Ozark Catalog

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Associate of Applied Science

Associate of General Studies

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Chair
Adrienne Shelton
Morton Hall (Russellville)
(479) 880-4175
Ashelton2@atu.edu

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Lindsey Peck

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is designed to prepare successful graduates for entry-level employment in the field of as Occupational Therapy Assistants. A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist, provides rehabilitative services to individuals with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental disabilities. The COTA's purpose is to improve a client's quality of life and enhance his/her ability to perform daily activities. COTAs provide clients with adaptive skills that enable them to reenter the workforce, instruct clients in compensating for a loss of motor skill function, and plan activities that increase the independence of the physically and/or developmentally disabled.

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus' Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) has applied for accreditation and been granted Developing Program Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-2682. Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a COTA. In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Prior to admission to the technical phase of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, students must complete a platform of 28 hours which includes general education and medical courses. Students must submit an application to the program and meet entrance requirements for acceptance into the technical phase of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cosmetology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Curriculum Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree

For Students Beginning the Technical Phase of the Program in Spring 2012

For the first cohort only in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, the technical phase began in Spring 2012.

Course # Course Name Semester Hours
Spring
HIT 1113 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1123 Introduction to Human Anatomy 3
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
BST 1303

COMS 1003

COMS 2003
Introduction to Computers
or
Introduction to Computer Based Systems
or
Microcomputer Applications
3
MATH 1003

MATH 1113
College Mathematics
or
College Algebra
3
Total 15
Fall
BIOL 1014

PHSC 1013

PHSC 1021
Introduction to Biological Science
or
Introduction to Physical Science
and
Introduction to Physical Science Lab
4
ENGL 1023 Composition II 3
HIT 1243 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
Total 13
Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the OTA courses below.  
Spring
OTA 2102 Foundations of Occupational Therapy 2
OTA 2112 Modalities for Human Conditions I LAB 2
OTA 2113 Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions I 3
OTA 2122 Human Movement and Activity Analysis for Occupation LAB 2
OTA 2132 Human Movement and Activity Analysis for Occupation 2
OTA 2142 Medical Conditions for the OTA 2
Total 13
Fall
OTA 2201 Human Occupation and Clinical Reasoning LAB 1
OTA 2202 Human Occupation and Clinical Reasoning 2
OTA 2212 Modalities for Human Conditions II LAB 2
OTA 2213 Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions II 3
OTA 2222 Documentation for Occupational Therapy 2
OTA 2232 Group Processes and Dynamics 2
Total 12
Spring
OTA 2301 Level I Field Work A 1
OTA 2312 Modalities for Human Conditions III LAB 2
OTA 2313 Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions III 3
OTA 2401 Level 1 Field Work B 1
OTA 2402 Assistive Technology and Environmental Adaptation 2
OTA 2403 Management and Licensure for the OTA 3
Total 12
Summer I
(Extended length term to extend through Summer II)
OTA 2513 Level II Field Work A 3
OTA 2523 Level II Field Work B 3
Total 6

Curriculum Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree

For Students Beginning the Technical Phase of the Program in Fall 2013

For all future cohorts in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, the technical phase will begin in Fall.

Course # Course Name Semester Hours
Fall
HIT 1113 Medical Terminology 3
HIT 1123 Introduction to Human Anatomy 3
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
BST 1303

COMS 1003

COMS 2003
Introduction to Computers
or
Introduction to Computer Based Systems
or
Microcomputer Applications
3
MATH 1003

MATH 1113
College Mathematics
or
College Algebra
3
Total 15
Spring
BIOL 1014

PHSC 1013

PHSC 1021
Introduction to Biological Science
or
Introduction to Physical Science
and
Introduction to Physical Science Lab
4
ENGL 1023 Composition II 3
HIT 1243 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
Total 13
Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the OTA courses below.  
Fall
OTA 2102 Foundations of Occupational Therapy 2
OTA 2112 Modalities for Human Conditions I LAB 2
OTA 2113 Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions I 3
OTA 2122 Human Movement and Activity Analysis for Occupation LAB 2
OTA 2132 Human Movement and Activity Analysis for Occupation 2
OTA 2142 Medical Conditions for the OTA 2
Total 13
Spring
OTA 2201 Human Occupation and Clinical Reasoning LAB 1
OTA 2202 Human Occupation and Clinical Reasoning 2
OTA 2212 Modalities for Human Conditions II LAB 2
OTA 2213 Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions II 3
OTA 2222 Documentation for Occupational Therapy 2
OTA 2232 Group Processes and Dynamics 2
Total 12
Summer I
OTA 2301 Level I Field Work A 1
OTA 2312 Modalities for Human Conditions III LAB 2
OTA 2313 Theory and Treatment for Human Conditions III 3
Total 6
Summer II
OTA 2401 Level 1 Field Work B 1
OTA 2402 Assistive Technology and Environmental Adaptation 2
OTA 2403 Management and Licensure for the OTA 3
Total 6
Fall
OTA 2513 Level II Field Work A 3
OTA 2523 Level II Field Work B 3
Total 6