Saturday – November 18, 2017

Occupational Therapy Assistant (2017-2018)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Health Sciences / Health Sciences Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 10-514-1

 

For Information: 414-297-6263
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

 

Overview — This program prepares you to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). 

In the traditional setting, the COTA provides services under the supervision of an occupational therapist using goal-directed activities to prevent, lessen or overcome difficulty in attaining, maintaining or developing occupations: daily living skills, play, leisure and/or work skills. Services are provided in various environments including hospitals, geriatric centers, schools and homes.

A healthcare provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate is a prerequisite for entry into the fourth clinical course. Note that the OTA program must be completed within four years.

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).


Career Pathway — This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Work continues to develop the program into a fully embedded Career Pathway.
 

Career Outlook — The OTA can look forward to a positive job outlook. Opportunities can be found in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, geriatric centers, schools and homes. Employment includes working with persons experiencing developmental disabilities, mental illness, physical disabilities and the results of aging. For additional career information, visit www.promoteot.org

 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Adhere to the ethical standards, values and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession
  • Practice within the distinct role and responsibility of the occupational therapy assistant
  • Advocate for the profession, services and consumers
  • Value lifelong learning and the need to keep current with best practices
  • Apply occupational therapy principles and intervention tools to achieve expected outcomes
  • Serve a diverse population in a variety of systems that are consistent with entry-level practice

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

HP-A2 HESI Pre-admission exam required.

The following are also required for admission:

 •   A high school diploma or GED
 •   One year of high school-level or one semester of college-level algebra, biology and chemistry; with a grade of C or higher for each course
 •   Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment

 

This program's required Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of B- or higher in each course.

 

Accreditation Information — The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301-652-2682; www.acoteonline.org.

 

Possible Careers
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

 

Related Programs
Physical Therapist Assistant
Registered Nursing
Respiratory Therapist

 

Start Date: August
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

 

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits 

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

 

(1)

 

OTASST-171

Introduction to Occupational Therapy ‡

3

 

(1)

 

OTASST-172

Medical and Psychosocial Conditions 

3

 

(1)

 

OTASST-173

Activity Analysis and Application ‡

2

 

(2)

 

OTASST-174

OT Performance Skills ‡ 

4

 

(2)

 

OTASST-176

OT Theory and Practice ‡

 

3

 

(2)

 

OTASST-177

Assistive Technology and Adaptations ‡

 

2

 

(2)

 

OTASST-178

Geriatric Practice ‡

 

3

 

(3)

 

OTASST-175

Psychosocial Practice ‡

3

 

(3)

 

OTASST-179

Community Practice ‡

2

 

(3)

 

OTASST-182

Physical Rehabilitation Practice ‡

 

3

 

(3)

 

OTASST-183

Pediatric Practice ‡

 

3

 

(3)

 

OTASST-184

OTA Fieldwork ‡

 

2

 

(4)

 

OTASST-185

OT Practice and Management # ‡

 

2

 

(4)

 

OTASST-186

OTA Fieldwork 2A * ‡ 

 

5

 

(4)

 

OTASST-187

OTA Fieldwork 2B * ‡

 

5

 

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

 

 

 

ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡

 

3

 

 

 

and ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

 

3

 

 

 
  (or) ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course      
 
 
NATSCI-177 General Anatomy and Physiology ‡   4  
 
 
  (or) NATSCI-201‡  and NATSCI-202       

 

 

PSYCH-159

Abnormal Psychology

 

3

 

 
 
  (or) PSYCH-232 Abnormal Psychology       
 

 


PSYCH-188


Developmental Psychology

 


3

 

 

 

 

(or) PSYCH-238 Lifespan Psychology

 

 

 

 

 


PSYCH-199


Psychology of Human Relations

 


3

 

 

 

 

(or) PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology

 

 

 

 

 


SOCSCI-172


Introduction to Diversity Studies

 


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series HIST or SOCSCI course

 

 

 

             

 

 

ELECTIVES

Suggested Electives: Three Credits Needed

 

3

 

    HELATH-101 Medical Terminology      
    PHYED-210 An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness      
    SOCSCI-210 Death and Dying      


TOTAL CREDITS: 70

 

 

# OTASST-172 and OTASST-185 are online courses.

* OTASST-186 and OTASST-187 must be completed within 18 months following academic coursework.

Required Natural Science (NATSCI) courses must be completed with a grade of B- or better in each course.

OTA program must be completed within four years.

‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.


For course descriptions, times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

 

Page updated April 2017.