Applied Health Studies: Occupational Therapy Assistant Concentration (BAO)

(Effective Fall 2017)

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.


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

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