Printed on 5/16/2021

Occupational Therapy Assistant

10-514-1 Associate Degree (AAS) Full Time 64 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Time of Day: Day Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

In this career field, you will work with clients of all ages who have developmental, physical, social or emotional challenges that interfere with their daily living. Under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist, you will show people how to care for themselves, work, play, learn and enjoy leisure activities. Your training will include medical terminology, medical and psychosocial conditions, and the skills you’ll need to assess and provide treatment interventions. You will also learn how to apply creativity, teamwork and problem solving skills to treatment plans. Hands-on lab work and clinical experiences give you ample opportunity to develop your skills. Upon completion, you will be ready to take the national certification examination.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

    Technical Studies (45 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Introduction to Occupational Therapy
    10-514-171
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10514171
    • Credits: 3.00

    Provides an overview of history, philosophy, ethics and scope of occupational therapy practice. Examines legal responsibilities, professional resources and organization. Students practice basic skills related to therapeutic relationships and determine their own suitability to a career in occupational therapy.

    Prereq: Active in OTA plan, General Anatomy & Physiology 10806177, Intro to Psychology 10809198, Coreq: Medical and Psychosocial Conditions 10514172
  • Medical and Psychosocial Conditions
    10-514-172
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10514172
    • Credits: 3.00

    Introduces medical and psychosocial conditions as they relate to occupational therapy practice. Topics include etiology, symptomatology, treatment and contraindications.

    Coreq: Activity Analysis and Applications 10514173
  • Activity Analysis and Applications
    10-514-173
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10514173
    • Credits: 2.00

    Provides instruction in activity analysis with hands-on experience in activities across the lifespan. Students apply the teaching/learning process and adhere to safety regulations.

    Coreq: Introduction to Occupational Therapy 10514171
  • OT Performance Skills
    10-514-174
    4Credit
    99
    117
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 99
    • Outside Effort Hours: 117
    • Course Number: 10514174
    • Credits: 4.00

    Emphasis on the development of skills related to assessment and intervention in the areas of sensory, motor, cognition and communication.

    Prereq: Introduction to Occupational Theory 10514171. Medical and Psychosocial Conditions 10514172 is recommended but not required.
  • Psychosocial Practice
    10-514-175
    3Credit
    72
    90
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 72
    • Outside Effort Hours: 90
    • Course Number: 10514175
    • Credits: 3.00

    Examines the role of the OT in the service delivery to individuals affected by mental health conditions. Provides opportunity for development of skills related to the assessment and interventions of psychosocial needs.

    Prereq: Introduction to Occupational Therapy 10514171
  • OT Theory and Practice
    10-514-176
    3Credit
    90
    72
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 72
    • Course Number: 10514176
    • Credits: 3.00

    Examines the theoretical foundations that guide OT practice. Apply group dynamics and demonstrate leadership skills.

    Prereq: Introduction to Occupational Therapy (10514171); Activity Analysis and Applications (10514173)
  • Geriatric Practice
    10-514-178
    3Credit
    81
    81
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 81
    • Outside Effort Hours: 81
    • Course Number: 10514178
    • Credits: 3.00

    Examines the role of the OT in the service delivery to elders in a variety of settings. Includes analysis of the impact of age-related changes and disease processes on the function of the elderly.

    Prereq: Introduction to Occupational Therapy (10514171)
  • Community Practice
    10-514-179
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10514179
    • Credits: 2.00

    Explores practice options and interventions for occupation-based community practice. Students articulate the unique role of occupational therapy within the community.

    Prereq: Introduction to Occupational Therapy 10514171, Medical and Psychosocial Conditions 10514172, Activity Analysis and Applications 10514173
  • OTA Fieldwork I
    10-514-184
    2Credit
    90
    18
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 18
    • Course Number: 10514184
    • Credits: 2.00

    Integrate classroom theory and practice into a Fieldwork Level 1 experience. Provides experiences to assist in the development of communication, professional and observational skills.

    Coreq: OT Performance Skills (10514174)
  • OT Physical Rehabilitation Practice
    10-514-189
    4Credit
    99
    117
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 99
    • Outside Effort Hours: 117
    • Course Number: 10514189
    • Credits: 4.00

    Explores interventions relative to major physical disability diagnoses seen in OT practice. Evaluation, treatment interventions, and documentation are emphasized relative to the biomechanical, neurodevelopmental and rehabilitative approaches to practice.

