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OTA 101 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy

Credits: 5
3 Lecture Hours 4 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: Acceptance into OTA Program

This is an introduction to occupational therapy and the role of the occupational therapy assistant in health care. Topics include history and philosophy, theories of practice, definition of the profession, disability groups treated, treatment settings, terminology used and modalities employed. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Define occupational therapy, related philosophies, theories, ethics, functions and goals.
  2. Explain the concept of service delivery and the implications for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) in various practice settings.
  3. Identify the roles of occupational therapy practitioners, their credentialing, educational and supervisory requirements.
  4. Explain the Occupational Therapy (OT) process, clinical reasoning, therapeutic use of self, and OT Domain and Framework in OT service delivery.
  5. Describe the moral and ethical importance of maintaining confidentiality in all patient/client situations.
  6. Complete a 24-hour volunteer work experience, including the required volunteer work assignments.
  7. Explain the importance of utilizing proper universal standards and material safety within health care environments.
  8. Perform the basic techniques and procedures for selected lab activities in a satisfactory and safe manner.
  9. Identify significant individuals and events that aided in the development of the OT profession.
  10. Discuss the importance of cultural competency in various occupational therapy practice settings.
Listed Topics
  1. Medical abbreviations
  2. Medical terminology
  3. Portfolio
  4. Vital signs
  5. Occupational profile
  6. Treatment team
  7. Confidentiality
  8. Americans with Disabilities Act
  9. Wheelchair safety
  10. Ethics (OT and CCAC/ALH)
  11. Various lab projects
  12. Activity analysis
  13. OT history
  14. OT supervision
  15. Cultural diversity
  16. Documentation
  17. American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) article critique
  18. Professionalism
  19. Therapeutic use of self
  20. Therapeutic games  
  21. Learning styles
  22. Frames of reference
  23. OT roles and credentialing
  24. Interview techniques
  25. Professional development
  26. Scientific-based decisions
Reference Materials
Currently recognized texts, professional journals, videos, handouts, internet and library resources.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citzenship
Approved By: Dr Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 11/19/2019

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