Course Descriptions

Fall Trimester PY1 

OT 501 Introduction to Occupational Therapy as a Profession     3 CH
This course will introduce occupational therapy students to the foundations of professional practice. Students will develop a historical and philosophical perspective of the profession, explore what it means to be a professional, and understand the theories and models that guide occupational therapy practice. Both the national and international view of practice will be promoted. 

OT 504 Therapeutic Use of Self I     2 CH
This first semester course is designed to promote reflection on the educational process and the individual student’s future occupational therapy practice. Students will complete reflective self-assessments and analyze them to determine their therapeutic personality traits and modes necessary for developing a professional identity and skill base. Understanding the nature of the therapeutic relationship as an intentional process is taught for successfully developing client and group dynamics. Course formats will include seminars, discussions, in-class and online course activities.

OT 505 Health Policy and Law     2 CH
This course examines national and state health and education policies, legislation and laws that affect occupational therapy practice. Access, quality, and cost factors (classification and reimbursement) are examined in relation to service delivery models in health and education with a particular emphasis on policy and legislation affecting populations with needs and conditions that fall within the domain of occupational therapy practice. Course delivery includes lecture, discussion, reading, web-based resources, and classroom learning activities.

OT 523 Applied Functional Anatomy and Neuroanatomy     4 CH
This course examines the organization, development, and function of the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, immune and lymphatic systems of the human body. The course will examine the relationship between these systems in terms of their function on occupational performance across the lifespan. The course will emphasis neuroscience, kinesiology, and how these concepts apply to occupational therapy practice. Course content will be delivered in the context of experiential and human anatomy labs, seminars, and self-directed learning.

OT 524 Physical & Mental Health Conditions across the Life Span     3 CH
This course will explore the characteristics and implications of major categories of mental and physical health conditions that occupational therapists may encounter when working with clients across the lifespan. This course is designed to build a common language and foundation for future coursework, requiring occupational therapy assessment choices and intervention strategies for clients with mental and physical conditions (disability/deficits/pathology) across the lifespan. Human conditions will be examined in the context of the human systems affected by the condition, epidemiology, prognosis, mental and/or physical deficits/disability associated with the condition and medical and pharmacological interventions and their impact on function and research. 

OT 525 Health and Wellness: Personal Journey     .5 CH
This course consists of the personal pursuit of one’s well-being: mind, body and spirit. Students will reflect on different dimensions of wellness, health literacy and the biological and environmental (physical and social) forces, both controllable and uncontrollable, that affect health and well-being.

OT 546 Human Occupation and Activity Analysis     3 CH
In this course, the term "occupation" is defined and examined broadly. Students will untangle the concepts of occupation and activity, purposeful-activity function, and health. They will explore their understanding of occupation used in purposeful and meaningful ways as they facilitate the health and well-being of clients. Students will examine their professional heritage, occupation, and activity, and review the historical development of activity analysis as a valuable tool of occupational therapy across all clients and contexts. Students will learn ways to internalize the values of occupational therapy such as client-centered care. 

Spring Trimester PY1

OT 503 Research I: Introduction to Research     2 CH (A prerequisite to OT531)
This course will provide students with a thorough understanding of the importance of research to the profession of occupational therapy and with the ability to read the research of their profession. Students will be able to converse with others about basic research principles, explain their use of research to others, and be able to understand and critique the research of occupational therapy and other professions. Topics covered in this course include basic concepts of research, an overview of research designs and methods, and concepts of examining research evidence critically. Course formats include seminar, lecture, and workshops.

