Course Description

As an OTA, you will help those affected by illness, injury, accidents or ageing to resume everyday activities such as work, recreation and domestic tasks by helping clients perform exercises as specified in a treatment plan and teaching clients how to use equipment that may make certain activities easier.

Occupational Therapists Assistants are employed across several industries including health care and social assistance; public administration and safety; education and training; and financial and insurance services.

When you successfully finish this course, you’ll be ready to begin work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. A structured workplace learning component within the industry will ensure that you’re ready to begin a career with real life experience. Do this course flexibly and in your own time, starting on any day of the year.

At the successful completion of your studies, you’ll be awarded a nationally accredited qualification as well as a recognised pathway to highly valued work or more advanced studies.

Study Occupational Therapy Assistance online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in occupational therapy assistance are gained through a work placement which you will do in a health centre or other appropriate workplace. 

As an OTA, you will help those affected by illness, injury, accidents or ageing to resume everyday activities such as work, recreation and domestic tasks by helping clients perform exercises as specified in a treatment plan and teaching clients how to use equipment that may make certain activities easier.

Occupational Therapists Assistants are employed across several industries including health care and social assistance; public administration and safety; education and training; and financial and insurance services.

When you successfully finish this course, you’ll be ready to begin work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. A structured workplace learning component within the industry will ensure that you’re ready to begin a career with real life experience. Do this course flexibly and in your own time, starting on any day of the year.

At the successful completion of your studies, you’ll be awarded a nationally accredited qualification as well as a recognised pathway to highly valued work or more advanced studies.

Study Occupational Therapy Assistance online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in occupational therapy assistance are gained through a work placement which you will do in a health centre or other appropriate workplace. 

Potential career outcomes

  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
Course number E1002
Qualification name Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
Course duration Max 24 months
Qualification Level Certificate IV
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Activities, Case Studies, Interviews, Logbook, Portfolio, Quizzes, Research Projects, Short-Answer Questions
Fee for service option awarded by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

As an OTA, you will help those affected by illness, injury, accidents or ageing to resume everyday activities such as work, recreation and domestic tasks by helping clients perform exercises as specified in a treatment plan and teaching clients how to use equipment that may make certain activities easier.

Occupational Therapists Assistants are employed across several industries including health care and social assistance; public administration and safety; education and training; and financial and insurance services.

When you successfully finish this course, you’ll be ready to begin work as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. A structured workplace learning component within the industry will ensure that you’re ready to begin a career with real life experience. Do this course flexibly and in your own time, starting on any day of the year.

At the successful completion of your studies, you’ll be awarded a nationally accredited qualification as well as a recognised pathway to highly valued work or more advanced studies.

Study Occupational Therapy Assistance online

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in occupational therapy assistance are gained through a work placement which you will do in a health centre or other appropriate workplace. 

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download to the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Fee For Service Schedule

Study Period 1: Orientation to the Allied Health Sector

  • Work ethically
  • Communicate effectively in a health setting
  • Practise high standards of personal hygiene
  • Promote a positive approach to health
  • Maintain professional work standards
  • Work effectively within the health care system
  • Take responsibility for personal skill development
  • Provide relevant information to clients
  • Prepare for therapy session
  • Provide assistance with therapy session
  • Use therapy equipment correctly and safely
  • Feedback appropriate therapy information to supervising allied health professional
  • Assist in the design and construction of simple therapy materials/equipment
  • Complete required administrative duties
  • Apply a primary health care approach
  • Apply knowledge of the basic structure of the healthy human body
  • Apply basic knowledge off actors that support healthy functioning of the body
  • Respond appropriately to instructions which contain medical terminology
  • Carry out routine tasks
  • Use appropriate medical terminology in oral and written communication
  • Assess the situation
  • Apply first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Evaluate own performance

Study Period 2: Principles of Practice

  • Follow infection control guidelines
  • Identify and respond to infection risks
  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Use personal protective equipment
  • Limit contamination
  • Handle, package, label, store, transport and dispose of clinical and other waste
  • Clean environmental surfaces
  • Prepare to assist with client movement
  • Assist with client movement
  • Complete assistance with client movement
  • Communicate appropriately with clients
  • Establish and maintain an appropriate relationship with clients
  • Act in a respectful manner at all times
  • Evaluate own work to maintain a high standard of client service
  • Plan and conduct work safely
  • Support others in working safely
  • Contribute to WHS participative processes
  • Contribute to hazard identification, WHS risk assessment and control activities
  • Participate in the control of emergency situations
  • Plan to deliver a rehabilitation program
  • Assist with the development of a rehabilitation program
  • Assist with the delivery of a rehabilitation plan
  • Clean and store equipment and materials
  • Document client information

