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Introduction to Occupational Therapy Assistant
Introduction to Occupational Therapy is a course to establish a knowledge base for the prospective Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). It emphasizes the human element of health care and the role the Occupational Therapy Assistant performs in providing this component. It focuses on the history and philosophy and gives an overview of assessment, evaluation and performance areas as well as practice. Theoretical frameworks, approaches and basic concepts of human development are also covered.
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General Requirements include English Composition I and II, American Government and Politics, Math or College Algebra, and US History.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

-Describe the nature and scope of the practice of OT.

-Describe the concepts that have persisted throughout the history of OT and how these concepts and the profession's history have an effect on the current practice of OT.

-Understand the importance of the profession's philosophical base.

-Identify current issues facing the OT profession.

-Describe accreditation and the accreditation process for OT education programs.

-Identify the different roles an OT practitioner may assume.

-Identify the seven principles in the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics.

-Describe the mission and major activities of the OT professional associations.

-Define the domains of the OT practice.

-Understand the changes in occupation across the lifespan.

-Describe how the holistic approach influences the ways in which OT practitioners practice.

-Identify steps for gathering data on clients.

-Explain the various service management functions.

-Define theory, model of practice and frame of reference.

-Identify the principal tools of OT practice.

-Explain the skills needed for developing effective therapeutic relationships.

-Identify ways the OT practitioner can develop clinical reasoning skills.

Occupational Therapist Registered OTR - NBCOT


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant COTA - NBCOT
National Board for Certification in Occupational

Occupational Therapist Registered OTR - NBCOT


Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant COTA - NBCOT
Hussey, S., Introduction to Occupational Therapy (2007) Elsevier, ISBN: 9780323044233.

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