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Occupational Therapy Aide course curriculum

By starting with the history and important milestones that have shaped the field, our Occupational Therapy Aide course curriculum provides students with a foundation to build real-world skills and knowledge. From medical terminology and customer service skills to how to use equipment safely, the syllabus covers a range of essentials and sets students up for a successful future in the field.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Medical and Body Systems Terminology

Medical Terminology  

Introduction to basic medical terminology and word formation; identification of the four major word parts of medical terms; building, defining, and analyzing medical terms.

Body Systems 1  

Discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems; identification of associated terms, conditions, and abbreviations.

Body Systems 2  

Discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the urinary and reproductive systems, the specialties of gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology, and the anatomy of the eyes and ears; identification of associated terms, conditions, and abbreviations.

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Program Description

Learn the fundamentals of the occupational therapy setting with our Occupational Therapy Aide program. Our program prepares students to support occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in helping patients gain the skills necessary to live and work. Students will learn about medical terminology used in the healthcare setting, the history of the occupational therapy field, the occupational therapy aide's role in patient care, and different equipment used in the occupational therapy setting. Students will complete an adaptive equipment assessment in an occupational therapy setting before finishing the program.

Program Objectives

After completing the Occupational Therapy Aide program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and define commonly used medical terms and explain how to use word elements to interpret unfamiliar medical terminology
  2. Identify the important milestones and people that shaped the occupational therapy field
  3. Recognize the roles and responsibilities of the members of the rehabilitative team
  4. Identify the significance of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework domain and process, and recognize how important the Occupational Therapy Aide duties responsibilities, including workplace safety, are to the occupational therapy process
  5. Recognize the importance of customer service in the occupational therapy setting, identify occupational therapy equipment used in the treatment process, how to use the equipment, and the safety procedures required while using this equipment

Boost your prospects in occupational therapy

With an understanding of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and Process and the practical skills to work with patients, by graduation you'll be well equipped to pursue a career as an occupational therapy aide. Our Career Tools and academic advisors are available to support your job search.

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