Program Goal and Outcomes
Program Goal: The program goal for Penn Foster's Occupational Therapy Aide program is to develop the skills and knowledge to obtain an entry-level position as a professional occupational therapy aide.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Identify typical personal qualities held by successful occupational therapy aides, including empathy, knowledge of good customer service, and effective communication.
- Identify typical professional responsibilities of occupational therapy aides, including assisting with activities of daily living, administrative duties, inventory control, and telephone etiquette.
- Use appropriate medical terminology related to the body in order to communicate accurately with clients and supervisors.
- Show understanding of the importance of a safe health care environment, including potential hazards and fall prevention, and the aide’s role in maintaining a clean, safe workplace.
Instruction Set 1
Introduction to Occupational Therapy
Brief history of occupational therapy; settings in which OT is practiced: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, etc.; categories of OT personnel; educational requirements; members of the patient-care interdisciplinary team.
The Physical/Occupational Therapy Aide
Definition of OT aide’s role; education and training; job responsibilities; unskilled and skilled tasks, including clerical, inventory, treatment setup, direct patient care, therapeutic activities; supervision of the OT aide; OT Code of Ethics.
Instruction Set 2
Introduction to Medical Terminology
Definitions; anatomical positioning, directional terms, body regions; therapeutic terminology; common abbreviations; the musculoskeletal system.
Body Systems Terminology
Nervous, circulatory, and respiratory terminology.
• Introduction to Terminology
• Body Systems
Instruction Set 3
Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
Definition of ADL; self-care activities; homemaking activities; leisure activities; work activities, including on-site job evaluations; community re-entry activities; patient transfer techniques; driving; home safety.
Wheelchair components and care; ambulation devices; bathroom equipment; dressing equipment; feeding equipment; grooming equipment; transfer equipment; OT aide’s role in assisting with or modifying adaptive equipment.
Instruction Set 4
Aide’s role in assisting with therapeutic treatment, including psychosocial skills; group interaction skills; cognitive, perceptual and sensory stimulation activities; fine and gross motor activities; range of motion and strengthening activities; aide’s role in diagnostic-related activities.
The patient relationship; patient rights; confidentiality; telephone and interpersonal skills; interacting with patients; problem solving and conflict resolution.
Workplace Health and Safety
Patient safety, including standard first aid, CPR, recognizing patient distress; personal safety, including wellness and proper body mechanics; environmental safety, including infection control, universal precautions; fire/disaster procedures.
Supplement: Clinical Work Experience Option
(Sent to you when all program requirements and financial obligations have been met.)
Quick Reference to Physical Therapy (text)