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Begin Date: Fall Semester 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 2004

Occupational Therapy - ARCHIVE

Berks-Lehigh Valley College (2OTBL)
Commonwealth College (2OTCC): Penn State DuBois, Penn State Mont Alto

This major helps graduates prepare to be occupational therapy assistants who are qualified to be employed by agencies that provide occupational therapy and related services. The goal of occupational therapy is to enable the client to be as independent as possible in the daily performance of self-care, productive, and leisure occupations. General education, basic science, and occupational therapy courses are followed by supervised field experience. Upon successful graduation from the program, students must sit for and successfully pass the NBCOT national certification examination to practice. Most states also require licensure as a condition for employment.

To enter this major, students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. To be admitted to degree candidacy, the applicant must have completed educational background requirements called Carnegie Units or Secondary School Units. Students are responsible for proof of liability insurance and other requirements specified by the facility providing supervised field experience.

The size of each entering class is limited so that optimal clinical experiences and practical application situations can be maintained. Students enter the program only during the fall semester and are expected to progress through the program in the prescribed manner. Fieldwork affiliations are maintained over a wide geographical area. Students may be required to make special housing and transportation arrangements during the fieldwork phase. Students must complete all Level II fieldwork within twenty-four months of successful completion of OTA didactic course work.

The Penn State Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is fully accredited by ACOTE which can be reached at: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, P. O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220, telephone number 301-652-2682.

For the Associate in Science degree in Occupational Therapy, a minimum of 66 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(12 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GN courses.)

BIOL 129 GN(4)[1], BIOL 141 GN(3)[1], BIOL 142 (1)[1], ENGL 015 GWS(3), HD FS 129 GS(3), PSY 002 GS(3), O T 101(3)[1], O T 103(3)[1], O T 105W(3)[1], O T 107(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
KINES 013 GHS(1), O T 202(3)[1], O T 204(3)[1], O T 206(3)[1], O T 295A(6)[1], O T 295B(6)[1], PSY 243 GS(3), SOC 001 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)

[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 1999

Blue Sheet Item #: 27-07-018

Review Date: 1/7/03


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