Course Number and Title: OTA 225 Clinical Fieldwork Level I-A
This fieldwork experience provides exposure to pediatric and young adult populations and individuals with developmental disabilities across the life span. A seminar class provides additional exposure to roles and responsibilities of the certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) and issues that impact service delivery across the life span. Students function as participating observers in the clinical setting with emphasis on the development of their professional behaviors.
Campus program and policy manuals
- Demonstrate professional behaviors that include communicating effectively, self-assessing, and maximizing learning opportunities. (CCC 2, 4; PGC 2, 4)
- Recognize at-risk behaviors and potentially dangerous situations, and respond appropriately. (CCC 1, 2; PGC 1, 2)
- Perform successful interactions with the clients and staff in the clinical setting. (CCC 1, 3, 4; PGC 2, 3)
- Compare and contrast the roles and functions of the registered occupational therapist (OTR), certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA), and/or other professionals in various practice settings. (CCC 4, 5; PGC 1)
- Interpret information related to the occupational therapy process for a client using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF). (CCC 1, 2, 4, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4)
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 professional behaviors that include communicating effectively, self- assessing, and maximizing learning opportunities.
- Adhere to facility rules and regulations.
- Adhere to ethical and legal standards of practice, according to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
- Demonstrate punctuality and preparedness for all fieldwork sessions.
- Demonstrate time management skills.
- Follow supervisory directions and guidelines, and use feedback to change behavior.
- Handle stressful situations appropriately and with flexibility.
- Exhibit curiosity and interest in occupational therapy, and take initiative to maximize learning.
- Adhere to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations.
- Recognize at-risk behaviors and potentially dangerous situations, and respond appropriately.
- Take and describe the importance of vital signs.
- Perform adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
- Describe infection control procedure and appropriate responses to medical emergencies.
- Respond when client and/or staff assistance is needed and volunteer to help.
- Perform successful interactions with the clients and staff in the clinical setting.
- Establish rapport with clients and/or significant others using a client-centered approach.
- Use active listening skills.
- Respond appropriately to client behaviors using therapeutic use of self.
- Respond with awareness that occupation impacts quality of life, well- being, and health promotion.
- Perform basic occupational therapy techniques, and participate in activities with supervision while adhering to safety precautions.
- Compare and contrast the roles and functions of the OTR, COTA, and/or other professionals in various practice settings.
- Discuss the role of the OTR and COTA as related to screening, evaluation, and supervision in collaborative work.
- Discuss current healthcare trends and contemporary standards of practice across the life span.
- Describe federal and state legislation that impacts OT practice.
- Document OT services to ensure accountability of service provision and to meet standards for reimbursement of services by effectively communicating the need and rationale for OT services as appropriate to the context in which the service is delivered.
- Discuss the role of occupational therapy in various models of healthcare, education, community, and social system as related to OT practice.
- Discuss the role of the COTA to address changes in federal and state policies that affect service delivery.
- Examine current service operations, including maintaining, prioritizing, and organizing workloads.
- Describe the significance of research and evidence-based practice for the profession.
- Interpret information related to the occupational therapy process for a client using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF).
- Describe the benefits of OT for a student/child/participant as it relates to the value of occupations to support participation in contexts.
- Analyze the information obtained from clinical observations, including a description of the activity, with an activity upgrade and downgrade, objectives, results, relationship to outcomes, and subjective reactions to treatment.
- Review a client’s chart and gather information, documenting and sharing the client’s occupational profile, analysis of occupational performance, subjective observations, home programs, community programs, and/or resources to support performance in the client’s natural environment and participation in all contexts.
- Consider quality of life, well-being, and occupation of the individual, group, and population to promote physical and mental health and prevention of injury and disease depending on the context and environment.
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
2 Fieldwork Evaluations (10% each)
Case Study Treatment Plan
Case Study Treatment Plan Oral Presentation
- 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.
- Demonstrate professional patterns of behavior consistent with the profession's code of ethics.
- Exercise independent judgment and critical thinking in performance of occupational therapy, according to the profession’s standards of practice.
- Perform competently a full range of occupational therapy skills with patients/clients and various populations as occupational beings.
- Exhibit effective nonverbal, verbal and written communication in patient/client and family interventions and education and in professional relationships.
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.