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Health Careers Education
HL00014
Fieldwork IIB--Occupational Therapy Assistant
320.00
Fieldwork IIB will allow students to gain experience applying the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the classroom to practical situations. Students will be assigned to various settings. The students will collaborate with fieldwork educators, client/patients, and team members. They will practice using occupational therapy to restore wellness in clinical settings. Each of the two fieldwork experiences will be eight weeks in length.
Lara Skaggs
Program Manager
405 743 5106
lskag@okcareertech.org
Foundation

-Demonstrate oral and written communication skills.

-Employ logical thinking, critical analysis, problem solving and creativity.




Basic Tenets of Occupational Therapy

-Understand the meaning and dynamics of occupation and purposeful activity including the interaction of performance areas, performance components and performance contexts.

-Be able to articulate to the consumer, potential employers and the general public the unique nature of occupation as viewed by the profession of occupational therapy.

-Understand the need for and use of compensatory strategies when desired life tasks cannot be performed.




Screening and Evaluation

-Gather and share data for the purpose of screening and evaluation including, but not limited to, specified screening assessments, skilled observation, checklists, histories, interviews with the client/family/significant others, and consultations with other professionals.

-Demonstrate the ability to use safety precautions with clients during the screening and evaluation process, such as standards for infection control that include, but are not limited to, universal precautions.

-Document occupational therapy services to ensure accountability of service provision and to meet standards for reimbursement of services. Documentation shall effectively communicate the need and rationale for occupational therapy services.




Intervention and Implementation

-Select, adapt and sequence relevant occupations and purposeful activities that support the intervention goals and plan as written by the occupational therapist. These occupations and purposeful activities shall be directly related to performance areas, performance components and performance contexts. They shall be meaningful to the client, maximizing participation and independence.

-Adapt the environment, tools, materials and occupations to the needs of clients and their sociocultural context.

-Demonstrate the ability to educate and train client/family/significant others to facilitate skills in performance areas as well as prevention, health maintenance and safety.

-Demonstrate the ability to interact through written, oral and nonverbal communication with client/family/significant others, colleagues, other health providers and the public.

-Demonstrate the ability to use safety precautions with the client during therapeutic intervention, such as contraindications and use of infection control standards that include, but are not limited to, universal precautions.

-Modify intervention approaches to reflect the changing needs of the client.

-Demonstrate the ability to refer to specialists, internal and external to the profession, for consultation and intervention.

-Monitor and reassess the effect of occupational therapy intervention and the need for continued and/or modified intervention.

-Recommend the need for termination of occupational therapy services when stated outcomes have been achieved. This includes a summary of occupational therapy outcomes, appropriate recommendations and referrals, and discussion with the client of post-discharge needs.

-Document occupational therapy services to ensure accountability of service provision and to meet standards for reimbursement of services. Documentation shall effectively communicate the need and rationale for occupational therapy services and must be appropriate to the system in which the service is delivered.




Assist in Management of Occupational Therapy Services

-Advocate for the profession and the consumer and demonstrate an understanding of the due process and appeals systems when reimbursement is not approved for occupational therapy services.

-Use principles of time management, including being able to schedule and prioritize workloads.

-Maintain records as required by practice setting, third-party payers and regulatory agencies.




Professional Ethics, Values, and Responsibilities

-Promote occupational therapy by educating other professionals, consumers, third-party payers and the public.

-Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to sue in resolving personal and organizational ethical conflicts.

Occupational Therapist Registered OTR - NBCOT

or

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant COTA - NBCOT

http://www.nbcot.org/candidates/index.html
Occupational Therapist Registered OTR - NBCOT

or

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant COTA - NBCOT

http://www.nbcot.org/candidates/index.html


http://www.careerclusters.org/resources/ClusterDocuments/hsdocuments/HSFinal.pdf
Early, MB, Physical Dysfunction Practice Skills for the Occupational Therapy Assistant, 2nd Edition (2006), Elsvier, ISBN: 9780323031882.



Career Cluster Resources for Health Sciences

http://www.careerclusters.org/resources/ClusterDocuments/hsdocuments/HSFinal.pdf


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Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Occupational Therapy Assistant