Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Plan

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Catalog 2014-15: AAS.OTAP

Catalog 2013-14: AAS.OTAP

Occupational Therapy Assistant
Prerequisites 
3.0 credits HITP-110: Medical Terminology
This course presents the study of the language of medicine, focusing on prefixes, suffixes, word roots and their combining forms. This course includes word construction, spelling, usage, comprehension and pronunciation. Students are provided with information regarding anatomy, symptomatology, pathology, and diagnostic/surgical procedures. Open to all SJC students.
Prerequisites: (RDNG-095 OR RDNG-096) or appropriate Reading Accuplacer score.
Offered: ALL
3.0 credits PTAP-116: Musculoskeletal Focus for PTA & OTA
Enrollment restricted to prospective PTA and OTA students only. Basic anatomy as well as Origin, Insertion, Action and Nerve of the musculoskeletal system including identification of anatomical bony landmarks. Introduction to osteokinematics and arthrokinematics.
Prerequisites: Take BIOL-112.
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
General Education Requirements 
4.0 credits BIOL-112: Human Body Structures & Functions
The organization, metabolic processes and regulation of cells and tissues. Basic concepts of the physical and chemical operation of the organs and systems of the human body. System review to include integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. This course does not substitute for BIOL 121, 252, or 253. Non-transferable. Course includes 1 credit hour lab component.
Prerequisites: RDNG-095 or RDNG-096 or appropriate Reading Accuplacer score.
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits PSYC-120: Introduction to Psychology
Introduces students/learners to the science of human behavior and mental processes. The course will survey contemporary research and theory in psychology with the goal of broadening the students' understanding of self and others. [NM Common Course Number PSYC 1113, Area IV; Behavioral/Social Science Core]
Prerequisites: ENGL-095 and (RDNG-095 OR RDNG-096) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
One of the following: 
3.0 credits ENGL-111: Freshman Composition
Emphasizes academic writing, intertextuality, and analysis of rhetorical situation through writing workshop and thematic readings. [NM Common Course Number ENGL 1113, Area I; Communications]
Prerequisites: ENGL-099 and (RDNG-095 OR RDNG-096) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
3.0 credits ENGL-118: Technical Composition
Emphasizes workplace communication including letters, memos, reports, instructions, and job application materials. Designed for technicians in certificate and AAS fields.
Prerequisites: ENGL-098 or ENGL-099 or appropriate English Accuplacer score.
Offered: ALL
The following Math class or higher: 
3.0 credits MATH-114: Math for Health Careers
This course introduces the computational skills needed to study in the health careers programs. Topics include more difficult operations on fractions, decimals, and percents, as well as the use of formulas, ratios and proportions, and measurements. Students will solve word problems specific to medication orders, the combined gas law, and medical related unit conversions as well as pH and pOH calculations.
Prerequisites: MATH-095 minimum grade C, or appropriate Math Accuplacer score.
Offered: ALL
One of the following: 
3.0 credits COMM-110: Public Speaking
The purpose of this class is to develop students' public speaking skills so that they can become more confident and effective speakers. Students will write and present both persuasive and informative speeches. [NM Common Course Number COMM 1113, Area I; Communications]
Prerequisites: (RDNG-050 or RDNG 096) and ENGL-050 or appropriate Reading and English Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
3.0 credits COMM-111: Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase student's awareness of the role that interpersonal communication plays in creating and maintaining personal and professional relationships. Emphasis of instruction is on improving one-to-one communication skills. Topics covered include self-concept, perception, non-verbal communication, listening, feedback, and effective use of language. [NM Common Course Number COMM 1213, Area I; Communications]
Prerequisites: (RDNG-050 or RDNG-096) and ENGL-050 or appropriate Reading and English Accuplacer scores.
Offered: ALL
Core Requirements 
4.0 credits OTAP-120: Intro to Occupational Therapy Assistant
This course includes the historical development and philosophy of the profession. Emphasis is on the roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapy assistant, occupation in daily life; educational requirements; current health care environment; and moral, legal, and ethical issues. Lab section focuses on development of professional behaviors and attitudes required for healthcare students and practitioners.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits OTAP-130: Functional Kinesiology in OT
Study of musculoskeletal and nervous systems and human movement as it relates to Occupational Therapy Assistants, including assessment procedures and intervention techniques.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits OTAP-140: Analysis of OT Interventions I
This course is the study of the language of Occupational Therapy using the occupational therapy practice framework as a guide. Students will analyze various activities and occupations, with an emphasis on safe implementation of therapeutic interventions used in occupational therapy.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
1.0 credits OTAP-150: Documentation for OT
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to write accurate and professional documentation for reimbursement of occupational therapy services. Formats reviewed include narrative, SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment, plan), and DAP (data, assessment, plan) notes among others. Topics include documentation throughout the stages of the occupational therapy process, intervention plans, and increasing observational skills.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
1.0 credits OTAP-152: Fieldwork Level 1-A
A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. A minimum of 70 hours.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits OTAP-160: Pathophysiology & Occupational Therapy
Pathology and general health management of diseases and injuries across the lifespan encountered in occupational therapy treatment settings. Includes etiology, symptoms, and the client's physical and psychological reactions to disease and injury.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits OTAP-170: Growth & Development in OT
General principles of occupational performance throughout the lifespan.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits OTAP-180: Analysis of OT Interventions II
This course is a continuation of OTAP 140: Analysis-Occupations & Interventions I. Emphasis is on advanced techniques and applications used in traditional and non-traditional practice settings.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits OTAP-200: Mental Health and OT Interventions
Study of the promotion of mental health through occupational therapy assessment/evaluation tools and intervention strategies using various frames of reference. Includes a survey of conditions and use of group process and group dynamics.
Offered: SU Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits OTAP-210: Elders & OT Interventions
Occupational performance of elders. Includes assessment/evaluation tools and techniques and intervention strategies in various frames of references, and regulatory factors specific to this population.
Offered: SU Faculty Permission Required
1.0 credits OTAP-232: Fieldwork Level I-B
A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. A minimum of 70 hours.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits OTAP-240: Pediatrics & OT Interventions
Occupational performance of newborns through adolescents including assessment/evaluation tools and techniques and intervention strategies using various frames of references, and regulatory factors specific to this population.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits OTAP-250: Physical Function & OT Interventions
Physical function to promote occupational performance. Includes assessment/evaluation tools and techniques, and intervention strategies of various frames of reference for physical disabilities.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits OTAP-260: Health Care Management in OT
Explore the roles of the occupational therapy assistant in health care delivery. Topics include documentation, reimbursement, credentialing, ethical standards, health care team role delineation, management techniques, analysis of professional literature, promotion of the profession, certification, licensure, and effective job search strategies.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
6.0 credits OTAP-272: Fieldwork Level II-A
A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. A minimum of 280 hours AND 8 weeks is required.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
6.0 credits OTAP-274: Fieldwork Level II-B
A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. A minimum of 280 hours AND 8 weeks is required.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required

For more information, please call Jackie Sena at 505-566-3849. Or send us an email at ota@sanjuancollege.edu.