OTA111 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy

This course provides an overview of the OTA program and the profession and the roles and responsibilities of OT practitioners in health care, community-based settings and school systems. Basic terminology, principles, philosophies and ethics are introduced for a better understanding of occupational therapy, the clients served, and other health care professionals working in the settings. Students gain computer literacy skills and library skills for accessing information about professional issues

Credits: 5

Offered: Fall


  1. Demonstrate competency in oral and written communication skills, including basic computer use, specifically the ability to use databases and search engines to access information, word processing for writing and presentation software related to introductor
  2. Articulate understanding of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 3rd Edition and its application to clinical reasoning within the occupational therapy process.
  3. Describe the profession of occupational therapy.
  4. Describe the meaning of occupation and activity and how these relate to the profession.
  5. Articulate and describe the importance of the foundation, history and philosophical base of the profession.
  6. Describe how occupational therapy history and occupational therapy theory and the sociopolitical climate influence practice.
  7. Define the basic features of theories that underlie the practice of OT.
  8. Demonstrate task analysis in areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patters, activity demands, context(s) and environments, and client factors to implement the intervention plan.
  9. Describe the value of occupation and the unique nature of OT to audiences, including demonstration of the ability to participate in development, marketing, and management of service delivery options.
  10. Understand and articulate the occupational profile, including participation in activities that are meaningful and necessary for the client to carry out roles in home, work, and community environments.