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City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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The A.A.S. degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant is the study of occupational therapy as a skilled healthcare service that uses occupation to promote meaningful living. Occupational therapy assistants, under the guidance of occupational therapists, adapt activities, tasks, and the environment in order to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to fulfill their chosen occupations and life roles. Career options can include employment in hospitals, clinics, schools, specialized community care settings, and wellness programs.     
      
The program’s mission is to prepare competent and effective occupational therapy practitioners who value occupation as both a means and as an end to quality living for self and others through a sound educational experience that includes preparation in:     
  • The occupational therapy process     
  • The impact of culture
  • Use of self as an agent of change
  • Ethical professional practice
  • Teaching and learning processes
  • Collaborating as a healthcare professional
  • Working in a variety of practice environments
  • Oral and written communication skills
Students can make formal application to the program when all pre-admission coursework is completed, or when pre-admission coursework completion will occur before the beginning of Semester I of the program. A minimum grade of “C” is required in each pre-admission and general education course. If more candidates apply than the program can accept, the best qualified will be admitted.     
      
The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. (Address: Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Educators, c/o Accreditation Department, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, http://acoteonline.org. Phone: (301) 652-2682). Program participants are eligible for graduation from the OTA Program with an A.A.S. degree upon successful completion of all required academic courses and fieldwork. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for Occupational Therapy Assistants administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, an individual becomes a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Determination of exam eligibility for applicants who have a felony related charge or conviction requires individualized review by NBCOT, Inc. Most states require licensure in order to practice. Illinois license issuance is based upon the results of the NBCOT Certification exam.​     

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Occupational Therapy Assistant courses are to be taken in this order:

First Semester: Occupational Therapy Assistant 107 & 108;

Second Semester: Occupational Therapy Assistant 109 & 110;

Third Semester: Occupational Therapy Assistant 209, 210 & 211;

Fourth Semester: Occupational Therapy Assistant 212, 213 & 214;

Summer Term: ​Occupational Therapy Assistant 215 & 216 (Work-Based Learning Courses)
 

 

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

Credits

Program/Plan Number

0259

Funding Options

Offered At

 

Courses

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Prerequisites

  CH

Program General Requirements

15 CH

Child Development (0090) OR Psychology (0087)   

207 Child Psychology OR...........................................................................3 CH 
101 Human Growth and Development I......................................................4 CH 
Child Development
CHLD DV 101-1
Human Growth & Development I 4
This course provides a foundation in theory and principles of human development, from conception to early adolescence, including an in-depth study of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development, including children's play. Five hours observing young children, ranging in age from birth to age eight, are required. Writing assignments and oral presentations as appropriate to the discipline are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
Computer Information Systems
CIS 120
Intro to Microcomputers 3
Fundamental concepts of computer information systems as applied to microcomputers in business and personal use; includes hands-on experience with a variety of microcomputer software. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the consent of Departments Chairperson. ARC: 3 times.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Occupational Therapy Assistant
OTA 106
Foundations of Human Occupation 3
This course explores the meaning of human occupation and its relationships to health, illness and disability. The historical roots of occupational therapy are explored and linked to the roles of contemporary occupational therapy practitioners. Students will experience a variety of learning strategies and activities as a means to gaining understanding of occupation, the occupational therapy process and the skills needed by a healthcare professional. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
Psychology
PSYCH 201
General Psychology 3
Historical survey of psychology and a study of the sensory and perceptual processes: learning, thinking, remembering, emotional behavior, motivation, mechanism of adjustment, and the total personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
PSYCH 207
Child Psychology 3
Development, adjustment, and psychological problems of the child from birth through adolescence; relationship of scientific psychological findings to practical methods of child guidance and training by parents, teachers, and others. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Psychology 201 or consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program Core Requirements

