Programs & Courses

Prospective OTA students are introduced to foundational courses for human anatomy and physiology in the pre-requisite courses along with written and/or oral communication skills and psychology or sociology. Remaining required supporting courses can be taken prior to entering the program or while enrolled in the OTA program. The prerequisite and required supporting courses provide students with skills needed for success as an OTA. Once admitted to the program, each quarter’s curriculum builds on previous coursework reinforcing what has been learned while introducing new information and skills sets. The basic idea is to start with less complex concepts and build to more complex thought processes and critical thinking throughout the program. Beginning spring quarter of the first year, for the day program or the fourth quarter of the evening program students have the opportunity to apply their skills in clinical affiliations.

OTA Curriculum Sequence = 87 credits

  • Designed for students who are free to attend full-time day classes Monday through Friday, hours ranging from 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • For those who desire a structured program in a traditional classroom lecture/lab format
  • Seven (7) quarters in length; quarters 6 and 7 consisting of full-time internship/fieldwork
  • Level I (part-time) fieldwork required involving day-time clinic observations
  • Full time employment is not recommended
  • Program is developmental in design where students must finish foundational classes in program before entering advance practice classes

OTA Foundational Classes

First Quarter (12 credits) fall
HSCI 102 Applied Anatomy (5)
OT 100 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (3)
OT 110 Fundamental of OT as Health Care Providers (4)

Second Quarter (13 credits) winter
H SCI 104 Fundamentals of Gerontology (3)
OT 112 Developmental Disabilities 1 (5)
OT 114 Physical Disabilities 1 (5)

Third Quarter (13 credits) spring
OT 105 Clinical Seminar 1 (2)
OT 116 Physical Disabilities 2 (5)
OT 118 Psychosocial Dysfunction (4)
OT 120 Professional Advocacy Experience (1)
OT 177 Application of O T Co-op Experience 1 (1) *

OTA Advanced Practice Classes

Fourth Quarter (13 credits) fall
OT 200 Therapeutic Activities 1 (3) *
OT 202 Ethics, Society and Professional Practice (3)
OT 223 Therapeutic Practice in OT (5)
OT 230 Therapeutic Group Leadership (2)

Fifth Quarter (12 credits) winter
OT 225 Clinical Seminar 2 (1)
OT 178 Application of O T Co-op 2 (1) *
OT 235 Therapeutic Activities 2 (3) *
OT 240 Therapeutic Adaptations (5)
OT 245 Pre-Fieldwork Experience Seminar (2)

Level II Fieldwork Classes

Sixth Quarter (12 credits) spring
OT 250 Fieldwork Experience Seminar 1 (1)
OT 277 Co-op Fieldwork Experience 1 (11) *

Seventh Quarter (12 credits) summer
OT 251 Fieldwork Experience Seminar 2 (1)
OT 278 Co-op Fieldwork Experience 2 (11) *

* Requires Off Campus Day Time Hours for the following Classes:
OT 177 = Average of 3 hours, once a week for 10 week
OT 178 = One week full time (week determined by OTA program)
OT 200 = Average of 12 to 15 hours for one quarter over 5 week period of time
OT 235 = Average of 24 hour over a 8 to 10 week period of time
OT 277 = 40 hours of full time of fieldwork experience off campus
OT 278 = 40 hours of full time of fieldwork experience off campus

OTA Curriculum Sequence = 87 credits

  • Designed for students who need more flexibility in the day hours
  • Courses offered either Monday, Wednesday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings with occasional Saturday intensive labs
  • Courses offered on-line and in face-to-face format
  • Students must be self-directed, computer literate, and have ready access to computer technology to use on-line course delivery method
  • Level I (part-time) fieldwork required involving day-time clinic observations
  • Nine (9) quarters in length; quarters 8 and 9 consisting of full-time day hour internship/fieldwork
  • Full time employment is not recommended
  • Program is developmental in design where students must finish foundational classes in program before entering advance practice classes

OTA Foundational Classes

Quarter 1 (8 credits) spring
HSCI 102 Applied Anatomy (5)
OT 100 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (3)

Quarter 2 (9 credits) summer
OT 110 Fundamental of OT as Health Care Providers (4)
OT 114 Physical Disabilities 1

Quarter 3 (10 credits) fall
OT 112 Developmental Disabilities 1 (5)
OT 116 Physical Disabilities 2 (5)

Quarter 4 (11 credits) winter
H SCI 104 Fundamentals of Gerontology (3)
OT 118 Psychosocial Dysfunction (4)
OT 105 Clinical Seminar 1 (2)
OT 177 Application of O T Co-op Experience 1 (1) *
OT 120 Professional Advocacy Experience 1 (1)

OTA Advanced Practice Classes

Quarter 5 (8 credits) spring
OT 200 Therapeutic Activities 1 (3) *
OT 202 Ethics, Society and Professional Practice (3)
OT 230 Therapeutic Group Leadership (2)

Quarter 6 (8 credits) summer
OT 223 Therapeutic Practice in OT (5)
OT 235 Therapeutic Activities 2 (3) *

Quarter 7 (10 credits) fall
OT 178 Application of O T Co-op 2 (1) *
OT 225 Clinical Seminar 2 (1)
OT 240 Therapeutic Adaptations (5)
OT 245 Pre-Fieldwork Experience Seminar (2)

Level II Fieldwork Classes

Quarter 8 (12 credits) winter
OT 250 Fieldwork Experience Seminar 1 (1)
OT 277 Co-op Fieldwork Experience 1 (11) *

Quarter 9 (12 credits) spring
OT 251 Fieldwork Experience Seminar 1 (1)
OT 278 Co-op Fieldwork Experience 2 (11)*

* Requires Off Campus Day Time Hours for the following Classes:
OT 177 = Average of 3 hours, once a week for 10 week
OT 178 = One week full time (week determined by OTA program)
OT 200 = Average of 12 to 15 hours for one quarter over 5 week period of time
OT 235 = Average of 24 hour over a 8 to 10 week period of time
OT 277 = 40 hours of full time of fieldwork experience off campus
OT 278 = 40 hours of full time of fieldwork experience off campus

Supporting classes required before the start of advanced practice classes:

  1. Cmst& 220 Public Speaking
  2. MATH 070 or higher
  3. Psyc& 100 Introduction to Psychology
  4. One Sociology Class from the following list:
    • Anth& 206 Cultural Anthropology (5)
    • Anth& 235 Cross-Cultural Medicine (5)
    • Cmst 238 Intercultural Communication (5)
    • Geog& 200 Human Geography (5)
    • Human 133 People, Language and Culture (5)
    • Human 186 Peoples of the World (5)
    • Soc& 101 Introduction to Sociology (5)
    • Soc& 201 Social Problems (5)
    • Soc 205 Sociology of Disability (5)

Prerequisite classes required before entering program:

  1. *Anatomy and Physiology 103 or Biology & 241 and
  2. *Anatomy and Physiology 104 or Biology & 242
  3. English &101
  4. Health Science 150 or Psychology 200

* Anatomy and Physiology 103 and 104 or Biology &241 and Biology & 242 must be taken at the same institution.