SLCC General Catalog

Occupational Therapy Assistant AAS

CTE Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
74 credits minimum

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Program Description

The Program Occupational Therapy is a health profession that provides services to children and adults of all ages whose lives have been disrupted by physical injury or illness, developmental problems, the aging process and/or psychosocial dysfunction. Occupational Therapy Assistants use occupation and purposeful activity with clients/patients to help them reach their maximum level of independence. Specific tasks may include daily living skill training, fabrication of adaptive equipment, leading individual and group treatment activities, adapting home environments, ADA architectural accessibility standards, enabling computer access for the disabled, cognitive retraining, improving development of gross/fine motor skills and activities that enhance quality of life. Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree after successful completion of academic and fieldwork experiences.

Graduates will be prepared to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) and eligible for state licensure, which is required to practice in Utah. Students with a history of a misdemeanor or felony may not be eligible for fieldwork placements, service learning requirements, state licensure or national certification and should contact the Health Sciences Academic Advisor or Allied Health Division Associate Dean before enrolling in classes.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is an engaged service learning program. Service learning requirements are embedded in coursework. Students are required to spend 150 hours or more involved in service learning which may be outside of scheduled course times. Students may be required to attend conferences and out-of-state activities. The expenses of these requirements are additional student costs. Students with a “B” average or higher will graduate as civically engaged scholars.

Career Opportunities

Work settings includes acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric hospitals, community living facilities, home health agencies, community mental health centers, school systems, nursing homes, burn centers and rehabilitation clinics.  Practice areas include: children and youth, health and wellness, mental health, productive aging, rehabilitation, disability and participation, work and industry and emerging practice areas. COTAs work under the supervision of licensed, occupational therapists.

Program Entry Requirements

Admissions Process
  1. Be admitted to SLCC as a matriculated student.
  2. High School Graduate or equivalent.
  3. For transfer credit, submit OFFICIAL, SEALED transcripts for ALL colleges and universities where prerequisite course work has been completed. Send to:
    SLCC Incoming Transcripts
    4600 South Redwood Road
    P.O. Box 30808
    Salt Lake City, UT  84130-0808
  4. Also, a request to have an OFFICIAL evaluation of student’s transcript must be submitted to the SLCC Incoming Transcript Office.  Download the Request for Transcript Evaluation form.  This process may take 4-6 weeks and must be completed before a student’s application will be considered.
  5. Program course prerequisites (or equivalent transfer credit, AP or CLEP):

The following prerequisites must be completed with a C or better

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

MATH 1010

Interm Algebra

4

A

RDG 0990; within the last year, MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/ a C or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

PSY 1100

Human Growth & Dev

3

A

 

COMM 1010

Elem Effective Comm

3

A

 

The following prerequisites must be completed with a B or better and within the past five years (OTA 1020 can only be taken twice)

BIOL 2320

Human Anatomy

4

A

 

BIOL 2325

Human Anatomy Lab

0

A

 

OTA 1020

Intro Occupational Thrpy

2

A

 

NOTE: All prerequisites must be completed prior to submitting Occupational Therapy Assistant application.


Application Requirements

See the Occupational Therapist Assistant webpage for essential information regarding completion of application requirements.

NOTE: Fieldwork sites make final determinations about accepting a student for placements in their facilities and may decline based on criminal background record, refusal to participate in or positive drug testing and refusal to have required immunizations. This may cause the student to be unable to meet the all requirements needed to progress through the program, sit for the national certification exam or be approved for state licensing.

Estimated Cost for Students

Tuition per semester: SLCC Tuition & Fees 
Costs outside tuition vary but may include but are not limited to: student club and professional organization memberships, uniform, text books, travel associated with fieldwork, service learning and fieldtrips.

Estimated time to Completion

The OTA Program is four semesters in length with each new cohort beginning in the Fall semester (Fall, Spring, Fall, Spring).  Prerequisite courses are not included in the four semesters.

Specialized Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-2682, (301) 652-7711 (FAX), (800) 377-8555 (TTY). Graduates will be prepared to take the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) and eligible for state licensure, which is required to practice in Utah.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

MATH 1010

Algebra (QS)

4

A

RDG 0990; and within the last year MATH 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score.

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

COMM 1010

Elem Effective Comm (CM, IN)

3

A

 

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

The HR requirement is met through program requirements.

