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Occupational Therapy Assistant (Limited Access Program), A.S. Degree

Program Information

A.S. Degree - Code 2115/2215 - Catalog 2017/2018

Mary Craig-Oatley, Assistant Chair, 386-506-3624, craigom@daytonastate.edu

Connie Kisner, Staff Assistant, 386-506-3080, kisnerc@daytonastate.edu

Melissa Brown, Academic Advisor, 386-506-3052, Melissa.Brown@daytonastate.edu

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes

Mission:

Our mission is to train occupational therapy assistant generalists, who come from diverse backgrounds and experience, to successfully become competent entry-level practitioners and meet the needs of their community, using occupation to promote health and participation in daily life.

  • We seek to maximize student success (opportunity, mastery of skills, and satisfaction) through excellent, innovative learning practices and up-to-date technologies and evidence.
  • We provide both academic and clinical experiences to provide a strong professional foundation.
  • We strive to develop effective, responsible, and contributing practitioners who can continue life-long learning.

Description:

The program trains and qualifies graduates to work in occupational therapy. Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that provides services to individuals who are physically, psychologically or developmentally disabled or are at risk for these. Occupational therapy aims to help clients achieve a maximum level of participation and function in their daily activities (occupations).

Job title: Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Program Accreditation: The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA (2682) and Web address is http://www.acoteonline.org/. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). (Their phone number is 301-990-7979 or http://www.nbcot.org/.) After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

College Accreditation: Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College.

Outcomes:

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Value the ethics, values, and beliefs of the profession.
  2. Differentiate the roles of the occupational therapist (OT) and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) in practice.
  3. Reflect on and develop behaviors consistent with professional conduct and continuing development.
  4. Use skills in various occupational therapy applications/situations based on concepts learned about communication, clinical reasoning, human body structures and functions, development, pathology, and behavior, and sociocultural conditions and health.
  5. Emphasize and analyze how occupation is inherent to human health and participation in life, and is a foundation for service delivery.
  6. Apply the concepts of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework to a variety of delivery models and systems where occupational therapy is both currently practiced and emerging.
  7. Distinguish and apply occupational therapy theories, intervention rationales and approaches, and expected outcomes in client care.
  8. Practice the processes of screening, evaluation, goal-setting and review, discharge planning, and referral under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist; design and implement an intervention plan; compose service documentation.
  9. Deliver services in various practice settings.
  10. Select and customize practices based on best available evidence and community-identified needs.
  11. Identify and demonstrate selected tasks for managing a practice.
  12. Apply a client-centered approach to service delivery.
  13. Establish an environment that assures personal and psychological safety and dignity of clients.
  14. Practice in compliance with laws, rules, and policies that pertain to clients' services.
  15. Participate in service opportunities based on community needs.

Note: All OTA students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic course preparation.

A felony conviction may affect admission into the program and graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Note: This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state bright futures.

Approximate Additional Costs

Lab Fees (Including liability insurance): $197

Textbooks: $1,000

Licensure Fees: $700

FDLE/FBI Background Screening: $180

Additional Admission Requirements

  • This is a limited access program. Continuing enrollment approval will be required to enroll in the program specific courses based on a selection process after completing the General Education classes required.
  • Submit completed application for continuing enrollment to the School of Health Careers.
  • Applications for continuing enrollment are accepted January 1st through April 30th.
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of 'C' or better is required before being considered for admission into the program: BSC1085C (Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab), ENC1101 (Introduction to Composition), PSY1012 (General Psychology), HSC1000 (Introduction to Health Care) and OTH1001 (Introduction to Occupational Therapy). All math requirements through MAT1033 should be completed before entering into the program.
  • Observation hours are required as part of the admission process; however, these are done as part of the Introduction to Occupational Therapy OTH1001 course.
  • Applicants starting in a Florida Public high school in 2003 or after and graduating from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma and active duty military are exempt from any placement testing. Those applicants that have successfully completed college level English and/or Math may be exempt from placement testing. All other applicants are required to take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) and be at the 10th grade level for reading, language and arithmetic.
  • Selection is made once per year. Applicants for continuing enrollment that have a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better and have successfully completed the corequisite courses will be ranked higher for program consideration.
  • Admissions into the program will be contingent on the satisfactory completion of both a drug screen and a background check consisting of a fingerprint check of state and federal criminal history information conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Provider and AED through American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
  • A pre-admission consultation with the assistant chair is recommended.
  • Program specific courses and general education courses must be completed with a grade 'C' or better.
  • Students will be held accountable for the policies and procedures of the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program as outlined in the OTA student handbook, as well as the College Student handbook.

