Oct 29, 2020  
Spring 2019 Catalog 
Spring 2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

OT 140 - Professional Issues

Credit Hours: 1

A lecture course designed to familiarize the student with professional and ethical issues encountered in the clinical setting. Course topics include developing effective strategies for resolving ethical dilemmas, preparing/presenting in-services, supervisory responsibilities, credentialing and professional development, quality improvement, and federal and state regulations.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

  • explain systems and structures that create federal and state legislation and regulation as well as implications and effects on practice;
  • identify national requirements for credentialing, requirements for licensure, certification, or registration under state laws;
  • explain the development of, marketing of, and managing of service delivery options;
  • under the direction of the occupational therapist collect, organize, and report on data to include quality assurance reports;
  • describe the documentation utilized in the ongoing processes for quality improvement and implementation of program changes to ensure quality of services;
  • identify strategies for effective, competency-based legal and ethical supervision of students, volunteers, and other non-professional personnel within an OT setting;
  • discuss the ongoing professional responsibility for providing fieldwork education and the criteria for becoming a fieldwork educator;
  • apply the OT Code of Ethics, Ethic Standards and AOTA Standards of Practice, using them as a guide for professional decision making;
  • explain how the profession is enhanced by local, state, national, and international OT associations and related professional organizations;
  • discuss strategies for ongoing professional development to ensure that practice is consistent with current and accepted standards as well as job responsibilities;
  • 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 jurisdiction over OT practice;
  • participate in organizations that promote the profession; and
  • describe steps to prepare a professional in-service.

Prerequisites: OT 101, OT 102
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The Course Outline for OT 140 is in the process of a re-write for SP 19. The course number is anticipated to change to OT 240 and the course description as well as the course outcomes will change with the update.