Only the following courses may be taken prior to formal admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant program: BI 121 , BI 122 , PY 201 , PY 231 , EDU 118 , EN 101 , EN 102 , GH 110 , GH 120 , EDU 120 , OT 102 .
BI 121 and BI 122 must be completed within eight years prior to OT 214 .
Students are encouraged to complete all non-OT classes before fieldwork 2, OT 230 /OT 235 .
OT 230 requires 16 weeks of full-time (40 hours/week) fieldwork. Level 2 Fieldwork must be completed within 20 months of the didactic course work for an OTA program.
The student must provide current documentation of CPR/BLS for the Professional Rescuer certification prior to the third semester of the program. CPR/BLS certification will be obtained upon completion of EXS 156 .
Students must register by August 1 for OT 220 and by December 1 for OT 230 to be place in fieldwork assignments. If not registered by these dates, students will not be assigned the fieldwork placements necessary to complete their program. They will have to wait until the next course availability.
To be eligible for graduation, an OTA student must earn a minimum of “C” (2.0) in each of the required OTA courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of “C” in the prescribed OTA curriculum. The student must earn a grade of “C” or Higher in EN 101 , EN 102 , GH 120 , EDU 118 , and EDU 120 . The OTA program prepares assistants for entry into the profession and meets the educational standards for program accreditation.
Essential Abilities/Technical Standards
Students will be required to perform certain physical functions in order to successfully complete the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. These functions will be performed throughout the course work and/or clinical experience. These functions are not conditions for admission to the program; they are listed to alert the prospective student to the physical and emotional functions required of an occupational therapy assistant.
If a student requires accommodations, it is his/her responsibility to contact Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140.
The necessary physical functions include:
Physical Strength - A therapist will assist in transferring patients to or from wheelchairs, floors, mats, toilets, cars, beds, bathtubs, and showers. Other transfers may be required. The patients may be paralyzed or have some degree of incapacity such as poor balance, strength, coordination and endurance. The therapist may also have to move equipment, patients in wheelchairs, woodworking tools and craft equipment.
Mobility - In the course of performing duties in occupational therapy, a therapist will be expected to stand, lift, reach, bend, stretch, provide support and stability, and perform activities on a floor mat. Sufficient independent mobility within the architectural environment is necessary. A therapist must move quickly in an emergency, may have to quickly move patients, and may also perform treatment in a standing position over a long period of time.
Hearing - A therapist should have the ability to hear faint sounds from a distance of 4 feet—approximately the distance between a patient seated in a wheelchair and a person in a standing position next to the wheelchair. A therapist may be required to hear sounds such as those emitted by an electric hand saw, electric drill, motorized wheelchair, and blood pressure (using a stethoscope).
Visual Discrimination - A therapist should have sufficient vision to differentiate movements, read markings on instruments and measuring devices, and read newspaper small print.
Coordination - Sufficient motor skills, eye-hand coordination skills, manipulative skills and sensory function in one upper extremity may be needed by a therapist to assist with therapeutic activities. Many other therapeutic activities require dexterity, manipulation, strength, and body flexibility to perform.
Manual Dexterity - A therapist should have sufficient fine motor skills to manipulative objects and people safely. Manual dexterity to fabricate splints, to assist a patient in the completion of therapeutic projects/activities, and to demonstrate fine motor movements is also required.
Communication Skills - A therapist must be able to communicate orally and in writing. For example, a therapist must be able to read and give directions and to record health data regarding patients.