Course Descriptions

OTHA 1301 Introduction to Occupational Therapy

Credit: 3 (2 lecture, 4 lab)

Course Description: Introduction to the historical development and philosophy of the profession of occupational therapy. Emphasis on the roles and functions of the occupational therapy assistant in current health care environments including moral, legal, and ethical issues.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Define occupational therapy; identify the education, roles, and functions of occupational therapy personnel; define health care terminology; and identify health care settings.

 

 

OTHA 1305 Principles of Occupational Therapy

Credit: 3 (2 lecture, 3 lab)

Course Description: Introduction to occupational therapy including the historical development and philosophy. Emphasis on the roles of the occupational therapy assistant. Topics include areas of occupation; occupational therapy personnel; current health care environment; and moral, legal, and ethical issues.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Articulate the history and philosophy of occupational therapy; differentiate frames of reference; contrast the education, roles, and functions of occupational therapy personnel; describe occupational performance areas, skills, and contexts; compare practice areas; explain the concepts of ethics in occupational therapy practice; and demonstrate patient/practitioner interaction.

 

OTHA 1309  Human Structure and Function in Occupational Therapy

Credit: 3 (2 lecture, 3 lab)

Course Description: Study of the biomechanics of human motion. Emphasis on the musculoskeletal system including skeletal structure, muscles and nerves, and biomechanical assessment procedures.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify human skeletal structure by bones, boney landmarks, and muscles; analyze human motion by muscle function, innervation, and kinetics related to functional outcomes; identify normal and abnormal movement; and evaluate joint range of motion and muscle strength.

 

OTHA 1315: Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I

Credit: 3 (2 lecture, 3 lab)

Course Description: Various occupations or activities used as therapeutic interventions in occupational therapy. Emphasis on awareness of activity demands, contexts, adapting, grading, and safe implementation of occupations or activities.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify various occupations or activities designed to support performance; describe the activity demands of various occupations or activities; interpret the context of various occupations or activities; demonstrate safety and management of resources; translate the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) to occupations or activities; and demonstrate basic documentation skills.

 

OTHA 1319 Therapeutic Interventions I

Credit: 3 (2 lecture, 3 lab)

Course Description: Concepts, techniques, and assessments leading to proficiency in skills and activities used as treatment interventions in occupational therapy (OT). Emphasizes the occupational therapy assistant's role in the OT process.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Apply preparatory methods to enhance occupational performance; and identify indications, contraindications, and precautions.

 

OTHA 1341 Occupational Performance from Birth through Adolescence

Credit (2 lecture, 3 lab)

Course Description: Occupational performance of newborns through adolescents. Includes frames of reference, evaluation tools and techniques, and intervention strategies.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify components of health and wellness; develop adaptations for age appropriate occupations; identify the client factors that affect occupational performance; demonstrate skills in the evaluation process; and select intervention strategies to facilitate occupational performance.

 

OTHA 1349 Occupational Performance of Adulthood

Credit: 3 (2 lecture, 3 lab)

Course Description: Occupational performance of adults. Includes frames of reference, evaluation tools and techniques, and intervention strategies.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify components of health and wellness; develop adaptations for age appropriate occupations; identify the client factors that affect occupational performance; demonstrate skills in the evaluation process; and select intervention strategies to facilitate occupational performance.

 

OTHA 1353 Occupational Performance for Elders

Credit: 3 (2 lecture, 3 lab)

Course Description: Occupational performance of elders. Includes frames of reference, evaluation tools and techniques, and intervention strategies.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify components of health and wellness and function; develop adaptations for age appropriate occupations; identify the client factors that affect occupational performance; demonstrate skills in the evaluation process; and select intervention strategies to facilitate occupational performance.

 

OTHA 2301 Pathophysiology in Occupational Therapy

Credit: 3 (3 lecture)

Course Description: Pathology and general health management of diseases and injuries across the lifespan encountered in occupational therapy treatment settings. Includes etiology, symptoms, and the client's physical and psychological reactions to disease and injury.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify characteristics of diseases and conditions; identify the effects of diseases and conditions on occupational performance; and identify occupation-based interventions.

 

 

OTHA 2302 Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities II

Credit: 3 (2 lecture, 3 lab)

Course Description: Continuation of OTHA 1315/1415: Therapeutic Use of Occupations or Activities I. Emphasis on advanced techniques and applications used in traditional and non-traditional practice settings.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Prioritize techniques for planning, selecting, and implementing occupations or activities for specific populations; teach compensatory strategies to enhance occupational performance; implement safety in practice; and generate advanced documentation.

 

 

OTHA 2305 Therapeutic Interventions II

Credit: 3 (2 lecture,  3 lab)

Course Description: Continuation of Therapeutic Interventions I. Emphasis on current rehabilitative interventions.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Utilize strategies to enhance occupational performance; and assess interventions to achieve the established goals.

 

 

 

OTHA 2309 Mental Health in Occupational Therapy

Credit: 3 (2 lecture, 3 lab)

Course Description: Promotion of mental health and wellness through occupational therapy. Topics include theory and intervention strategies to enhance occupational performance.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Apply frames of reference; facilitate group processes; identify occupational therapy assessment strategies; explain psychiatric diagnoses based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM); and implement occupation-based interventions.

 

 

OTHA 2311  Abnormal Psychology in Occupational Therapy

Credit: 3 (3 lecture, 1 lab)

Course Description: Fundamental principles and techniques of psychological diagnosis with emphasis on mental health issues including theories, etiology, and treatment intervention.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Describe diagnostic categories and psychological etiologies; and compare psychological treatment strategies.

 


OTHA 2331 Physical Function in Occupational Therapy

Credit: 3 (2 lecture, 3 lab)

Course Description: Physical function to promote occupational performance. Includes frames of reference, evaluative tools, intervention strategies, and consumer education.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Prioritize frames of reference to promote physical function; administer occupational therapy assessment procedures for physical function; implement intervention strategies; and assess client factors that influence occupational performance.

 

 

 

OTHA 1160/1161 Clinical—Occupational Therapy Assistant

Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

End-of-Course Outcomes: As outlined in the learning plan, apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.

 

 

OTHA 2330 Workplace Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant

Credit: (3 lecture)

Course Description: A course designed to complement Level II fieldwork by creating a discussion forum addressing events, skills, knowledge, and/or behaviors related to the practice environment. Application of didactic coursework practice.

End-of-Course Outcomes: Practice resource management; prioritize treatment interventions supported by evidence-based research; communicate with supervisors, peers, clients, and other professionals; prepare an application for certification and licensure; and practice techniques to increase employment marketability.

 

 

 

OTHA 2266/2267 Practicum—Occupational Therapy Assistant

Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.

End-of-Course Outcomes: As outlined in the learning plan, apply the theory, concepts, and skills involving specialized materials, tools, equipment, procedures, regulations, laws, and interactions within and among political, economic, environmental, social, and legal systems associated with the occupation and the business/industry and will demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills using the terminology of the occupation and the business/industry.