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Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses

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OTA 101: Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course reviews the history, theory and philosophy of the profession of occupational therapy. The basic features of the theories that underlie occupational therapy are reviewed. Models of practice and frames of reference for occupational therapy are presented. Changes in health care and the effect the health care environment is having on rehabilitation and occupational therapy are also studied. The fundamentals of diversity and sociocultural differences are integrated and discussed in relation to human occupation, participation and health across the lifespan. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course Fee: $60. Usually offered in the fall.
OTA 120: Analysis of Human Motion and Performance Across the Lifespan

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course covers the structure and function of the human body to enable students to analyze human motion across the lifespan and relate human motion and performance to daily occupations. Human motion is analyzed in relation to the dynamics of occupation and activity. The focus is on the interaction of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, activity demands, contexts and environments, and individual factors. Techniques of analyzing human motion are taught, including range of motion measurement, manual muscle testing and sensory testing. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Laboratory fee: $25. Usually offered in the fall.
OTA 140: Medical Terminology and Documentation for OT

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course covers medical terminology used by occupational therapy assistants in a variety of practice settings. Medical terminology is reviewed, integrated and memorized. This course also covers the required documentation in occupational therapy practice settings, including paper documentation and electronic medical records. The importance of using and documenting statistics, tests and measurements for the purpose of supporting evidence-based practice is presented. Hours: 26 lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Usually offered in the fall.
OTA 150: Pediatric Occupations

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course introduces students to the unique areas of dysfunction that can affect the health and wellness of infants, children and adolescents. The emphasis is developmental and focuses on the skills necessary for prevention, remediation, compensation, adaptation, participation and return to health through occupations in pediatrics. Pediatric practice settings are discussed and reviewed. Specific emphasis is placed on parent, family and caretaker involvement in occupational therapy practice for pediatric individuals. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisites: OTA 101, OTA 120, OTA 140, PSY 251 and PSY 252 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Laboratory fee: $25. Usually offered in the spring.
OTA 160: OT Intervention for Pediatrics

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course prepares students for intervention techniques and strategies unique and specific to infants, children and adolescents. Neurodevelopmental and sensory integrative theories and practice are applied. Developmentally-focused intervention addresses physical and psychosocial methodologies and practice areas related to pediatrics. Lecture, fieldwork observation and laboratory practice provide learning opportunities for students in this course. Hours: 26 lecture, 26 laboratory and 20 clinical. Prerequisites: OTA 101, OTA 120, OTA 140, PSY 251 and PSY 252 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Laboratory fee: $18. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the spring.
OTA 170: Assistive Technology: Across the Lifespan

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course focuses on therapy techniques and the equipment that occupational therapy assistants can use with individuals to foster participation and health through occupations across the lifespan, from the pediatric through the geriatric years. Topics include currently-available assistive technology in the field, a review of extensive adaptive equipment, various techniques for the treatment of dysfunction across the lifespan and resources available to maintain knowledge and skills utilizing assistive technology and adaptive equipment. Laboratory and lecture are used to develop student proficiency with available technology and equipment. Hours: 13 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisites: OTA 101, OTA 120, OTA 140, PSY 251 and PSY 252 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Laboratory fee: $25. Usually offered in the spring.
OTA 180: Activity Analysis: Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course focuses on the use of activity analysis, especially functional activities, so that students can identify therapeutic, meaningful and purposeful occupations directed toward individual needs. This is accomplished using general daily functional activities, traditional craft media used by occupational therapy practitioners and occupations selected by students from their own lives. Psychosocial and social-cultural influences are integrated into activity analysis, looking at occupations across the lifespan. Hours: 13 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisites: OTA 101, OTA 120, OTA 140, PSY 251 and PSY 252 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Laboratory fee: $25. Usually offered in the spring.
OTA 200: Adult and Geriatric Occupations

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course introduces students to physical dysfunctions that can affect adult and geriatric individuals. The emphasis is developmental and focuses on the skills necessary for prevention, remediation, compensation, adaptation, participation and return to health through occupations across the lifespan. Orthopedic and neurological dysfunctions and disabilities are reviewed. Areas covered include arthritis, hip fractures, joint replacements, amputations, spinal cord injuries, hand injuries, burns, cardiac dysfunction and pulmonary dysfunction. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisites: OTA 150, OTA 160, OTA 170 and OTA 180 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Laboratory fee: $25. Usually offered in the summer.
OTA 210: OT Intervention for Physical Health Across the Lifespan

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides students with the theory and application of occupational therapy treatment techniques using functional occupations for patients who have physical dysfunctions that affect participation and health through adulthood and geriatrics. This course is designed to help students develop skill and proficiency in treatment techniques, including improving activities of daily living, range of motion, muscle strengthening, splinting, physical agent modalities, positioning, adaptive equipment, technology devices, sensory intervention, cognitive re-training and manual therapy techniques. Lecture, fieldwork clinical and laboratory practice provide learning opportunities for students in this course. Hours: 26 lecture, 26 laboratory and 20 clinical. Prerequisites: OTA 150, OTA 160, OTA 170 and OTA 180 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Laboratory fee: $25. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the summer.
OTA 220: Psychosocial Occupations

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course uses the developmental model to introduce students to mental health concepts focusing on participation and health through occupations across the lifespan. This course includes information about mental health theories, trends, diagnoses and medications. Occupations focusing on health and wellness are discussed extensively. Topics also include psychosocial issues common to each developmental period, psychosocial practice settings and psychiatric diagnoses typically treated by occupational therapy practitioners. Lecture, case studies and group discussions reinforce student learning in this course. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisites: OTA 200 and OTA 210 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Laboratory fee: $25. Usually offered in the fall.
OTA 230: OT Intervention for Psychosocial Health Across the Lifespan

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides students with practice in the assessment and occupational therapy intervention strategies used with patients diagnosed with mental illness who are working to return to psychosocial health. Methods of practice used in psychosocial practice settings are reviewed and practiced. Therapeutic group theory, process and implementation are presented and practiced. Lecture, fieldwork observation and laboratory practice provide learning opportunities for students in this course. Hours: 26 lecture, 26 laboratory and 20 clinical. Prerequisites: OTA 200 and OTA 210 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Laboratory fee: $25. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the fall.
OTA 250: Professionalism, Ethics and Research Issues for OT

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is designed to help students learn, understand and apply issues related to occupational therapy professionalism and ethics. Professionalism, individually and in the field of practice, is reviewed. Ethics related to the field of occupational therapy within the current health care market are presented. Students are also exposed to research in the field of occupational therapy. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisites: OTA 200 and OTA 210 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Usually offered in the fall.
OTA 260: Level II Internship I

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
Fieldwork placements provide supervised practical experience for students to practice treatment, documentation and other occupational therapy assistant activities. These sessions focus on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupations across the lifespan in a variety of settings. Under the supervision of a registered and licensed occupational therapist (or an occupational therapy assistant under the supervision of an occupational therapist), students observe, treat and document general and psychosocial occupational therapy practices. Hours: 320 clinical. Prerequisites: OTA 220, OTA 230 and OTA 250 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Insurance: $18. Usually offered in the spring.
OTA 270: Level II Internship II

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is a continuation of OTA 260. Upon successful completion of OTA 260 and OTA 270, students are expected to have developed the entry-level clinical reasoning skills, competence and professionalism of an occupational therapy assistant. Hours: 320 clinical. Prerequisites: OTA 260 or permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Usually offered in the spring.
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