Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Program Start: Fall only
Enrollment Status: Full-time or part-time

The Occupational Therapy Assistant program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is from the current catalog year, organized in the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student, and is subject to change.

Part-time students, visit with a program advisor for a modified sequence of study.

If you are a current student your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. View your Program Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and to search and register for classes.

Phase I – Foundational Coursework

Phase I Notes

  • Students are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking Phase I courses.

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for Phase I with no lower than a:

    • "B" in BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab,
    • "B" in BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab, and
    • "C" in any individual Phase I general education course.
  • BIO168 and BIO173 must have been completed within the last five years of starting Phase II, unless waived by the program chair.

Semester 1 – Fall
BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
ENG105 Composition I 3
HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences 2
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts 3
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3

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Total Credits 15
Semester 2 – Spring
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4
CSC110 Introduction to Computers 3
PSY121 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY241 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology -OR- 3
SOC205 Diversity in America 3
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3

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Total Credits 19

Phase II – Technical Courses and Clinical Experience

Phase II Notes

  • Phase II must be completed at full-time status.

  • Students will complete Phase II in approximately 12 months.

  • Before students can begin Phase II they must complete the Phase II admissions process.

  • Students must earn a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher in all of their Phase II coursework. Less than a ā€œCā€ is considered failing.

    Students may not progress with other course work until a failed course is retaken.

    Students may only fail one Phase II course; failing more than one course will be grounds for dismissal from the program.

Clinical Experience Requirements

Clinical experiences are completed off-campus. Sites may be local, in-state, or out-of-state. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical education, as well as any associated housing costs. Students will not be allowed to select specific sites for clinical education, but may make requests for special needs or geographical locations.

Participation in clinical education requires:

  1. Criminal background, sex offender, and adult/dependent abuse background checks are required prior to the first day of Phase II courses. Failing a background check will result in dismissal from the program.

  2. Students are required to complete CPR, HIPPA, First Aid, Mandatory Reporting, OSHA training prior to the first day of clinical course work. This training is part of Phase II courses.

  3. Getting a physical exam and updated immunizations, including current hepatitis B series (unless signs waiver), MMR, and current tetanus. Polio and meningitis are also recommended. Current TB test results are required. This must be recorded on the Hawkeye Community College Student Health and Immunization Record form prior to the first day of Phase II courses.

    Physical and immunizations must be up to date and maintained until the following September and/or completion of all fieldwork. Failure to do so will disrupt fieldwork placement and jeopardize your position in the program.

A dress code for clinical education exists and may be dictated by the clinical site.

Semester 3 – Fall
OTA101 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3
OTA102 Human Movement and Occupation 3
OTA103 Task Analysis 3
OTA104 Assistive Tech and EM 2
OTA201 Pediatrics and Occupation 3
OTA202 Pediatric OTA Skills 3
OTA203 Level I Fieldwork A 2

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Total Credits 19
Semester 4 – Spring
OTA301 Adult Conditions and Occupation 4
OTA302 Physical OTA Skills 3
OTA303 Psychosocial OTA Skills 3
OTA304 Level I Fieldwork B 2
OTA401 Elders and Occupation 2
OTA402 OTA Skills for Elders 2
OTA501 Professional Practice for OTA 3

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Total Credits 19
Semester 5 – Summer
OTA502 Level II Fieldwork A 5
OTA503 Level II Fieldwork B 5

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Total Credits 10

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 159
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Program Advisor

Angela McHone
Health Education and Services Center 208B
319-296-2329 ext.1255
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Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
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