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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)




101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
3 credit hours

Offered fall and spring semesters. Three hours lecture a week.

Through study, discussion, and field observation/participation, the student will: 1) investigate a career choice in Occupational Therapy; 2) describe the need for self-care, productivity and leisure; 3) compare and contrast community health-care services for pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations; 4) describe the history and philosophy of Occupational Therapy; and 5) explore topics related to integrative health and wellness.

102 Dynamics of Human Motion
4 credit hours

Offered fall semester. Two and a half hours lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Fee: $95.00.

Through study, discussion, and field observation/participation, the student will: 1) identify major muscle groups and their effect on movement; 2) analyze movement activities according to joint movements, muscle groups involved, and type of contraction elicited; 3) be introduced to range of motion and body mechanics; and 4) perform basic manual muscle tests.

Prerequisite: Admission to the OTA Program and completion of entire first semester.

103 Intervention Techniques I
2 credit hours

Offered summer session. One-hour lecture and two and a half hours laboratory a week. Fee: $95.00. Learning Harbor Fee: $25.00.

Through study, discussion, and participation, the student will explore intervention methods and techniques focusing on minor crafts, play/leisure skills, and activity analysis.

Prerequisite: Admission to the OTA Program.

105 Cultural Diversity and Treatment Planning
1 credit hour

Offered fall and spring semesters. One hour lecture a week.

An introductory course in Occupational Therapy that explores how planning effective treatment is tied to understanding cultural differences. Introduction to basic values and customs associated with several different cultures is provided. Students will complete a research project and participate in small group activities designed to illustrate the importance of roles and values associated with different cultures.

106 Intervention in Physical Rehabilitation
4 credit hours

Offered summer session. Two and a half hours lecture and three hours laboratory week. Five (eight-hour) days of fieldwork a semester. Fee: $95.00. Criminal Background Check Fee: $39.00. Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic Fee: $25.00. EHRGO Fee: $120.00. Uniform Fee: $65.00. Online Simulation Fee: $90.00.

Through study and discussion the student will: 1) identify commonly seen medical and orthopedic conditions and 2) identify Occupational Therapy evaluation techniques and methods of intervention for these medical and orthopedic conditions. Through fieldwork observation/participation, the student will identify commonly seen physical disabilities, evaluation techniques, and methods of intervention for these conditions, including complementary and alternative methods.

Prerequisite: Admission to the OTA Program.

113 Neuroscience Concepts
1 credit hour

Offered summer session. One hour lecture a week.

This course is designed to provide students with the basic understanding of the human nervous system as it applies to patient treatment and assessment. Structure and function of sensory systems as well as conscious and unconscious brain mechanisms are covered.

Prerequisite: Admission to the OTA Program.

203 Intervention Techniques II
2 credit hours

Offered fall semester. Three and a half hours lecture and laboratory a week. Fee: $95.00.

Through study, discussion, and participation, the student will explore the intervention methods and techniques focusing on adaptive equipment, specialized procedures of intervention such as prosthetics and orthotics, activities of daily living, transfer techniques, and specialized assessments and evaluation techniques.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA Program and completion of entire first semester.

204 Physical Agent Modalities
2 credit hours

Meets thirty hours a semester. Meeting times vary. Fee: $95.00.

Through lecture and instructor-student interaction, this course will cover all aspects of electrical stimulation and ultrasound. The student will learn the physics and basic principles of these two modalities, including definitions, terminology, and clinical examples. Students will be instructed in the appropriate parameters and methods of utilization to achieve client treatment goals.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA Program and completion of entire first and second semesters.

207 Intervention with Children and Adolescents
4 credit hours

Offered fall semester. Two and a half hours lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Five (eight-hour) days of fieldwork a semester. Fee: $95.00. Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic Fee: $25.00.

Injuries, diseases and difficulties commonly encountered in individuals from birth through adolescence are covered. Application of Occupational Therapy Process is detailed for specific individual age and diagnostic categories.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA Program and completion of entire first semester.

209 Clinical Internship I
4 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Eight to twelve forty-hour week sessions. Pass-fail grading. Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic Fee: $25.00.

Through participation, the student will complete a supervised clinical internship in an appropriate health care facility.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA Program and completion of entire first, second, and third semesters.

210 Clinical Internship II
4 credit hours

Offered summer session. Eight to twelve forty-hour week sessions. Pass-fail grading. Exam Prep Fee: $130.00. Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic Fee: $25.00.

Through participation, the student will complete a supervised clinical internship in an appropriate health care facility.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA Program and completion of entire first, second, and third semesters.

212 Specialty Skills Development
3 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Two hours lecture a week. Fee: $50.00.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Capstone course. Student is guided through assessment of his/her own skills as they relate to specialty areas of interest. Course is designed collaboratively by student and instructor to include library and/or other research, fieldwork, and establishment of a mentor relationship with another professional. Goal setting and measurement are integral parts of this course. Identifying strengths and needs in job interviews and resume writing are examined.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA Program and completion of entire first and second semesters.

213 Clinical Application to Neuroscience
1 credit hour

Offered spring semester. One-hour lecture a week.

This course provides a means for the student to understand the power of the nervous system in illness, disability, health promotion, self-healing and in treatment planning for both physically and psychologically involved individuals.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA program and completion of entire first and second semesters.

215 Mental Health Concepts and Techniques
4 credit hours

Offered fall semester. Two and a half hours lecture and three hours laboratory a week. Five (8 hour) days of fieldwork a semester. Fee: $95.00.

Through lecture, discussion, fieldwork, and observation/participation, the student will 1) identify commonly seen psychosocial conditions using Occupational Therapy evaluation techniques, 2) identify methods of intervention in psychosocial settings, 3) practice observing, assessing, and reporting group behaviors, 4) practice planning and implementing therapeutic groups, and 5) identify roles of group leader and follower.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA Program and completion of entire first semester.

218 Intervention with the Older Adult
2 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Two hours lecture a week and five (eight-hour) days of fieldwork a semester.

This course is designed to provide the student with entry-level knowledge in the Occupational Therapy specialty area of the older adult. Covered are various theories of aging, physical changes and psychosocial phenomena associated with aging, strategies for health and wellness in the later years, and intervention planning with the older adult. Individual and group interventions are covered. Through fieldwork and observations/participation, the student will identify commonly seen conditions of the older adult, evaluation techniques, and intervention methods for these conditions.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA Program and completion of entire first and second semesters.

220 OT Program Development
2 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Two hours lecture a week.

This course is designed to allow the student to understand the steps in developing a program providing services to individuals in need of occupational therapy. The student will explore management and leadership styles, human resources issues, budgeting, supervision, organization, and planning as they relate to the provision of occupational therapy.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA Program and completion of entire first and second semesters.

222 Documentation for Occupational Therapy
2 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Web course only.

This online course will prepare the student to be proficient in documenting occupational therapy services. Topics covered include use of appropriate language, ethical and legal considerations, clinical documentation, including electronic health records, school system documentation, administrative documentation, Medicare standards, and reimbursement guidelines.

Prerequisite: Admission to OTA Program and completion of entire first and second semesters.

229 Special Topics in Occupational Therapy
1-3 credit hours

This course is designed to allow the student to do individual research in the field of Occupational Therapy under the guidance of an OTA faculty member. The student may choose to pursue special interests beyond those available in course offerings. The course may be repeated for up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite: Instructor consent required.