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 "occupationa" 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 instruction 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
Research II will apply concepts and content learned in Introduction to Research 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. Class formats will include lectures, discussions, workshops, and online activities. Prerequisite: OT 503

OT 542 Health, Prevention and Well-being     2 CH
Students will develop a deep understanding of health and wellness and explore the evidence regarding how physical, mental, and spiritual health are critical to a person’s overall health, well-being, disease prevention, and 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. Students will actively engage in discussion and debate about occupational therapy’s impact on adult and geriatric client factors. The format of the course will be presentation, discussion, and collaborative work. 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. 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. 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 classroom and community experiences. Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 523, OT 524, OT 501, OT 504

OT 577 Level I Fieldwork and Seminar: Adults and Geriatrics     1 CH
Level I fieldwork will be for students to integrate academic learning with clinical practice. Fieldwork placement will be determined by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. Fieldwork experiences will be one day per week and the setting will align with academic content. The format for this course will be seminar and supervised clinical fieldwork. Prerequisites: OT 546, OT 523, OT 524, OT 501, OT 504

OT 578 Capstone I: Planning, Permissions, and Approvals     1.5 CH
Students will learn the content, skills, and processes necessary to plan and implement their Capstone projects. Capstone projects will be completed in OT 608 Capstone II. Each small Capstone group will work under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. Course formats include lecture, discussion, and regularly scheduled Capstone team and mentoring meetings with the Capstone advisor. Prerequisites OT 543 and OT 503

Fall Trimester PY2

OT 545 Topics in Pediatrics Adolescence     2 CH
This course will examine the biological, psychological, medical, and social sciences evidence that serve as a basis of occupational therapy assessment and intervention in current practice with clients from birth to early adulthood. 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. Course format will be laboratory with hands on activities and discussion. Prerequisite: OT 503

OT 548 Level I FW and Seminar: Pediatrics & Adolescence     1 CH
Level I fieldwork will be for students to integrate academic learning with clinical practice. Fieldwork placement will be determined by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. Fieldwork experiences will be one day per week and the setting will align with academic content. The format for this course will be seminar and supervised clinical fieldwork 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. This course will provide extensive opportunities for students to link the knowledge they are actively acquiring throughout the curriculum to occupational therapy practice skills. 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. Theories including aspects such as leadership and management will be examined in detail, including leadership theories, budgeting, marketing and strategic planning. Prerequisite: OT 505

OT608 Capstone II:  Implementation     1.5 CH
The Capstone II course is the culminating project during which students integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and professional values they have learned throughout the program. Students will work in small groups with a faculty mentor to implement and complete their projects culminating in a professional poster presentation and defense to faculty and peers as a requirement for graduation. Course formats include regularly scheduled Capstone team and mentoring meetings, independent work, and work in the field. 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. Portfolio provides students with an opportunity to prepare for fieldwork, the NBCOT exam, and eventual clinical practice and employment. Students may register in either the PY2 SP or SU trimester. Prerequisite: OT 607

OT 691 Level II Fieldwork     4 CH
12 weeks of full-time equivalent supervised fieldwork education. Hours are usually 40 hours per week, with specific hours determined by the fieldwork site. Fieldwork locations are arranged in collaboration with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and the student. Prerequisites: OT 529, OT 577, OT 548, OT 527, OT 528, OT 574, OT 575, OT 549, OT 547

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
12 weeks of full-time equivalent supervised fieldwork education. Hours are usually 40 hours per week, with specific hours determined by the fieldwork site. Fieldwork locations are arranged in collaboration with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator and the student. 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.