Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time
Fall

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 terms, including summer)

Accreditation
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). OTA graduates can take the national OTA certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Successful completion of the exam leads to the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) designation. Most states, including Iowa, require a license to practice. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or obtain state licensure. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org.

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) work with patients of all ages and help them learn skills to lead independent lives. OTAs work under the supervision of an occupational therapist (OT) to provide hands-on services to clients who are learning new ways to succeed in the occupation of life. This program starts each year in the fall.

Career opportunities: school systems; assisted living facilities; hospitals; outpatient clinics; long-term care facilities; private practice.

The primary location for Occupational Therapy Assistant students will be the Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1-Fall

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy & Physiology*

3

HSC-107

Professionals in Health*

2

OTA-100

Foundations of Occupational Therapy

3

OTA-207

OT Methods I

3

OTA-208

Occupational Development

2.5

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology*

3

OTA-150

Occupational Therapy Assistant Medical Terminology OR

1.5

HSC-115

Medical Terminology* OR

 

HSC-117

Basic Medical Terminology*

 

 

 

18

Term 2-Spring

OTA-211

Pathophysiology for the OTA

4

OTA-212

Functional Kinesiology

3

OTA-306

OT Methods II

3

OTA-405

Psychosocial Dysfunction

4

OTA-850

OTA Field Work I-A

1

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Comm* OR

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals*

 

 

 

18

Term 3-Summer

ENG-105

Composition I*

3

OTA-308

Physical Dysfunction I

4

OTA-309

Physical Dysfunction II

4

OTA-851

OTA Fieldwork I-B**

1

 

 

12

Term 4-Fall

OTA-205

OTA Management

2

OTA-206

Community Health & Special Populations

3

OTA-406

OT Methods III

3

OTA-411

Geriatric Interventions for the OTA

1.5

OTA-412

Pediatric Interventions for the OTA

3

OTA-853

OTA Fieldwork I-C**

2.5

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Humanities Elective*

3

 

 

18

Term 5-Spring

OTA-409

Professional Development

2

OTA-852

OTA Fieldwork II-A**

6

OTA-854

OTA Fieldwork II-B**

6

 

 

14

Total program credit hours

80

*Courses may be taken before beginning the technical portion of the program.

**Indicates a course which involves off-campus clinical experience.

Note: Minimum grade of C is required in all technical OTA courses.

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