Academics

Course Descriptions - Doctor of Occupational Therapy

OT 601. Functional Human Anatomy. In‐depth knowledge of the gross anatomical structures and functions of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the study of the musculoskeletal system with particular attention to the specific muscle functions and consequences of their loss related to occupational performance. Traditional Lecture (5 credit hours)

OT 602. Functional Human Anatomy Laboratory. Dissection laboratory to complement OT 601 Functional Human Anatomy. Traditional Laboratory (2 credit hours)

OT 605. Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice. Basic tenets of occupational therapy are introduced. Topics include history and philosophy of the profession, theories/frames of reference, ethics and professionalism, professional terminology and selected official documents of the profession. 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. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

OT 608. Group Process and Leadership. Includes an analysis of individual and group interactions, communication processes, group dynamics and opportunities for leadership skill development. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

OT 610. Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy. 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. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

OT 612. Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy. In‐depth examination of the structure and function of the nervous system. Localized disruptions of nervous system activities are linked to motor and sensory dysfunctions. Traditional Lecture (4 credit hours)

OT 614. Occupation-Based Practice I. Examines occupational therapy models, theories and frames of reference as well as 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 for individuals and populations across the life span. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

OT 616. Occupational Therapy: Pediatrics I. Explores conditions commonly seen in pediatric occupational therapy practice from birth to middle childhood. Etiology, symptoms, medical intervention and implications for occupational performance are examined. Identifies the physical, psychological, social and cultural forces which affect children's occupations within the environment. Emphasis is placed on occupational therapy theories/frames of reference, evaluation/intervention and additional aspects of service delivery (e.g., consultation, care coordination and transition processes). Traditional Lecture/Lab (4 credit hours)

OT 617. Principles of Patient Care. Introduces concepts and skills related to basic patient care including topics such as infection control, vital signs, body mechanics, positioning, transfers, wheelchairs, and specialized techniques/equipment. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

OT 618. Research and Evidence-Based Practice I. Introduces concepts essential for evidenced‐based practice in occupational therapy. Evidence is located and reviewed. Principles related to research design, statistical methods, and critical appraisal will be examined. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

OT 620. Occupation-Based Practicde II. A continuation of OT614 which advances the understanding and application of models/theories and the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process through advanced analysis, adaptation and implementation of activities, and maximization of resources. Focus is on evidence based reasoning for enhancing occupational performance of individuals and populations across the life span. Traditional Lecture/Lab (2 credit hours)

OT 622. Medical Conditions: Physical Dysfunction. Introduces medical conditions commonly seen in adult occupational therapy practice. Emphasis is placed on etiology, symptoms, medical intervention and implications for occupational performance. Traditional Lecture (4 credit hours)

OT 624. Occupational Therapy: Pediatrics II. Explores conditions commonly seen in middle childhood through adolescence. Identifies the physical, psychological, social and cultural forces which affect children's occupations within the environment. Emphasis is placed on occupational therapy theories/frames of reference, evaluation/intervention and additional aspects of service delivery (e.g., consultation, care coordination and transition processes). Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

OT 625. Pediatric Fieldwork I. Application of didactic learning to the practice of occupational therapy in the pediatric population. The emphasis is on models of practice, frames of reference, clinical problem‐solving and use of evidence in evaluation, intervention, outcomes and written documentation. Traditional Clinical Rotation (2 credit hours)

OT 626. Occupational Therapy: Adult/Older Adult. Analyzes the physical, psychological, social and cultural forces which affect occupations in adulthood as impacted by the normal aging process. Individual and population service delivery (e.g., consultation, care coordination, transition processes and resource utilization) is examined. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 semester hours)

OT 628. Research and Evidence-Based Practice II. Expands upon the conceptual basis established in OT618 for critically appraising 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. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)

OT 629. Research Proposal I. Through small collaborative research teams, students will demonstrate the ability to critically synthesize existing literature on a topic relevant to current clinical practice, service delivery, and/or a professional issue related to occupational therapy. Completion of the literature review occurs under the direction of a faculty advisor. Traditional Lecture (1 credit hour)

OT 630. Management I: Legal and Ethical Principles. Investigates and applies legal and ethical principles related to occupational therapy practice and administration. Strategies for analyzing and resolving professional dilemmas in service delivery and supervision are introduced and applied. In addition, legal topics including reimbursement, liability issues, malpractice, and business and education law are presented. Professional development planning is introduced. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

OT 632. Assistive Technology and Environmental Adaptations. In‐depth study of assistive technology as it impacts participation in occupations. Critical thinking skills are applied to environmental adaptation and the use of assistive technology to enhance occupational performance across all contexts. Advocacy, integration of resources, and consultation are examined as occupational therapy strategies for meeting societal and community needs. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

OT 634. Community Health and Wellness. Topics include traditional and emerging practice in the realms of health promotion, prevention, evaluation and intervention in community based settings. Examines and incorporates new service provision models into programming opportunities which address community needs. Emphasizes the impact of occupational therapy through advocacy, integration of resources, and consultation. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

OT 638. Research and Evidence-Based Practice III. Advances skills from OT628 which are necessary for effective evidence based practice in occupational therapy. Students are also instructed in the research process with an emphasis on methodological approaches and statistical analysis. Traditional Lecture (2 semester hours)

OT 639. Research Proposal II. Continuation course for OT629. Students demonstrate the ability to synthesize previously reviewed literature to establish a sound methodology for the evaluation of current clinical practice, service delivery, and/or a professional issue related to occupational therapy. Requires the completion of a research proposal that can be submitted to the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval and future implementation. Traditional Lecture (1 credit hour)

