Curriculum

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Freshman Year – Fall Semester 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Hours 

OTA 1113 

Foundations of Occupational Therapy 

3 

OTA 1213 

Pathology of Psychiatric Conditions 

3 

OTA 1121 

Medical Terminology 

1 

OTA 1223 

Pathology of Physical Disability Conditions 

3 

OTA 1132 

Therapeutic Anatomy 

2 

OTA 1513 

Group Process 

3 

Academic 

Social/Behavioral Elective – if not already taken 

3 

Freshman Year – Spring Semester 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Hours 

OTA 1315 

Kinesiology 

5 

OTA 1413 

Therapeutic Media 

3 

OTA 1423 

Occupational Therapy Skills I 

3 

OTA 1234 

Pathology of Developmental Conditions 

4 

Freshman Year – Summer Semester 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Hours 

OTA 1913 

Level I Fieldwork: Psychosocial/Specialty 

3 

OTA 1433 

Occupational Therapy Skills II 

3 

OTA 1243 

Pathology of Orthopedic Conditions 

3 

OTA 2813 

Healthcare Systems 

3 

Academic 

Written Communications – if not already taken 

3 

Sophomore Year – Fall Semester 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Hours 

OTA 2443 

Occupational Therapy Skills III 

3 

OTA 2714 

Concepts in Occupational Therapy 

4 

OTA 2935 

Level I Fieldwork: Physical Disabilities/Pediatrics Specialty 

5 

OTA 2961 

Occupational Therapy Transitions II 

1 

Academic 

Oral Communications Elective – if not taken already 

3 

Academic 

Fine Arts/Humanities Elective – if not taken already 

3 

Sophomore Year – Spring Semester 

Course Code 

Course Name 

Hours 

OTA 2946 

Level II Fieldwork A 

6 (8 Weeks) 

OTA 2956 

Level II Fieldwork B 

6 (8 Weeks) 

OTA 2971 

Occupational Therapy Transitions II 

1 

 

 

Course Descriptions 

 

OTA 1113 

Foundations of Occupational Therapy (3)Pre-requisite: Admission to OTA Program 
This intake course in an introduction to the field of occupational therapy including history, role orientation, professional organizational structure, legal and ethical implications, legislation, specific practice arenas, and the process of service delivery. (3) lecture hours per week) 

 

OTA 1121 

Medical Terminology (1) 
This intake course is a study of medical language relating to body system including diseases, physical conditions, abbreviations, and symbols as applied to occupational therapy. Professional language for occupational therapy will be included. 

 

OTA 1132 

Therapeutic Anatomy (2) 
This intake course will focus upon the structured of the human body and their respective functions. Emphasis will be placed upon the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. 

 

OTA 1528 

Pathology of Psychiatric Conditions (3) 
This intake course provides a basic knowledge of psychiatric disorders encountered in occupation therapy practice. Emphasis is on etiology, prognosis, and management of various psychiatric conditions. The role and function of the OTA in the treatment process is also emphasized. (3 lecture hours per week) 

 

OTA 1223 

Pathology of Physical Disability Conditions (3) 
This intake course provides a basic knowledge of selected diseases and conditions encountered in occupational therapy practice. Emphasis is on etiology, prognosis and management of various pathological physical conditions. The role and function of the OTA in the treatment process is also emphasized. (3 lecture hours per week) 

 

OTA 1234 

Pathology of Developmental Conditions (4) 
This intake course provides a basic knowledge of selected diseases and conditions encountered in occupational therapy practice. Emphasis is on etiology, prognosis encountered in occupational therapy practice. Emphasis is on etiology, prognosis and management of various pathological developmental conditions. The student will compare and contrast normal and abnormal developmental patterns. The role and function of the OTA in the treatment process is also emphasized. (4 lecture hours per week) 

 

OTA 1242 

Pathology of Orthopedic Conditions (2) 
This intake course provides a basic knowledge of selected orthopedic conditions encountered in occupational therapy practice. Emphasis is placed upon mechanisms of pathology and basic knowledge of selected orthopedic conditions encountered in occupational therapy practice. Emphasis is placed upon mechanisms of pathology and basic treatment approaches. The role and function of the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) in the treatment process is also emphasized. (2 lectures hours per week) 