General Education Courses

General Education Core - 20 Credits

Communication Core (3 credits)

ENC1101Introduction to Composition

3

Mathematics Core (3 credits)

MGF2106Survey in Mathematics

3

OR

MAC1105College Algebra

3

OR

MGF2107Mathematics for Liberal Arts

3

Natural Sciences Core (8 credits)

BSC1085CHuman Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

4

BSC1086CHuman Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab

4

Humanities Core (3 credits)

Choose One Course

ARH1000Art Appreciation

3

HUM2020Introduction to Humanities

3

LIT2000Literature and Culture

3

PHI2010Introduction of Philosophy

3

MUL1010Music Appreciation

3

THE1000Theatre Appreciation

3

Social Sciences Core (3 credits)

PSY1012General Psychology

3

Note: Prior to enrollment in college-level English or math courses, some students may be advised to complete college preparatory/developmental course work. See an Academic Advisor to determine developmental course requirements.

Program Specific Courses

OTH1001Introduction to Occupational Therapy

3

OTH1003Human Occupation Across the Lifespan

3

OTH1006Occupational Therapy Documentation

2

OTH1014CAnalysis of Human Movement and Lab

3

OTH1114COccupational Therapy Skills and Techniques I and Lab

2

OTH1800Occupational Therapy Practicum I

1

OTH1802Occupational Therapy Practicum II

2

OTH2261COccupational Therapy Skills and Techniques II and Lab

3

OTH2264COccupational Therapy Skills and Techniques III and Lab

3

OTH2300Psychosocial Occupational Therapy

4

OTH2410Conditions in Occupational Therapy

3

OTH2420COccupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction

4

OTH2520CDevelopmental Issues and Lab

3

OTH2840O.T. Supervised Clinical Practice I

5

OTH2841O.T. Supervised Clinical Practice II

5

OTH2933O.T. Seminar for Clinical Practice

1

Sample Program of Study

Prerequisite Courses

ENC1101Introduction to Composition

3

BSC1085CHuman Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

4

HSC1000Introduction to Health Care

3

OTH1001Introduction to Occupational Therapy

3

PSY1012General Psychology

3

Year 1

1st Semester

MGF2106Survey in Mathematics

3

OR

MAC1105College Algebra

3

OR

MGF2107Mathematics for Liberal Arts

3

 

BSC1086CHuman Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab

4

OTH1003Human Occupation Across the Lifespan

3

OTH1114COccupational Therapy Skills and Techniques I and Lab

2

OTH2410Conditions in Occupational Therapy

3

2nd Semester

OTH1006Occupational Therapy Documentation

2

OTH1014CAnalysis of Human Movement and Lab

3

OTH1800Occupational Therapy Practicum I

1

OTH2300Psychosocial Occupational Therapy

4

OTH2261COccupational Therapy Skills and Techniques II and Lab

3

Summer Semester

OTH2420COccupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction

4

Year 2

1st Semester

OTH1802Occupational Therapy Practicum II

2

OTH2264COccupational Therapy Skills and Techniques III and Lab

3

OTH2520CDevelopmental Issues and Lab

3

OTH2704CAdvanced Practice and Professionalism for OTA

4

2nd Semester

Humanities Core

3

OTH2840O.T. Supervised Clinical Practice I

5

OTH2841O.T. Supervised Clinical Practice II

5

OTH2933O.T. Seminar for Clinical Practice

1

Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.

Total Credit Hours: 74