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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HHSC 1030 - Orientation to Occupational Therapy

Credit Hours: 1.00

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to orient the student to the practice of occupational therapy in various health care settings. Review of foundations, history, professional organizations, legal and ethical aspects of practice and philosophical base of the profession and its personnel. Includes observational experience.

Billable Contact Hours: 1

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate understanding birth, growth, and role of occupational Therapy Personnel in the profession, in health care and wellness promotion.


  1. Define occupational therapy.
  2. Identify the main works in the development of OT.
  3. Identify the seven founders of the OT profession.
  4. Identify settings when occupational therapy personnel are employed.
  5. Identify the functions of occupational therapy.
  6. Identify characteristic traits of occupational therapy personnel.
  7. Identify the main events in the development of the COTA.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the occupational therapy professional structures and role of occupational therapy personnel.


  1. Identify the OT professional organizations from national to local level and explain purpose.
  2. Identify the functions of AOTA.
  3. Identify the role of NBCOT and the certification process.
  4. Identify state regulations for license or registration of the OTR and COTA.
  5. Identify types of clients that commonly receive OT interventions.
  6. Identify the duties of the OTR/COTA.
  7. Identify the role of OT in team approaches.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the use of occupation, purposeful activity, and the OT practice framework.


  1. Identify the basic theories upon which OT practice is based.
  2. Identify the concept of occupation, purposeful activity and the relationship to ADL, IADL, work, education, play, leisure and social participation.
  3. Explain the concept of intervention and wellness promotion.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the variety of occupational therapy interventions.


  1. Identify the overall service functions of the OTR/COTA.
  2. Identify the functions of OT; physical dysfunction populations, mental health dysfunctions population, health and wellness populations.
  3. Identify the relationships between mental health and physical dysfunctions.
  4. Identify the application of activities to the practice of occupational therapy.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethics, the relationship to the client and professional obligations.


  1. Define professionalism.
  2. Define ethics.
  3. Identify professionalism and ethics as related to OT.
  4. Identify the role of OT; patient rights, confidentiality and documentation.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Birth and Growth of the Occupational Therapy Profession
    1. Definition of occupational therapy
    2. The main events in the development of OT from World War I to the present
    3. The founders of the OT profession
    4. Places where occupational therapists and COTAs are employed
    5. The functions of occupational therapy
    6. Characteristic traits of occupational therapy personnel
  2. Birth, Growth and Role of the COTA in the Profession
    1. The main events in the development of the COTA
    2. The duties of the COTA
    3. The certification process
  3. Occupational Therapy Professional Structure and the Role of OT Personnel
    1. The OT professional organizations from the international to the local level and explain their purpose
    2. Observation of an OT department and/or an occupational therapist working with a patient
    3. Types of patients commonly treated by occupational therapy
    4. The duties of the OTR/COTA
    5. The duties of the OT Aide
    6. The duties and explain the role of OT volunteers
    7. The functions of the AOTA
  4. Theoretical Basis for the Practice of Occupational Therapy, Including Work, Play and Leisure
    1. Theories upon which the practice of OT is based
    2. The concept of rehabilitation
    3. OT practice framework
  5. The Team Approach in Rehabilitation
    1. Team approach, members and roles
    2. The role of OT on the team
    3. Advantages of the team approach
    4. Health care team coordination
  6. Professionalism and Ethics as Related to the Practice of Occupational Therapy
    1. Professionalism
    2. Ethics
    3. Professionalism and ethics as related to OT
    4. Legal precautions concerning clients
    5. List clients’ rights as given
    6. The usual contents of a medical record or client chart
    7. Privileged and non-privileged information in client records
    8. The use of medical records as legal documents
  7. Major Areas of Occupational Therapy Treatment
    1. The overall service functions of the OTR/COTA
    2. The functions of the OT in physical disabilities
    3. The functions of the OT in mental health
    4. The functions of the OT in school setting/pediatrics
    5. The relationship between psychiatric and physical disorders and health promotion
    6. The application of normal activities to the practice of occupational therapy

Primary Faculty
Seefried, Mariea
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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