 

OTA 1315 

Kinesiology. (5) 
This intake course studies individual muscles and muscle function, biomechanical principles of joint motion, gait patterns, normal movement patterns and goniometry. (4 lecture hours and 2 lab hours per week) 

 

OTA 1413 

Therapeutic Media (3) 
This manipulation course provides knowledge and use of tools, equipment and basic techniques of therapeutic media. Emphasis is given to analyzation and instruction of activities frequently used as occupational therapy media in multiple community and clinical settings. (2 lecture and 2 lab hours per week) 

 

OTA 1423 

Occupational Therapy Skills (3) 
This manipulative course provides fundamental knowledge of practice skills used with patients; clients across the life span and with various diagnoses. Observation and documentation techniques will be introduced. (2 lecture and 2 lab hours per week) 

 

OTA 1433 

Occupational Therapy Skills II (3) 
This manipulation course provides intermediate practice skills used with patients; clients access the life span and with various diagnosis. (2 lecture and 2 lab hours) 

 

OTA 1513 

Group Process (3) 
This manipulative course introduces theory and research findings explaining group dynamics. The course teaches the student how to facilitate group effectiveness and the skills to apply that knowledge in practical situations. Methods and skills necessary to plan, write and lead an occupational therapy group will be taught. The course focuses on the importance of group activity intervention primarily with the psychiatric population. (2 lecture and 2 lab hours per week) 

 

OTA 1913 

Fieldwork I-A (3) 
This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to observe and participate in clinical fieldwork. The student will also begin to develop professional work habits. Students are expected to function as participant observers in the assigned clinical setting. (1 lecture and 6 fieldwork hours per week) 

 

OTA 2813 

Healthcare Systems (3) 
This intake course is designed to examine the context of service delivery for occupational therapy. Various models of health care, education, community, and social systems will be examined. (3 lecture hours per week.) 

 

OTA 2443 

Occupational Therapy Skills III (3)Prerequisites: OTA 1423 
This manipulative course provides intermediate practice skills used with patients; clients across the life span and with various diagnoses. (2 lecture and 2 lab hours per week) 

 

OTA 2714 

Concepts in Occupational Therapy (4)Pre-requisite: OTA 1223, OTA 1423, OTA 1242 
This manipulative course studies occupational therapy treatment techniques for a variety of diagnoses while incorporating theoretical concepts. (3 lecture and 2 lab hours per week) 

 

OTA 2961 

Occupational Therapy Transitions I (1) 
This course provides information and guidance to the student for their transitional process of becoming an Occupational Therapy Practitioner. This course will encompass a variety of professional skills and concepts. In addition, vital life skills will be discussed. (1 lecture hour per week) 

 

OTA 2935 

Fieldwork I-B (5)Prerequisite: OTA 1423 
This application course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply their knowledge in clinical fieldwork. The student will also begin to develop professional work habits. Students are expected to function as participant observers in the clinical setting. (1 lecture and 12 clinical hours per week) 

 

OTA 2946 

Fieldwork II – A (6)Prerequisite: All OTA coursework 
This application course synthesizes previous didactic instruction and clinical experiences obtained in Fieldwork I. In Level 11A, the student may encounter a variety of populations in a traditional or non- traditional based setting. Student will assume increasing responsibilities under supervision as appropriate for the setting. (18 clinical hours per week for eight weeks) 

 

OTA 2956 

Fieldwork II – B (6)Prerequisite: All OTA coursework 
This application course synthesizes previous didactic instruction and clinical experiences obtained in Fieldwork I. In Level IIA, the student may encounter a variety of populations in a traditional or non-traditional based setting. Student will assume increasing responsibilities under supervision as appropriate for the setting. (18 clinical hours per week for 8 weeks) 

 

OTA 2971 

Occupational Therapy Transitions II (1) 
This course provides final preparation to the student for the transitional process of becoming an Occupational Therapy Practitioner. (1 lecture hour per week)