Occupational Therapy Assistant
OCTA 201 – 2 Credits
Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy
Introduces the history, philosophy, and major theories of occupational therapy. Reviews areas of practice ethics and current trends of the health care delivery system, emphasizing the impact on occupational therapy; 2 lecture hours per week; 8 hours Level I fieldwork.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. BIOL 220 with a grade of "C" of higher, BIOL 221 with a grade of "C" or higher, PSYC 101, ENGL 101, and ENGL 239
OCTA 206 – 3 Credits
Analysis of Human Performance
Presents the principles and techniques needed to identify and analyze motor movement in order to adapt human performance tasks. Studies osteology of the upper and lower extremities, motor reflexes, synergy patterns, musculoskeletal system, agonist/antagonist muscle groups, and sensory innervations and patterns of proximal stability. Develops students' observational skills. Introduces handling techniques, isometric/isotonic exercise, and motor assessments. 2 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
Corequisite: OCTA 201
OCTA 211 – 3 Credits
Enables students to apply activity analysis skills to the treatment activities and techniques in the occupational performance areas of self-maintenance, play/leisure, and productivity. Covers adaptive devices, therapeutic activities, cultural implications to activities selected, and positioning. 2 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours per week.
Prerequisites: OCTA 201 (conc) and OCTA 206
Lab fee: $10.00
OCTA 221 – 3 Credits
Psychosocial Dysfunction I
Introduces the major psychosocial theories of development; emphasizes psychosocial issues common to each developmental period across the lifespan and the onset of mental illness common to certain developmental periods; discusses psychiatric diagnoses typically treated by occupational therapy practitioners; uses case studies and group discussion. 3 lecture hours per week.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
Corequisite: OCTA 201
OCTA 222 – 3 Credits
Psychosocial Dysfuntion II
Facilitates the development of group dynamic and leadership skills; provides practice in assessments and treatment procedures used with mentally ill patients; includes current trends and relevant laws. Reinforces skills through laboratory time and participation in a variety of mental health settings. 2 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours per week. 24 hours Level I fieldwork.
Prerequisites: OCTA 221 with a grade of "C" or higher
OCTA 226 – 3 Credits
Physical Dysfunction I
Instructs students regarding theory and application of occupational therapy in the treatment of individuals with musculoskeletal, medical, orthopedic, and spinal cord injuries. Students learn treatment techniques, physical agent modalities and splinting commonly used with these diagnostic groups. Students are introduced to the construction of low technology devices specific to patients with spinal cord injuries. Students develop a working understanding of medical terminology, abbreviations, and symbols used in medical documentation. 2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours, and 24 hours Level I fieldwork.
Prerequisites: OCTA 201 and OCTA 206 with a grade of "C" or higher in each course
OCTA 227 – 3 Credits
Physical Dysfunction II
Prepares students in theory and application of occupational therapy treatment for patients with neurological deficits from trauma or disease. Students will develop proficiency in treatment techniques specific to the neurological patient, which may include splinting, physical agent modalities, positioning, adaptative equipment, low technology devices, cognitive re-training, and driver's education/ re-training. 2 lecture hours and 2 lab hours per week; 24 hours Level I fieldwork.
Prerequisite: OCTA 226 with a grade of "C" or higher
OCTA 231 – 3 Credits
Clinical Techniques I
Introduces pediatrics, emphasizing developmental disabilities psychosocial and physical dysfunction. Explains the impact of a child with special needs on the family and the importance of play, mobility, and education; reinforces techniques through lecture, laboratory work, and practicums. 2 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours per week; 24 hours Level I fieldwork
Prerequisites: OCTA 206 and OCTA 211
OCTA 236 – 3 Credits
Clinical Techniques II
Provides a developmental view of the aging process; covers physical, psychosocial, socio-economic, and cultural issues; the effects of normal aging and pathology on function and independence; and prevention, restoration, and maintenance programs. Provides reinforcement through lectures, discussion, readings, and practicum. 2 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours per week; 24 hours Level I fieldwork.
Prerequisites: OCTA 206 and OCTA 211 with a grade of "C" or higher in each course
OCTA 266 – 4 Credits
Concludes the academic portion of the OTA program. While being closely supervised, this practical experience enables the student to transition into the role of an entry level occupational therapy assistant. This fieldwork focuses on adult physical disabilities where the student provides treatment and documentation on an assigned patient caseload. 300 fieldwork hours required.
Prerequisites: Completion of all academic course work required by the OCTA program with a "C" or higher. All students must complete the OCTA 266 course within 18 months of completing the academic course work.
OCTA 269 – 4 Credits
Concludes the two-course sequence. Prepares the student to transition into the role of an entry level OTA under close supervision. This fieldwork focuses on patients with psychiatric diagnoses where the student provides treatment and documentation on an assigned patient caseload. 300 fieldwork hours.
Prerequisites: Completion of OCTA 201, 206, 221, 222, 211, and 226 with a "C" or better. All General Education courses must be completed with a "C" or better. Students must complete OCTA 269 within 18 months of completing the academic course work.