Penn Foster Career School’s online Occupational Therapy Aide program consists of five courses to help you gain the knowledge and skills needed in this field, including classes discussing safety within the health care environment, professional responsibilities of occupational therapy aides, and medical terminology related to the body.
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...
In this course, you’ll develop the necessary skills to ensure your success in the program. Starting Your Program is designed to help you make a smooth transition to Penn Foster, including learning how to use all the tools and resources that are available to you, get help when you need it, understand the Code of Conduct, and improve your study skills and time management. The goal is to help you become a confident, independent learner.
This course will introduce you to the history and purposes of occupational therapy, and it will explain common administrative and clinical tasks that occupational therapy aides may be expected to perform.
This course will introduce you to the basics of medical terminology, and it will provide an overview of various body systems, discuss how these body systems work together, and describe common disorders associated with each system.
Online Resources: Access to MedlinePlus/Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, mobile apps, and abbreviations guides
This course will discuss activities of daily living (ADLs), including ADLs common to each developmental stage, and it will describe adaptive equipment that can be used to help people perform these activities.
This course will examine different therapy treatments and the modalities used in those treatments. It will also describe the components of building positive relationships among the aide, patients, and others. Finally, the course will explain how safety applies to the aide in maintaining the facility and taking precautions for infection control.
This program includes an optional work experience component. Looking to your future, you’ll be provided with a Work Experience Option Supplement that can be used to help you find a position as a trainee in a medical facility.