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Occupational Therapy Assistant - AAS

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The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to provide skilled health care services under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists. Working collaboratively, the OTA is trained to provide services to consumers across the life span, particularly those with challenges (i.e. disease, injury, illness, wellness, prevention), that prevent active independent 'living life to its fullest' through daily occupations and tasks. Services may include, but are not limited to, treating a wide range of physical, developmental, psychological, social, and emotional conditions. Principles, theories and treatment interventions that emphasize best practices are the hallmark of this profession's repertoire. Examples of types of intervention(s) include therapeutic exercises and activities, motor and life skills training, Basic Activities of Daily Living (BADL), and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) training, adaptive technological use and training, splint construction and usage, home modification, work-related intervention, psycho-social group programs, and consumer/care-giver education.


Prerequisite Courses
HPRS 1201 Introduction to Health Professions 2
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
BIOL 2301 Anatomy & Physiology I (Lecture) 3
BIOL 2101 Anatomy & Physiology I (Lab) 1
OTHA 1301 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3

Year 1

Semester 1
OTHA 1305 Principles of Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 1309 Human Structure & Function in Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 1315 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I 3
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development 3
Semester 2
OTHA 2301 Pathophysiology in Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 2335 Health Care Management & Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 1319 Therapeutic Interventions I 3
OTHA 1241 Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence 2
Semester 3
OTHA 2302 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II 3
OTHA 2305 Therapeutic Interventions II 3
XXXX #3## Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

Year 2

Semester 1
OTHA 1253 Occupational Performance for Elders 2
OTHA 2331 Physical Function in Occupational Therapy 3
OTHA 2209 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy 2
OTHA 1161 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant 1
OTHA 1162 Clinical - Occupational Therapy Assistant 1
Semester 2
OTHA 2330 Workplace Skills for Occupational Therapy Assistant 3
OTHA 2266 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Occupational Therapy Assistant 2
OTHA 2267 Practicum (or Field Experience) - Occupational Therapy Assistant (Capstone) 2
Semester 3
Total Credits 60

1. A list of electives appears in the Core Curriculum section of this catalog.

Capstone Statement

A capstone course is a course designed to provide opportunities for students to integrate knowledge from their core and concentration courses, to gain insight into the meanings of professionalism and professional practice, and to reflect on the norms of a discipline or profession.

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