabilities across the lifespan and how a disability adversely affects the development and engagement in life roles (i.e.: student, sibling, friend, etc.). Theories of human development and occupation will be linked to provide a deeper understanding of the acquisition of functional skills and social roles of children birth to 21 years of age. Occupational assessments will be explored and relevant treatment techniques will be reviewed. Learning about treatment delivery models of children with disabilities will emphasize naturalized environments and family centered models. Prerequisites: OTA 1510 and OTA 1520. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 1700 Intro to Professional Practice

    Students will be introduced to and will practice professionalism skills both in the classroom and in various community settings, under the direction of an occupational therapy practitioner. Preparation for and exposure to practice settings and patient interaction are the primary focus of this course. Through reflection and discussion, application of knowledge about the profession will be practiced. HIPAA regulations, mandated reporter requirements, and universal precautions will be addressed. Background checks will be completed in preparation for student experiences working with the pediatric population. Corequisites: OTA 1620 and OTA 1650. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 2520 Adulthood and Aging

    Students will focus on the role occupational therapy plays in working with older adults and families across the continuum of care. Students will learn the influence the aging process has on physical, sensory, and cognitive functions and their relationship to functional capabilities. Psychosocial aspects of aging and how environment, culture, and values impact lifestyle and occupational performance will be discussed. Students will share an understanding of theories, issues, and clinical skills specific to practice in geriatric rehabilitation, home health care, long-term care, adult day care programs, and community practice, including wellness and prevention programs. Prerequisite: OTA 1520. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 2540 Community Based Practice

    Students will analyze social injustice, health care disparities, and explore civic engagement and leadership opportunities in the region. Service learning projects, following the principles of occupational therapy profession, will be developed and implemented to meet identified needs in the community. Corequisites: OTA 1610-1620. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 2550 Tech. & Enviro. App for Living

    Students are provided with a basic knowledge of assistive devices and their use with diverse populations in a variety of practice settings. Students will be exposed to both low and high level technologies including the use of adaptive equipment, wheelchairs and positioning devices, computer modifications, and environmental adaptation. This course provides instruction in selection and modification of adaptive equipment and wheelchairs, and documentation. Students will learn how to educate clients on the use of the assistive devices necessary to improve their occupational performance. Prerequisite: OTA 1630. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 2560 OT Intervention Across Lifespa

    Students will investigate commonly used frames of reference that address motor, sensory, cognitive, and perceptual disorders and are reflective of contemporary occupational therapy practice in adult populations. Students will structure, plan and implement individual interventions using the occupational therapy continuum. Occupation-based assessment and intervention techniques will be practiced in this course in both lab and clinical environments. Prerequisite: successful completion of OTA 1620, 1630, 1640, 1650, and 1700 with a "C" or better. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 2570 Classroom to Clinic-Prep

    Students will learn skills needed to transition from the classroom to the field. Students will identify Level II fieldwork expectations, explore the supervisory and interdisciplinary team relationships, review professional and ethical behavior, review AOTA, NBCOT and licensure requirements, develop a resume and cover letter, and begin preparation for job searching. Prerequisite: successful completion of OTA 1620, 1630, 1640, 1650, and 1700 with a "C" or better. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 2620 Physical Rehabilitation

    Students will be introduced to concepts and techniques needed to provide care to patients with neurological, orthopedic, and muscular-skeletal conditions. Students will refine transfer and goniometry techniques, while developing skills with manual muscle testing, mobility, and the application of treatment approaches relevant to the physically disabled population. Prerequisite: OTA 1520. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 2700 Fieldwork IIA:Principles/Pract

    Students will participate in the first of two level II fieldwork experiences required for the program. An in-depth experience in the delivery of occupational therapy services will be provided in one of a variety of clinical placement sites. This experience shall develop and expand the students' repertoire of occupational therapy practice in an effort to develop competent, entry-level prepared occupational therapy assistants that are skilled in applying the OT process to client care. Students will be mentored through this experience by a qualified OT Practitioner. In addition, students will participate in an online portion of the course with student learning focusing on the regulation of the profession of occupational therapy at the local, state, and federal levels. Principles of occupational therapy ethics/dispute resolution systems will be explored and applied to personal and professional conflicts. Students will explore roles and responsibilities of various team members while reflecting on their own responsibilities of working in the profession of Occupational Therapy. Psychosocial factors that influence engagement in occupation will be integrated into student learning. Level II fieldwork must be completed within 12 months of academic preparation. Prerequisite: successful completion of all OTA courses with a "C" grade or better. Master Course Syllabus

  • OTA 2720 Fieldwork IIB: Service Mgm

    Students will participate in their second of two level II fieldwork experiences which are required for the program. An in-depth experience in the delivery of occupational therapy services will be provided in one of a variety of clinical placement sites. This experience shall further develop and expand students' repertoire in order to develop competent, entry-level prepared occupational therapy assistants that are skilled in applying the OT process to client care. Students will be mentored through this experience by a qualified OT Practitioner. In addition, students will participate in an online component to the course which will challenge students to identify and discuss trends and issues facing the profession in a variety of service contexts. Service delivery concepts will be explored with topical areas to include, but not limited to, management concepts, reimbursement, quality improvement, supervision, and leadership. Level II fieldwork must be completed within 12 months of academic preparation. Prerequisite: OTA 2700. Master Course Syllabus