Occupational Therapy Assistant

The Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum prepares individuals to work under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist in screening, assessing, planning, and implementing treatment and documenting progress for clients receiving occupational therapy services.

Course work includes human growth and development, conditions which interfere with activities of daily living, theory and process of occupational therapy, individual/group treatment activities, therapeutic use of self, activity analysis, and grading/adapting activities and environments.

Graduates may be eligible to take the national certification examination for practice as a certified occupational therapy assistant. Employment opportunities include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term/extended care facilities, sheltered workshops, schools, home health programs and community programs.

Program Accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. The council may be contacted by phone in care of AOTA at: 301-652-AOTA (2682) or online at: acoteonline.org.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, individuals will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, eligibility for state licenses usually is based on results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s eligibility to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or to attain state licensure.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant (A45500)

Degree Awarded

CPCC offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Complete a general admission application to CPCC.
  • Take required placement tests.
  • Meet with an academic advisor or counselor for preliminary counseling.
  • Take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
  • Submit all official high school and college transcripts to Admissions, Records & Registration.
  • Complete any required Preparatory courses with grade of “C” or better.
  • Upon acceptance and enrollment in the program, students must take all courses as scheduled and sequenced.
  • Continued progression in the program requires a grade of “C” or better in every course.
  • Complete a physical examination (including drug screen) documenting ability to complete all program requirements.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.
  • Fieldwork II placements must be completed within 12 months of completion of didactic course work.

Notes

Students will spend more than 600 hours of supervised clinical training in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, pediatric clinics, and other settings to gain invaluable hands-on experience that supplements and complements traditional classroom learning.

Contact Information

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is in the Health Sciences Division. For more information, visit the website at cpcc.edu/health_sciences/ota. If further assistance is needed, contact the Program Chair at 704.330.6424.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Take 3 credits from the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Take 3 credits from the following:3.0
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Major Requirements
OTA 110Fundamentals of OT3.0
OTA 120OT Media I2.0
OTA 130Assessment Skills3.0
OTA 140Professional Skills I1.0
OTA 150Pediatrics Concepts and Interventions3.0
OTA 161Fieldwork I-Placement 11.0
OTA 162Fieldwork I-Placement 21.0
OTA 163Fieldwork I-Placement 31.0
OTA 170Physical Conditions3.0
OTA 180Psychosocial Conditions3.0
OTA 220OT Media II3.0
OTA 240Professional Skills II1.0
OTA 250Adult Concepts and Interventions3.0
OTA 260Level II Fieldwork Placement 16.0
OTA 261Level II Fieldwork Placement 26.0
PSY 241Developmental Psychology3.0
PSY 281Abnormal Psychology3.0
BIO 168Anatomy and Physiology I4.0
or BIO 165 Anatomy and Physiology I
Other Major Requirements:
OTA 280Professional Transitions1.0
OTA 135Kinesiology1.0
BIO 169Anatomy and Physiology II4.0
or BIO 166 Anatomy and Physiology II
MED 120Survey of Medical Terminology2.0
or MED 121 Medical Terminology I
Total Credits76

No diplomas offered.

No certificates offered.

Courses

OTA 110. Fundamentals of OT. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces occupational therapy theory, practice, philosophy, and principles. Emphasis is placed on providing a basic understanding of the profession as well as beginning to develop interaction and observation skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate basic understanding of OT practice options, uniform terminology, activity analysis, principles, process, philosophies, and frames of reference.

Corequisites: Take One: BIO 165 or BIO 168
Take One: BIO 165 or BIO 168, Min Grade C

OTA 120. OT Media I. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides training in recognizing the therapeutic value of and using a wide variety of leisure, self-care, and work activities. Topics include crafts, games, personal care and work activities, as well as teaching and learning methods and styles. Upon completion, students should be able to design, select, and complete/perform leisure, self-care, and work activities that would be therapeutic for designated client populations.

Corequisites: Take OTA 110

OTA 130. Assessment Skills. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides training in appropriate and accurate assessment and intervention skills related to sensory, movement, perceptual/cognitive, affective systems, and ADL skills. Topics include kinesiology, body mechanics, sensory, ROM, MMT, cognitive/perceptual, psychosocial, self-care, and work-related assessments; treatment approaches; and basics of group structure and dynamics. Upon completion, students should be able to administer various assessment tools and appropriate treatment approaches regarding sensation, movement, perception/cognition, affect, self-care, and work-related skills.

Corequisites: Take OTA 110

OTA 135. Kinesiology. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides training in understanding and using principles of normal human movement. Topics include terminology, structures of the body associated with movement, principles of motion, analysis of movement, joint structure and its impact on motion, and muscle names and actions. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in identifying terms associated with movement, motions, structures, normal ranges and directions of motion, and general principles of human movement.

Prerequisites: Take OTA 110
Corequisites: Take BIO 168

OTA 140. Professional Skills I. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the roles and responsibilities of COTAs/OTRs in OT practice and facilitates development of observation, documentation, and therapeutic use of self skills. Topics include Code of Ethics, roles/responsibilities, credentialing/licensing, documentation, therapeutic use of self and professional identity/behavior, supervisory relationships, time management, and observation skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate ethical behavior, discriminate between roles/responsibilities of COTAs/OTRs, and participate in acceptable supervision, documentation, and scheduling.

