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Occupational Therapy Assistant

FUNDAMENTALS OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

CURRICULUM AND COURSE NUMBER:       OCTAR110
DEPARTMENT:  Allied Health
CREDIT HOURS:  1
SEMESTER HOURS:  CLASS:   0             LAB:  2
PREREQUISITES / COREQUISITES:                AHLT104

This course is designed to introduce the beginning student to basic body movements, relating them to activities of daily living, therapeutic media, and the effects of decreased motion in specific diagnostic conditions. Activity analysis is introduced addressing a developmental progression of activities of daily living and selected therapeutic media projects. It is offered in the first semester of the first year of the curriculum design (Co/ Prerequisite: AHLC104)

THERAPEUTIC PRINCIPLES

CURRICULUM AND COURSE NUMBER:       OCTA125R
DEPARTMENT:                  Allied Health
CREDIT HOURS:                3
SEMESTER HOURS:   CLASS: 1    LAB: 5
PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES:  AHLT 135R, AHLT 104R, OCTA 110R, SCI 201R

This lab skills course is designed to ground the student in the basic principles and foundations of practice in Occupational Therapy. The course is designed to reinforce concepts in the theory and practice of OT.  This course builds upon concepts and the competencies achieved in AHLT135R, OCTA110R and AHLT104R.  Principles of motion and kinesiology will be reviewed, as well as the foundation in therapeutic activity, activity analysis, group dynamics, and the introduction to therapeutic use of self.

LEVEL I FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE

CURRICULUM AND COURSE NUMBER:  OCTA190 R
DEPARTMENT:                                          Allied Health
CREDIT HOURS:                                        4
SEMESTER HOURS:     180                        CLINICAL:  4 credits
PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES:            All first year ALHTR and OCTAR Courses, SCIC 201, SCIC 202, PSYC 101

This clinical experience is designed to introduce the student to a variety of professional behaviors in the field which include how to collect useful and accurate data from observation and/or available written resources, use of effective communication with written and verbal skills, and appropriate screening and assessment techniques. This course is conducted at the end of the first year after the completion of all of the first-year courses.  It is designed to solidify the principles of theory and practice that have been introduced to the students in the first year. This particular Fieldwork has a focus on psychological and social factors that influence engagement in occupation. The student will be introduced and have a chance to experience and interact in a variety of psychosocial and behavioral situations that are integrated with developmental, physical and emotional deficits. The Level I field work experience allows the student an opportunity to be involved in basic treatment planning including; setting goals, developing intervention strategies and demonstrating proper techniques in ADL and some I-ADL interventions while maintaining effective relationships with client, family and staff and utilizing the occupational therapy practice framework.  Upon completion of Level I experience the student will have demonstrated a sense of professional values, ethics, and responsibilities.

LEVEL I SEMINAR IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

CURRICULUM AND COURSE NUMBER:       OCTR 191
DEPARTMENT:      Allied Health
CREDIT HOURS:    2
SEMESTER HOURS:   32 
PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES:  OCTAR 190

This course provides a seminar for guided student exchange on trends and issues of Occupational Therapy related to the Level I Fieldwork Experiences.  The rationale for this course is to further enhance the student in making the transition from student to professional by discussing topics relevant to our field of practice.  This course builds upon clinical and theoretical foundations through discussion and application activities.  The courses in which information is directly drawn upon are OCTA212R, AHLT104R, AHLT135R, OCTA110R, OCTA125R. Additionally, this course will further prepare our students for the national board exam and licensure where applicable.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

CURRICULUM AND COURSE NUMBER:       OCTAR 212
DEPARTMENT:      Allied Health
CREDIT HOURS:    2
SEMESTER HOURS:  CLASS:   1             LAB:   3
PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES: OCTAR 110, OCTAR 125, ALHTR 114, ALHTR112, PSYCR 101

This course includes Occupational Therapy theories and treatments for individuals with a variety of developmental disabilities.  Utilizing the standard therapeutic process, the student will apply theory and technique in screening and evaluation, treatment planning, service provision, documentation, and program evaluation.  This course builds upon principles of theory and practice presented and applied in AHLT112R, PSYC101R, PSYC114R, OCTA110R, OCTA125R. The various roles and responsibilities of the COTA in the work sites for the person with a developmental disability will be examined.