    Prereq: OT Theory and Practice 10514176, OT Performance Skills 10514174
  • OT Pediatric Practice
    10-514-190
    4Credit
    99
    117
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 99
    • Outside Effort Hours: 117
    • Course Number: 10514190
    • Credits: 4.00

    Explores interventions relative to major pediatric diagnoses seen in OT practice. Evaluation, treatment interventions, and documentation are emphasized within the context of the child's occupations

    Prereq: OT Theory and Practice 10514176, OT Performance Skills 10514174
  • OTA Practice and Management
    10-514-185
    2Credit
    54
    54
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 54
    • Course Number: 10514185
    • Credits: 2.00

    Provides opportunities to practice clinical management skills, continuous quality improvement measurement, and administrative concepts and procedures. Students create a professional development plan.

    Prereq: OTA Fieldwork I (10514184); Coreq: OTA Fieldwork II A (10514186) or OTA Fieldwork II B (10514187)
  • OTA Fieldwork II A
    10-514-186
    5Credit
    270
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 270
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10514186
    • Credits: 5.00

    Develop skills and behaviors necessary for entry-level occupational therapy assistant practice. Provides a different clinical practice setting than OTA Fieldwork II B.

    Prereq: OTA Fieldwork I – 10514184, Physical Rehabilitation Practice 10514182 OR OT Physical Rehabilitation Practice 10514189
  • OTA Fieldwork II B
    10-514-187
    5Credit
    270
    0
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 270
    • Outside Effort Hours: 0
    • Course Number: 10514187
    • Credits: 5.00

    Develop skills and behaviors necessary for entry-level occupational therapy assistant practice. Provides a different clinical practice setting than OTA Fieldwork II A.

    Prereq: OTA Fieldwork I – 10514184, Physical Rehabilitation Practice 10514182 OR OT Physical Rehabilitation Practice 10514189

    General Studies (19 Credits)

    Course Title
    Course Number
    Credits
    Instructional Hours
    Outside Effort Hours**
    Prior Learning Credit Eligibility
  • Written Communication
    10-801-195
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801195
    • Credits: 3.00

    Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
  • Oral/Interpersonal Comm
    10-801-196
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10801196
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Gen Anatomy & Physiology
    10-806-177
    4Credit
    90
    126

    • Instructional Hours: 90
    • Outside Effort Hours: 126
    • Course Number: 10806177
    • Credits: 4.00

    Examines basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to health sciences. Using a body systems approach, the course emphasizes the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization of the entire human body. It is intended to prepare health care professionals who need to apply basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to informed decision-making and professional communication with colleagues and patients. (This course also provides the foundation, and is prerequisite to, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology.)

    Prereq: Read – ACPL 80+, Next Gen 263+, ACT Rd 20+, TEAS 50+ OR 10836123 OR 10801195/10801136 (C or better); Sent – ACPL 83+, Next Gen 250+, ACT Eng 18+, TEAS 50+, HS GPA 2.75+ OR 10831103; 1cr HS Chem OR 10806134 (C or better); 1 Gen A&P enroll per term
  • Intro to Psychology
    10-809-198
    3Credit
    54
    108

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809198
    • Credits: 3.00

    Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Introduction to Diversity Studies
    10-809-172
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809172
    • Credits: 3.00

    Develops workplace skills needed to work with diverse groups of people. Ethnic relations are studied in global and comparative perspectives. Students examine their biases and gain awareness of differences and common ground shared. The course emphasizes how personal and cultural diversity enhances the effectiveness of work groups.

    Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
  • Developmental Psychology
    10-809-188
    3Credit
    54
    108
    N/A

    • Instructional Hours: 54
    • Outside Effort Hours: 108
    • Course Number: 10809188
    • Credits: 3.00

    Studies human development across the lifespan from conception through old age and death. It focuses on the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and moral development of a person and presents the normal range of responses, reactions and behaviors of age-related development. It also helps students to distinguish what might be considered dysfunctional.

    Prereq: Intro to Psychology (10809198) or enrollment in the Practical Nursing plan or instructor consent
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