OT 101 - Introduction to OT
Credit Hours: 2
An introductory course designed to familiarize the student with the field of occupational therapy. Major topics include professional roles/responsibilities, health care settings, ethics and standards of practice, fieldwork in education, service competency, clinical safety practices, introduction to documentation and terminology and role of research in occupational therapy. Practice will be discussed.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand the relationship between OT and other educational, medical, rehabilitative professionals, including recognizing and communicating the need to refer to other specialists within various settings for consultation and intervention;
- describe the varied roles, responsibilities, and issues of the OTA in care coordination, case management and transition services in traditional and emerging practice settings, as well as non-traditional and advanced roles such as contracted therapist, educator, entrepreneur and research assistant;
- articulate the professional role delineation and collaborative relationship of the OTR and COTA including education, OT process, supervision and service competency;
- describe the purpose of Level I and Level II fieldwork placement in Occupational Therapy education, and the ongoing professional duty for providing fieldwork education once qualified to do so;
- describe OT and OTA credentialing including national certification and requirements for New York State authorization;
- describe guidelines for competency-based legal and ethical OT supervision including OTR/COTA supervision and COTA/Rehab Aide supervision;
- describe the collaborative relationship between OTA and client, caregiver, family, and significant others, in monitoring and reassessing the effect of OT intervention, and the need to communicate identified needs to the OT;
- articulate the importance of professional research and literature, and the continued development of the profession's theories, models and practice;
- describe personal and professional attributes, skills, knowledge and strategies required in OT practice, including collaboration with OT and colleagues; supervision; professional development; ongoing quality improvement; maintenance and organization of intervention settings; prioritizing and scheduling of workload;
- describe professional responsibilities related to malpractice and liability issues under current models of service provision;
- explain and give examples of how the role of OT professional is enhanced by knowledge of and involvement in international, national, state and local OT associations and related professional associations;
- demonstrate professional advocacy by participating in an OT professional organization activity or other agency/organization promoting the OT profession (e.g. AOTA, NYSOTA, AARP activity, Backpack Awareness Day, Disability Film Festival, etc.);
- identify how the various practice settings (medical, community and school-system) and service continuum (acute, sub-acute and long-term) affect delivery of occupational therapy services;
- describe how legislation (state and federal laws and lawmaking processes) impacts OT practice, and how OT practitioners can influence legislation;
- describe the AOTA Code of Ethics; Core Values and Attributes of OT; and AOTA Standards of Practice, and how these documents can be used as a guide for behavior, decision-making and interaction;
- identify strategies for analyzing issues and making decisions to resolve personal and organizational ethical conflicts;
- identify formal and informal ethical dispute-resolution systems that have regional, state and national jurisdiction over occupational therapy practice;
- describe safety precautions and safety regulations within Occupational Therapy settings including patient/client safety, therapist safety, universal precautions and contraindications and equipment precautions;
- describe the use and purpose of documentation in OT including documentation of OT services, ongoing processes for quality improvement, management of inventory and guidelines for effective documentation;
- state and define common terminology related to the practice of Occupational Therapy;
- discuss disability and its relationship to cultural diversity and cultural competency;
- identify how college and adult learning experiences can be used to evaluate professional practice, service delivery and professional issues; and
- describe the grief and loss process and its relationship to OT intervention.
Prerequisites: Matriculation into OTA program and completion of all developmental English and math.
*NOTE: This course is being re-written for FA 19. Course description will change as well as course outcomes and it is anticipated that the course will shift to a 3 credit course.