The Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Occupational Therapy Assistant is only for students selected into the Occupational Therapy Assistant major (or graduates of that major) who express interest in continuing their education for a bachelor's degree . This bachelor's degree prepares future Occupational Therapy Assistants to function in a dynamic health care environment and to build on in current practical knowledge and skills for personal and professional growth. To graduate from the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Occupational Therapy Assistant, a student must present evidence that he or she is certified, licensed, or registered in his or her associate's degree concentration where such credentialing is required to perform in the field.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor's Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Occupational Therapy Assistant will be credentialed health care practitioners. This degree can offer opportunities within disciplines and/or health care systems to expand clinical roles and/or seek positions in management, administration, or education. Students may also complete this degree in order to apply for master's level degrees in fields such as, but not limited to, health care administration, education, business, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, or pre-medical studies. 

Special Admissions Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Studies Concentration in Occupational Therapy Assistant, a student must first be selected into or graduate from the Penn College associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. 

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will be tested for English, math and reading deficiencies. Students are expected to remediate all deficiencies prior to selection into the Occupational Therapy Assistant major. 

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean. Students desiring transfer into this bachelor degree major must work closely with an adviser to choose appropriate, transferable courses to be eligible for selection.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to Nursing & Health Sciences majors.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate personal accountability for ethical and cultural concerns within the realm of healthcare practice.
  • apply effective managerial and leadership skills to solve problems in the healthcare setting.
  • evaluate the effectiveness of educational plans in a given allied health care setting.
  • compare health care spending, supply, utilization, prices, and health outcomes between the U.S. healthcare system and systems in other industrialized nations.
  • critique public and private funding of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • evaluate a given quality assurance program for effectiveness based upon established health care expected outcomes.
  • design a systematic investigative process to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the significance of a project, methods employed, and results.

Performance Standards

Students enrolled in the major must earn a minimum final grade of "C" in each of their occupational therapy assistant courses. Failure to do so will result in the inability to matriculate in the program. Students enrolled in this major must also earn a minimum final grade of 'C' in all of their Applied Health Studies (HTH coded) courses. Grading scale is A, B, C, F.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
BIO115 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
MTR100 Medical Terminology Survey 1 1 S REQ
PSY111 General Psychology 3 3 S REQ
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
BIO125 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 3 3 S REQ
PSY203 Developmental Psychology 3 3 S REQ
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3 S REQ
or
SPC102 Fundamentals of Small Group Communication 3 3 S REQ
MMM Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3   S MMM
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
OCT100 Foundations of Occupational Therapy 4 3 3 M REQ
OCT101 Human Occupations 2 1 3 M REQ
PSY201 Abnormal Psychology 3 3 S REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
ENL121 English Composition II 3 3 S REQ
or
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
OCT122 Developmental Habilitation Theory 4 3 3 M REQ
OCT124 Developmental Habilitation: Level I Fieldwork 2 1 M REQ
OCT121 Analysis of Movement 2 1 3 M REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
MTH160 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 3 3 S REQ
OCT203 Clinical Conditions 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Fifth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
OCT201 Physical Rehabilitation Methods 2 1 3 M REQ
OCT205 Physical Rehabilitation Theory 3 3 M REQ
OCT206 Physical Rehabilitation: Level 1 Fieldwork 2 1 M REQ
OCT204 OT Practice Skills 2 1 3 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
HTH310 Health Issues and Transitions 3 Writing Enriched Requirement &
Cultural Diversity Requirement &
Science, Technology and Society Requirement
3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Sixth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
OCT226 Psychosocial Rehabilitation Theory 3 3 M REQ
OCT227 Psychosocial Rehabilitation: Level I Fieldwork 2 1 M REQ
OCT221 Psychosocial Rehabilitation Methods 2 Writing Enriched Requirement 1 3 M REQ
OCT224 Clinical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy 3 3 M REQ
OCT228 Occupational Therapy Management Issues 2 1 3 M REQ
OCT229 Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy 1 1 M REQ
HTH325 Health Care Delivery Systems 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Summer Session Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
OCT251 Level II-A Fieldwork 3 M REQ
OCT252 Level II-B Fieldwork 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 6
Seventh Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HTD Directed Applied Health Studies Electives 3   M HTD
HTH332 Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers 3 3 M REQ
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
HTH321 Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions 3 3 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 12
Eighth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
HTD Directed Applied Health Studies Electives 3   M HTD
HTH311 Medical Practice Administration 3 3 M REQ
HTH497 Senior Capstone 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
PPC Proven Professional Credential   S PPC
TOTAL CREDITS 12