OT 526 Topics in Mental Health     2 CH
This course will examine the evidence that serves as a foundation of occupational therapy interventions in current practice for clients with mental health conditions. Current theories will be examined and analyzed related to areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, context, activity demands. Spirituality and the meaning of occupations for an individual will also be considered in the context of evaluation and intervention. Co-requisite: OT 527; Prerequisites: OT 524, OT 501, OT 546, OT 504, OT 505, OT 523

OT 527 Problem Based Learning in Mental Health     3 CH
This course will utilize Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to develop self-directed learning, research, and critical analysis and synthesis of the acquired knowledge for evidence-based practice in occupational therapy mental health. Students will practice clinical decision-making while applying their knowledge of the OT foundational theories and principles to the evaluation and intervention process to clients with mental health conditions. Co-requisite: OT 526; Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 501, OT 505, OT 504, OT 523, OT 524

OT 528 Clinical Lab in Mental Health     5 CH
In this laboratory course, students will apply the concepts explored in PBL and seminar utilizing self-directed learning and critical thinking skills during “hands-on” learning experiences. The focus will be on developing basic clinical skills of occupational therapy (OT) evaluation, individual and group interventions, as well as professional behaviors and team collaboration skills within the contexts of the daily lives of clients with mental illness and their families. Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 501, OT 504, OT 524, OT 505, OT 523

OT 529 Level I FW and Seminar: Mental Health     .5 CH
The purpose of this course is for the student to integrate academic learning with clinical practice. It is designed to enhance clinical reasoning processes by integrating knowledge from previous educational and work experiences with current courses and weekly fieldwork experiences. Fieldwork in combination with PBL, lab, and seminar will focus on reflective processes, therapeutic relationships, ethical practice, and other professional issues for working with mental health clients with a variety of needs for occupational therapy services. Self-directed collaborative learning and class participation are essential aspects of this course. Students will engage in fieldwork seminar during the semester. Each student will attend a six or eight week mental health experience during this semester. Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 501, OT 504, OT 524

OT 530 Groups     2 CH
Students will study the elements of groups to understand how they operate and how occupational therapists utilize groups for assessment and intervention within particular frames of reference and theoretical models. The format of the course includes lecture, online material, discussions, and experiential learning activities. Prerequisites: OT 501, OT 504, OT 546

OT 543 Needs Assessment and Program Development     3 CH
This course examines occupational therapy theory and present-day practice in the context of the community and builds on knowledge acquired in OT 542. Students are given the opportunity to complete a health promotion/prevention population-based needs assessment and community-based program for a community population/site of their choosing, subject to instructor's approval. This experience is designed to give the skills needed to identify needs and work in a community. Prerequisites: OT 505, OT 504

Summer Trimester PY1

OT 531 Research II     2 CH
This course will apply concepts and content learned in OT 503 to actual research activities using single subject research design. Students will engage in a review of the literature and will develop a proposal for a study using single subject research design. Additionally, students will examine the methods of procuring funding for research activities related to their research proposal. In-class activities will develop data collection, data analysis, and data reporting.  Class formats will include lectures, discussions, workshops, and online activities. Prerequisite: OT 503

OT 542 Health, Prevention and Well-being     2 CH
This course offers specific knowledge for the development of a deep understanding of occupational therapy's role in health promotion practice and disease or disability prevention. Students will develop an understanding of conceptual models in relation to health and wellness and explore approaches as well as the evidence regarding how physical, mental, and spiritual health are critical to a person's overall health, well-being, disease prevention, and the ability to participate meaningfully in their daily occupations.

OT 574 Topics in Adults and Geriatrics     2 CH
This course will examine current topics and trends, and occupational therapy’s role when working with adult and geriatric populations, building on knowledge acquired in the previous two trimesters. This course will supplement the lab and PBL components of the program's adult and geriatric curriculums and require students to reflect on lab and the PBL scenarios and apply that knowledge to other "like" cases. The intention is for students to consider theories and evidence to make informed decisions about evaluation and intervention strategies and to develop sound clinical reasoning and decision-making skills. Co-requisites: OT 575; Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 523, OT 524, OT 501, OT 505, OT 504

