Occupational Therapy Program

Course Descriptions

OTH 501 Occupational Therapy Foundations
This course introduces students to foundational concepts of occupational therapy practice, which includes the domain and process of occupational therapy and the analysis of activities and occupations. Students will learn about these concepts through hands-on experiences and creative projects that support clinical reasoning and the therapeutic process. Cr 3.

OTH 502 Introduction to Occupation
This writing intensive course introduces students to the history and leaders of the occupational therapy profession, as well as foundational concepts of occupation, occupational science, and theories underlying occupational therapy practice. Models of practice and frames of reference employed in occupational therapy practice will be reviewed and applied. Cr 3.

OTH 503 Reflective Practitioner
Addressing the artful elements of occupational therapy practice, this course engages students in developing and refining skills for reflective practice. Topics include self-awareness, therapeutic use of self, intentional therapeutic relationships, professional communication, teaching/learning, and leadership skills for practice. Cr 3.

OTH 504 Research and Evidence Based Practice I
This course introduces the student to evidence-based practice in occupational therapy and the spectrum of investigative strategies that can be used to answer questions of concern to occupational therapists. Students will learn foundational research principles and use these to critically examine current research and master basic evidence-based practice and research skills. The work of this course will revolve around students’ connections with community-based partners and collaboration around their clinical questions. Targeted assignments will support the development of skills in designing practice-based and research questions; searching, critiquing, and synthesizing relevant literature, and designing an evidence-based project proposal. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first semester coursework. Cr 3.

OTH 505 Impact of Mental Health on Occupational Performance Part I
Addresses occupational therapy theory, evaluation, planning, and intervention commonly used with individuals who have mental health issues across the lifespan. The etiology, symptoms, and course of mental health conditions are integrated with analysis of occupational performance through the person-environment-occupation model of OT practice. Contextual considerations for this area of OT practice are examined, including characteristics of the individual, families and caregivers, and the mental health care system.  During lab sessions, students will explore assessment tools and intervention strategies focusing on the intersection of mental health disorders, cognition, and sensory processing in the adult population. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first semester coursework. Co-requisites: OTH 508 and 509. Cr 3.

OTH 506 Contextual Considerations in Occupational Therapy 
This course introduces students to the context of practice for the profession of occupational therapy. Students will learn the role and functions of OT practitioners; local, national, and international associations; and the foundation of documentation and reimbursement for OT services. Students will be introduced to various contexts, such as professional, social, cultural, economic, and ecological, in which occupational therapy services are provided. Cr 3.

OTH 507 Ethics and Occupational Justice
This writing intensive course is designed to assist students to understand the larger social, cultural, ethical, professional, and systematic issues that impact health care and occupational therapy practice. This course will focus on strategies for analyzing issues and making decisions to resolve personal and organizational ethical conflicts and ethical dilemmas in occupational therapy through the lens of the OT code of ethics. Sociocultural issues, including occupational justice, health disparities, and their impact on ethical practice will also be explored. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first semester coursework. Cr 3.

OTH 508 Impact of Mental Health on Occupational Performance Part I Lab
Hands-on laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in OTH 505. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first semester coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 505. Cr 1.

OTH 509 Level I Fieldwork: Mental Health
Students are provided opportunities in a variety of clinical and community 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 associated classes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first semester coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 505/508. Cr 1.

OTH 510 Level I Fieldwork: Community Practice
Students are provided opportunities in a variety of clinical and community settings where they can begin to develop professional behaviors, communication skills, and skilled observation in varied practice settings. 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 associated classes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all fall and spring first year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 512. Cr 1.

OTH 511 Level I Fieldwork: Populations
Students are provided opportunities in a variety of clinical and community settings where they demonstrate professional behaviors, communication skills, and skilled observation in a physical disability or pediatric 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 associated classes. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 604/607. Cr 1.

OTH 512 Research and Evidence Based Practice II
Building on the learning initiated in OTH 504, this course provides the opportunity for students to expand their application of evidence-based concepts to the investigation of an occupational therapy question, need, or program evaluation. Students will continue work on evidence-based projects to answer the clinical question posed by a community partner. This will involve a variety of methods, including gathering and critiquing the evidence, synthesizing and summarizing findings, and presenting the findings to the community partner. Course sessions and assignments will be designed to guide students through the process of evidence-based practice. Prerequisites: OTH 504 and successful completion of all fall and spring first year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 510. Cr 3.

OTH 514 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Movement
This course covers the basic sciences needed to understand normal human movement. The course begins with a review of human biology and basic biomechanics utilizing a systems approach with a strong emphasis on the functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal and nervous system.The student will integrate his/her learning to gain an understanding of how the functional anatomy of the body systems relate to the biomechanics, kinematics, and kinetics of human motion, leading to occupational performance. Co-requisite: OTH 515. Cr 3.

OTH 515 Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Movement Lab
Hands-on laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in OTH 514. The students will perform musculoskeletal assessments throughout the course of the semester, and should experience confidence and proficiency in the performance of MMT and ROM, and be able to connect these skills to function and performance by human beings. Co-requisite: OTH 514. Cr 1.

OTH 518 Impact of Mental Health on Occupational Performance Part II
This course will expand on mental health conditions and the practice of occupational therapy in mental health with an emphasis on pediatric and adolescent mental health. Students will be introduced to group process principles, including the major characteristics of groups, group norms, and group development. Students will participate in and lead groups, as well as apply group process principles to multiple areas of practice. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year coursework. Cr 3.

