Online Occupational Therapy Aide Course

PCDI Canada's online Occupational Therapy Aide course curriculum will provide you with the theory and work practices you need to pursue entry-level employment as an occupational therapy aide. You'll have the opportunity to learn real-world skills that will set you apart from other applicants when you look for work. The course curriculum was developed for you need to become an occupational therapy aide, in a program that gives you the freedom to learn at your own pace.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Medical and Body Systems Terminology

Medical Terminology  

Introduction to basic medical terminology and word formation; identification of the four major word parts of medical terms; building, defining, and analyzing medical terms.

Body Systems 1  

Discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, endocrine, and nervous systems; identification of associated terms, conditions, and abbreviations.

Body Systems 2  

Discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the urinary and reproductive systems, the specialties of gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology, and the anatomy of the eyes and ears; identification of associated terms, conditions, and abbreviations.

Lesson Group 3: Occupational Therapy Fundamentals

What is Occupational Therapy?  

Discussion of what occupational therapy entails; investigation of occupational therapy process; identification of the types of therapeutic activities; past, present, and future of occupational therapy.

The Occupational Therapy Aide  

The qualities of an occupational therapy aide; occupational therapy aide job descriptions; characteristics, duties, and responsibilities of occupational therapy aides; the performance appraisal; job outlook; ethical principles; performance levels; client-related and non-client-related tasks.

The Rehabilitation Team  

Occupational therapy practitioner roles and responsibilities; the treatment team; the client as a team member; treatment settings; areas of practice; continuum of care; developmental tasks performed and services provided throughout the ages.

Lesson Group 4: Occupational Therapy Framework and Workplace Safety

Occupational Therapy Framework: Domain  

Activities of daily living; instrumental activities of daily living; areas of occupation; performance patterns; contexts and environments; client factors; performance skills and activity demands.

Occupational Therapy Framework: Process  

The occupational therapy evaluation process; different levels of assistance required by patients; types of occupational therapy intervention; types of therapeutic activities; role of the OT aide in the intervention process; conditions seen in the occupational therapy practice setting across the lifespan; physical agent modalities; consultation and education in the occupational therapy setting.

Safety in the Health Care Setting  

Emergency preparedness; patient-related safety concerns; proper hand-washing techniques; personal protective equipment; importance of communication before, during, and after an emergency.

Lesson Group 5: Workplace Behavior, Occupational Therapy Equipment, and Treatment Strategies


Introduction to professionalism; patient care; appearance; communication; time management; organization in the workplace.

Assistive-Technology Devices 

Assistive-technology devices defined; equipment and the patient; patient safety; durable medical equipment; assistive technology and adaptive equipment; mobility and transportation aids; seating and positioning aids; orthotics and prosthetics; education and learning aids; high-tech assistive and adaptive equipment; rehabilitative equipment; cleaning occupational therapy equipment.

Treatment Case Studies  

Case studies covering a variety of settings, populations, conditions, equipment, and treatments seen in the occupational therapy setting.

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Program Description

Learn the fundamentals of the occupational therapy setting with our Occupational Therapy Aide program. Our program prepares students to support occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in helping patients gain the skills necessary to live and work. Students will learn about medical terminology used in the healthcare setting, the history of the occupational therapy field, the occupational therapy aide's role in patient care, and different equipment used in the occupational therapy setting. Students will complete an adaptive equipment assessment in an occupational therapy setting before finishing the program.

Program Objectives

After completing the Occupational Therapy Aide program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and define commonly used medical terms and explain how to use word elements to interpret unfamiliar medical terminology
  2. Identify the important milestones and people that shaped the occupational therapy field
  3. Recognize the roles and responsibilities of the members of the rehabilitative team
  4. Identify the significance of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework domain and process, and recognize how important the Occupational Therapy Aide duties responsibilities, including workplace safety, are to the occupational therapy process
  5. Recognize the importance of customer service in the occupational therapy setting, identify occupational therapy equipment used in the treatment process, how to use the equipment, and the safety procedures required while using this equipment

Our occupational therapy aide training curriculum is top-notch. Call 1-800-535-1613 or enroll online today.