PSYCHOSOCIAL DISABILITIES IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

CURRICULUM AND COURSE NUMBER:       OCTAR 213
DEPARTMENT:   Allied Health
CREDIT HOURS:                3
SEMESTER HOURS:         CLASS:   2                 LAB:   2
PREREQUISITES/CO-REQUISITES:     OCTAR 190R

Occupational therapy treatment of common psychosocial behavior problems of the individual is discussed.  Client assessment, group process and therapeutic communication are included.  The focus and direction of this course builds upon the strong emphasis on psychosocial disabilities.  This course is designed to assist the student in developing knowledge of theory, models of practice, etiology and occupational therapy treatment techniques essential to enable the occupational therapy assistant to effectively serve clients in the mental health field. This course builds upon the foundation of OCTA125R Therapeutic Principles and OCTA213R Developmental Disabilities as it further engages students in theory and practice of OT with a multitude of diagnoses through the lifespan. 

PHYSICAL DISABILITIES IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

CURRICULUM AND COURSE NUMBER:  OCTAR 214
DEPARTMENT:  Allied Health
CREDIT HOURS:  2
SEMESTER HOURS:  CLASS:   1             LAB:  3
PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES:  OCTAR 190

This practice oriented course provides the student with basic skills in assessment, treatment planning, treatment techniques and documentation as related to physical dysfunction.  Included are biomechanical, neurodevelopmental and sensory integrative treatment techniques, splinting, casting and the use of adaptive devices.

Occupational therapy is based on the belief that occupation/purposeful activity may be used to prevent and mediate dysfunction.  The occupational therapy assistant, to contribute to this prevention and mediation in physical disabilities, must understand the occupational therapy process and display competency in assessment, problem identification, treatment planning and implementation. This course incorporates theory and practice concepts from OCTA110, 125, and 212. Through the dovetailing of courses offered in the first and second semesters of the curriculum, the OTA student can further expand their knowledge effective OT Practice with individuals with physical disabilities. This course is offered in the first semester of the senior year. Level I FW OCTA190 also contributes to the foundation of this course as students apply assessment skills, physical, emotional, psychosocial and cognitive intervention techniques in simulation and classroom practice.

SEMINAR IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

CURRICULUM AND COURSE NUMBER:       OCTAR 220
DEPARTMENT:      Allied Health
CREDIT HOURS:    1
SEMESTER HOURS:   16
PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES:  OCTAR 290, OCTAR 291                                                           

This course provides a seminar for guided student exchange on trends and issues of Occupational Therapy related to the Level II Fieldwork Experiences.  The rationale for this course is to further enhance the student in making the transition from student to professional by discussing topics relevant to our field of practice and to further prepare our students for the national board exam and licensure where applicable. This culmination course includes topics from OCTA125, 212, 214, 213, 290 and 291.  This course is designed to assist students in examining the overarching integration of theory and practice of OT including integration of didactic training.  

LEVEL IIA FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE

CURRICULUM AND COURSE NUMBER:       OCTAR 290
DEPARTMENT:  Allied Health
CREDIT HOURS:  6
SEMESTER HOURS:         256 hours
PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES:  All required ALHC and OCTAR courses

Psychosocial service agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, community health care agencies, school systems and other human service facilities provide affiliating experiences for students enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. 

Rationale for this course:   This practicum will enable the student to successfully integrate classroom learned material into the clinical area of practice.  It is designed to assist the student in successfully developing the role of a therapist among clients as well as colleagues. It incorporates all OCTA first and second year courses as well as AHLC courses into practice.  This is a course that is conducted in the field as a practicum.

LEVEL IIB  FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE

CURRICULUM AND COURSE NUMBER:       OCTAR 291
DEPARTMENT:  Allied Health
CREDIT HOURS: 6
SEMESTER HOURS:         256 hours
PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES:  All required ALHC and OCTAR courses

Psychosocial service agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, community health care agencies, school systems and other human service facilities provide affiliating experiences for students enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. This practicum will enable the student to successfully integrate classroom learned material into the clinical area of practice.  It is designed to assist the student in successfully developing the role of a therapist among clients as well as colleagues. As it incorporates all aspects of didactic training from OCTA and AHLT courses, it is an advanced practice course follow Level IIA OCTA290R.  It is expected that by the end of this fieldwork (practicum) experience that all students are executing themselves at entry level practice and prepared to sit for the national examination.

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