Occupational Therapy Program

Course Descriptions

OTH 501 Occupational Therapy Foundations
This course introduces students to the profession of occupational therapy by studying its history, philosophy, and standards. Students will examine the multiple contextual factors that influence the practice, professional behaviors, responsibilities of practitioners, and evidence-based practice. Additionally, students will learn about the role and functions of OT practitioners; local, national, and international associations; the OT process; activity and occupational analysis; and OTR and OTA collaboration. Cr3.

OTH 502 Introduction to Occupation
Introduces students to the theory of occupation and the relationship between occupation and occupational therapy practice. Several occupational performance models of practice in OT will be introduced, and students will thoroughly explore the OT Practice Framework. Students will begin to reflect on their "occupational selves" in this course. Cr 3.

OTH 503 The Reflective Practitioner
Provides an understanding of human behavior, therapeutic use of self, and development of interpersonal communication both personally and professionally. Cr 2.

OTH 504 Applied Research I
This course introduces the student to the spectrum of investigative strategies that can be used to answer questions of concern to occupational therapists. Students will learn to critically examine current research and to master basic research/evidence based practice skills. Students will practice basic research skills through targeted assignments and the development of research/evidence based practice questions, a literature review, and a research/evidence based practice project proposal. Cr 3.

OTH 505 Mental Health and Occupational Performance
Emphasis is on occupational therapy theory, evaluation, planning, and intervention commonly used with individuals who have psychosocial impairment across the life span. The etiology, symptoms, and course of each condition are reviewed, as is the analysis of occupational performance as it relates to psychosocial dysfunction. Students will examine the importance of multiple contexts and their influence on occupational choice. Students problem solve using activity analysis and the selection of assessment tools to produce and evaluate occupation-based interventions. Prerequisite: OTH 502. Cr 5

OTH 507 Ethics and Social Justice
This course is designed to assist students to understand the larger social, ethical, professional, and systematic issues that impact health care and occupational therapy practice. The course will focus on ethical issues, dilemmas, and decision making, as well as the OT Code of Ethics. Health disparities, occupational justice, sociopolitical pressures and legal issues, and their impact on ethical practice, will also be explored. Cr 3.

OTH 509 Level I Fieldwork: Mental Health
Students are placed in clinical settings where they can begin to develop professional behaviors, communication skills, and skilled observation in a psychosocial setting. The accompanying seminar allows students to share and process their experiences as a group. The combination of direct fieldwork experience plus an integrated seminar allows students to further integrate course material and provide a common link between the above mentioned classes. Corequisites: OTH 505, OTH 507, OTH 517. Cr 1.

OTH 510 Level I Fieldwork: Physical Dysfunction
Students are placed in clinical settings where they can begin to develop professional behaviors, communication skills, and skilled observation in a physical disabilities setting. The accompanying seminar allows students to share and process their experiences as a group. The combination of direct fieldwork experience plus an integrated seminar allows students to further integrate course material and provide a common link between the above mentioned classes. Prerequisites and corequisites: OTH 601, OTH 603, OTH 614. Cr 1.

OTH 511 Level I Fieldwork: Developmental Disabilities
Students are placed in clinical settings where they can begin to develop professional behaviors, communication skills, and skilled observation in a pediatric/developmental setting. The accompanying seminar allows students to share and process their experiences as a group. The combination of direct fieldwork experience plus an integrated seminar allows students to further integrate course material and provide a common link between the above mentioned classes. Prerequisites and corequisites: OTH 604, OTH 615. Cr 1.

OTH 512 Applied Research II
This course provides the opportunity for students to expand their application of research/evidence based practice concepts to the investigation of an occupational therapy question, need, or evaluation of occupational therapy practice. Students will conduct a research/evidence based practice project, collecting and analyzing data, culminating in a full research/evidence based practice paper and presentation. Course sessions and assignments will be devoted to guiding students through the research/evidence based practice process. Cr 3.

OTH 513 Applied Concepts of Movement
This course will cover the basic science needed to understand normal body movement. The student will gain an understanding of the functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system and how it relates to the biomechanics, kinematics, and kinetics of human motion. In addition, the student will learn skills in assessment of musculoskeletal functioning from a biomechanical frame of reference. The course will include hands-on laboratory experiences that will facilitate the learning of concepts and skills. Corequisite: OTH 514. Cr 3.

OTH 514 Human Anatomy: Structure and Function
This course provides an in-depth study of the structure and function of the systems of the human body. Emphasis will be placed on the neurological, skeletal, and muscular systems. Labwork will consist of independent study with models, CD-ROM, and online programs. Cr 4.

OTH 517 Occupational Well-Being
The profession of occupational therapy and the World Health Organization identify wellness as an important aspect of health status. Occupation, the engagement in meaningful activity, is necessary for health and wellness. This course explores the concept of wellness as it is understood in occupational science and practiced in occupational therapy. Cr. 3

OTH 518 Group Process in Practice
This two-credit course introduces students to group process principles, including the major characteristics of groups, group norms, and group development. Students will have an opportunity to lead a group as well as apply the group process to multiple areas of practice. Cr. 2

OTH 601 Neuroscience
This course will provide foundational knowledge in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as it relates to human occupation. Emphasis will be on understanding the concepts of neuroscience that are the underpinnings of theory and treatment applications of occupational therapy. Prerequisites: OTH 514. Cr 3.

