Academics

OTA Courses

OTH 1001C
Introduction to Occupational Therapy

Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, satisfactory completion of BSC 2085C, Mathematics (Area II, A.S.), and PSY 2012. This course introduces the student to the field of occupational therapy concentrating on the history, philosophy and underlying concepts of practice, theories, frames of reference utilized in occupational therapy and the roles of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant. It also provides a basic introduction to medical terminology, infection control techniques, body mechanics, vital signs, wheelchair safety and patient care skills related to communication, handling, positioning and mobility. Oral and written reporting skills are practiced in various class activities to develop effective communication skills and work inter-professionally with those who provide care for individuals and/or populations. The use of skilled observations of identified performance areas within the therapy environment are practiced in relations to the process of occupational therapy along with ethical and professional responsibilities and the need for evidenced based practice.

OTH 1014C
Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology

Five hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Corequisite: OTH 1001C. This course is designed to explore the analysis of human movement and its impact on function through the integration of biomechanics, kinesiology and applied anatomy. Principles of exercise, therapeutic use of occupation and activities are introduced. Manual muscle testing and goniometric measurement are examined and practiced. Principles are reinforced through a problem-solving approach to increase the understanding of movement of the body and the relationship to occupational therapy intervention including the interaction of areas of occupation, performance patterns, activity demands, context(s) and environments and client factors.
 

OTH 1114C
Occupational Therapy Skills and Techniques I

Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of BSC 2086C, DEP 2004, OTH 1001C, and OTH 1014C. Corequisite: OTH 1520C. This course is designed to prepare the student to articulate and apply the therapeutic use of occupations with individuals or groups during the growth years (ages 0 – 21 years) to address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being and quality of life. Lecture and laboratory activities utilize problem solving and critical thinking, communication skills and group/individual settings to focus on: activity analysis, facilitation/inhibition techniques; activities of daily living; gross and fine motor activities; behavioral control techniques; orthotics; adaptive/assistive equipment; and competency in selecting, implementing and instructing interventions/activities with children of varying functional level throughout the growth years. Laboratory practice provides the opportunity apply theoretical concepts to practice situations.

OTH 1410
Introduction to Human Disease

Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of BSC 2086C, DEP 2004, OTH 1001C, and OTH 1014C. This course is an introduction to basic pathophysiology including etiology, signs and symptoms and rehabilitative treatment principles of various medical, surgical, orthopedic and neurological conditions common to individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on the proper use of medical terminology associated with these conditions.

OTH 1520C
Occupational Therapy During the Growth Years

Three hours lecture and 5 hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of BSC 2086C, DEP 2004, OTH 1001C, and OTH 1014C. Corequisites: OTH 1114C and OTH 1410. This course is designed to enable the student to investigate prevalent disabilities occurring during the growth years (approximately birth through 20 years of age) and to begin to plan and implement appropriate occupational therapy treatment for each type of disability. In addition, the student will study occupational therapy concepts and techniques to be able to begin to effectively implement occupational therapy treatment techniques in a variety of pediatric settings.

OTH 2261C
Occupational Therapy Skills and Techniques II

Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of OTH 1114C, OTH 1520C and OTH 1410C. Corequisites: OTH 2420C, OTH 2300C and 2802L. This course was designed to provide an understanding of how occupational therapy contributes to promoting the health and participation of people, organizations and populations through engagement in occupation. Opportunities will be provided to apply the therapeutic use of occupations and client-centered approach utilized in the process of the delivery of occupational therapy services for physical and psychosocial dysfunction. Lecture and laboratory activities provide the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to practice situations, promote problem solving and critical thinking skills, develop skills in activity analysis and foster communication skills with clients and professional staff.

 

OTH 2300C
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Corequisites: OTH 2261C, OTH 2420C and OTH 2802L. This course is designed to enable the student to become knowledgeable of the basic concepts of mental health and mental illness and the related role of occupational therapy process in psychosocial practice. Focus will be on evaluations, treatment planning, occupational therapy practice models, the role of the COTA in various mental health settings and the therapeutic use of self. The student will be introduced to appropriate methods of responding to symptoms and behaviors, safety techniques, DSM V and documentation. Laboratory activities promote the use of case-based learning to focus on skills needed in the mental health setting, treatment planning and implementation, therapeutic use of occupational with individuals and groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community and other settings, as well as the importance of evidenced based practice in the mental health setting.
 

OTH 2420C
Occupational Therapy for the Physically Disabled

Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Corequisites: OTH 2261C, OTH 2300C and OTH 2802L.This course is designed to enable the student to understand common physical disabilities in the adult population. It will provide the student with an understanding   of occupational therapy practice models, the role of the COTA, evaluations, treatment planning, intervention strategies and documentation used in physical disabilities with the adult population. The student will be able to apply occupational therapy interventions to address the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, well-being and quality of life.

OTH 2802L
Occupational Therapy Practicum

Fieldwork experience – 2 days per week. Corequisites: OTH 2261C, OTH 2420C and OTH 2300C. This course provides opportunities for students to observe and participate in occupational therapy treatment with adult clients in a physical disabilities and mental health fieldwork environment within the community. The student will work under the supervision of an occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant and/or other fieldwork supervisors. A variety of fieldwork settings are used to expose the students to individuals and groups with physical and psychosocial dysfunction. This course also includes a fieldwork seminar hour which is designed to facilitate the development of clinical skills by developing clinical reasoning/problem solving skills, develop an understanding of health literacy and the ability to educate and train the client, enhance the understanding of quality of life, well-being and occupation to promote physical and mental health, considering the context and environment and to enhance the need for and understanding of inter-professional collaboration within the health care environment.

OTH 2840L
Supervised Clinical Practice I

Fieldwork experience – 4 ½ days per week for 8 weeks. Corequisite: OTH 2933C. Supervised Clinical Practice I is a full-time supervised fieldwork experience designed to bridge the student from classroom to fieldwork in preparation for entry-level practice as an occupational therapy assistant. The student will participate in an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation. The fieldwork experience is scheduled to be in one practice area of occupational therapy (physical disabilities, psychosocial dysfunction, or pediatrics) and is designed to promote problem solving abilities and clinical reasoning appropriate to the occupational therapy assistant role, to transmit the values and beliefs that enable ethical practice, and to develop professionalism and competence in career responsibilities.

OTH 2841L
Supervised Clinical Practice II

Fieldwork experience – 4 ½ days per week for 8 weeks. Corequisite: OTH 2933C.Supervised Clinical Practice II is a full-time supervised fieldwork experience designed to bridge the student from classroom to clinic in preparation for entry level practice as an occupational therapy assistant. The student will participate in an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation. The fieldwork experience is scheduled to be in one practice area of occupational therapy (physical disabilities, psychosocial dysfunction, pediatrics) in a setting that is different from the site assigned for Clinical Practice I and is designed to promote problem solving abilities and clinical reasoning appropriate to the occupational therapy assistant role, to transmit the values and beliefs that enable ethical practice, and to develop professionalism and competence in career responsibilities.

OTH 2933C
Seminar for Clinical Practice

One hour lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisites: OTH 2261C, OTH 2420C, OTH 2300C and OTH 2802L. Corequisites: OTH 2840L and OTH 2841L. This course presents issues related to the transition from student to practitioner including:   basic principles of organization, administration and supervision, the role of the OTA in relation to other health care professionals, ethics, medical errors, job search skills, licensing requirements and preparation for the national Certification Exam. A fieldwork seminar hour is incorporated into the class which is designed to enhance the development of clinical skills, critical thinking and problem solving abilities through an open discussion of experiences in the fieldwork setting.

 

 

 

 

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