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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)
Required Courses


BIO103 Anatomy and Physiology 1
Pre: Communications & Mathematics proficiencies and BIO101 or BIO105 with a C or better. For pre-requisite equivalency information, please see below.
This is the first semester of a one-year course that studies the human body. It is primarily designed for those students pursuing majors in the health professions. Topics include tissues, and the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems including the organs of special sense, and a review of basic chemistry and cellular structure and function. Laboratory work is designed to supplement the lecture material. Fulfills, open, liberal arts, and with BIO104, the laboratory science sequence electives. (3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory per week). Pre-requisite equivalents for BIO103 include: TEAS version V only - Science section score of 50 or higher (no time limit), LPN Certificate (no time limit), CLEP test with a score of 50 or higher, High School Biology with a grade of C or better taken within 5 years, AP Biology Test with a score of 3 or better with the last 5 years, Bachelor's degree or higher in Biological science or chemistry.
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
OTA101 Orientation to Occupational Therapy
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
An introduction to the core concept of occupation and the process of activity analysis as the foundation of Occupational Therapy. Theoretical frameworks and historical trends connecting past, present and emerging Occupational Therapy practice are discussed, emphasizing the use of occupation. The role of the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), professional values, ethics, behavior and terminology are introduced and reinforced through fieldwork experience. (45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of field placement)
OTA103 Therapeutic Application of Modalities 1
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Co: OTA101 & BIO103
A laboratory course to introduce and practice fundamental skills of occupational therapy intervention within the context of occupational performance. Osteology, arthrology, and myology in reference to movement and function, along with biomechanical activity analysis are emphasized as providing the foundation for selected interventions used by the occupational therapy assistant. (30 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab)
OTA105 Therapeutic Group Process
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Co: OTA101
An activity-based study of group dynamics and its application to occupational therapy, including types of therapeutic groups, group member roles, group development, and group leadership. Emphasis is placed on developing effective communication, therapeutic use of self, group leadership skills, and the appreciation for diversity and cultural factors that influence group interaction and function. (2 hours of lab per week)
PSY102 Introductory (General) Psychology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Systematic study of behavior including the development of psychology as a science, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, personality development, cognitive processes, maturation and development, and adjustment. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
BIO104 Anatomy & Physiology 2
Pre: BIO103 with 'C' or better.
Continuation of Anatomy and Physiology 1. Topics include the digestive, respiratory, urogenital, and circulatory systems and the endocrines. Laboratory work is designed to supplement the lecture material and includes dissection of the fetal pig. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and with BIO103, laboratory science sequence electives (3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab per week.)
CMP104-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on analytical and researched writing based on an appreciation of fiction, poetry, and drama. Classic and contemporary authors will be studied. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, composition -LT, and humanities electives.
OTA104 Therapeutic Application of Modalities 2
Pre: OTA103
Co: OTA108
A laboratory course expanding upon the approaches, skills and techniques used for evaluation and intervention within the aspects of occupational therapy's domain and the role of the occupational therapy assistant. Emphasis of laboratory practice is on the application of occupation-based intervention, purposeful activity, and preparatory methods used within the context of human occupation and life role performance. (2 hours of lecture and 4 hours of lab per week)
OTA108 Medical Specialties
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Co: OTA101
A course concerned with general medical, neurological and orthopedic conditions that lead to dysfunction in one's occupational performance. Medical terminology and standards of practice in reference to medical management and OT intervention are emphasized. (60 hours of lecture)
OTA110 Planning & Implementation of Prog for Health & Well
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Co: OTA105 and OTA108
