Occupational Therapy Assistant Course Descriptions

OTA 110 Fundamentals of OT

This course introduces occupational therapy (OT) theory, practice, philosophy, and principles. Emphasis is placed on providing a basic understanding of the profession as well as beginning to develop interaction and observation skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate basic understanding of the domain and practice of occupational therapy, practice settings and professional roles, OT terminology, activity analysis, principles, process, philosophies, and frames of reference.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program
Corequisite: BIO 165 or BIO 168, ACA 122, and demonstration of computer competency
OTA 110 Course Outline


OTA 120 OT Media I

This course provides training in recognizing the therapeutic value and use of a wide variety of human occupations including basic activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, rest and sleep, education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. Topics include the understanding of different teaching and learning methods and styles, the language of occupational therapy (OT), OT interventions including preparatory methods and tasks, and restorative and compensatory techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze, design, select, and safely perform occupation related activities that would be therapeutic for various populations across the lifespan.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program
Corequisite: OTA 110
OTA 120 Course Outline: Not Available


OTA 130 Assessment Skills

This course provides training in appropriate and accurate assessment skills related to sensation, movement, vision, perception, cognition, emotions, and performance of basic activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living. Topics include physical and psychosocial factors affecting performance; and sensory, range of motion, strength, coordination, cognitive, visual-perceptual, self-care, and work-related assessments. Upon completion, students should be able to gather and share data for the purpose of screening and evaluation, administer selected assessments using appropriate procedures and protocols, and articulate the role of the occupational therapy assistant and occupational therapist in the screening and evaluation process.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: BIO 168, OTA 120, OTA 140
Corequisite: OTA 110
OTA 130 Course Outline


OTA 140 Professional Skills I

This course introduces the roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) and the occupational therapist (OT) in occupational therapy practice and facilitates development of professional behaviors and skills. Topics include professional ethics, supervisory roles, responsibilities, and collaborative professional relationships; credentialing, certification, and licensure; documentation, which communicates the need and rationale for occupational therapy services; therapeutic use of self; and professional identity and professional behaviors; and observation skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate ethical behavior, discriminate between roles and responsibilities of the OTA and OT, and explain acceptable supervision and documentation.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program
Corequisite: OTA 110
OTA 140 Course Outline: Not Available


OTA 150 Peds Concepts & Interventions

This course provides knowledge and skills needed for working with children from birth through adolescence. Topics include review of normal growth and development, habituation of healthy habits/routines, the role of occupational therapy with caregivers/providers, understanding of common conditions and developmental delays; and the role of occupation in assessment, intervention planning and implementation with pediatric populations. Upon completion, students should be able to plan, implement, and modify appropriate interventions with children in their context and environment to promote engagement in occupation.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: BIO 169, OTA 130
Corequisites: PSY 241, OTA 163, and OTA 170
OTA 150 Course Outline: Not Available


OTA 161 Fieldwork I Placement 1

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is placed on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance/direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisites: OTA 120, OTA 140
Corequisite: OTA 130, OTA 170
OTA 161 Course Outline


OTA 162 Fieldwork I Placement 2

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance and direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisites: OTA 120 and OTA 140
Corequisite: OTA 130, OTA 180
OTA 162 Course Outline


OTA 163 Fieldwork I Placement 3

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance and direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisites: OTA 120 and OTA 140
Corequisite: OTA 130 and OTA 150
OTA 163 Course Outline


OTA 164 Fieldwork I - Placement 4

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance and direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 3
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisites: OTA 120 and OTA 140
Corequisite: OTA 130, OTA 250
OTA 164 Course Outline


OTA 170 Physical Conditions

This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed for working with individuals experiencing various medical conditions to help them achieve participation in life through engagement in occupation. Topics include medical terminology, common conditions, body functions that change with disease processes, applicable theories and principles, assessment and intervention priorities for commonly treated conditions. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize common symptoms, prioritize mental, neuromusculoskeletal and movement related functional problems, while providing for patient safety within the patient's context and environment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: BIO 168, BIO 169
Corequisite: OTA 130, OTA 161
OTA 170 Course Outline


