OTA232 - Professional Issues for the OTA

Preparation for fieldwork, certification and employment of the OTA, as well as, workplace issues and job-related responsibilities of OTA are covered. The OTA as a manager, contractor, private practitioner and advocate of occupational therapy services are presented.

Credits: 4

Offered: Summer


  1. Articulate the role of the occupational therapy assistant and occupational therapist in the screening and evaluation process along with the importance of and rationale for supervision and collaborative work between the occupational therapy assistant and t
  2. Demonstrate professional advocacy by participating in organizations or agencies promoting the profession (e.g., American Occupational Therapy Association, Washington Occupational Therapy Association).
  3. Demonstrate the ability to participate in the development, marketing, and management of service delivery options
  4. Describe the role of the occupational therapy assistant in care coordination, case management, and transition services in traditional and emerging practice environments.
  5. Describe and identify the potential impacts of the contexts of health care, education, community, and social models or systems as they relate to the practice of occupational therapy.
  6. Identify the role and responsibility of the practitioner to address changes in service delivery policies, to effect changes in the system, and to recognize opportunities in emerging practice areas.
  7. Identify the systems and structures that create federal and state legislation and regulation and their implications and effects on practice, including national and state requirements for licensure and certification.
  8. Explain and give examples of how the role of a professional is enhanced by knowledge of and involvement in international, national, state, and local occupational therapy associations and related professional associations.
  9. Discuss strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure that practice is consistent with current and accepted standards.
  10. Identify professional responsibilities related to liability issues and contractual issues under current models of service provision, including informal and formal ethical disputes.
  11. Identify strategies to assist the consumer in gaining access to occupational therapy services.