BHS in Occupational Therapy Assistant
Admittance to the program will begin Summer 2021.
Degree Program Description
The Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant (BHS-OTA) Program will prepare students to practice as occupational therapy assistants who will then work under the supervision of occupational therapists in their career. Occupational therapy assistants are skilled health professionals who provide services to individuals across the lifespan maximize their independence in meaningful everyday activities. OTAs use research, scientific evidence, and a holistic approach to incorporate an individual’s valued occupations into the intervention process. The BHS-OTA degree provides an additional degree option for students who wish to complete an undergraduate degree that allows for immediate employment in a health profession with high employment and entry-level salaries. In addition, graduates of the BHS-OTA program will have the opportunity to continue their education by pursuing a clinical doctorate degree in occupational therapy should they wish to practice at a higher practitioner level as an occupational therapist, and/or the option of completing a PhD to pursue a career in rehabilitation science, all while being able to work as a licensed OTA.
The BHS-OTA will prepare students for entry-level practice in diverse practice settings including hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, early intervention programs, mental health programs, community agencies, and emerging areas of practice. At the completion of their education, students will:
- Utilize and integrate evidence into professional practice to ensure high quality health care services and use of scientifically supported interventions.
- Demonstrate entry-level clinical competence to meet the demands of an ever-changing practice environment in rural and metropolitan areas and with a variety of client populations.
- Address the occupational needs of individuals and communities to improve community health outcomes.
- Engage in lifelong learning behaviors reflective of professionalism as expected in the healthcare environment.
- Develop a professional identity through a baccalaureate project in the area of clinical practice, administration, leadership, advocacy, or education.
Major Program Requirements
Courses Required Pre-BHS-OTA:
Prior to acceptance to the BHS-OTA program, students must complete a minimum of 52 credit hours which includes foundational and pre-requisite content for the professional component of the curriculum. Students will be required to earn a grade of "C-" or higher in each pre-requisite course and complete all science courses within four years of their application to the program. These 52 hours must include the courses listed below. A student must complete all general education requirements and BHS-OTA prerequisites prior to starting the professional coursework in the BHS-OTA program.
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
& BIO_SC 1020
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory
|or BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
& PTH_AS 2203
|Human Anatomy Lecture|
and Human Anatomy Laboratory
|MPP 3333||Fundamentals of Human Physiology||3|
|Behavioral and Social Sciences|
|PSYCH 2510||Survey of Abnormal Psychology||3|
|SOCIOL 1000||Introduction to Sociology or higher||3|
|H_D_FS 2400||Principles of Human Development MU specific prerequisite||3|
|CDS 2190||Medical Terminology||3|
One Writing Intensive course is included in the BHS-OTA professional coursework that will qualify as the one writing intensive course required in your major to meet these general education requirements.
A minimum CUM GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, including all undergraduate completed coursework, is required.
Courses Required within BHS-OTA:
An additional 74 credit hours of Occupational Therapy Assistant curriculum will be required.
OC_THR 3010: OTA Practice Fundamentals (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 3020: Theory & Practice for OTA's (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 3110: Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Practice (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 3120: Medical & Psychosocial Conditions in OT (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 3130: Fundamentals of Activity Analysis (WI) (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 3140: Professional Documentation (2 credit hours)
OC_THR 3150: Measuring Functional Movement (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 3160: Fieldwork Level 1 A (2 credit hours)
OC_THR 3210: Ethics in OT (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 3220: OTA Practice in Physical Rehabilitation/Lab (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 3230: Assistive Technology & Adaptations (2 credit hours)
OC_THR 3240: OTA Practice with Infants & Adaptations (2 credit hours)
OC_THR 3250: Fieldwork Level 1 B (2 credit hours)
OC_THR 3260: Intro to Bacc Project: Choose Focus (1credit hour)
OC_THR 4120: OTA Practice with Older Adults (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 4130: Psychosocial Practice (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 4140: OTA Practice with School-Aged Children (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 4150: OTA Practice in the Community (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 4160: Fieldwork Level 1 C (2 credit hours)
OC_THR 4180: Baccalaureate Project 1 (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 4210: OT Advocacy & Scholarship (2 credit hours)
OC_THR 4230: OTA Management & Leadership (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 4250: Professionalism & Specialization for OTA's (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 4260: Fieldwork Level 1 D (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 4280: Baccalaureate Project 2 (3 credit hours)
OC_THR 4320: Fieldwork Level 2 A (4 credit hours)
OC_THR 4340: Fieldwork Level 2 B (4 credit hours)
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester, for the courses within the BHS OTA. Coursework is subject to minor changes as the program makes occasional curricular revisions to meet accreditation requirements and to reflect contemporary occupational therapy practice.
|OC_THR 3010||3||OC_THR 3150||3||OC_THR 3140||2|
|OC_THR 3020||3||OC_THR 3220||3||OC_THR 3210||3|
|OC_THR 3110||3||OC_THR 3230||2|
|OC_THR 3120||3||OC_THR 3240||3|
|OC_THR 3130||3||OC_THR 3250||2|
|OC_THR 3160||2||OC_THR 3260||1|
|OC_THR 4120||3||OC_THR 4210||2||OC_THR 4320||4|
|OC_THR 4130||3||OC_THR 4230||3||OC_THR 4340||4|
|OC_THR 4140||3||OC_THR 4250||3|
|OC_THR 4150||3||OC_THR 4260||2|
|OC_THR 4160||2||OC_THR 4280||3|
|Total Credits: 74|
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