- OT 577C Application of Body Structure and Function for OT Practice:
Students will apply the anatomical
and kinesiological principles to performance through task analysis. Students demonstrate competency by evaluating the movement-related
functions and motor skills that support daily activity. Cadaver dissection laboratory experiences are integrated with the
clinical laboratory experiences to enhance student learning. Students design interventions to promote fitness and to remediate
physical performance deficits. Students fabricate positioning devices to promote musculoskeletal alignment.
- OT 5761 Body Structures Supporting Daily Function:
Students engage in study of the contribution
of the structure, function, and development of body systems that support daily activity. This semester emphasizes anatomical
systems and neuromusculoskeletal substrates for activity, joint integrity, strength and cardiopulmonary function. Principles
of kinesiology, the study of movement, and fitness are applied to daily performance.
- OT 5833 Communication Skills for OT Mental Health Practice:
This course will foster the students' ability to communicate and work with individuals who are experiencing
psychosocial issues. The students will learn evidence- based individual communication skills and group leadership skills to
effectively work with these populations. Students entering this course will have a basic understanding of psychiatric disorders
from prerequisite course work in psychology.
- OT 5682 Evaluation Tools and Process for Measuring Occupational Performance:
In concert, the course presents test and measurement principle and surveys selected standardized evaluations
and other assessment processes that are used in occupational therapy. Students develop skills in selection, administration,
and interpretation of assessment processes through case studies, laboratory experiences, and field work experiences.
- OT 561E Fieldwork and Professional Competence I:
This is the first in a four semester series
that emphasizes the growth of the student as a professional. Students will develop an electronic professional portfolio and
participate in self-directed learning experiences to enhance personal growth and professional competence. An intensive one
week, 40 hour, supervised fieldwork experience in a clinical or community setting allows the student to practice the skills
learned in the classroom. Additionally, students will participate in an acute care hospital experience that includes lecture
and fieldwork experience throughout the first two semesters.
- OT 5022 Theory and Foundations for Occupational Therapy Practice:
Students explore the knowledge, skills
and attitudes of the professional occupational therapist through the study of occupation, one of the core concepts of the
profession. The course acquaints students with the profession's history, current health issues and occupational therapy's
theoretical base and practice models. Students explore the relationship between occupation, self, and health through participation
in a variety of community experiences.
- OT 5451 Research and OT: Preparing for Evidence:
Through critical reading and interpretation
of professional scientific literature, students build a foundation for life-long learning and evidence-based clinical practice.
Analysis of research design and threats to validity are emphasized with both qualitative and quantitative research studies.
Students design a research study, and practice statistical analysis of an occupational therapy research data set.
- OT 5162 Environment That Impact Participation in Daily Life:
This course provides an in depth understanding
of the psychological, social, political, physical, and cultural elements of the environment that influence participation,
well-being and quality of life. Disability, as the consequence of environmental barriers and the relationship between the
person and environments as both changes across the life span will be discussed. Assessment and intervention strategies that
maximize participation in daily activities will be examined in home, school, workplace, and other community settings.
- OT 5781 Biological Basis of Daily Performance: Neuroscience:
Students learn how the brain and nervous
system support the sensory, perceptual, cognitive, emotional and physiological capacity of individuals as they engage in the
activities of daily life. Emphasis is placed on sensory processing, motor processing, cognitive performance, learning and
memory, and communication.
- OT 577D Application of Neuroscience Principles to OT:
Taken concurrently with OT 478, students
learn how to identify sensory, cognitive, perceptual, physiological and emotional performance capacities of individuals by
examining these through observation, assessment and activity analysis. This laboratory course is taught through a lifespan
perspective within the context of everyday life.
- OT 5491 Innovations of Assisitve Technology to Support Participation:
This course introduces Assistive Technology
(AT) equipment to improve lives by compensating for limitations that prohibit participation. Assessment to match available
AT to the client/consumer to meet personal goals within desired environmental context(s) is taught. Lectures and labs focus
on the selection and fitting of AT, including: computer access and output devices, manual and powered wheelchairs and mobility
devices, seating, augmentative communication systems, environmental control units, orthotics and prosthetics, functional electrical
stimulation, adapted driving vehicles and recreational equipment. Ethical, legislative, funding, functional assessment and
psychosocial issues are reviewed.
OT 561F Fieldwork and Professional
This is the second in a four semester
series which emphasizes the growth of the student as a professional. Students will continue to build an electronic professional
portfolio and participate in self-directed learning experiences to enhance personal growth and professional competence. An
intensive, 40 week, fieldwork experience in a clinical or community setting allows the student to practice the skills learned
in the classroom.
- OT 5223 Health Conditions:
Provides an overview of selected chronic diseases and conditions
that affect individuals across the lifespan and impact occupational performance. Etiology, pathology, clinical course, prognosis
and medical management of these conditions will be understood in order to promote health.
This course examines self-management and performance issues
and intervention in relation to selected diseases and disabling conditions. Explores unique client perspectives of disease
consequences on occupations and environments. A seminar critiques evidenced-based self-management interventions, from acute
care to the community, for promoting health and social participation.
