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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program) - 68 Credit Hours

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Program Information/Mission:

The mission of the Associate in Applied Science Occupational Therapy Assistant program is to prepare students to attain knowledge, develop assessment and intervention skills, and uphold ethical standards, values, and professional attitudes.

Program Accreditation:

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. ACOTE´s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), questions will be asked related to the topic of felonies.  NBCOT contact information is 800 S. Frederick Ave., Suite 500, Gaithersburg MD 20877-4150, (301) 990-7979. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).   Credentialing is a function of the NBCOT, not Illinois Central College or the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Admission to the Program:

Admission criteria include:  (1) graduation from high school, or equivalent; (2) placement test scores into ENGL 110 and READ 115; (3) an ACT composite score of 18 or above (tested prior to October 28, 1989) 20 or above (tested October 28, 1989 or later); (4) one year high school science with a "C" average or better; (5) one year high school math with at least a "C" average or better; (6) at least a "C" average in courses taken at other colleges, in the case of transfer students; (7) at least a "C" average in 18 or more semester hours of approved courses taken at ICC, for students not initially admissible to the program including a course in reading and study skills; (8) 12 hours of documented observation in occupational therapy departments in at least two different type settings.  A drug screen, finger print background check, physical examination and immunizations will be required following program acceptance.  Also upon acceptance, students will be required to submit proof of current CPR certification:  American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider (HLTH 041 at ICC or equilvalent) or American Red Cross (ARC) Professional Rescuer by specified date.  Proof of certification must be in the form of an original or photocopy of course completion card issued by either the AHA or ARC.  Students are required to maintain current CPR certification throughout the program.  Recommended high school courses:  (1) 1 year of art; (2) 2 years of science; (3) 1 year of keyboarding; (4) 2 years of mathematics; (5) 3 years of English. 

 

Recommended Course Sequence:

Fall Semester 1:
BIOL 140; PSY 110; CHILD 120 or PSY 202; OTA 110; OTA 114

Spring Semester 1:
PSY 220; HEOCC 200; OTA 111; OTA 112; OTA 118

Summer Semester 1:
COMM 110; Mathematics/Laboratory Science

Fall Semester 2:
ENGL 110; HEOCC 220; HEOCC 230; OTA 210; OTA 212;

Spring Semester 2:
OTA 211; OTA 213; OTA 220; Humanities


Course Information:
Required General Education Courses
CourseNameCredit
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I ***3
COMM 110COMMUNICATION: PROCESS AND PRACTICE ***3
PSY 110INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ***3
MATHEMATICS/LABORATORY SCIENCE  ****3 to 4
BIOL 140HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *****4
or
BIOL 205PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I *****4
and
BIOL 206PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II *****4
HUMANITIES ****3
Required Program Courses
CourseNameCredit
HEOCC 200DISEASE PROCESSES IN MAN ***3
HEOCC 230HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION AND RESOURCES 1
HEOCC 220LEGAL ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE 1
CHILD 120HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ***3
or
PSY 202CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT ***3
PSY 220ADULTHOOD AND AGING ***3
OTA 110FOUNDATIONS FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT I 3
OTA 111FOUNDATIONS FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT II 5
OTA 112PSYCHOSOCIAL DYSFUNCTION FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT  3
OTA 114THERAPEUTIC MEDIA 4
OTA 118FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT 3
OTA 210FOUNDATIONS FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT III 4
OTA 211FOUNDATIONS FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT IV 4
OTA 212OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PRACTICE I 4
OTA 213OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT PRACTICE II 6
OTA 220MANAGEMENT AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT 2

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** BIOL 140 within 5 years of admission into the program with a grade of "C" or better.
*** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program.

To remain in and graduate from program:  "C" or better in all OTA and general education courses.

For Program Information Contact:

Health Careers Department

Thomas Building

(309) 999-4600