A course concerned with the development and implementation of therapeutic programs for the elderly and for adults who have chronic conditions and developmental disabilities within institutional and community based settings. Designed to expose students to a variety of practice contexts and service delivery models with emphasis on activity programming, habilitation, health promotion and occupation-based intervention for the adult/older adult population. Through classroom, fieldwork and service-learning experiences, students explore, assess, initiate, maintain and expand therapeutic programs for productive living and the promotion of health and wellbeing. (45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of fieldwork/service learning)
OTA112 Leadership & Management in Occupational Therapy
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Co: OTA101 & OTA105
A course to reinforce the professional responsibilities of an occupational therapy practitioner in service delivery with clients, potential consumers, the occupational therapy profession, and society. Leadership roles and management operations will be applied to current and future practice expectations of the occupational therapy assistant within a variety of practice contexts. (30 hours of lecture)
PSY118 Human Growth and Development
Pre: PSY102
Study of the development sequences of growth from prenatal to death, including the methodological problems of developmental studies, individual differences, the interplay of heredity and environment and the development of language, motivation, and motor behavior. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
OTA201 Therapeutic Application of Modalities 3
Pre: BIO104, OTA104 and 110
Co: OTA203 and OTA207
A culminating laboratory course that integrates knowledge and skills for clinical application of the occupational therapy process including evaluation, intervention, and outcomes. Case studies and simulations are utilized to facilitate clinical reasoning in the development and implementation of occupational therapy intervention plans, documentation, and clinical performance. (15 hours of lecture and 60 hours of lab)
OTA203 Mental Health Concepts in Occupational Ther Practice
Pre: PSY102 and OTA101
An exploration of the psychological and social factors that influence one's engagement in occupation with emphasis on wellness and recovery. An investigation of the major mental illnesses and their effect on occupational performance is included along with attention to conditions that place persons at-risk for occupational dysfunction. The distinct value of occupational therapy including the role of the occupational therapy assistant in the promotion of mental health is explored in the classroom and reinforced through fieldwork experiences in hospital-based and community-based settings. (45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of fieldwork)
OTA207 Occupational Therapy for Pediatric Populations
Co: OTA104 This course focuses on normal and atypical development from birth to young adulthood. The course is designed to promote discussion and investigation of population needs and current legislation that drives and guides practice within the most common pediatric settings: Early Intervention and Schools, which service children from ages birth to twenty-one. Students also study common pediatric diagnoses, performance assessment tools, evidence-based techniques and documentation for Early Intervention and School-based programs. Classroom knowledge and skills are reinforced with fieldwork experience in pediatric settings. (45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of fieldwork)
OTA220 Current Topics in Occupational Therapy
Pre: OTA101 or earned degree in occupational therapy
Co: OTA104
A closer study of topics of special interest and demand in contemporary occupational therapy practice. Clinical reasoning is emphasized in the process of studying these topics. Topics may include but will not be limited to evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, medical ethics, pharmacology, assistive technology, chronic pain management, orthotics and prosthetics, business concepts for the occupational therapy practitioner, ergonomics and universal design, low vision, driver rehab and training, alternative therapies, and emerging areas of practice. (30 hours of lecture)
OTA204 Level 2 Fieldwork Practice 1
Pre: OTA201, all general education courses required in OTA
Co: OTA206
This course provides a supervised 8-week in-depth fieldwork experience in an OT service setting designed to provide the student opportunity to carry out professional responsibilities within the role of an occupational therapy assistant. With the goal of developing entry level competency as a generalist OTA practitioner, student's fieldwork experience may be within a variety of institutional or community based practice settings. (Total fieldwork hours equivalent to an 8-week full-time placement.)
OTA206 Seminar in Occupational Therapy
Co: OTA204 and OTA208 A faculty guided seminar course to aid in the assimilation of knowledge and experience for clinical practice and professional development as the student engages in Level II fieldwork. Portfolio development, career development, and preparation for certification and licensure as an occupational therapy assistant are included. (30 semester hours of seminar)
OTA208 Level 2 Fieldwork Practice 2
Pre: OTA201 and all general education courses in OTA program
Co: OTA206
A second in-depth fieldwork experience follows successful completion of the first Level 2 fieldwork in a setting that services a different population. Exposure to a variety of service delivery models and OT interventions is considered for this second fieldwork placement. (Total fieldwork hours equivalent to an 8-week full-time placement.)
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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