Students will explore core concepts of OT practice related
to the mind-body connection to promote fitness and well-being. Topics include kinesiology, physiology (allostasis and homeostasis),
and spirituality. The focus will be on personal adaptation to disease, recovery, and ongoing life stressors. Models of assessment
and intervention will be explored and applied to cases. Treatment planning, and documentation skills are emphasized. Laboratory
experiences will reinforce integration of theoretical material.
This begins the first in a three-semester sequence that is
designed to allow the student to participate in a research experience under the supervision of a faculty mentor. This semester,
the students will begin to critically read the literature in one of the four concentration areas of aging, pediatrics, participation
or work. The student will be mentored in an applied clinical laboratory experience, and begin to develop a research question
course provides an overview of selected neurological diseases or conditions that affect occupational performance across the
lifespan. Through lectures given by physician faculty of the Department of Neurology, students will acquire basic knowledge
of the etiology, pathology, clinical course, prognosis, and medical management of these diseases or conditions. OT and PT
students work in small groups to develop an intervention plan based on a case presentation
This laboratory course provides experiences designed to integrate
information from the concurrent theory and practice course. Students explore intervention strategies and methods surrounding
participation and continuity of care across ages and environments related to motor learning, cognition, physiological and
psycho-social issues. Documentation skills are emphasized. Skills' training focuses on caring for self and others.
Divided into content modules, students explore core concepts
of OT practice related to motor learning, cognition, physiological and psycho-social issues. Models of assessment and intervention
are explored and applied to cases. Students have opportunities to consider practice issues associated with the management
of a variety of disabilities, with an emphasis on occupation and environmental context, treatment, continuity of care, documentation
and policy issues.
Students are engaged in a problem-based learning process that
includes self-directed learning, problem solving, clinical reasoning and group process skills. Students explore practice problems,
and apply specific occupational therapy evaluations and intervention techniques for persons of all ages, and disability categories.
The focus is on direct clinical treatment interventions. This is a small seminar class with 8-9 students and a faculty mentor.
This is the third in a four semester series which emphasizes
the growth of the student as a professional. Students continue to build an electronic professional portfolio and participate
in self-directed learning experiences to enhance personal growth and professional competence. An intensive, 40 hour fieldwork
experience in a clinical or community setting allows the student to practice the skills learned in the classroom.
This is the second of a three part course sequence. The student
will be trained in specific research methodologies, gain skills in the use of standardized measurement tools, conduct behavioral
analysis, and enter data in an established data base. The data will be collected in clinical or community settings. The student
will be mentored in the research process. Students will review the literature related to their research question, and articulate
the methodology they will use in their research design. Students may choose from productive aging, pediatrics, work and industry,
or participation concentrations.
This course allows the student to explore disability issues with an emphasis on the more personal
aspects of living with a disability and policy issues that influence their lives including: community integration, housing,
assistive technology, transportation, employment, self-care, recreation, communication and health care. Conceptual frameworks
will be reviewed that are used to define, classify and provide services for people who have impairments, which can result
in the lack of their participation in major life activities. Each student will examine one category of impairments to discover
the etiology, prevalence, incidence, characteristic expressions of abilities, and environmental barriers to their participation
in life activities. Students will be exposed to policies, legislation and programs that have an influence of the lives of
people with disabilities.
This course applies managment and organizational principles
to occupational therapy services in current and potential practice environments, and entrepreneurioal opportunities. Through
discussions with business professionals, and case studeies, this course highlights organizational, managerial, marketing,
financial, regulatory, and funding influences on the development, delivery and evaluation of OT practice. Business plans are
developed through case studies. Fieldtrips and interactions with managers and corporate leaders allow students the opportunity
for experiential leraning.
Taught in 4 modules of pediatrics, work and industry, community
mental health and productive aging, this course focuses on community-based practice, program planning and participation. Students
have opportunities to consider issues associated with the management of a variety of disabilities, with an emphasis on occupation
and environmental context, treatment, and participation across a continuum of care that reflects different documentation needs
and policy issues.
Separated into 4 modules, students receive experiential laboratory
activities designed to integrate information form the occupational therapy theory and practice course. Students explore intervention
strategies and methods surrounding continuity of care across ages and environments related to pediatric, productive aging,
work and industry, and community mental health. The focus is on skills training and strategies for client participation in
community based practice.
This course examines community health, wellness, and education
practices through occupational therapy for groups, communities, and population. Practice models are explored for promoting
health, occupational performance and public health across the lifespan. Students are prepared with community OT practice skills,
including needs assessment and program planning and evaluation in conjunction with an actual community site or agency.
The final course in this series emphasizes the growth of the
student as a professional. Topics include the national and state requirements for credentialing, standards of practice, ethical
behaviors and continuing competence. Students will prepare a personal marketing package, practice interviewing skills, and
participate in self-directed learning experiences. An intensive, 40 hour fieldwork experience in a clinical or community setting
allows the student to practice the skills learned in the classroom.
This is the third
course in the clinical research series. Students continue to learn specific research methodologies, gain skills in the use
of standardized measurement tools, conduct behavioral analysis, enter data in an established data base and conduct statistical
analysis. The student learns the research process in a mentored seminar format. At the end of this course, students present
their research findings to a community of student, facutly, area clinicians, and other members of the general public who attend
this day-long conference of student presentations. Students may choose to study in faculty research laboratories related to
productive aging, pediatrics, work and industry, or participation.