Occupational Therapy Assistant
Upon completion of the occupational therapy assistant program, the associate degree graduate will be educationally prepared to provide service to individuals having difficulties in living due to developmental deficits, physical injury and illness, psychological and social disabilities, and the aging process. The occupational therapy assistant works with and under the direction of a registered occupational therapist, and assists with the processes of client evaluation, goal setting, implementation of care, and documentation of occupational therapy services. The coursework includes a series of general education courses with an emphasis on the biological and psychological sciences. Professional studies focus on how human occupational development is affected by illness and injury, and how function can be facilitated.
Minimum program credit hours: 64
- Degree Option
- Associate in Applied Science Degree
- Hegis Code
- Curriculum Code
||26 credit hours
|ENG 1530: English Composition II||3
|English Electives (college level)||3
|PSY 1510: General Psychology||3
|PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior||3
|SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology||3
|BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I||4
|BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II||4
|MAT 1500: Problem Solving with Mathematics or MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics||3
- MAT 1540 is recommended and most widely transferred into OT programs.
- ENG 1540 is recommended and needed for transfer.
- BIO 2510 and BIO 2520 must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”
- Students must successfully pass each OTA course with a minimum grade of “C” and GPA of 2.5 or better to enroll in OTA 2700 and OTA 2720. A student will be able to repeat two OTA core courses one time. Should the student be unsuccessful in repeating any OTA course, he/she would be ineligible to continue in the OTA program. Should a student be required to repeat more than two OTA core courses he/she will be ineligible to continue in the OTA program.
- Both course and fieldwork levels I and II experiences require travel. Students must have transportation to participate and successfully meet all course and fieldwork requirements. Special housing may be needed for one or both level II fieldwork experiences.
- All students will take OTA 1700 either concurrently with OTA 2520 and OTA 1650 or during the summer following completion of OTA 2520 and OTA 1650.
- OTA students must complete the full-time Level II Fieldwork within 12 months following completion of OTA 2510, 2530, 2550, and 2620.
- CPR certification through the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers) is required prior to registering for OTA 2700 or OTA 2720.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Develop and exhibit professional, desirable workplace behaviors which reflect occupational therapy standards of practice.
- Apply occupation-based, client-centered interventions to treat the varying needs of their clients.
- Demonstrate the ability to research evidence- based practices through technology and to educate their communities about occupational therapy.
- Demonstrate clinical reasoning skills while discovering community resources, solving problems, and offering innovative occupational therapy treatment to use in challenging health care environments.
- Design and implement programming to engage consumers and/or caregivers in opportunities to improve their quality of life and well-being.