Associate of Applied Science, Certificates

Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology

Ridgeland

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Curriculum is a two-year-program of study that prepares an individual to work as a co-participant in the entire occupational therapy process, at the discretion of the supervising licensed occupational therapist. The occupational therapy assistant provides intervention pertinent to creating and promoting healthy life-styles, restoring or habilitating a skill or ability, maintaining current level of function, modifying an activity to ensure success and addressing disability prevention.

Graduates of this program may apply to take the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant which is administered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).Students accepted into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program must complete all OTA courses at Holmes Community College. Only academic credit earned at another regionally-accredited institution will be accepted by Holmes Community College toward graduation from the OTA program.

The OTA application process opens annually on the first day of September and closes on the last day of February for the class that begins the following August.

Admission Requirements

Curriculum

Jobs

Occupational Therapist Assitant

The Holmes Community College OTA program has opened my eyes to a career that I know I will love for the rest for my life.

Thomas Moore, Indianola
Occupational Therapist Assitant

The Occupational Therapist Assistant program at Holmes Community College is an exciting and challenging program. I love getting to utilize my creativity to help benefit my future clients.

Hannah Poole, Brandon
Occupational Therapist Assitant

The Holmes OTA program is very fun and interactive! The love for the profession is evident from the first day of class!

Micah Patterson, Madison

Course Descriptions

OTA 1113 - Foundations of Occupational Therapy
This intake course is an introduction to the field of occupational therapy including history, role orientation, professional organizational structure, legal and ethical implications, legislation, specific practice arenas, and the process of service delivery. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

OTA 1121 - Medical Terminology
This intake course is a study of medical language relating to body systems including diseases, physical conditions, abbreviations, and symbols as applied to occupational therapy. Professional language for occupational therapy will be included. One lecture. One hour credit.

OTA 1132 - Therapeutic Anatomy
This intake course will focus upon the structures of the human body and their respective functions. Emphasis will be placed upon the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Two lectures. Two hours credit.

OTA 1213 - Pathology of Psychiatric Conditions
This intake course provides a basic knowledge of psychiatric disorders encountered in occupational therapy practice. Emphasis is on etiology, prognosis, and management of various psychiatric conditions. The role and function of the OTA in the treatment process is also emphasized. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

OTA 1223 - Pathology of Physical Disability Conditions
This intake course provides a basic knowledge of selected diseases and conditions encountered in occupational therapy practice. Emphasis is on etiology, prognosis, and management of various pathological physical conditions. The role and function of the OTA in the treatment process is also emphasized. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

OTA 1233 - Pathology of Developmental Conditions
This intake course provides a basic knowledge of selected diseases and conditions encountered in occupational therapy practice. Emphasis is on etiology, prognosis, and management of various pathological developmental conditions. The student will compare and contrast normal and abnormal developmental patterns. The role and function of the OTA in treatment process is also emphasized. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

OTA 1243 - Pathology of Orthopedic Conditions (Prerequisites: OTA 1132 & OTA 1314)
This intake course provides a basic knowledge of selected orthopedic conditions encountered in occupational therapy practice. Emphasis is placed upon mechanisms of pathology and basic treatment approaches. The role and function of the OTA in the treatment process is also emphasized. Three lectures. Three hours credit.

OTA 1314 - Kinesiology (Prerequisite: OTA 1132)
This intake course studies individual muscles and muscle functions, biomechanical principles of joint motion, gait patterns, normal movement patterns, and goniometry. Three lectures. Two hours laboratory. Four hours credit.

OTA 1413 - Therapeutic Media (Prerequisite: OTA 1113)
This manipulation course provides knowledge and use of tools, equipment, and basic techniques of woodworking and craft activities as therapeutic media. Emphasis is given to analyzation and instruction of activities frequently used as occupational therapy media. Two lectures. Two hours laboratory. Three hours credit..

OTA 1423 - Occupational Therapy Skills I
This manipulative course provides fundamental knowledge of practice skills used with patients/clients across the life span and with various diagnoses. Observation and documentation techniques will be introduced. Two lectures. Two hours laboratory. Three hours credit.

OTA 1433 - Occupational Therapy Skills II (Prerequisite: OTA 1423)
This manipulative course provides intermediate practice skills used with patients/clients across the life-span and with various diagnosis. Two lectures. Two hours laboratory. Three hours credit.

OTA 1513 - Group Process
This manipulative course introduces theory and research findings explaining group dynamics. The course teaches the student how to facilitate group effectiveness and the skills to apply that knowledge in practical situations. Methods and skills necessary to plan, write, and lead an occupational therapy group will be taught. The course focuses on the importance of group activity intervention primarily with the psychiatric population. Two lectures. Two hours laboratory. Three hours credit.

OTA 1913 - Fieldwork IA (Prerequisite: OTA 1423)
This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to observe and participate in clinical fieldwork. The student will also begin to develop professional work habits. Students are expected to function as participant observers in the assigned clinical setting. One lecture. Six hours clinical. Three hours credit.

OTA 2443 - Occupational Therapy Skills III (Prerequisite: OTA1433)
This manipulation course provides advanced practice skills used with patients/clients across the life-span and with various diagnoses. Two lectures. Two hours laboratory. Three hours credit.

OTA 2714 - Concepts in Occupational Therapy (Prerequisite: OTA1223, 1423, 1242)
This manipulative course studies the occupational therapy treatment techniques for a variety of diagnoses while incorporating theoretical concepts. Three lectures. Two hours laboratory. Four hours credit.

OTA 2812 - Healthcare Systems
This intake course is designed to examine the context of service delivery for occupational therapy. Various models of health care, education, community, and social systems will be examined. Two lectures. Two hours credit.

OTA 2935 - Fieldwork IB (Prerequisite: OTA 1423)
This application course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of the occupational therapy process in clinical fieldwork. The student will also begin to develop professional work habits. Students are expected to function as participant observers in the clinical setting. One lecture. Twelve hours clinical. Five hours credit.

OTA 2946 - Fieldwork IIA (Prerequisites: OTA 1113, 1121, 1132, 1213, 1223, 1233, 1242, 1314, 1413, 1423, 1433, 1513, 1913, 2443, 2714, 2812, 2935, 2961)
This application course synthesizes previous didactic instruction and clinical experiences obtained in Fieldwork I. In Level IIA the student may encounter a variety of populations in a traditional or nontraditional based setting. Students will assume increasing responsibilities under supervision as appropriate for the setting. Eighteen hours clinical. Six hours credit.

OTA 2956 - Fieldwork IIB (Prerequisites: OTA 1113, 1121, 1132, 1213, 1223, 1233, 1242, 1314, 1413, 1423, 1433, 1513, 1913, 2443, 2714, 2812, 2935, 2961)
This application course synthesizes previous didactic instruction and clinical experiences obtained in Fieldwork I. In Level IIB, the student may encounter a variety of populations in a traditional or nontraditional based setting. Students will assume increasing responsibilities under supervision as appropriate for the setting. Eighteen hours clinical. Six hours credit.

OTA 2961 - Occupational Therapy Transitions I
This course provides information and guidance to the student for their transitional process of becoming an Occupational Therapy Practitioner. This course will encompass a variety of professional skills and concepts. In addition, vital life skills will be discussed. One lecture. One hour credit.

OTA 2971 - Occupational Therapy Transitions II (Prerequisite: OTA 2961)
This course provides final preparation to the student for the transitional process of becoming an Occupational Therapy Practitioner. Three day seminar. One hour credit.