OTH 520 Neuroscience for Occupational Therapists
This course is designed to examine nervous system structure and function. It will provide foundational knowledge including examination of somatosensory, motor, cognitive, and vestibular systems. Prerequisite: OTH 514/515 and successful completion of all first semester coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 521. Cr 3.

OTH 521 Neuroscience for Occupational Therapists Laboratory
Hands-on laboratory exercises designed to complement lecture and enhance student learning. Prerequisite: OTH 514/515 and successful completion of all first semester coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 520. Cr 1.

OTH 599: Advance Topics in Occupational Therapy
Topics vary. Restricted to first year OT students only. Cr 1.

OTH 602 Applied Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology
This course will give students an opportunity to put into practice the OT process through completion of orthopedic and neurological examinations and evaluations of the upper extremity based on orthopedic, neurological and other medical conditions effecting upper extremity function. In addition, students will explore design, fabrication, application, fitting, and training in orthotic devices used to enhance occupational performance and participation. They will train in the use of prosthetic devices, based on scientific principles of kinesiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, and physics. Students will learn safe and effective application of superficial thermal and mechanical modalities as a preparatory measure to manage pain and improve occupational performance. Students will practice documentation of occupational therapy services to ensure accountability of service provision and to meet standards for reimbursement of services. Prerequisites: OTH 514/515 and successful completion of all first year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 609. Cr 3.

OTH 603 Occupational Performance: Adulthood Part I
This course addresses occupational therapy theory, evaluation, planning, intervention, and documentation commonly used with adults with physical impairments which impede their occupational performance. Clinical conditions will be reviewed including etiology and symptoms, and will be integrated into active learning assignments. Contextual considerations for this area of OT practice are examined, including characteristics of the individual, families and caregivers, and the inter-professional team in physical rehabilitation practice settings. Class format includes lecture, demonstration, class discussion, group work and lab experiences providing students the opportunity to apply new knowledge to clinical cases, develop clinical reasoning, and learn hands on skills needed for entry level practice.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of all fall and spring first year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 606. Cr 3.

OTH 604 Occupational Performance: Infancy through Adolescence Part I
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/or clinic 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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 607. Cr 3.

OTH 605 Management in Occupational Therapy
This course will introduce students to management principles relevant to current occupational therapy practice. Students will also develop appreciation for the complexity of our dynamic health care system and the impact this has on occupational therapy. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year coursework. Cr 3.

OTH 606 Occupational Performance: Adulthood Part I Lab
Hands-on laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in OTH 603. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all fall and spring first year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 603. Cr 1.

OTH 607 Occupational Performance: Infancy through Adolescence Part I Lab
Hands-on laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in OTH 604. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 604. Cr 1.

OTH 608 Reflections on Practice
Students will reflect on and integrate learning from First Level II Fieldwork as well as continue to develop advanced OT practice skills. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first and second year coursework, including OTH 620. Co-requisite: Must be taken concurrently with OTH 699. Cr 1.

OTH 609 Applied Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology Lab
Hands-on laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in OTH 602. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 602. Cr 1.

OTH 614 Occupational Performance: Adulthood Part II
This course is a continuation of OTH 603 with a focus on advancing assessment, intervention and documentation skills through learning modules. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year coursework and fall second year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 617. Cr 3.

OTH 615 Occupational Performance: Infancy through Adolescence Part II
This course is a continuation of OTH 604. It focuses on the assessment, intervention and documentation of occupational therapy with children ages birth to 21. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year coursework and fall second year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 619. Cr 3.

OTH 616 Professional Presentations
Students will reflect on and integrate learning from First Fieldwork Level II and Evidence Based Practice coursework to develop a research proposal as well as explore current contextual considerations and roles in Occupational Therapy practice. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first and second year coursework, including OTH 620. Cr 3.

OTH 617 Occupational Performance: Adulthood Part II Lab
Hands-on laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in OTH 614. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year coursework and fall second year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 614. Cr 1.

OTH 619 Occupational Performance: Infancy through Adolescence Part II Lab
Hands-on laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in OTH 615. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first year coursework and fall second year coursework. Co-requisite: OTH 615. Cr 1.

OTH 620 First Level II Fieldwork
This fieldwork requirement is a minimum 12 week, full time, and supervised experience in an occupational therapy setting or emerging practice area. Students are expected to participate in practical experiences that promote the application of theoretical knowledge and practice skills with clients who are experiencing occupational deficits due to a variety of conditions or disorders. They are expected to increase their caseload throughout the 12 weeks to demonstrate entry-level practitioner skills in that setting. Formal evaluation and direct supervision appropriate to the setting is provided by a licensed occupational therapist. This course requires participation in an online component during the placement. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first and second year coursework. Cr 6.

OTH 621 Final Level II Fieldwork
This fieldwork requirement is a minimum 12 week, full time, and supervised experience in an occupational therapy setting or emerging practice area. Students are expected to participate in practical experiences that promote the application of theoretical knowledge and practice skills with clients who are experiencing occupational deficits due to a variety of conditions or disorders. They are expected to increase their caseload throughout the 12 weeks to demonstrate entry-level practitioner skills in that setting. Formal evaluation and direct supervision appropriate to the setting is provided by a licensed occupational therapist. This course requires participation in an online component during the placement. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all first and second year coursework and a passing grade in OTH 620. Cr 6.

OTH 699 Advanced Topics in Occupational Therapy
Restricted to 2nd year OT students only. A minimum of two elective credits in this Advanced Topics course are required as part of the MOT course curriculum. Co-requisite: Must be taken concurrently with OTH 608. Cr 1.