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, and responsibilities of practitioners. 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. Cr. 3.

OTH 502 Introduction to Occupation This course introduces students to the theory of occupation, occupational science, occupational performance, the relationship between occupation and occupational therapy practice, and an examination of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.  Students will be introduced to numerous occupation-based practice models used in occupational therapy, and students will begin to reflect on their occupational selves in this course. Cr. 3.

OTH 503 The 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 cultural competence for practice. Cr. 3.

OTH 504 Research & 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. Pre-requisite: successful completion of all first-year fall and spring coursework. Cr. 3.

OTH 505 Mental Health and Occupational Performance 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. Prerequisites: OTH 501, 502, 503. Cr. 4.

OTH 507 Ethics and Occupational Justice This course is designed to assist students to understand the larger social, ethical, professional, and systematic issues that impact health care, occupational performance, and occupational therapy practice. It will focus on ethical issues, dilemmas, and decision making 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.  Pre-requisites: OTH 501, 502, 503. Cr. 3.

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. Corequisite: OTH 505. 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. Corequisite OTH 504. 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. Corequisites: OTH 603 and 604. Cr. 1.

OTH 512 Research & 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. Prerequisite: OTH 504. Cr. 3.

OTH 513 Applied Concepts of Movement This course covers the basic science needed to understand normal human movement. The student will integrate his/her learning from Anatomy & Physiology/Human Anatomy courses to gain an understanding of how the functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system relates to the biomechanics, kinematics, and kinetics of human motion, leading to occupational performance.  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. The course includes hands-on laboratory experiences. Cr. 3.

OTH 514 Human Anatomy: Structure and Function the study of human anatomy for Occupational Therapy students.  The course will be presented in a regional and topographical approach to facilitate how future occupational therapist observe the body as they evaluate patients and plan therapies. The regional approach to the anatomical structures presents the anatomy as it is viewed in the clinical situation. There will be a short review of the integumentary, nervous, lymphatic, and cardiovascular system as an overview for orientation. Followed by a detailed study through both lecture and lab of the regions of the body that are important to the future Occupational Therapist. 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 concepts of wellness, wellbeing, and health promotion.  It examines how these contribute to overall life satisfaction for individuals and populations with or at risk for disabilities and chronic health conditions as well as in the prevention of disease and disability for individuals, families and society. Cr. 3.

OTH 518 Group Process in Practice 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 group process principles to multiple areas of practice. Cr. 3.

OTH 601 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. Laboratory exercises are designed to complement lecture and enhance student learning. Prerequisites: OTH 514. Cr. 4.

OTH 603 Occupational Performance through Adulthood 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.  Pre-requisites: Successful completion of all first year course work. Cr. 4.

OTH 604 Occupational Performance in Infancy through Adulthood This course is a continuation of OTH 603 with a focus on advancing assessment, intervention and documentation skills through learning modules. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of OTH 603. Cr. 4.

OTH 605 Leadership and Management This course will introduce students to leadership theories and management principles relevant to current occupational therapy practice.  Students will develop their own personal leadership skills as well as reflect on how they will enact these skills in practice.  Students will also develop appreciation for the complexity of our dynamic health care system and the impact this has on occupational therapy. Cr. 3.

OTH 608 Advanced Practice Students will reflect on and integrate learning from First Level II Fieldwork as well as continue to develop advanced OT practice skills. Cr. 3.

OTH 614 Adult Conditions This course is a continuation of OTH 603 with a focus on advancing assessment, intervention and documentation skills through learning modules.  Pre-requisites: Successful completion of OTH 603. Cr. 3.

OTH 615 Childhood Conditions 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. Prerequisites: Successful completion of OTH 604. Cr. 4.

OTH 616 Professional and Contextual Considerations in Practice Students will reflect on and integrate learning from First Fieldwork Level II and Evidence Based Practice course work to develop a research proposal as well as explore current contextual considerations and roles in Occupational Therapy practice. Prerequisite OTH 620. Cr. 3.

OTH 620 First Level II Fieldwork This fieldwork requirement is a minimum 12-week, fulltime, 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. Prerequisites: Successful completion of OTH 603, 604, 614, and 615. Cr. 6.

OTH 621 Final Level II Fieldwork
 This fieldwork requirement is a minimum 12-week, fulltime, 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 OTH 620. Cr. 6.