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Refresher Course

An occupational therapy assistant refresher course will be offered every May. This course consists of six online learning modules and one face-to-face weekend meeting module.

Individuals with licenses lapsed for four or more years can take all seven modules to meet the refresher course requirements for re-licensure in Minnesota. Individuals can also choose to take one or more modules for continuing education.

The course was developed in partnership with Anoka Technical College and has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Health. For more information about the course and registration, visit the St. Kate's Continuing Education website. If you have additional questions, please contact otarefreshercourse@stkate.edu.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses

OSOT 1020: ROLE OF THE OTA (2 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of occupational therapy as a means of engaging a person’s participation in human occupation and goal directed activities. Content includes the theory of occupational performance and its relationship to basic need satisfaction and adaptive skill development. The role of the occupational therapy assistant is described for each part of the occupational therapy process. Lecture, group discussion and experiential learning enable you to develop an understanding of the occupational therapy process and professional ethics required to work with an increasingly diverse patient population. Co-requisites: OSOT 1030, 1050, 3250.

OSOT 1030: HUMAN OCCUPATIONS I (2 credits)

This laboratory class introduces you to human occupation through exploration and analysis of various occupations. The course emphasizes the following content areas: interpersonal communication, activity analysis and an introduction to the use of professional language. The course is designed to examine the intrinsic value in human occupations and to build the basic skills necessary for teaching activities. A focus on creative and critical thinking is utilized throughout the course. It also includes instruction on the use of self as a therapeutic tool. Learning activities are coordinated with information presented in OSOT 1020. Instructors provide guidance as you complete assigned projects in an experiential laboratory setting. Co-requisites: OSOT 1020, 1050, 3250.

OSOT 1040: CLINICAL CONDITIONS (2 credits)

This course provides an introduction to many of the clinical conditions that will be seen in occupational therapy practice. Content includes an overview of various diagnoses including the etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, medical management and prognosis of each condition. The impact of the condition on a person’s ability to engage in areas of occupation will be addressed. Course assignments provide practice in research and retrieval of information, which will be an important skill needed for future course work. Instructional methods include lecture, guest speakers and structured group discussion. Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 1050, 3250. Co-requisites: OSOT 1210, 1250, 1270, 1300.

OSOT 1050: HUMAN OCCUPATIONS II (2 credits)

This laboratory class continues to introduce you to human occupation through the exploration and analysis of occupation and use of professional language. It also focuses on the introduction of basic global client factors that impede occupational performance and the basic skills of therapeutic intervention. You will also begin to examine the role that health and well-being plays in our lives. Through the introduction of specific areas of occupation, you will gain insight into your own and others’ occupations. Instructors provide guidance as you complete assigned projects in an experiential laboratory setting. Co-requisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 3250.

OSOT 1210: CLIENT SUPPORT SKILLS (3 credits)

This course covers the basic skills necessary to interact with clients across the lifespan. You will gain familiarity of the role of the occupational therapy assistant in the following areas: basic principles of problem identification, treatment implementation, activity adaptation and analysis, observation, assessment, professional documentation, interpersonal communication and the use of assistive technology. The concept of collaboration between the OT/OTA is integrated throughout the course. Lessons are integrated with lab sessions and are highly interactive through lecture, discussion, use of electronic learning, media, role plays, demonstration, guest speakers, written exams, class activities and skills testing. Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 1050, 3250. Co-requisites: OSOT 1040, 1250, 1270, 1300.

OSOT 1250: AGING (2 credits)

This course explores the role of the occupational therapy assistant in organizing and managing activity/recreation departments in long-term care settings with an aging population. Content covers the process of aging and the impact on occupational performance, treatment techniques for working with this population and guidelines for supervision and management of activity/recreation programs. Teaching/learning methods include lecture, structured group discussion, role-play and audio-visual presentations. This course is taught in conjunction with a Level I fieldwork course, OSOT 1270. Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 1050, 3250. Co-requisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1270, 1300.

OSOT 1270: LEVEL I FIELDWORK (1 credit)

This is a fieldwork experience course taught in conjunction with OSOT 1250 and 1300. It is a seven-week course in which you learn and practice treatment techniques in the classroom for two weeks and then are assigned to fieldwork sites in the community for five weeks. You will observe and have hands-on experience with the developmentally delayed population and will work in a therapeutic recreation/activities department with the elderly. Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 1050, 3250. Co-requisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1250, 1300.