OT 575 Problem Based Learning: Adults and Geriatrics     3 CH
This course utilizes Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to develop self-directed learning, research, and critical analysis and synthesis for evidenced-based practice in occupational therapy with the adult and geriatric populations and builds on knowledge acquired in the previous two trimesters. Students will learn to consider the diversity within these age groups in relation to physical, social, and cognitive factors and life-style, and investigate the multidisciplinary and contextual support systems available to enable occupational performance. The format for this course will be PBL. Co-requisite: OT 574; Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 523, OT 524, OT 501, OT 504

OT 576 Clinical Lab: Adults and Geriatrics     5 CH
In this lab-format course, students will apply the concepts explored in PBL and seminar utilizing self-directed learning and critical thinking skills during “hands-on” learning experiences and builds on knowledge acquired in the previous two trimesters. The focus will be on developing the basic knowledge and clinical and documentation skills of occupational therapy for effective evaluation, intervention and discharge within the contexts of the daily lives of adult and geriatric clients while maintaining professional behaviors and team collaboration. Course format will include lectures, discussions and in-class/community laboratory experiences. Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 523, OT 524, OT 501, OT 504

OT 577 Level I Fieldwork and Seminar: Adults and Geriatrics     1 CH
The purpose of this course is for students to integrate academic learning with clinical practice. It is designed to enhance clinical reasoning processes by integrating knowledge from previous educational and work experiences with current courses and weekly fieldwork experience. Fieldwork in combination with PBL, lab, and seminar will focus on reflective processes, therapeutic relationships, ethical practice, and other professional issues for working with adult populations with a variety of needs for occupational therapy services. Self-directed, collaborative learning, and class participation are essential aspects of this course. Students will engage in fieldwork seminar during the semester. Each student will attend a six to eight-week fieldwork experience in adult and geriatric settings. Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 523, OT 524, OT 501, OT 504

OT 578 Capstone I: Planning, Permissions, and Approvals     1.5 CH (A prerequisite to OT 608)
The capstone experience consists of two courses, OT 544 and OT 608, which includes the content, knowledge, and skills students need to plan and prepare, obtaining access and permissions for their projects for implementation before OT 608, in which they will complete the project and professional poster presentation. This course will include in-class seminars and project mentoring to build the content, knowledge, and psychomotor skills needed to complete their projects. Completion of a scholarly literature review paper is a course requirement. Prerequisites OT 543 and OT 503

Fall Trimester PY2

OT 545 Topics in Pediatrics Adolescence     2 CH
This course will examine the evidence that serve as a basis of occupational therapy assessment and intervention in current practice with clients from birth to early adolescence. Current theories will be examined and critically analyzed relating to areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, context, activity demands, and client factors. Spirituality and the meaning of occupations for an individual will also be considered in the context of evaluation and intervention. Students will actively participate in discussion and debate regarding the work done in their PBL groups to describe the defend the theoretical and research basis for their clinical decisions. The format for this course will be presentation, discussion, and collaborative work. Co-requisite: OT 549; Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 523, OT 524, OT 501, OT 503, OT 505

OT 547 Clinical Lab: Pediatrics and Adolescence     5 CH
In this laboratory course, students will apply the concepts explored in PBL and seminar utilizing self-directed learning and critical thinking skills during “hands-on” learning experiences within the contexts of the daily lives of families of infants and children through early adulthood while maintaining professional behaviors and team collaboration. Documentation, evaluation, planning, and the development of intervention plans through the use of clinical cases will be emphasized. Prerequisite: OT 503

OT 548 Level I FW and Seminar: Pediatrics & Adolescence     1 CH
The purpose of this course is for the student to ingrate academic learning with clinical practice. It is designed to enhance clinical reasoning processes by integrating knowledge from previous educational and work experiences with current courses and weekly fieldwork experiences. Fieldwork in combination with PBL, lab, and seminar will focus on reflective processes, therapeutic relationships, ethical practice, and other issues for pediatric and adolescent populations with a variety of needs for occupational therapy services. Self-directed, collaborative learning and class participation are essential aspects of the course. Students will engage in fieldwork seminar during the semester. Each student will attend a six or eight-week fieldwork experience in a pediatric or adolescent setting. Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 523, OT 524, OT 501, OT 504