Corequisites: Take OTA 110

OTA 150. Life Span Skills I. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to use knowledge gained from PSY 241 as it applies to OT practice from birth to adolescence. Topics include review of normal growth and development, identification/discussion of common disabilities/delays, assessment, treatment planning, and intervention approaches used with these populations. Upon completion, students should be able to identify/use assessments/screenings and interventions for infants through adolescents for selected disabilities/developmental delays in various settings.

Corequisites: Take PSY 241 and OTA 170

OTA 161AB. Fieldwork I-Placement 1. 0.5 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-1.5. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is placed on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance/direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Prerequisites: Take OTA 120 OTA 140 Minimum grade C

OTA 161BB. Fieldwork I-Placement 1. 0.5 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-1.5. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is placed on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance/direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Prerequisites: Take OTA 120 OTA 140 with a minimum grade of C
Corequisites: Take OTA 161AB

OTA 161. Fieldwork I-Placement 1. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is placed on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance/direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Prerequisites: Take OTA 120 OTA 140 Minimum grade C
Corequisites: Take OTA 130

OTA 162. Fieldwork I-Placement 2. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is placed on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance/direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Prerequisites: Take OTA 120 OTA 140 Minimum grade C
Corequisites: Take OTA 130

OTA 163. Fieldwork I-Placement 3. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides introductory-level clinical training opportunities. Emphasis is placed on observational and basic interactional skills in a setting with a culturally diverse client population. Upon completion, students should be able to use observational and interactional skills to relate effectively with clients under the guidance/direction of fieldwork supervisors.

Prerequisites: Take OTA 120 OTA 140 Minimum grade C
Corequisites: Take OTA 130

OTA 170. Physical Dysfunction. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills needed for working with individuals experiencing varied medical/physical conditions within their socioeconomic and cultural environments. Topics include medical terminology, common diagnoses, structures/functions that change with disease processes, assessment/treatment priorities for specific problems/conditions, treatment planning, and intervention. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize common symptoms, prioritize problems, and provide for patient safety and infection control when planning and implementing treatment.

Corequisites: Take OTA 130

OTA 180. Psychosocial Dysfunction. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course uses theories/principles related to psychological/psychiatric health and illnesses and provides training in assessing/treating symptoms of dysfunction and therapeutic use of self and groups. Topics include psychiatric illnesses, symptoms of dysfunction, assessment and treatment of individuals, planning and facilitating therapeutic groups, client safety, and psychosocial aspects of practice. Upon completion, students should be able to effectively plan and conduct individual and group treatment for client conditions related to psychosocial dysfunction recognizing temporal/socioeconomic/cultural contexts.

Prerequisites: Take PSY 281 Minimum grade C
Corequisites: Take OTA 130

OTA 220. OT Media II. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides training in appropriate and accurate assessment and intervention skills related to orthotics, prosthetics, assistive devices, environmental controls, and ADA issues. Topics include ergonomics and hand function, splint selection/fabrication, changes that improve access for persons with disabilities, use of modalities in treatment, and computers in OT intervention. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency fabricating/monitoring orthotic devices, constructing/modifying assistive devices, using ADA guidelines, and using computers for therapeutic purposes.

Prerequisites: Take OTA 120 OTA 130 Minimum grade C

OTA 240. Professional Skills II. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course builds upon and expands skills developed in OTA 140 with emphasis on documentation, supervisory relationships, involvement in the profession, and clinical management skills. Topics include clarification of roles/responsibilities, detailed examination of the supervisory process, professional participation in organizations, and the mechanics of assisting in clinic operations. Upon completion, students should be able to work effectively with a supervisor, plan/implement a professional activity, and perform routine clinic management tasks.

Prerequisites: Take OTA 140 Minimum grade C

OTA 250. Life Span Skills II. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course uses knowledge gained from PSY 241 as it applies to OT practice from young adulthood through old age. Emphasis is placed on identification/discussion of common disabilities/chronic diseases, assessments, planning and interventions used with these populations, and activity programming. Upon completion, students should be able to identify/use assessments, interventions, and activities for adults with selected disabilities/losses in various settings.

Corequisites: Take PSY 241, OTA 170 and OTA 180

OTA 260. Fieldwork II-Placement 1. 6.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-18.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides clinical experience under the direct supervision of experienced OTR or COTA personnel working in various practice settings. Emphasis is placed on final clinical preparation for entry-level practice in the profession. Upon completion, students should be able to meet all critical competencies established by the curriculum and AOTA guidelines for entry-level practice.

OTA 261. Fieldwork II-Placement 2. 6.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-18.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides clinical experience under the direct supervision of experienced OTR or COTA personnel working in various practice settings. Emphasis is placed on final clinical preparation for entry-level practice in the profession. Upon completion, students should be able to meet all critical competencies established by the curriculum and AOTA guidelines for entry-level practice.

OTA 280. Professional Transitions. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides closure to the educational program following Fieldwork II placements. Emphasis is placed on portfolio development and presentation, program evaluation, Fieldwork II experience analysis and synthesis, and final preparation for the certification examination. Upon completion, students should be able to enter the OT work force with supportive documentation demonstrating progress toward meeting critical competencies set forth by the curriculum.

Corequisites: Take One: OTA 260 or OTA 261
Take One: OTA 260 or OTA 261