OSOT 1300: THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS I (2 credits)

This course is the first therapeutic applications course concentrating on treatment approaches used with the developmentally delayed population. The course begins with a review of normal growth and development followed with theory and therapeutic intervention strategies for client factors/performance skill deficits typically associated with this population. Current treatment theories and the role of the COTA in the areas of assessment, planning, treatment implementation, and public relations are presented in relationship to sensory, musculoskeletal, process/cognitive and social skills. Teaching methods include supplemental readings, lecture, experiential labs, assignments, role plays and audio-visual materials. This course is concurrent with a fieldwork experience, providing the opportunity to discuss experiences in class. Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 1050, 3250; BIOL 2000. Prerequisites with concurrency: PSYC 2020. Co-requisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1250, 1270.

OSOT 2300: THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS III (2 credits)

This course focuses on intervention for performance skill issues due to client factors associated with impaired motor and process skills such as mental functioning, sensory processing, and neuromusculoskeletal functions. Current treatment theories and the role of the COTA in the areas of assessment, planning, implementation of treatment programs, program discontinuation, service management, continuing education and public relations are presented. Emphasis is on use of meaningful occupation and understanding of individual performance contexts and patterns. Throughout the course, class activities and role-play experiences provide opportunities to integrate these concepts and theories. This course is followed by fieldwork experience scheduled for an eight-week block of time. Prerequisites: OSOT 2330, 2360, 2400. Co-requisites: OSOT 2350, 2410.

OSOT 2330: THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS II (2 credits)

This course is an introduction to the use of occupational therapy for clients with psychosocial dysfunction. Emphasis is on the use of client centered, meaningful occupations for skill development and enhancement and the prevention of decline in occupational performance across the lifespan. Current treatment theories, clinical reasoning and the role of the COTA in assessment, program planning, intervention and discontinuation with this population are presented. The instructional methods include the following: readings, lectures, structured discussions, role-playing and the use of case studies to assist you in integrating concepts and theories throughout the course. This course is followed by fieldwork experience scheduled for an eight-week block of time. Prerequisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1250, 1270, 1300; PSYC 1000. Co-requisites: OSOT 2360, 2400.

OSOT 2350: LEVEL II FIELDWORK (6 credits)

This course is designed to coordinate the content of OSOT 2300 and OSOT 2410 theory classes with a contracted fieldwork experience in the community. You will have an opportunity to observe and work with an experienced occupational therapy practitioner. You will apply concepts learned in class and then practice learned skills in an assigned setting for eight weeks. Prerequisites: OSOT 2330, 2360, 2400. Co-requisites: OSOT 2300, 2410.

OSOT 2360: LEVEL II FIELDWORK (6 credits)

This course is designed to coordinate the content of OSOT 2330 and OSOT 2400 theory classes with a contracted fieldwork experience in the community. You will have an opportunity to observe and work with an experienced occupational therapy practitioner. You will apply concepts learned in class and then practice learned skills in an assigned setting for eight weeks. Prerequisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1250, 1270, 1300. Co-requisites: OSOT 2330, 2400.

OSOT 2400: PRACTICE MODELS AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES I (1 credit)

This course explores a variety of occupational therapy service delivery models as well as different populations that you may find yourself working with in emerging practice areas. The topics are in relation to content taught concurrently in OSOT 2330. Topics vary and may include: community mental health settings, club models, homeless populations, torture survivors and programs in shelters and support agencies. The course addresses professional issues related to evidence-based practice, leadership, ethics, advocacy, reimbursement and program evaluation in the context of current global social issues. Preparation for Level II Fieldwork including supervision guidelines will also be addressed. Teaching/learning methods include guest speakers, structured discussions and lectures. Prerequisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1250, 1270, 1300. Co-requisites: OSOT 2330, 2360.

OSOT 2410: PRACTICE MODELS AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES II (1 credit)

This course explores a variety of occupational therapy practice settings as well as emerging practice areas in relation to content taught concurrently in OSOT 2300. Topics vary and may include: lifestyle balance/health promotion, hand therapy, home healthcare, case management, community programs, industrial work programs/ergonomics, and driving programs. The course addresses professional issues related to leadership, reimbursement and documentation, in the context of current global social issues. Preparation for Level II Fieldwork, including supervision guidelines, will be addressed as well as information on credentialing and job seeking. Teaching/learning methods include guest speakers, field trips, structured discussions and lectures. Prerequisites: OSOT 2330, 2360, 2400. Co-requisites: OSOT 2300, 2350.

OSOT 3250: GROUP DYNAMICS AND LEADERSHIP (2 credits)

This course emphasizes experiential learning and understanding of group dynamics. The focus is placed on group process, group roles and the relationship of self to the group. Concepts taught include group development, roles and functions of groups, decision making, followership, leadership, conflict resolution, negotiation and relational communication. You will learn about various types of groups and will apply concepts to personal and group contexts.