45 CH
Biology
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 227
Human Structure and Function II 4
Continuation of Biology 226. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 226, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Occupational Therapy Assistant
OTA 107
Occupations Of Childhood 5
The first in a sequence of courses addressing the emergence of occupational behaviors, skills and life roles in humans throughout the life span. This course presents occupational and developmental frameworks for understanding the occupational nature of infants and children through 12 years of age, their families and caregivers. Means of applying the occupational therapy process by the occupational therapy assistant is studied within the contexts of a variety of disorders, conditions and circumstances affecting this period of human development. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
OTA 108
Practice Skills of OT Assistant I 2
Structured experiential learning will provide opportunities for the student to solidify knowledge, develop and practice professional skills and behaviors utilized in the occupational therapy process with infants, children through twelve years of age and their families in a variety of settings. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
OTA 109
Occupations of Adolescence Early Adulthood 5
The second in a sequence of courses addressing the emergence of occupational behaviors, skills and life roles in humans throughout the life span. This course presents theoretical frameworks and models for understanding the occupational nature of adolescents and young adults at home, at school and in the community. Approaches to applying the occupational therapy process by the occupational therapy assistant is studied within the contexts of a variety of disorders, conditions and circumstances affecting this period of human development. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
OTA 110
Practice Skills of OT Assistant II 2
Structured experiential learning will provide opportunities for the student to solidify knowledge develop and practice professional skills and behaviors utilized in the occupational therapy process in a variety of settings with adolescents and young adults. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
OTA 209
Occupation of Middle Adulthood 5
The third in a sequence of courses addressing the emergence of occupational behaviors, skills and life roles in humans throughout the life span. This course presents theoretical frameworks and models for understanding the occupational nature of the middle adulthood years in home settings, work environments, and in multiple levels of community. Approaches to applying the occupational therapy process by the occupational therapy assistant is studies within the contexts of a variety of disorders, conditions and circumstances affecting this period of human development. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
OTA 210
Practice Skills of OT Assistant III 2
Structured experiential learning will provide opportunities for the student to solidify knowledge, develop and practice professional skills and behaviors utilized in the occupational therapy process in a variety of settings with middle-aged adults. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
OTA 211-1
Special Topics for OT I 3
The first of a two course sequence designed to develop knowledge and skills needed for the provision of occupational therapy services to special populations. Students will explore the role of the occupational therapy assistant in a variety of service delivery contexts. A variety of strategies used to engage in collaborative occupational therapy supervisory relationships in settings without occupational therapists will be addressed. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
OTA 212
Occupations of Later Adulthood 5
The fourth in a sequence of courses addressing the emergence of occupational behaviors, skills and life roles in humans throughout the life span. This course presents theoretical frameworks and models for understanding the occupational nature of later adulthood in multiple living settings, work-related environments, and in community. Approaches to applying the occupational therapy process by the occupational therapy assistant is studied within the contexts of a variety of disorders, conditions and circumstances occurring during this period of human development. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
OTA 213
Practice Skills of OT Assistant IV 2
Structured experiential learning will provide opportunities for the student to solidify knowledge, develop and practice professional skills and behaviors utilized in the occupational therapy process in a variety of settings with elders. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
OTA 214-1
Special Topics for OTA II 3
The second of a two course sequence designed to develop knowledge and skills needed for the provision of occupational therapy services to special populations. Students will explore the role of the occupational therapy assistant in a variety of service delivery contexts. A variety of strategies used to engage in collaborative occupational therapy supervisory relationships in settings without occupational therapists will be addressed. A special populations independent study incorporating fundamentals of entrepreneurship and marketing is included. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
Sociology
SOC 201
Intro To the Study Of Society 3
Characteristics of group life, the effect of the group on human conduct, and the interrelationships between society, culture, and the individual. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Additional Requirements

  CH

Program Elective Requirements

3 CH

​Child Dev. (0090) OR Psychology (0087) OR Social Service (0091) 

102 Human Growth and Development II OR....................................................3 CH 
222 Adult Development and Aging OR.............................................................3 CH 
102 Introduction to Gerontology........................................................................3 CH 
  
Child Development
CHLD DV 102
Human Growth & Development II 3
Continuation of Child Development 101. Emphasizes adolescence through late adulthood. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Child Development 101, OR Consent of Department Chairperson
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
Psychology
PSYCH 222
Adult Development And Aging 3
Introduction to psychological problems, issues, facts, and theories relating to later adulthood and old age; societal values and institutions, socio-economic variables, biological and psychological changes, perception, cognition, psychosocial development, personality factors, sexuality and relationships, work and skill issues, adjustment and coping, psychopathology, and therapeutic intervention. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Psychology 201 or consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Wilbur Wright
Social Service
SOC SER 102
Introduction To Gerontology 3
An overview of elder issues including the social, psychological and physical aspects of the aging process. The course will also examine the economic and social impact of the growing elderly population on US society and the global community and will explore career opportunities in this expanding field. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Wilbur Wright

Area of Focus

  CH

Focus Electives

  CH

Learning Work-Based Learning Courses

12 CH
Occupational Therapy Assistant
OTA 215-1
Fieldwork Level II 6
Students will apply and synthesize the knowledge base skills and attitudes of an occupational therapy assistant in a supervised health care fieldwork experience. Fieldwork placements in a community settings or institutions will afford students opportunities to engage in occupation-based practice with individuals across the lifespan and who may experience a variety of disorders and conditions. The course includes a campus-based student seminar to support the process of professional skills acquisition. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
OTA 216-1
Fieldwork Level B 6
Students will apply and synthesize the knowledge base, skills and attitudes of an occupational therapy assistant in a supervised health care fieldwork experience. Fieldwork placements in community settings or institutions will afford students opportunities to engage in occupation-based practice with individuals across the lifespan and who may experience a variety of disorders and conditions. The course includes a campus-based student seminar to support the process of professional skills acquisition. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
Total Minimum Credit Hours
 

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