OTA Curriculum Overview

Harcum College organizes its OTA curriculum according to patient lifespan, not disease processes or delivery models. We deliver our occupational therapy assistant course content, which combines online and on-site instruction, in three successive phases over four semesters.

Content FocusTimeframe
Phase IBasic Concepts
Objective: Show awareness and knowledge comprehension.
Semester 1 & 2
Phase IIKnowledge Application
Objective: Relate, apply, and demonstrate procedures. (Child/Adolescent and Adult/Older Adult)
Semester 2 & 3
Phase IIIClinical Judgment
Objective: Demonstrate professional judgment and perform effective interventions.
Semester 4

By and large, you will learn the fundamentals of the profession online, convert that knowledge into psychomotor skills at our learning facility, and then tie everything together within the scope of OTA practice via fieldwork. To graduate from the program, you must complete a total of 72 credit hours, which involve a combination of general education and OTA courses. 

General Education Courses – 24 Total Credits

Before we can admit you into our Online OTA program, you must complete the following core requirements courses or have the appropriate credit transfer equivalency. You must earn a grade of C or higher in each core requirement to be eligible for the program.

Course #Course TitleCredits
BIO 103Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
ENG 101English Composition I3
MTH 111Quantitative Reasoning3
PSY 111Introduction to Psychology3
Total13

You can choose to complete the following courses before or during the OTA sequence.

Course #Course TitleCredits
AHS 101 Basic Medical Terminology 1
BIO 104Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
ENG 102English Composition II3
HUM 202Health Care Law and Ethics3
Total11

OTA Courses

Semester I: Basic Concepts
Course #Course TitleCredits
OTA 119Introduction to Occupational Therapy3
OTA 113Functional Anatomy for OTAs1
OTA 114Kinesiology for OTAs4
SOC 122Occupational Roles Through the Life Span3
OTA 120Application of Professional Behaviors; Fieldwork Level IA2
Total13
Semester 2:Basic Concepts & Application to Pediatrics
Course #Course TitleCredits
OTA 123Bio-Psycho-Social Conditions3
OTA 124Occupational Dysfunction: Child/Adolescent; Fieldwork Level IB4
OTA 125Activities/Adaptions: Child/Adolescent3
OTA 127Professional Seminar II1
Total11
Semester 3:Application to Adult/Geriatrics
Course #Course TitleCredits
OTA 226Clinical Skills Throughout the Life Span3
OTA 224Occupational Dysfunction: Adult/Geriatrics; Fieldwork Level IC4
OTA 225Activities/Adaptations: Adult/Geriatrics3
OTA 227Professional Seminar III1
Total11
Semester 4Clinical Judgment
Course #Course TitleCredits
OTA 228Professional Seminar IV1
OTA 231Fieldwork Level IIA6
OTA 232Fieldwork Level IIB6
Total13

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