- HSV 2250 - Growth Development and Aging (Lifespan Development) (3 credits)
A study of physical, mental, emotional, and social patterns of growth, development, and aging. Aspects to be given special emphasis for the health student will be motor and cognitive development, physiology of aging, growth patterns, and functional development in any of the above aspects.
- OT 2020 - Intro to OT (unique to the OTA program) (3 credits)
This course is an orientation to the profession of occupational therapy. The course will include the history of the profession, current professional roles, issues and trends in the field.
- PSY 1000 - General Psychology (3 credits)
An eclectic approach to a social and behavioral survey of major topics in psychology, including learning, motivation, intelligence, personality, mental illness, and social relations.
- MDSC 2010 - Med Terminology (1 credit)
The language of medicine-through an understanding of the Greek and Latin derivations and construction of medical terms, the student learns the vocabulary of the health-related professions.
- BIOS 2110 - Human Anatomy (4 credits)
A lecture and laboratory course in which all major structures of the human body are examined. A systemic approach emphasizing both gross-level and microscopic anatomy is used to show how all the body's systems interact to form the functioning whole. As students learn about the organs and organ systems of the body, they will see how their unique forms allow them to carry out their functions.
- BIOS 2400 - Human Physiology (4 credits)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic functioning of the organ systems of the human body, as well as their regulation and control. The molecular and cellular mechanisms involved are emphasized. Applications to exercise physiology are made. Clinical applications are introduced where they provide additional insight into basic function and regulatory mechanisms.
- PSY 2500 - Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
An introduction to the description, classification and interpretation of human behavior labeled by society as "abnormal" with an emphasis on the social variables and environmental conditions related to the acquisition and persistence of such behavior.
- HSV 2650 - Information Literacy in Health Sciences (3 credits)
Students will learn about a wide variety of information resources. They will learn how to determine what types of information resources are needed, how to locate information resources efficiently, and how to evaluate the appropriateness of different resources for specific health scenarios. They will learn the ethical and legal considerations surrounding use of information in the health services. They will also learn disciplinary conventions for appropriately formatting and communicating the results of their work.
The OTA program curriculum, designed by our expert faculty, allows for excellent classroom education and unmatched clinical learning experiences to prepare you for a rewarding career after graduation.
There are 24 prerequisite credits, followed by 65 credits in the program, for a total of 89 required credits. The university has credit requirements for a bachelor's degree. WMU Essential Studies is the required curriculum for all undergraduate students. This requirement will add to the total credits required through the OTA program and more information can be found on the WMU essential studies webpage.
OTA program accreditation status:
The baccalaureate-degree-level occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.