OTA 180 Psychosocial Conditions

This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed for working with individuals experiencing various psychosocial conditions to help them achieve participation in life through engagement in occupation. Topics include mental health conditions, applicable theories and principles, symptoms of dysfunction, assessment and treatment of individuals, planning and facilitating therapeutic groups, client safety, therapeutic use of self, and psychosocial aspects of practice. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively plan and conduct individual and group interventions for client conditions related to psychosocial dysfunction while recognizing contexts and environments that may also impact occupational performance.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: ENG 112, PSY 281
Corequisite: OTA 130, OTA 162
OTA 180 Course Outline


OTA 220 OT Media II

This course provides training in appropriate and accurate assessment and intervention skills related to orthotics, prosthetics, assistive devices, assistive technology, client mobility, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) issues. Topics include ergonomics seating and positioning, community mobility, use of physical agent modalities, and technology in occupational therapy intervention. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competency fabricating and utilizing orthotic and assistive devices, understanding ADA guidelines, and using technology for engagement in occupation.

Course Hours Per Week: Class,1; Lab, 6; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: OTA 120, OTA 130, and OTA 170
Corequisite: None
OTA 220 Course Outline: Not Available


OTA 240 Professional Skills II

This course covers professional development, supervisory relationships, involvement in the profession, and clinic management skills. Topics include clarification of roles and responsibilities, detailed examination of the supervisory process, participation in professional organizations, and the mechanics of assisting in clinic operations. Upon completion, students should be able to work effectively with a supervisor, plan and implement a professional activity, and perform routine clinic management tasks.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: OTA 130, OTA 140, OTA 161, OTA 170
Corequisite: None
OTA 240 Course Outline


OTA 245 Professional Skills III

This course provides preparation for Fieldwork II experiences using skills and knowledge gained in OTA 140 and OTA 240 to promote integration into the professional community. Topics include interview skills, résumé production, conflict resolution, professional presentations, participation in research activities, and completion of all forms required for Fieldwork II. Upon completion, students should be able to complete independently employment-seeking activities and provide in-service training.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: OTA 240
Corequisite: None
OTA 245 Course Outline


OTA 250 Adult Concepts & Interventions

This course provides knowledge and skills needed for working with adults through the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on identification and discussion of common changes associated with aging, disabilities and chronic diseases affecting this population, assessments and intervention, including developing healthy habits and routines, and the impact on participation in occupation in various settings. Upon completion, students should be able to plan, implement, and modify appropriate interventions with adults in their context and environment to promote engagement in occupations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: OTA 130
Corequisites: PSY 241, OTA 164, OTA 170, and OTA 180
OTA 250 Course Outline


OTA 260 Fieldwork II Placement 1

This course provides clinical experience under the direct supervision of experienced occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistant practitioners working in various practice settings. Emphasis is placed on final clinical preparation for entry-level practice in the profession. Upon completion, students should be able to meet all critical competencies for entry-level practice established by the curriculum, AOTA guidelines, and regulatory bodies.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 18
Semester Hours Credit: 6
Prerequisite: Successful completion of all required OTA curriculum courses except OTA 261 and OTA 280.
Corequisite: This course must be completed within 18 months of the completion of all other OTA course work.
OTA 260 Course Outline


OTA 261 Fieldwork II Placement 2

This course provides the final clinical experience under the direct supervision of experienced occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistant practitioners working in various practice settings. Emphasis is placed on final clinical preparation for entry-level practice in the profession. Upon completion, students should be able to meet all critical competencies for entry-level practice established by the curriculum, AOTA guidelines, and regulatory bodies.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 18
Semester Hours Credit: 6
Prerequisite: Successful completion of all required OTA curriculum courses except OTA 260 and OTA 280.
Corequisite: This course must be completed within 18 months of the completion of all other OTA course work.
OTA 261 Course Outline


OTA 280 Professional Transitions

This course provides closure to the educational program in conjunction with clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on portfolio development and presentation, program evaluation, analysis and synthesis of clinical experiences, and final preparation for the certification examination. Upon completion, students should be able to enter the occupational therapy (OT) workforce with an understanding of themselves as OT professionals, and with supportive documentation demonstrating progress toward meeting competencies set forth by the profession and regulatory bodies.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 2; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: OTA 260 or OTA 261
Corequisite: Enrollment in either OTA 260 or OTA 261
OTA 280 Course Outline