OT 549 Problem Based Learning: Pediatrics and Adolescence     5 CH
This course will utilize Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to develop self-directed learning, research, and critical analysis and synthesis for evidenced-based practice in pediatric occupational therapy. Students will practice clinical decision-making skills in applying their knowledge of occupational therapy theories and principles to the evaluation and intervention process with clients from birth to adolescence. This course will focus of the effective and cognitive domains of learning within Bloom's taxonomy. Students will develop the ability to think like an occupational therapist in considering the child's natural environment while also beginning to internalize the values of occupational therapy such as client centered care. Cases and assignments will encourage students to adopt a family-centered perspective. Additionally, students will learn the team skills required of an occupational therapist on the healthcare team, sharing information appropriately while listening to other's views respectfully and with thoughtful consideration. The format for this course will be small PBL tutorials and independent small-group work. Co-requisite OT 545; Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 523, OT 524, OT 501

OT 607 Leadership and Management     3 CH
This course uses the formats of lecture, seminar, collaborative group work, and presentations to study leadership, supervision and management in health care contexts and organizations. This course provides the knowledge and opportunities to practice critical and ethical reasoning and skills for organizational analysis, leadership, management, and supervision. Theories including aspects such as leadership management, budgeting, marketing, and strategic planning will be examined in detail. Evidence-based processes will be used to find and evaluate research evidence to determine the best course of action in management, supervisory, and leadership situations. Prerequisite: OT 505

OT608 Capstone II:  Implementation     1.5 CH
This capstone course consists of the content, knowledge, and skills students need to implement and complete their capstone projects, complete a proposal for presentation to a professional conference, and complete a professional poster, presentation and defense. Project mentoring, content knowledge, and psychomotor skill-building exercises will occur during in-class time. The capstone project is a culminating project of the Occupational Therapy curriculum incorporating the knowledge, skills, professional behaviors, AOTA's code of ethics, core values, and attitudes. Prerequisite OT 578

Spring Trimester PY2

OT 609 Portfolio     1 CH
Students will build a portfolio that documents learning in a variety of content areas, as well as in professional behaviors and clinical reasoning skills. The portfolio provides students with an opportunity to prepare for practice, the NBCOT exam, and eventual employment. The portfolio is a graduation requirement. This is a self-paced, online course including discussions and video chat with the course instructor. Prerequisite: OT 607

OT 691 Level II Fieldwork     4 CH
Students will engage in fieldwork during the spring and summer semesters. Students will apply their understanding of occupation, professional practice, identity, and leadership during a twelve-week, full-time fieldwork placement. Objectives of this course continue to focus on personal transformation as occupational therapists. Students are expected to develop the professional competencies of any entry-level therapist for a particular site by the conclusion of this experience. Prerequisites: OT 529,OT 548, OT 577, OT 527, OT 528,OT 574, OT 575,OT 549, OT547                                                                                                                                               

Summer Trimester PY2

OT 609 Portfolio     1 CH
Students will build a portfolio that documents learning in a variety of content areas, as well as in professional behaviors and clinical reasoning skills. Portfolio provides students with an opportunity to prepare for fieldwork, the NBCOT exam, and eventual clinical practice and employment. May be offered in the PY2 SP or SU trimester. Prerequisite: OT 607

OT 693 Level II Fieldwork     4 CH
Students will engage in fieldwork during the spring and summer semesters. Students will apply their understanding of occupation, professional practice, identity, and leadership during a twelve-week, full-time fieldwork placement. Objectives of this course continue to focus on personal transformation as occupational therapists. Students are expected to develop the professional competencies of any entry-level therapist for a particular site by the conclusion of this experience. Prerequisites: OT 529, OT 548, OT 577, OT 527, OT 528, OT 574, OT 575, OT 549, OT 547

OT699 Independent Study in Occupational Therapy     1—3 CH
Optional independent study in occupational therapy. Independent study requires the approval of the program director.