OTH 603 Occupational Performance through Adulthood
This course integrates occupational therapy theory and practice in the occupations of adults with physical impairments. The class format provides students with an opportunity to apply occupational therapy and new knowledge to clinical cases, develop clinical reasoning abilities, and learn hands-on skills needed for entry-level practice. Learning strategies involve applying the OT Practice Framework to practice as well as integrating OT in a variety of practice settings with a variety of team members. Written and verbal skills are highlighted, and role playing/modeling of interdisciplinary teamwork is stressed. It is expected that students are able to do professional research by accessing information on the Internet via relevant databases. Prerequisites and corequisites: OTH 510, OTH 514, OTH 601 and OTH 614. Cr 7.

OTH 604 Occupational Performance in Infancy through Adulthood
This course integrates OT theory and practice in the occupations of individuals, birth to 21. The format of the class includes weekly lectures, class discussions, and lab experiences,. Students will apply new knowledge to clinical cases, develop clinical reasoning skills, and learn hands-on skills needed for entry-level practice. Pre- or co-requisites: OTH 511, OTH 513, OTH 514, OTH 601, OTH 615. Cr 7.

OTH 605 Leadership and Management
This course will introduce content and simulate skills needed for understanding organizations and leadership in occupational therapy. Exposure to leadership styles will be provided in an interactive and collaborative format. Legislation and policy of health care are discussed with emphasis on the importance of being involved. Students should complete the course with a thorough appreciation for the finesse needed in strong leadership, as well as specific working knowledge which will assist them in navigating the fluctuating health care arena. Cr. 3

OTH 608 Reflections on Practice: Cognition and Perception
This course explores integration of brain function and its relationship to occupational performance across the life span. Emphasis is on how human beings learn and participate in their environments, with respect to the perceptual and cognitive functions of the brain that are most pertinent to occupational performance. Reflecting on their previous fieldwork experiences, the class examines the relationship of states of damage and dysfunction to engagement in occupations. Students will discuss the psycho-social, physical, and developmental practice domains of occupational therapy as they relate to brain functions. Students will understand assessments, and begin to design preparatory and occupation-based interventions for people, regarding perceptual and cognitive issues. Cr 3.

OTH 614 Adult Conditions
Clinical conditions and diagnoses for adults with physical dysfunction will be examined. Emphasis will be on understanding medical conditions as they relate to occupational therapy practice. Prerequisites or corequisites: OTH 510, OTH 601, OTH 603. Cr 2.

OTH 615 Childhood Conditions
Medical and developmental conditions from birth, early childhood, and adolescence will be described and identified in this course. The impact of these conditions on occupational performance will also be addressed. Prerequisites or corequisites: OTH 511, OTH 513, OTH 514, OTH 601, OTH 604. Cr 2.

OTH 616 Professional Presentations
This course provides students with the opportunity to disseminate their research results in a professional forum. Students will work with a faculty advisor to prepare their research projects for professional presentation to the community. Course sessions and assignments will be devoted to guiding students through the research dissemination process and transition to the role of a professional. Prerequisites: OTH 504 and OTH 605. Cr 1

OTH 618 Contextual Considerations in Practice
This course utilizes and builds on the fieldwork experiences of students as they gain knowledge and reflect on observed practice skills needed for basic management. An examination of the context of practice will incorporate readings, assignments, and class discussions of effective supervision, reimbursement mechanisms, accrediting agencies, and their impact on departmental operations. Regulation, politics, and changing policies of service provision will be studied, as well as the ethical considerations, program evaluation, and communications necessary for managing people. Students will be taught to consider alternatives, advocate for change, and influence policy decisions. Cr 2.

OTH 620 Level II Fieldwork
This fieldwork requirement is a 12-week, full-time, 40-hours per week supervised experience in an occupational therapy setting, or emerging practice area. Students apply theoretical knowledge and practice skills with clients who are experiencing a variety of disorders, taking on an ever-increasing caseload throughout the 12 weeks. Cr 6.

OTH 621 Level II Fieldwork
This fieldwork requirement is a 12-week, full-time, 40-hours per week supervised experience in an occupational therapy setting, or emerging practice area. Students apply theoretical knowledge and practice skills with clients who are experiencing a variety of disorders, taking on an ever-increasing caseload throughout the 12 weeks. Cr 6.

MOT Interview Daze

 USM's Master of Occupational Therapy progam announces dates for MOT interviews.

The dates for this year's MOT Admission Interview appointments will be Saturday the 8th of November and Friday the 14th of November, 2014.  IF you have completed a graduate application by the 10/1/14 deadline AND you are selected to proceed through MOT admissions, then you will be contacted by email to select an appointment timeslot on ONE of those two dates.