Occupational Therapy

OT Course Descriptions

Courses of Instruction

Numbers in parentheses at the end of the course descriptions indicate the number of lecture, discussion, and laboratory hours per week.

Courses of Instruction

OT 502                        Theoretical Foundations of Occupational Therapy

Introduces the conceptual and scientific theories that underlie occupational therapy interventions. These include theories related to occupational science, as well as those related to the therapeutic use of occupation. Incorporates an introduction to theory analysis, along with concepts of application and evaluation.  Offered fall semester.  Credits: 3

OT 503                        Group Practice in Occupational Therapy

Provides basic information about the use of groups in occupational therapy. Two different approaches to group work will be studied. Students will have an opportunity to develop and facilitate a group intervention, selecting an approach, justifying that choice, and describing the value of the group to participating clients. Offered in spring/summer and fall semesters.  Credits: 2

OT 505                        Limitations on Occupation

This course will examine the impact of inherent and acquired conditions and medical problems on occupational performance components. The course will analyze how the completion of occupational performance areas may be affected as etiology and symptoms are considered. Course will include potential intervention strategies for covered conditions. Offered fall and winter semesters.  Credits: 3

OT 551            Meaningful Living Through Occupation.

Provides foundational concepts for understanding the value of occupation in human life.  Reviews common health care concepts and human development from the perspective of occupation and time use.  Examines health care knowledge in relation to daily activities and performance contexts, considering the needs of individuals, groups/families and communities/populations. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

OT 552            Meaningful Living Laboratory.

Laboratory designed to complement the Health and Meaning Perspectives course.  Course will include opportunities for students to have experiential practice with the concepts that are presented in its companion course.  Activities will include using problem-based learning, observations, interviews and application of common occupational therapy practices. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

OT 553            Level I Fieldwork (Part 1).

This experience is designed to provide students familiarity  with a variety of clients, diagnoses, age ranges, and contexts; and to see the roles or potential roles of OT.  It provides the opportunity to observe the OT process and interact with clients, which complements the didactic experience. Offered fall semester. Credits: 2

OT 555                        Professional Socialization in Occupational Therapy.

This course will introduce students to the elements and issues of professional socialization, the process of taking on the identity of an occupational therapist, and internalizing the norms of the profession.  Content will include the role of the professional organization, personal responsibility to the profession, in the forms of advocacy, education and leadership, and social responsibility especially that of helping to ensure that all people have the opportunity to be full participants in society. Offered winter semester. Credits: 3

OT 557                        Research Design in Occupational Therapy

Course will focus on several qualitative and quantitative research designs used in studies in the field of occupational therapy. The most common designs will be selected, with intent to focus on most appropriate designs using mixed qualitative and quantitative methods together in a single research study. Offered fall semester.  Credits: 2

OT 558                        Mental Health in Occupational Therapy

This course will address the nature of occupational therapy intervention with clients having mental health diagnoses. The content will include approaches to use with different diagnoses, client and therapist safety, ethics related to mental health treatment, settings for mental health treatment, referrals, and documentation. Offered spring/summer semester. Credits: 2

OT 559                        Mental Health Laboratory

This is the coordinating laboratory course for OT 558, Mental Health Services in Occupational Therapy. In this course, students will practice activities and interventions that are used with clients having mental health diagnoses. Activities will include ADLs, small and moderate sized crafts, pre-vocational activities, and appropriate play/leisure occupations. Offered spring/summer semester.  Credits: 1

OT 561            Child & Adolescent Practice.

Theoretical and practice concepts, assessment and intervention methods are developed for OT services at individual, group, and population levels for children and adolescents.  Students learn to identify barriers to occupational performance at all levels and address barriers through selecting and conducting assessments, designing interventions, conducting advocacy, research, education and documentation. Offered winter semester. Credits: 3

OT 562            Child and Adolescent Laboratory.

Laboratory sessions to experience and practice OT assessments and interventions learned in concurrent occupational opportunities course.  Offered winter semester. Credits: 2

OT 563            Level I Fieldwork (Part 2).

This experience is designed to provide students familiarity with the child and adolescent population, and the associated diagnoses and contexts.  It provides the opportunity to observe the OT process, interact with clients, and to see the role of an OT in a specific setting, which complements the didactic experience. Offered winter semester. Credits: 1

OT 564            Occupational Therapy Research Methods.

