Master of Occupational Therapy


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  • Course Descriptions

    • OT310. Introduction to Occupational Therapy in Health Care Delivery. Basic tenets of occupational therapy are introduced in this course. Topics include history and philosophy of the profession, theories/frames of reference, and professional behavior, terminology and documents. The role of the occupational therapist in the context of various service delivery systems will be explored, with emphasis on the U.S. health care system. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • OT318. Introduction to Research. This course introduces concepts essential for evidenced-based practice in occupational therapy. The process of locating, reviewing, and critiquing biomedical research will be examined. Principles related to research design and statistical methods will be introduced. (2 semester hours) (2-0-0)
    • OT311. Group Process. The content of this course includes analysis of individual and group interaction, communication processes, group dynamics, and opportunities for leadership skill development. (2 semester hours) (1-1-0)
    • OT315. Medical Conditions I. Conditions commonly seen in pediatric and adolescent occupational therapy are introduced in this course. Emphasis is placed on etiology, symptoms, medical intervention, and direct implications for occupational performance. (2 semester hours) (2-0-0)
    • OT308. Structural Analysis of Human Motion. This unit provides in-depth knowledge of the gross anatomical structure and functions of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the study of the musculoskeletal system and muscle Innervations with particular attention to the specific muscle functions and consequences of their loss related to occupational performance. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • OT309. Structural Analysis of Human Motion Laboratory. This is the dissection laboratory to complement OT308 Structural Analysis of Human Motion. (3 semester hours) (0-3-0)
    • OT323. Occupational Therapy: Pediatrics/Early Childhood. This is a combined lecture/laboratory course which identifies the physical, psychological, social, and cultural forces which affect children's occupations within the environment from birth through early childhood. Occupational therapy theories/frames of reference and service delivery for this age group are examined. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0)
    • OT337. Pediatric Fieldwork I. This combined lecture/clinical course allows students to apply didactic learning to the practice of occupational therapy in the pediatric population. The emphasis is on clinical problem- solving in assessment, treatment, outcomes and written documentation. (2 semester hours) (1-0-1)
    • OT312. Conceptual Framework for Therapeutic Occupation I. This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process. The application of the Framework is emphasized through analysis and adaptation of activities to enhance occupational performance across the life span. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0)
    • OT313. Kinesiology. This combined lecture/lab course integrates principles of biomechanics and knowledge of anatomy as it applies to human movement and the impact of impairment on occupational performance. Content also includes an introduction to procedures for evaluation of muscular and articular structures and other application labs. (3 semester hours)(2-1-0)
    • OT316. Medical Conditions II. This course introduces medical conditions commonly seen in adult occupational therapy. Emphasis placed on etiology, symptoms, medical intervention and implication for occupational performance.
      (2 semester hours) (2-0-0)
    • OT326. Occupational Therapy: Middle Childhood/Adolescent. This is a combined lecture/laboratory course which identifies the physical, psychological, social, and cultural forces which affect children's occupations within the environment from middle childhood through adolescence. Occupational therapy theories/frames of reference and service delivery for this age group are examined. (4 semester hours) (3-1-0)
    • OT328. Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy. This course provides an in-depth study of the structure and function of the central nervous system. Motor and sensory dysfunctions are related to localized disruptions of nervous system activities. (4 semester hours) (4-0-0)
    • OT332. Conceptual Framework for Therapeautic Occupation II. This course is a continuation of OT312. The application of the Occupational Therapy Framework is emphasized through advanced analysis and adaptation of activities to enhance occupational performance across the life span. Focus is on critical thinking skills related to clinical assessment, therapeutic use of alternative modalities, and integration of professional behaviors. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0)
    • OT317. Medical Conditions III. This course is a continuation of OT 316. It introduces additional medical conditions commonly seen in adult occupational therapy. Emphasis is placed on etiology, symptoms, medical intervention and implication for occupational performance. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • OT333. Occupational Therapy: Adult/Older Adult. This is a combined lecture/laboratory course which identifies the physical, psychological, social and cultural forces which affect occupations within the environment throughout adulthood. The normal aging process, occupational therapy theories/frames of reference and service delivery for this age group are examined. Clinical reasoning in assessment and treatment for adults are introduced. (4 semester hours) (3-1-0)
    • OT441. Analysis of Legal and Ethical Issues in Occupational Therapy. This course provides knowledge and application of law and ethics related to occupational therapy practice. Strategies for analyzing and resolving professional dilemmas in service delivery are introduced and applied. In addition, legal topics including liability issues, malpractice, and business and education law are presented. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • OT426. Neurological Principles in Occupational Therapy. In this combined lecture/lab course, the student is instructed in occupational therapy theories/frames of reference, evaluation and treatment techniques, and discharge planning for persons with neurological conditions/disorders. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0)
