OTAT-1300 Occupational Therapy Principles

2 Credits

Overview of history, development, philosophy, theory and practice of occupational therapy profession. Discussion of role and responsibilities of occupational therapy assistant. Study of models of health, illness, wellness, therapeutic and professional relationships, exploration of cultural, ethical and legal issues in health care. Roles and education of occupational therapy personnel, and professional organizations.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): None.

OTAT-1310 Task Analysis

2 Credits

Occupational therapy practice uses activities and tasks in achieving therapeutic goals in treatment and rehabilitation of persons with occupational performance dysfunction resulting from disease or disability. Activities and tasks used in therapy to facilitate communication, develop relationships, increase self esteem, and assess and develop specific sensory, motor, psychological, social, and cognitive skills for learning, organizing work, and solving problems.

Lecture: 1 hour. Laboratory: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I or concurrent enrollment, and departmental approval.

OTAT-1320 Fundamentals of Developmental Disabilities

2 Credits

Overview of developmental disabilities including physical and psychosocial conditions commonly referred to and treated by occupational therapists.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): OTAT-1300 Occupational Therapy Principles, and departmental approval.

OTAT-1330 Techniques in Developmental Disabilities

3 Credits

Application of occupational therapy skills and techniques used in treatment programs planned for persons with developmental disabilities.

Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): OTAT-1310 Task Analysis, and departmental approval.

OTAT-1420 Fundamentals of Psychosocial Dysfunction

2 Credits

Overview of psychosocial issues and psychiatric diagnoses in mental health and other clinical settings commonly referred to occupational therapy for treatment. Focuses on signs, symptoms and effects that mental illness and psychosocial issues have on an individuals life tasks and roles.

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): PSY-2020 Life Span Development or concurrent enrollment, and OTAT-1320 Fundamentals of Developmental Disabilities.

OTAT-1430 Techniques in Psychosocial Dysfunction

3 Credits

Designed to familiarize student with variety of therapeutic techniques, processes, and programming used by occupational therapists treating individuals with psychosocial dysfunction. Emphasis on self awareness and group dynamics relevant to clinical settings serving clients with psychological and psychiatric disorders.

Lecture: 2 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): OTAT-1330 Techniques in Developmental Disabilities, and departmental approval.

OTAT-1850 Practicum I

2 Credits

Under supervision of assigned agency personnel, students apply knowledge, skills and techniques learned in concurrent OTAT courses and weekly discussion seminar. Assignment to agencies includes traditional and non-traditional settings serving clients with developmental disabilities.

Lecture: 1 hour

Other Required Hours: Practicum: 105 hours per semester. Seminar: 15 hours per semester.

Prerequisite(s): OTAT-1310 Task Analysis, and departmental approval.

OTAT-1860 Practicum II

2 Credits

Under supervision of assigned agency personnel, students apply knowledge, skills and techniques learned in concurrent OTAT courses and weekly discussion seminar. Assignment to agency includes traditional and non-traditional settings serving clients with psychosocial dysfunctions.

Lecture: 1 hour

Other Required Hours: Practicum: 105 hours per semester. Seminar: 15 hours per semester.

Prerequisite(s): PSY-2020 Life Span Development or concurrent enrollment, and departmental approval.

OTAT-1980 Therapeutic Use of Self

2 Credits

The student will learn the art of relating to others through experiential activities, self-assessments and role playing activities to gain practical experience in initiating and responding to communications with a flexible, authentic and confident approach

Lecture: 2 hours

Prerequisite(s): None

OTAT-2320 Fundamentals of Physical Dysfunction

4 Credits

Overview of physical disabilities including physical and psychosocial conditions commonly referred to and treated by occupational therapist. Presented within develop-mental frame of reference covering adult through old age.

Lecture: 4 hours

Prerequisite(s): PTAT-1300 Functional Anatomy, OTAT-1420 Fundamentals of Psychosocial Dysfunction, and OTAT-1430 Techniques in Psychosocial Dysfunction.

OTAT-2330 Techniques in Physical Disabilities

4 Credits

Overview of occupational therapy treatment strategies and techniques for physically disabled adults from late adolescence to end of life. Emphasis on current, authentic and effective occupational therapy practice.

Lecture: 3 hours. Laboratory: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): PTAT-1300 Functional Anatomy, and OTAT-1430 Techniques in Psychosocial Dysfunction.

OTAT-2340 Occupational Therapy Issues

3 Credits

Capstone course in Occupational Therapy Assisting. Integrates knowledge and skills acquired in academic work and field practice placements to clarify role and function of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, evolving issues, concepts and responsibility to professional organizations, credentialing process, research, continuing education and public relations. Role of COTA as activities director.

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite(s): OTAT-2330 Techniques in Physical Disabilities, or concurrent enrollment.

OTAT-2820 Advanced Independent Study/Research in Occupational Therapy Assisting Technology

1-3 Credits

Directed individual advanced study. Study/research title and specific content arranged between instructor and student. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits of different topics.

Lecture: 1-3 hours

Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval, and instructor approval, and ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.

OTAT-2860 Practicum III

2 Credits

Under supervision of assigned agency personnel, students apply knowledge, skills and techniques learned in concurrent OTAT courses and weekly discussion seminar. Assignments to health care agencies include, but are not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers serving adult and/or geriatric populations with physical conditions referred to occupational therapy.

Lecture: 1 hour

Other Required Hours: Practicum: 105 hours per semester. Seminar: 15 hours per semester.

Prerequisite(s): OTAT-1860 Practicum II, and departmental approval.

OTAT-2940 Field Experience

3 Credits

Students assigned to two consecutive 8-week full-time field placements under supervision of licensed occupational therapists. Provides student opportunities to apply principles and techniques learned in previous courses to actual treatment situations in preparation for entry level practice.

Other Required Hours: Field experience: 576 hours per semester.

Prerequisite(s): OTAT-2320 Fundamentals of Physical Dysfunction, , OTAT-2330 Techniques in Physical Disabilities, OTAT-2860 Practicum III, and departmental approval.