This course will focus on the development of a research proposal that includes three chapters, an introduction, a focused literature review, and methodology. Students will have opportunities to review successful proposals as well as have an opportunity to submit draft chapters before the final proposal is due. Students must defend proposal successfully and apply for HRRC approval. Offered winter semester.  Credits: 2

OT 565                        Occupational Therapy Services Administration.

Interdisciplinary study of management behaviors and processes for effective administration of clinical rehabilitation settings. Emphasizes organizational behaviors, structures and systems.  Examines staffing, personnel evaluation, fiscal management, quality assurance and ethics. Offered second fall semester. Credits: 3

OT 571            Adult Practice.

Theoretical and practice concepts, assessment and intervention methods are developed for OT services at individual, group and population levels for adults.  Students learn to identify barriers to occupational performance at all levels and address barriers through selecting and conducting assessments, designing interventions, conducting advocacy, research, education and documentation. Offered spring/summer semester. Credits: 3

OT 572            Adult Laboratory.

Laboratory sessions to experience and practice OT assessments and interventions learned in concurrent occupational opportunities course. Offered spring/summer semester. Credits: 3

OT 573            Level I Fieldwork (Part 3).

This experience is designed to provide students familiarity with the adult population, and the associated diagnoses and contexts.  It provides the opportunity to observe the OT process, interact with clients, and to see the role of an OT in a specific setting, which complements the didactic experience. Offered spring/summer semester. Credits: 1

OT 651            Older Adult Practice.

Theoretical and practice concepts, assessment and intervention methods are developed for OT services at individual, group, and populations levels for older adults.  Students learn to identify barriers to occupational performance at all levels and address barriers through selecting and conducting assessments, designing interventions, conducting advocacy, research, education and documentation. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

OT 652            Older Adult Laboratory.

Laboratory sessions to experience and practice OT assessments and interventions learned in concurrent occupational opportunities course. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

OT 653            Level I Fieldwork (Part 4).

This experience is designed to provide students familiarity with the older adult population, and the associated diagnoses and contexts.  It provides the opportunity to observe the OT process, interact with clients, and to see the role of an OT in a specific setting, which complements the didactic experience. Offered fall semester. Credits: 2

OT 660                       Level II Fieldwork (Part 1).

The first half of the final practice experience in the curriculum.  Designed to assist students in making the student/therapist transition, it is completed in a practice setting supervised by an experienced OTR.  Experience includes a variety of diagnoses and age ranges to complement the didactic experience. Offered winter semester. Credits: 9

OT 661            Level II Fieldwork (Part 2).

The continuation of the final practice experience in the curriculum.  Implemented in the same way as the first half, the experience includes another variety of diagnoses and age ranges.  This experience may be more focused or may represent the specific request of a student. Offered spring/summer semester. Credits: 9

OT 693                        OT Research Project

Groups of three students work to complete their research project, focused on data collection, tally and analysis of the results, with discussion of results related to occupational therapy theory, practice, and education. Students develop a document suitable for publication that must be completed before Level II fieldwork. Offered spring/summer semester.  Credits: 2

OT 695                        OT Master’s Thesis

Individual thesis work, including data collection, tally and analysis of results, with discussion related to occupational therapy theory, practice, and education. Students complete a five-chapter thesis, including proposal, results, and detailed discussion chapter, followed by thesis defense. Course must be completed before Level II fieldwork. Offered spring/summer semester.  Credits: 3

OT 698                        Capstone

The final capstone of the occupational therapy curriculum, this course will include practice issues related to leadership, education, research, professional advocacy and ethics. Students will discuss issues possibly encountered while in level II fieldwork, as well as issues related to personal growth and development plans they may have. Offered spring/summer semester.  Credits: 1

PA 535                        Grant Writing

Instruction in finding grant sources, writing grants, developing grant budgets, and evaluating grant proposals.  As part of this course, students will be expected to write and submit at least one actual grant proposal.  Offered once a year.  Prerequisite:  Admission to the MPA or MHA program or permit.  Credits: 3

EDG 648         The Adult Learner

Emerging theories and techniques for teaching the adult learner.  Focus upon the adult’s deliberate efforts at learning, developing, growing, and changing, and learning difficulties.  Offered at least once a year. Credits: 3

STA 610          Applied Statistics for Health Professions.

Project-oriented overview of major statistical techniques commonly used in problems encountered in health professions.  Students will learn to use a major statistical computing package.  Hypothesis testing, t-tests, regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, categorical data analysis, nonparametric statistics.  Offered fall, winter, and summer semesters.  Credits: 3

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