    • OT460. Research Methods I. This course reinforces the conceptual basis for interpreting professional literature and making evidence-based practice decisions. Both qualitative and quantitative research designs are explored in depth, and students are instructed in the research process with emphasis on the literature review. In addition, student groups complete a literature review on a relevant topic under the direction of a faculty advisor. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • OT324. Psychiatric Medical Conditions. This course introduces diagnostic categories of mental disorders as well as the medical, psychological, and sociological factors that influence mental health. Emphasis is placed on etiology, symptoms, prognosis and general intervention. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • OT434. Psychosocial Dysfunction. This course concentrates on the entry level OT skills required for mental health intervention across practice settings. The student is instructed in theories/frames of reference, evaluation and treatment techniques, and discharge planning for individuals with psychosocial problems. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0)
    • OT427. Physical Dysfunction Fieldwork I. This combined lecture/clinical course allows students to apply didactic learning to the practice of occupational therapy in physical dysfunction. The emphasis is on clinical problem- solving in assessment, treatment, outcomes and written documentation. (3 semester hours) (2-0-1)
    • OT430. Splinting, Orthotics and Physical Agent Modalities. This combined lecture/lab course provides instruction in fabrication and application of splinting techniques and orthotics in occupational therapy practice. Basic principles and application of physical agent modalities are included. (3 semester hours) (1-2-0)
    • OT435. Psychosocial Fieldwork I. This combined lecture/clinical course allows students to apply didactic learning to the practice of occupational therapy in psychosocial dysfunction. The emphasis is on clinical problem- solving in assessment, treatment, outcomes and written documentation. (3 semester hours) (2-0-1).
    • OT431. Assistive Technology and Environmental Adaptions. This is an in-depth study of assistive technology as it impacts participation in occupations. Laboratory experiences focus on critical thinking skills related to environmental adaptation and the use of assistive technology to enhance occupational performance across all contexts. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0)
    • OT422. Orthopedic Principles in Occupational Therapy. In this combined lecture/lab course, the student is instructed in occupational therapy theories/frames of reference, evaluation, treatment techniques, and discharge planning for persons with orthopedic and other physical dysfunction conditions. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0)
    • OT490. Special Topics. With the consent of the department chair, a student may elect to take this course on a subject of interest in special areas of occupational therapy. The student must have the support of a faculty advisor for course administration. Credits will be assigned according to the scope of the subject and/or project completed. (1-4 semester hours)
    • OT500. Research Methods II. This is a continuation of the research process introduced in OT460. The didactic emphasis is on development of a research methodology and statistical analyses. In addition, student groups complete the remainder of the research proposal under the direction of a faculty advisor. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • OT515. Fieldwork II-A. This is a full-time, 12-week clinical experience in which students are responsible for providing services to clients/patients under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapy practitioner. The focus is on development of the skills necessary for entry level occupational therapy practice. Placements are selected to ensure exposure to a variety of settings and clients. (9 semester hours) (0-0-9)
    • OT501. Research Methods III. This is a continuation course of OT500. Didactic emphasis is on the compilation and dissemination of a final research report. Additionally, student groups complete the details unique to their research project under the direction of a faculty advisor. (2 semester hours) (2-0-0)
    • OT542. Community Practice. In this lecture/lab course, students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the role of occupational therapy in home and community settings as well as evidence based practice, policy issues and trends in models of service delivery. Topics include traditional and emerging practice in the realms of health promotion, prevention, evaluation, and intervention. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0)
    • OT516. Management Practices and Professional Leadership. This course exposes students to the day-to-day functions of an occupational therapist in administrative, managerial and leadership roles. Issues and resources related to professional development throughout the career are emphasized. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • OT510. Advanced Therapeutic Modalities and Applications. This combined lecture/lab course provides instruction and application opportunities for treatment approaches inclusive of all populations across the lifespan and diagnostic categories. Topics include specialized treatment techniques and in-depth presentation of techniques introduced in earlier courses. Students examine and present a treatment topic and complete a longitudinal, case-based treatment plan. (3 semester hours) (1-2-0)
    • OT530. Advanced Clinical Reasoning. This course prepares students to apply different types of clinical reasoning to the occupational therapy process through lecture and case analysis. Professional development is also emphasized. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • OT537. Fieldwork II-B. This is a full-time, 12-week clinical experience in which students are responsible for providing services to clients/patients under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapy practitioner. The focus is on development of the skills necessary for entry level occupational therapy practice. Placements are selected to ensure exposure to a variety of settings and clients. (9 semester hours) (0-0-9)
    • OT541. Comprehensive Capstone. This course provides a comprehensive review of the curriculum in preparation for the national board examination. It also includes information on the process for national certification and state licensure for the occupational therapist. In addition, public dissemination of findings from OT501 research projects will be required. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
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