Course Descriptions

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. Course formats include seminar, lecture, and workshop.

OT 503 Research I: Introduction to Research 2 CH
Introduction to Research will provide the occupational therapy student with a thorough understanding of the importance of research to the profession of occupational therapy. Students will develop the ability to read and critique the research of occupational therapy and other professions.  Course formats include seminar, lecture, and workshops.

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 students’ future occupational therapy practice. Students will complete reflective self-assessments and analyze them to determine their own values, ethical stance, professional behaviors, knowledge and skills necessary for developing a professional identity. 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 as well as musculoskeletal assessment techniques commonly performed by occupational therapists in clinical practice.  Course content will be delivered in the context of experiential labs, seminars, and self-directed learning.

OT 524 Human 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 therapist may encounter when working with clients across the life span. Students will be required to locate and interpret information from a variety of sources including textbooks, articles, and on-line resources.

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 526 Topics in Mental Health 2 CH
This course will examine current psychosocial topics and trends, and the role of occupational therapy in mental health across the life span. The format of the course will be presentation, discussion, and collaborative work.

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, as well as research- based evidence to the presented clinical cases. The format for this course will be small group PBL tutorials and independent small group work.

OT 528 Clinical Lab in Mental Health 5 CH
n this course students will apply the concepts explored in PBL and seminar utilizing self-directed learning and critical thinking skills during “hands-on” learning experiences, while developing occupational therapy (OT) clinical and documentation skills for effective evaluation, intervention and discharge within the contexts of the daily lives of mental health OT, while maintaining professional behaviors and team collaboration. Course format will be laboratory with hands-on techniques demonstration, practice and discussion.

OT 529 Level I FW and Seminar: Mental Health .5 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.

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.

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.

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. Prerequisite OT 525 Health and Wellness: A Personal Journey.

OT 543 Needs Assessment and Program Development 3 CH
Students complete a needs assessment and develop a community-based program for a real or virtual community site of their choosing subject to instructor approval. This experience is designed to give students the proactive entrepreneurial skills needed to identify and work in community. The course will also examine the theoretical models of community-based practice and health promotion including consultation and prevention.

OT 546 Human Occupation and Activity Analysis 3 CH
In this course students will explore the over-arching concept of occupational science and the importance of occupational balance to wellness and quality of life in individuals, families, and societies. The course formats include seminar, lecture, online discussion, and workshops.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 Needs Assessment and Program Development and OT 531 Research II.

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.

OT 608 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 Capstone I: Planning, Permissions, and Approvals. PY2 fall or spring course registration is determined by the Capstone advisor.

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 semester.

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.

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.

OT 699 Independent Study in Occupational Therapy 1—3 CH
Optional independent study in occupational therapy.  Independent study requires the approval of the program director.