Required Courses: (59 Credits)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

OTA 1100 Functional Anatomy Lecture

3

F

 OTA 1020 with B or better and acceptance into the OTA Program

OTA 1105

Functional Anatomy Lecture/Lab

1

F

OTA 1020 with B or better and acceptance into the OTA Program

OTA 1120

Modalities 1 Lecture

2

F

 OTA 1020 with B or better and acceptance into the OTA Program

OTA 1130

Modalities 1 Lecture/Lab

1

F

 OTA 1020 with B or better and acceptance into the OTA Program

OTA 1140

Physical Dysfunction I Lecture

3

F

OTA 1020 with B or better and acceptance into the OTA Program

OTA 1150

Physical Dysfunction I Lecture/Lab

1

F

OTA 1020 with B or better and acceptance into the OTA Program

OTA 1170

Physical Dysfunction Fieldwork Experience

2

F

OTA 1020 with B or better and acceptance into the OTA Program

OTA 1180

Domain and Process

2

F

OTA 1020 with B or better and acceptance into the OTA Program

OTA 1210

Professional Issues I

2

SP

Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses

OTA 1220

Modalities II Lecture

2

SP

Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses

OTA 1230

Modalities II Lecture/Lab

1

SP

Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses

OTA 1240

Physical Dysfunction II Lecture

3

SP

Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses

OTA 1250

Physical Dysfunction II Lecture/Lab

1

SP

Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses 

OTA 1270 Pediatric Fieldwork Experience 2 SP Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses
OTA 1280 Pediatric/Adolescent Lecture 3 SP Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses
OTA 1290 Pediatric/Adolescent Lecture/Lab 1 SP Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses
OTA 2310 Professional Issues II 2 F Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses
OTA 2320 Modalities III Lecture 2 F Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses
OTA 2330 Modalities III Lecture/Lab 1 F Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses
OTA 2340 Psychosocial Behavior 3 F Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses
OTA 2350 Geriatrics 3 F Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses
OTA 2370 Psychosocial/Geriatrics Fieldwork Experience 2 F Successful completion of previous semester OTA courses
OTA 2450 Fieldwork Experience Level II Part 1 6 SP Successful completion of all previous semester OTA courses per curriculum plan
OTA 2460 Fieldwork Experience Level II Part 2 6 SP Successful completion of all previous semester OTA courses per curriculum plan


Sample Schedule

Prerequisites

BIO 2320/2325

4

 

 

COMM 1010

3

 

 

ENGL 1010

3

 

 

MATH 1010

4

 

 

OTA 1020

2

 

 

PSY 1100

3

 

 

Total

19

 

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

OTA 1100 3 OTA 1210 2
OTA 1105 1 OTA 1220 2
OTA 1120 2 OTA 1230 1
OTA 1130 1 OTA 1240 3
OTA 1140 3 OTA 1250 1
OTA 1150 1 OTA 1270 2
OTA 1170 2 OTA 1280 3
OTA 1180 2 OTA 1290 1

Total

15

Total

15

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

OTA 2310 2 OTA 2450 6
OTA 2320 2 OTA 2460 6
OTA 2330 1    
OTA 2340 3    
OTA 2350 3    
OTA 2370 2    

Total

13

Total

12

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. Acquire substantive knowledge
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Develop quantitative literacies
  4. Think critically and creatively
  5. Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
  6. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
  7. Develop computer and information literacy
  • OTA students will acquire substantial foundational knowledge of the profession.
1
  • OTA students will acquire substantial therapy skills.
1, 2, 4
  • Program graduates will pass the National Board Certification of Occupational Therapy occupational therapy assistant examination.
1, 4
  • Graduates who become certified will obtain employment in occupational therapy or their chosen field.
1, 2, 4
  • Employers will report that OTA graduates are competent at their jobs.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • OTA students will be effective in verbal, written, and non-verbal communicators with all stakeholders.
2, 6
  • OTA students will display quantitative literacy necessary for gainful employment in occupational therapy.
3
  • OTA students will exhibit behaviors consistent with showing respect for diversity.

2, 4, 6

  • OTA students will actively participate in service learning projects.
5, 6
  • OTA students will critically evaluate information to make informed decisions regarding evidence-based practice throughout the OT process.
1, 2, 4, 7

Advising Notes

Classes are available during the weekday generally between 7:30am and 4 pm in block schedules.  Some courses are web enhanced; one course is in hybrid format. There is one fieldwork placement in each of the first three semesters for 30 hours each.  Level II fieldwork is 40 hours per week for 16 weeks during fourth semester. Must maintain 75% or better in all class to remain in the program. Program is an engaged department and service learning is expected in most courses requiring an additional 10-15 hours per course.  Clinic assignments are required and scheduled outside of class requiring additional time commitment in the late afternoon. Students assume risk if their criminal background is not clear or if the student does not have the required immunization and fieldwork sites do not accept them, thus resulting in possible withdrawal from the program after the tuition refund deadline is past. Only one fieldwork placement attempt will be made per fieldwork course.

The OTA program also recommends taking the MA 1100 Medical Terminology course prior to applying to the OTA program. 

Department Contact Info

Division Allied Health
Jordan Campus
JC HSC 047

Program Information
801-957-6200

Occupational Therapy
Assistant Program

Academic Advisor
Jordan Campus
JC HSC 047
801-957-6407

Health Science Admissions
JHS 047
801-957-6253

Program Faculty

Associate Professors
Brenda Lyman
Barb Kloetzke