South Suburban College
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Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


OTA 101 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy (3, 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 101

Open enrollment; program admission not required. Overview of the profession of occupational therapy with an emphasis on its history, philosophy, and the nature of occupation. Explore the role of occupational therapy practitioners in various practice settings.

OTA 102 - Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy (4, 6)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

The study of occupational performance/roles and its affect on individuals who have had a physical disability. Lab experiences include training in adaptive activities of daily living, evaluation and mechanics of the wheelchair, accessibility issues and mobility.  Fee.

OTA 103 - Practice Skills and Techniques I (4, 6)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

The role of the COTA in the application of various assessments utilized during the occupational therapy process. Emphasis on treatment methods and techniques used in occupational therapy intervention for problems identified from the assessment data, medical chart and interview. These methods and techniques will be discussed and demonstrated.  Fee.

OTA 104 - Occupational Therapy Fieldwork (2, 9)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

This Level I experience introduces the student to health care and community service agencies. Includes placement in various practice settings for orientation and observation of the occupational therapy process and the role of the OTA. Emphasis is based on adult physical dysfunction.  Fee.

OTA 105 - Occupational Therapy Interactions (2, 2)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

Principles of human interactions and problem solving techniques for developing therapeutic relationships are introduced in this course. Concept such as therapeutic use of self, stress management techniques and communication/rapport are discussed and practiced.

OTA 108 - Foundations of Occupational Therapy (2, 2)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

This course is the first course of the OTA program and is an overview of philosophies of occupational therapy, and the occupational therapy framework. The course serves as a foundation for clinical practice in the areas of analysis of activity, occupational performance and philosophy, motor learning and the group process.

OTA 201 - Principles of Psychosocial Dysfunction (3, 5)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

Theory and techniques of occupational therapy with individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Occupational Therapy techniques such as the therapeutic use of self, group process and purposeful activities are emphasized. Experiences with group development and implementation will be stressed in the course, on fieldwork and in the community.  Fee.

OTA 202 - Principles of Physical Dysfunction (4, 6)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

Theory and techniques of occupational therapy with individuals who have had a medical, neurological, or orthopedic condition. Emphasis will be placed on occupational therapy intervention, activities of daily living, and adaptation of tasks for the conditions listed above.  Fee.

OTA 203 - Principles of Developmental Dysfunction (4, 6)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

Theory and techniques of occupational therapy in medical, neurological and orthopedic conditions affecting children, with emphasis on normal development, family roles, activities of daily living, and adaptation. Emphasis will be placed on occupational therapy intervention for the conditions listed above.  Fee.

OTA 204 - Occupational Therapy Fieldwork II (2, 8)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

This Level I fieldwork experience introduces the student to health care and community service agencies. Includes placement in various practice settings for orientation and observation of the occupational therapy process and the role of the OTA. Emphasis is based on developmental dysfunction and mental illness.

OTA 205 - Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy (2, 2)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

Professional issues related to occupational therapy including: documentation, reimbursement, management skills, quality assurance, supervision issues, occupational therapy ethics and the credentialing process are addressed in this course.

OTA 210 - Practice Skills and Techniques II (3, 5)

Prerequisite: Approval of coordinator

An introduction to therapeutic activities, with concentration on the ability to analyze activities, the group process and methods of instruction/teaching. Emphasis will be on the occupational therapy group process and the students ability to identify the purpose of therapeutic activities in occupational therapy intervention.  Fee.

OTA 212 - Occupational Therapy Internship I (5, 16)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of academic prerequisites and approval of coordinator

Internship experience in a health care setting under direct supervision. Internship is application of knowledge acquired and skills learned in prerequisite courses. Level II Internship must be completed within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.

OTA 213 - Occupational Therapy Internship II (5, 16)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of academic prerequisite and approval of coordinator

Internship experience in a health agency under supervision. Internship is application of knowledge acquired and skills learned in prerequisite courses. Level II Internship must be completed within 18 months following completion of academic preparation.  Malpractice insurance fee.

For further information contact the OTA Program Coordinator, Ms. Cathy Mistovich, at 708-596-2000 ext. 2473 or Kathryn Melin-Eberhardt, Career Advisor for Allied Health Professions at 708-596- 2000 ext. 2306.

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