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Introduction to Occupational Therapy & Advanced Health Science


Lyndsay Fait, MOT, OTR/L
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator at SLCC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Mary Pugh, COTA/L
Adjunct faculty at SLCC Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Dr. Suzanne Bates, PT, DPT
Jordan Academy of Technology & Careers
9301 South Wights Fort Road
West Jordan, UT 84088
Program Information:
Students learn the history, principles, philosophies, and terminology of the profession in addition to the investigating scope of practice, practice areas and emerging niches of practice.  Diagnoses commonly treated in occupational therapy, models of practice, and occupational therapy domain and process are discussed. Evidence-based practice, ethics, legal issues, and professional behaviors are discussed while career options in occupational therapy are explored.  Visits for job shadowing of local clinicians are required and the student is responsible to arrange for these meetings on their own. 
The course will be delivered through Canvas via Internet access.  Students are expected to inform/orientate themselves of the requirements of the course and its delivery methods by reviewing the syllabus and course outline, access assignments online, link to applicable websites, download pertinent information, participate and post to a course discussion board as required, demonstrate critical thinking in written, other assignments, exams and by attending an orientation to online learning if needed. Students are also expected to demonstrate professional behaviors in the online classroom, through correspondence and when visiting clinics.
The National Health Science Standards are designed to provide essential knowledge common across health professions to prepare and increase the number of students that are college and career ready. These standards include human anatomy and physiology, communications, healthcare delivery systems, employability skills, legal responsibilities, ethics, teamwork, safety practices, health maintenance practices, technical skills, and information technology applications.
Medical Terminology Course Focus:
The Medical Terminology course will help students understand the Greek- and Latin-based language of medicine and healthcare. Emphasis is placed upon word roots, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations, symbols, anatomical terms, and terms associated with the movement of the human body. This course also stresses the proper pronunciation, spelling, and usage of medical terminology. This class is helpful to anyone considering going into the healthcare field.
The First Aid and CPR course will follow the American Heart Association BLS and American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies First Aid. Certification is required to work in a healthcare setting, and for acceptance in many college programs focusing on health care.
Program Expectations:
Students should recognize that this is a college-level program. Students will be expected to work independently on out-of-class projects, complete assignments online, and be involved in a clinical practicum (possibly outside of regular school hours).
  • Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Concurrent Enrollment Admission is REQUIRED prior to beginning class to obtain college credit.  
  • Permission forms and immunization submission
  • Immunizations, including current flu shot (when available) and 2 step TB test. Covid-19 vaccine strongly encouraged.
  • Business casual dress code required by clinics
  • Daily attendance
  • Computer and internet access at home
  • SLCC Concurrent Enrollment fee: $40 (waived in 2021) + $5 per college credit hour
  • First Aid/CPR Certification through the American Red Cross, $25
  • Optional Fee: HOSA membership $25
    • Introduction to Occupational Therapy, 5th edition, by Jane Clifford O'Brien PhD, MS, EdL, OTR/L, FAOTA (ISBN 1323444482) - approximately $60; required to be purchased independently by the student
    • Medical Terminology for Health Professions, 8th edition, by Ann Ehrlich, et al. (classroom copy available)
    • Diversified Health Occupations, 7th edition, by Louise Simmers et al. (classroom copy available)