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Occupational Therapy Aide

This program is designed to prepare students for employment as an Occupational Therapy Aide. Students will be introduced to the historical development and philosophy of the profession of occupational therapy. Emphasis on the roles and functions of the occupational therapy aide in current health care environments including moral, legal, and ethical issues.

Students will learn medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, body mechanics, vital signs, reporting, charting, coding, patient interaction skills, and the use of equipment and techniques to aide in the administration of occupational therapy assessment and implementation of procedures for physical function. Individuals employed as OT aides will work under the supervision of OTs and OT assistants. The 120 hour program can be completed in 12 weeks.

What is an Occupational Therapy Aide and What do they do?

Occupational therapy assistants and aides work under the direction of occupational therapists in treating patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. OT assistants are typically more directly involved in giving therapy while OT aides typically do support activities.

DUTIES:

  • Help clients with billing and insurance forms.
  • Prepare treatment areas, such as setting up therapy equipment.
  • Do clerical tasks, including scheduling appointments and answering telephones.
  • Help patients move to and from treatment areas.
  • Occupational therapy aides typically prepare materials and assemble equipment used during treatment. Aides fill out insurance forms and other paperwork and are responsible for a range of clerical tasks, such as scheduling appointments and answering the telephone. 
  • Occupational therapy assistants and aides work primarily in occupational therapists' offices and hospitals. They also work in nursing care facilities and for home health agencies.
  • Occupational therapy assistants and aides spend much of their time on their feet setting up equipment and, in the case of assistants, working with patients. Constant kneeling and stooping are part of the job, as is the need to sometimes lift patients.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Occupational Therapy - This is a hybrid course, lecture online and one lab every Wednesday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm for 12 weeks. (Labs are mandatory.) This course is designed to prepare students for employment as an Occupational Therapy Aide. Students will learn medical terminology, body mechanics, reporting, charting, coding, patient interaction skills, and the use of equipment and techniques to aide in the administration of occupational therapy assessment and implementation of procedures for physical function. There will also be emphasis on the roles and functions of the occupational therapy aide in current health care environments including moral, legal and ethical issues.

Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology - This is an online course. It is an overview of the structure and functions of the human body. This course will cover all the body systems with emphasis on the neurological, muscular and skeletal systems.

Basic Medical Assistant Technology - This is an online course. This course is an introduction to medical office operations, equipment, procedures, and human relations skills.

Upcoming Classes

New class dates coming soon!

 

Register online for this program call 281.756.3787 or visit room 103 in H building at ACC main campus.

To learn more about this ACC program, call 281.756.3806 or email
Stacy Ebert at alliedhealth@alvincollege.edu

Contact Us

Main Campus

Address: 3110 Mustang Road, Alvin, TX 77511
Telephone: (281) 756-3500
Email: info@alvincollege.edu

Pearland Campus

Address: 4717 Bailey Road, Pearland, TX 77581
Telephone: (281) 727-1626
Email: ACCTurner@alvincollege.edu

Continuing Education

Telephone: (281) 756-3787
CE E-mail: cewd@alvincollege.edu

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