Course Number and Title: OTA 110 Introduction to Occupational Therapy
This course provides an overview of the occupational therapy profession, including the history and philosophy of occupational therapy, the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF), and the roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapy assistant.
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- Demonstrate ability to use initial professional behaviors. (CCC 3, 4; PGC 5)
- Summarize basic historical, philosophical, ethical, theoretical and developmental principles associated with the practice of occupational therapy (OT).(CCC 4; PGC 1)
- Define performance in areas of occupations, performance skills, performance patterns, contexts, activity demands, and client factors. (CCC 5; PGC 1)
- Describe basic concepts and the role of occupational therapy in health promotion and disability prevention. (CCC 1; PGC 1)
- Discuss occupational therapy practitioner education, supervision requirements, roles and responsibilities in the OT Process. (CCC 1; PGC 1)
- Describe the factors that lead to a safe and efficient clinical environment. (CCC 2; PGC 1)
- Describe basic concepts and demonstrate basic skills in observations, interviews, and documentation. (CCC 2; PGC 1)
- Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate OT practitioner and client interaction skills. (CCC 3; PGC 1, 2)
- Identify the basic uses of therapeutic exercise, therapeutic activity, occupation, purposeful activity, adaptive/assistive equipment, assistive technology, and splinting. (PGC 1)
- Summarize basic trends in healthcare and describe types of settings i.e. healthcare, educational, community, and social systems where OT services are provided. (CCC 5; PGC 1)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Demonstrate ability to use initial professional behaviors.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors in the classroom.
- Demonstrate basic ability to self-assess.
- Respond appropriately to constructive feedback.
- Summarize basic historical, philosophical, ethical, theoretical, and developmental principles associated with the practice of occupational therapy.
- Discuss the importance of the history of occupational therapy and how practice is influenced by history, theory and sociopolitical climate.
- Discuss the importance of the philosophical base of occupational therapy.
- Summarize the principles of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA), OT Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards, and the AOTA Standards of Practice.
- Identify the ethical considerations for resolving dilemmas in professional interactions, client interventions, and employment settings adhering to the OT Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards, and the AOTA Standards of Practice.
- Identify the various informal and formal systems for resolution of ethical disputes that have jurisdiction over occupational therapy practice.
- Discuss basic concepts of human development in the areas of motor, cognitive, and psychosocial development.
- Define performance in areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, contexts and environment, activity demands, and client factors.
- Define the occupational therapy professional domain: supporting health and participation in life through engagement in occupation.
- Define the major categories of areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, activity demands, client factors, and context and environment.
- Identify the client’s limitations and strengths using the OT Practice Framework.
- Describe basic concepts and the role of occupational therapy in health promotion and disability prevention.
- Discuss key terms and concepts associated with disability, health promotion, and wellness.
- Describe the importance of balancing areas of occupations with achievement of health and wellness.
- Describe the role of occupation, global social issues and OT’s role in health promotion/wellness and prevention for individuals, families, and populations who are at risk for disabilities and chronic health conditions.
- Analyze and develop strategies to make changes to promote health and wellness for the clients.
- Discuss occupational therapy practitioner education, supervision requirements, roles and responsibilities in the OT Process.
- Describe occupational therapy education.
- Explain entry-level practice and supervision requirements.
- List the personal and professional abilities and competencies needed for a certified occupational therapy assistant’s (COTA) role in referral, screening, evaluation, intervention planning, intervention implementation, intervention review, and outcome evaluation.
- Define the occupational therapy intervention approaches: create or promote, establish or restore, maintain, modify, and prevent.
- Discuss the COTA’s role in maintaining professional standing, including applicable national requirements for credentialing and
- requirements for certification, licensure, or registration under state laws.
- Describe the importance of involvement in international, national, state, and local occupational therapy and related professional associations.
- Describe the factors that lead to a safe and efficient clinical environment.
- Identify key concepts and principles of management in the provision of OT services.
- Describe basic concepts and demonstrate basic skills in observations, interviews, and documentation.
- Define and discuss key terms and concepts associated with observations, interviews, and documentation.
- Complete a basic interview, adhering to principles of effective oral and non- verbal communication, incorporating self-assessment in a role play situation.
- Complete basic documentation demonstrating effective professional written communication skills.
- Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate OT practitioner and client interaction skills.
- Describe the factors related to therapeutic use of self and effective helping.
- Identify important behavioral and/or cultural variations that may have an effect
- on the COTA's interaction with a patient and patient’s selection and engagement in occupation.
- Discuss key terms and concepts associated with conflict resolution and team building.
- Identify the basic uses of therapeutic exercise, therapeutic activity, occupation, purposeful activity, adaptive/assistive equipment, assistive technology, and splinting.
- Identify types of intervention utilized by OT practitioners including: therapeutic use of self, preparatory methods, purposeful activity, occupation- based intervention, consultation, education, and advocacy.
- Define basic terms associated with therapeutic exercises.
- Discuss the value of occupations and purposeful activities.
- Describe purposes, principles of selection and safety considerations for most commonly used adaptive and assistive equipment.
- Define high and low technology.
- Name basic purposes of hand splinting and give examples of commonly used splints.
- Summarize basic trends in healthcare and describe types of settings ie. healthcare, educational, community and social systems where OT services are provided.
- Discuss the potential impact of current policy issues and the social, economic, political, geographic, or demographic factors on occupational therapy practice.
- Describe how the contexts of healthcare, education, community, and social systems influence the delivery of OT services.
- Describe the significance of scholarly activities (including research) and the use of literature for evidence-based practice to the development of the profession.
- Identify the role of the COTA in scholarly activities to evaluate professional practice and service delivery and demonstrate the skills necessary to read and understand a scholarly report.
- Effectively locate and understand information including the quality of the source of information.
- Examine various reimbursement systems and documentation requirements that affect the practice of occupational therapy.
- Define key terms and concepts associated with activities programs and describe the role of the COTA as an activities director.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Info Literacy Assignment- 5%
Multicultural Assignment (written)-5%
Disability Assignment (written)-5%
Multicultural Assignment – oral-5%
Disability Assignment – oral-5%
SOAP note – correct-2%
SOAP note – create-2%
3 Homework – Learning Activities-3%
Competency – Interview-5%
Competency – CPR-5%
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Demonstrate knowledge related to the occupational therapy assistant including
- patient/client interactions, therapeutic treatments, activity analysis, documentation, safety techniques, and therapeutic equipment.
- Exhibit effective nonverbal, verbal and written communication in patient/client and family interventions and education and in professional relationships.
- Perform competently a full range of occupational therapy skills with patients/clients and various populations as occupational beings.
- Exercise independent judgment and critical thinking in performance of occupational therapy, according to the profession’s standards of practice.
- Demonstrate professional patterns of behavior consistent with the profession's code of ethics.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.