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Professional Curriculum

 

The 42 credit professional curriculum is offered on the Scotch Plains Campus and includes off-site supervised fieldwork education provided by our clinical partners in healthcare, educational and other community settings.

The professional coursework supports the program’s mission and emphasizes human occupation and adaptation, the process of becoming an OT professional and the required competencies and contextual influences on OT practice.

Fieldwork education is integrated into every semester of full-time study. All students must complete AT LEAST 16-weeks of Level II fieldwork education prior to graduation which is typically completed 5-days per week.  Level II Fieldwork is completed during the last semester of the program and may extend into the spring semester.

Applicants to the OTA Program are advised of the technology and competencies that the program’s web-enhanced and partially web-based design require via the catalog and program website including:

  • The ability to perform basic operations of the computer
  • The ability to use software applications such as Word and Power Point
  • The ability to connect, access, and browse the internet using a high speed connection
  • The ability to use on-line communication tools including e-mail
  • Software installation for security and virus protection
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Professional Curriculum- Click Here for Illustration of Full and Part-time Course Sequences

This 42-credit professional curriculum is designed for full-time or a part-time study.  Courses are grouped into four segments, and in this way, both full and part-times study options ensure that foundational courses precede more advanced coursework, that Level I fieldwork integrates essential content, and that knowledge and skills is progressively developed and advanced.  The full-time track includes four semesters beginning in the fall.

The part-time sequence differs slightly from that of the full-time and includes seven semesters beginning in the spring.   The first segment of classes is spread over three semesters with two additional courses included from the second segment.
Part-time students join the full-time students for their final two segments of academic and fieldwork education.

Thomas Edison State University students must also take 3 credits in a course pertaining to Civic Engagement, for example, a course in political science, government, related to public health or social action.

 

Full-Time Course Sequence

 

Course Title and Number

Credits

FALL ONE

12

Occupational Therapy Foundations for the OTA
OCTH 1010

3

Communication Techniques
PSRT 1102

3

Occupational Performance and Participation: Skills and Client Factors
OCTH 1020

3

Conditions Impacting Occupation, Participation, & Health I: Adult/Older Adult
OCTH 1031


2

Level I Fieldwork A: Integration and Practice Applications
OCTH 1019

1

SPRING ONE

12

Group Dynamics
PSRT 1103

3

Principles and Practices I: Wellness and Mental Health
OCTH 1051

2

Occupational Performance and Participation:
Therapeutic Applications
OCTH 1040

 

3

Principles and Practices II: Rehabilitation, Disability, Aging, and Participation
OCTH 1052

3

Level I Fieldwork B: Integration and Practice Applications
OCTH 1029

1

SUMMER ONE

6

Conditions Impacting Occupation, Participation & Health II: Child/Adolescent
OCTH 1032

2

Principles and Practices III: Children and Youth
OCTH 1053

2

Professional Seminar I
OCTH 1071

1

Level I Fieldwork C: Integration and Practice Applications
OCTH 1039

1

FALL TWO

12

 OTA Practice: Fieldwork II, Adult/Older Adult
OCTH 2019

5

OTA Practice: Fieldwork II, Child/Adolescent
OCTH 2029

5

Professional Seminar II
OCTH 2072

2

 

Part-Time Course sequence- January enrollment

 

Course Title and Number

Credits

SPRING ONE

9

Occupational Therapy Foundations for the OTA
OCTH 1010

3

Communication Techniques
PSRT 1102

3

Group Dynamics
PSRT 1103

3

SUMMER ONE

3

Occupational Performance and Participation: Skills and Client Factors
OCTH 1020

3

FALL ONE

5

Conditions Impacting Occupation, Participation, & Health I: Adult/Older Adult
OCTH 1031

2

Principles and Practices I: Wellness and Mental Health
OCTH 1051

2

Level I Fieldwork A : Integration and Practice Applications
OCTH 1019

1

SPRING TWO

7

Principles and Practices II: Rehabilitation, Disability, Aging, and Participation
OCTH 1052

3

Occupational Performance and Participation:
Therapeutic Applications
OCTH 1040

3

Level I Fieldwork B: Integration and Practice Applications
OCTH 1029

1

SUMMER TWO

6

Conditions Impacting Occupation, Participation & Health II: Child/Adolescent
OCTH 1032

 

2

Principles and Practices III: Children and Youth Health
OCTH 1053

2

Professional Seminar I
OCTH 1071

 

1

Level I Fieldwork C: Integration and Practice Applications
OCTH 1039

1

FALL TWO

12

Professional Seminar II
OCTH 2072

 

2

OTA Practice: Fieldwork II, Adult/Older Adult
OCTH 2019

5

OTA Practice: Fieldwork II, Child/Adolescent
OCTH 2029

5

 

 

Requirements for Program Completion and Graduation

 

An Associate of Science Degree is awarded to each student who successfully completes the required 74-credits of academic coursework and fieldwork education. The diploma is awarded jointly by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and an OTA College Partner.  Graduation from the program indicates the graduate has the knowledge and skills required for entry-level practice as an Occupational Therapy Assistant under the direct supervision of an Occupational Therapist.
Requirements for Graduation from the OTA Program include the following:

  • Each class must be completed with a grade of C (73%) or better and a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.3 (on a 4.0 scale) must be earned
  • Competencies must be successfully demonstrated each semester according to the criteria provided within each course.
  • Each student must have demonstrated continual compliance with the OTA Program’s Essential Standards and the SHP Faculty/Student Honor Code.
  •  Level II Fieldwork (OCTH 2019, OCTH 2029) must be completed with a passing grade in accordance with the AOTA Level II Fieldwork Performance Evaluation for the Occupational Therapy Assistant Student. 
  • Each student must Complete all Graduation Requirements as specified in the OTA Program Manual and SHP Student Handbook
  • Graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapy Assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Inc., (NBCOT).
    NBCOT publishes on line resources for exam preparation and competency assessment, available at http://www.nbcot.org

After successful completion of the exam, the program graduate is recognized as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and is eligible to apply for licensure in many states including New Jersey.

A felony conviction may impact a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT examination and attain State Licensure. A criminal background check is consequently required prior to enrollment in the program.

 

 

 

 

 

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