Occupational therapy is the use of purposeful activity and interventions to promote health and achieve functional outcomes in performance areas such as activities of daily living, work, and productive activities, and play or leisure activities. Achieving functional outcomes means to develop, improve or restore the highest level of independence to any individual who is limited by physical injury or illness, cognitive impairment, psychosocial dysfunction, mental illness, developmental or learning disability or an adverse environmental condition. Occupational therapy helps people of all ages lead productive, satisfying lives. The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is offered at the Newport County Campus. It is an evening/weekend program; however, fieldwork experiences are offered during the day. Although Occupational Therapy Assistant courses are offered at the Newport County Campus, the required general education courses may be taken at other CCRI campuses or sites prior to acceptance. All fieldwork courses shall be completed within 18 months following completion of the academic preparation. Students successfully completing the accredited program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant (AAS_OCTA) and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapy assistants, which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). An individual must successfully pass the certification examination to apply for licensure to practice as a certified occupational therapy assistant in the state of Rhode Island.
PREADMISSION General Education Requirements COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS BIOL 1010 Human Anatomy 4 BIOL 1020 Human Physiology 4 MATH 1025 Introduction to College Mathematics 3 ENGL 1010 Composition I 3 COMM 1100 Public Speaking 3 PSYC 2010 General Psychology 4 PSYC 2030 Developmental Psychology 3 Total PREADMISSION General Education Requirements Credits 24 PREADMISSION Major Education Requirements These courses must be taken prior to program admission. PREADMISSION Major Education Requirements COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS OCTA 1000 Introduction to Occupational Therapy 2 RHAB 1010 Medical Terminology for Rehabilitative Health 1 Total PREADMISSION Major Education Requirements Credits 3 Students must be accepted into the program before taking any major requirements. Major Education Requirements COURSE NO. COURSE TITLE COURSE NOTES CREDITS RHAB 1110 Kinesiology 4 OCTA 1010 Fundamentals of Treatment I 4 RHAB 1030 Pathophysiology for Rehabilitative Health Practitioners 3 OCTA 1070 Tests and Measurements for Occupational Therapy Assistants 2 OCTA 1030 Fundamentals of Treatment II 4 OCTA 1040 Gerontologic Occupational Therapy 3 OCTA 1050 Pediatric Occupational Therapy 4 OCTA 1060 Level I Fieldwork 1 OCTA 1080 Therapeutic Activity Group Skills 2 OCTA 2010 Psychosocial Occupational Therapy 4 OCTA 2020 Physical Rehabilitation and Health 4 OCTA 2030 Occupational Therapy Assistant Fieldwork IIA 4 OCTA 2035 Occupational Therapy Assistant Fieldwork IIB 4 OCTA 2040 Occupational Therapy Assistant Fieldwork Seminar 2 Total Major Education Requirements Credits 45 Total Preadmission Credits 27 Total Major Credits 45 Total Program Credits 72