Study Period 3: Client Service Delivery

  • Plan to deliver skill development program activities based on identified goals
  • Develop skill development and maintenance program based on identified goals
  • Deliver skill development and maintenance program
  • Clean and store equipment and materials
  • Document client information
  • Plan for group sessions
  • Assist with the development of group sessions
  • Conduct group activity
  • Clean and store equipment and materials
  • Document client information
  • Prepare for fitting of assistive device
  • Fit assistive device
  • Support client to use assistive device
  • Complete basic equipment construction and modification
  • Clean and store assistive devices after use
  • Report and document information
  • Prepare for delivery of a client-specific exercise program
  • Deliver exercise program based on treatment plan
  • Assist with mobility and movement programs with clients unable to actively participate
  • Clean and store equipment
  • Document client information
  • Comply with supervisory requirements

Study Period 4: Organisation Requirements

  • Promote ethical work practice
  • Contribute to client and organisation outcomes
  • Contribute to organisational improvements
  • Provide information about infection control policies  and procedures
  • Integrate infection control policy and procedure into work practices
  • Monitor infection control performance and implement improvements in practices
  • Maintain ethical work practices
  • Maintain appropriate documentation
  • Maintain compliance with legal requirements
  • Reflect cultural awareness in work practice
  • Accept cultural diversity as a basis for effective work place and professional relationships
  • Communicate effectively with culturally diverse persons
  • Resolve cross-cultural misunderstandings

Study Period 5: Client Support

Select 4 of the following 7 electives

  • Provide for client needs and monitor progress on a regular basis
  • Promote client's development
  • Plan work activities according to an individualised plan
  • Establish and maintain appropriate relationships with client (and carer)
  • Provide and monitor support according to the individualised plan
  • Contribute to ongoing relevance of the individualised plan
  • Respond to situations of risk to the client within work role and responsibilities
  • Complete documentation and reporting
  • Monitor behaviour of the client
  • Use communication strategies to de-escalate conflict
  • Respond to behaviours of concern
  • Plan response
  • Apply response
  • Report and review incidents
  • Establish relationship with the client
  • Identify client information needs
  • Provide specific information
  • Provide prepared information to promote access to services
  • Prepare for visits to remote communities
  • Travel safely to and from remote communities
  • Stay in a remote community for a short term visit
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the delivery of quality services for people with disabilities
  • Communicate effectively with people with a disability
  • Demonstrate the capacity to support rights, interests and needs of people with disabilities
  • Demonstrate the capacity to provide support across a range of disability types
  • Respond to situations of risk or potential risk to people with disabilities

Education

You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

Hardware and software requirements:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.

You will need access to software to view online videos and images, such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, which are available as a download from the internet.

Equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

Physical

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.

Additional

First Aid Certificate: You will need to provide a certified and current Senior First Aid Certificate, Workplace Level 2 or Level 2 qualification from a Registered Training Organisation to demonstrate competency for HLTFA311A Apply first aid, at your own cost.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies.

You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

The course contains 160 hours of work placement

You will need to secure your own Work Placement; however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.

There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please click here for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement. 

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). 

Alicia Harris

Alicia has worked in the field of occupational therapy for 15 years. She has worked both within the UK and in Australia and has developed extensive experience within many areas of occupational therapy practice including brain and spinal cord injury, aged care and manual handling.

Alicia was recently employed as the occupational therapy practice educator. This role primarily helped to coordinate placements for undergraduate OT students and develop evidence-based practice education resources for the local occupational therapy staff.

Alicia is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a current member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Tracey Johnson

Tracey qualified as a podiatrist in 1998. Her career has spanned many areas of interest including lecturing podiatry students, holding executive positions with podiatry and foot related associations, and working in the public and private sector. Whilst Tracey covers all areas of podiatry practice, her particular focus is the foot in diabetes cases. Tracey recently completed an online Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes and has had several articles published in journals.

Wesley D'Costa

Wesley is a senior occupational therapist by profession and previously worked in aged care and vocational rehabilitation. He has extensive VET and tertiary qualifications and is a member of several organisations, including The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

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