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OTA 100 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy

Credits: 3
Introduces the practice of occupational therapy, its history and philosophical base. Covers occupational therapy practice framework such as domain and process, the occupational therapy process, and the promotion of health. Introduces ethics and professional behavior.

Enrollment Requirement: Enrollment in OTA Program.

Course Fee: $12.50

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of sociocultural, socioeconomic, and diversity factors and lifestyle choices in contemporary society to meet the needs of persons, groups, and populations (e.g., principles of psychology, sociology, and abnormal psychology). 
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the social determinants of health for persons, groups, and populations with or at risk for disabilities and chronic health conditions. This must include an understanding of epidemiological factors that impact the public health and welfare of populations 
  3. Apply scientific evidence, theories, models of practice, and frames of reference that underlie the practice of occupational therapy to guide and inform interventions for persons, groups, and populations in a variety of practice contexts and environments. 
  4. Define the process of theory development and its importance to occupational therapy. 
  5. Apply knowledge of occupational therapy history, philosophical base, theory and sociopolitical climate and their importance in meeting society’s current and future occupational needs as well as how these factors influence and are influenced by practice. 
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of and apply the interaction of occupation and activity, including areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, context(s) and environments, and client factors
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of scientific evidence as it relates to the importance of balancing areas of occupation; the role of occupation in the promotion of health; and the prevention of disease, illness, and dysfunction for persons, groups, and populations.
  8. Demonstrate activity analysis in areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, context(s) and environments, and client factors to implement the intervention plan.
  9. Effective Intra-professional Collaboration: Demonstrate effective intra-professional OT/OTA collaboration to explain the role of the occupational therapy assistant and occupational therapist in the screening and evaluation process. 
  10. Referral to Specialists: Identify and communicate to the occupational therapist that need to refer to specialists both internal and external to the profession, including community agencies.
  11. Advocacy: Explain the role and responsibility of the practitioner to advocate for changes in service delivery policies, effect changes in the system, recognize opportunities in emerging practice areas, and advocate for opportunities to expand the occupational therapy assistant’s role.
  12. Supervision of Personnel: Define strategies for effective, competency-based legal and ethical supervision of occupational therapy assistants and non-occupational therapy personnel.
  13. Scholarly Study: Locate and demonstrate understanding of professional literature, including the quality of the source of information, to make evidence-based practice decisions in collaboration with the occupational therapist. Explain how scholarly activities and literature contribute to the development of the profession. 
  14. Ethical Decision Making: Demonstrate knowledge of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics and AOTA Standards of Practice and use them as a guide for ethical decision making in professional interactions, client interventions, employment settings, and when confronted with personal and organizational ethical conflicts.
  15. Demonstrate knowledge of how the role of a professional is enhanced by participating and engaging in local, national, and international leadership positions in organizations or agencies.
  16. Demonstrates knowledge of personal and professional responsibilities related to liability issues under current models of service provision, various roles of occupational therapy assistant providing services on a contractual basis.

Program Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate mastery of the occupational therapy foundational content requirements.
  2. Discuss the basic tenets of occupational therapy.
  3. Intervene and implement occupational therapy processes.
  4. Describe the context of occupational therapy services.
  5. Assist in the management of occupational therapy services.
  6. Read and use professional literature in the field of occupational therapy.
  7. Discuss the importance of ethics, values and responsibilities in the field of occupational therapy.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.

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