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OTA 1111 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Assistant

History, philosophy, ethics and definitions of occupational therapy; overview of occupational therapy practice areas; differences between occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants; functions of professional and regulatory agencies; exploration of learning experiences within the occupational therapy assistant program curriculum; basic prefixes, roots and suffixes; terminology and standard abbreviations required for understanding of the language used in medicine. One classroom, two lab hours per week.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Rehabilitation Services
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: NONE  


  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Code of Ethics, Core Values and Attitudes of Occupational Therapy and AOTA Standards of Practice and use them as a guide for ethical decision-making in professional interactions, client treatment and employment settings.
  • Articulate an understanding of the importance of the history and philosophical base of the profession of occupational therapy.
  • Define a medical term by dividing it into its elements.
  • Identify the body planes, directions and regions.
  • Define common medical and health-care abbreviations.
  • Define medical prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, word roots and compound words.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the field of occupational therapy as an appropriate career choice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and compare the varied roles of the occupational therapy assistant as a practitioner and as an educator.

Credit Hours: 2

Classroom Hours: 1
Lab Hours: 2