OT 640. Occupational Therapy: Psychiatric/Psychosocial. Introduces mental disorders as well as the medical, psychological and sociological factors that influence general health. Examines psychiatric and psychosocial principles within occupational therapy practice, including relevant theories/frames of reference and evaluation/intervention methods. Individual and population service delivery (e.g., consultation, care coordination, transition processes and resource utilization) is emphasized. Traditional Lecture (4 credit hours)

OT 642. Neurological Principles in Occupational Therapy. Examines neurological conditions and disorders within occupational therapy practice. Theories/frames of reference, evaluation and intervention techniques, and discharge planning are emphasized. Additional aspects of service delivery (e.g., consultation, care coordination, transition processes, and resource utilization) are explored. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 semester hours)

OT 644. Orthopaedic Principles in Occupational Therapy. Examines orthopedic and other physical dysfunction conditions within occupational therapy practice. Theories/frames of reference, evaluation, intervention techniques and discharge planning are emphasized. Additional aspects of service delivery (e.g., consultation, care coordination, transition processes, and resource utilization) are explored. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

OT 645. Physical Dysfunction Fieldwork I. Application of didactic learning to the practice of occupational therapy in physical dysfunction settings. The emphasis is on models of practice, frames of reference, clinical problem‐solving and use of evidence in evaluation, intervention, outcomes and written documentation. Traditional Clinical Rotation (2 credit hours)

OT 646. Case-Based Clinical Reasoning. Application of advanced clinical reasoning within the occupational therapy process; a case analysis approach incorporating evidence and theories/frames of reference is used. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

OT 649. Research Project I. Implementation of an approved research proposal/protocol under the direction of a faculty advisor. Final approval(s) of the research proposal by the faculty advisor and IRB are obtained prior to implementation. Traditional Lecture (1 credit hour).

OT 650. Orthoses and Physical Agent Modalities. Application of the principles and evidence related to the fabrication of orthoses and the use of physical agent modalities. Emphasis is on hands on experience and gaining entry level skills in these adjunctive approaches to occupation based practice. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

OT 652. Specialty Interventions in Occupational Therapy. Analysis and synthesis of specialized interventions along with the advanced exploration of techniques introduced in earlier courses. Traditional Lecture/Lab (3 credit hours)

OT 654. Management II: Professional Leadership and Administration. Exploration of health systems management, leadership, and professional development. Emphasis is placed on regulatory compliance, reimbursement, and policy development. Examines supervision and staff development with an emphasis on the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant roles. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

OT 655. Psychiatric/Psychosocial Fieldwork I. Application of psychiatric and psychosocial didactic learning to the practice of occupational therapy within traditional, non-traditional and emerging service provision models. The emphasis is on models of practice, frames of reference, clinical problem‐solving and use of evidence in evaluation, intervention, outcomes and written documentation. Traditional Clinical Rotation (3 credit hours)

OT 656. Fieldwork II Seminar. Preparation to transition from the classroom to the level II fieldwork setting. Students will gain background needed to complete appropriate fieldwork site requests, to understand the supervisory process for level II fieldwork, recognize professional expectations for level II fieldwork, and establish an individualized plan for successful fieldwork II performance. Traditional Lecture (1 credit hour)

OT 658. Research and Evidence-Based Practive IV. Concludes the series of lecture-based research courses. Emphasis in this course is placed on data analysis, synthesis of new evidence and dissemination skills (e.g., presentation and publication). Traditional Lecture (1 credit hour)

OT 659. Research Project II. Completion of the research project which includes data analysis, synthesis and dissemination with the support of faculty advisor(s). A scholarly report meeting the publication requirements for a peer reviewed manuscript as well as public presentation(s) are required in this course. Traditional Lecture (1 credit hour)

OT 660. Fieldwork II A. Full‐time 12‐week clinical experience in which students are responsible for providing services to clients 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. Traditional Clinical Rotation (9 credit hours)

OT 670. Fieldwork II B. Full‐time 12‐week clinical experience in which students are responsible for providing services to clients 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. Traditional Clinical Rotation (9 credit hours)

OT 671. Speciality Internship Seminar. An individualized specialty internship plan is collaboratively designed between students, faculty advisors, and expert mentor(s) to include individualized learning objectives and the initial conception of a culminating capstone project. The culminating capstone project must relate theory to practice, demonstrate a synthesis of advanced knowledge in occupational therapy, and be meaningful to the internship setting. Additionally, a comprehensive curriculum review for the national board exam and the processes for national certification and state licensure are included. Each student must pass a comprehensive competency examination prior to the commencement of the specialty internship. Traditional Lecture (3 credit hours)

OT 680. Speciality Internship. Full‐time 16 week specialty internship in which students will achieve specialized skills in one or more of the following areas: advanced clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and/or policy development, advocacy, education, theory development or other innovative practice. Under the supervision of an expert mentor, students will execute their specialty internship plan established in OT671 by meeting the individualized objectives and completing a relevant culminating project. Traditional Clinical Rotation (12 credit hours)

OT 685. Specialty Internship Capstone. Development and presentation of a capstone portfolio that includes a comprehensive culminating project in consultation with a faculty advisor. The capstone portfolio will display advanced knowledge in occupational therapy through the integration of curriculum content and specialized knowledge gained during the specialty internship. Faculty and peer evaluation will be included. Traditional Practicum/Internship (1 credit hour)

OT 690. Special Topics. With the consent of the department chair, a student may elect to take a 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. Traditional Independent Study (1‐4 credit hours)