Course Descriptions

ANAT 411 Gross Anatomy (6)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic and laboratory course. Study of the gross structure of the human body focusing on the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems. Dissection of cadaver supplemented by lecture.

ANAT 442 Neurobiology (2)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic and laboratory course. This course covers the basic organization of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous system.

OT 400 Introduction to Pathology (1)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic. An introduction to the pathological origins of disease as they relate to the musculoskeletal respiratory and other major body systems. The course also reviews neoplasia, cell injury, immunopathology and describes its application to occupational therapy.

OT 425 Foundations of Occupation-Centered Practice (4)
Offered annually Spring semester; didactic and laboratory. This course serves as the foundation for the holistic practice of occupational therapy as defined by the history of the profession and the ethical standards that guide practice. Emphasis will be on the development of the profession as well as development of professional reasoning through the use of professional terminology, activity analysis, the occupational therapy practice framework, basic theoretical and philosophical constructs, knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for successful practice in occupational therapy.

OT 430 Biomechanical Aspects of Occupational Performance (3)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic and laboratory. The course will integrate the study of the structure and function of muscles and joints, including electromyography (EMG) and biomechanics. The students will be prepared to consider occupations for therapeutic intervention based on EMG and biomechanical analysis. It will examine properties of muscles and muscle contractions, range of motion, strength and joint structure to address occupational performance dysfunction. The course will help apply the utilization of lower limb muscles in ambulation and stability and help formulate and apply determination of manual muscle range of motion normative data, goniometry measurement and functional range for clinical application, explore joint structure, function and joint categories; and analyze biomechanical principles with particular emphasis on human skeletal levers. The course will provide a basic introduction to splinting.

OT 431 Leadership Development I (1)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic course. Introduction to professional behavior and concepts central to the development of leadership and emphasizing the importance of a strong occupational therapist identity.

OT 436 Evidence-Based Practice (2)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic course. This course is designed to develop/increase the ability to collect evidence from published research reports and one's own experience to answer practice related questions. In addition, students will discuss the ethical and practical issues that can influence the search for sound evidence.

OT437 Perspectives of Early Development (3)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic course. This course is the study of the conceptual and theoretical basis of occupational therapy practice in childhood. The course will integrate the theoretical principles with developmentally appropriate occupations, adaptive demands, and selected impairment.

OT 440 Level I Fieldwork A (1)
Offered annually spring semester; clinical practice. Level I Fieldwork includes those experiences designed as an integral part of didactic courses for the purpose of directed observation and participation in selected field settings. It does not emphasize independent student performance. Students will complete fieldwork related assignments designed to stimulate critical reasoning and application of occupational therapy principles in a clinical setting. The occupational therapy concepts highlighted in this course include: the occupational profile, client factors, performance patterns, context, and client performance, collaboration between client and practitioner, and health promotion. Students are financially responsible for fieldwork related expenses.

OT 531 Occupation Centered Practice in Community Mental Health (4)
Offered annually fall semester; didactic and laboratory course. This course uses theory, evidence and problem solving skills to develop a conceptual framework for occupation centered practice with mental health clients in community mental health settings. This course includes observation experience with clients in various stages of life and in a variety of community mental health treatment settings. Students will use clinical reasoning in the selection of theoretical approach, data gathering, treatment planning and intervention. Occupational therapy assessments that are applicable to community settings will be introduced and practiced. Focus is on community practice and the psychosocial understanding of challenges faced by clients with mental illnesses during their recovery and community reintegration process.

OT 532 Occupation-Centered Group Practice (3)
Offered annually fall semester; didactic and laboratory course. This course examines the dynamics of group interaction and how activity and occupation may be utilized in the group experience to promote participation for health and well-being. Through the small group experiences, the student will develop leadership skills and practice teamwork.

OT 533 Occupation-Centered Practice in Pediatrics (4)
Offered annually fall semester; didactic and laboratory course. This course provides opportunities for the application of theoretical constructs of occupational therapy practice, including the evidence base for client-centered assessment and intervention approaches. It will require utilization of the systems approach, taking into the account the individual, the context of his/her functioning, and his/her perception of quality of life, well-being, and occupation.

OT 535 Occupation-Centered Practice in Adulthood (4)
Offered annually fall semester; didactic and laboratory course. This course promotes the application of theoretical constructs of occupational therapy practice, including the evidence base for client-centered assessment and intervention approaches. It requires utilization of the systems approach, taking into account the individual, the context of his/her functioning, and his/her perception of quality of life, well-being, and occupation.

OT 536 Research Project Design (2)
Offered annually fall semester; didactic and mentor led group independent study. This course includes principles of research design, critical analysis of occupational therapy research, preparation of the literature review, and completion of a proposal for a selected project or presentation. Introduction to clinical inquiry skills for qualitative and quantitative research is also included. Emphasis on problem definition, research design and methodology, including differential and inferential statistical analysis. Students will begin the proposal for the project or presentation.

OT 537 Neurological Aspects of Occupational Performance (3)
Offered annually fall semester; didactic course. This course considers the function and dysfunction associated with anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. Emphasis is on clinical manifestations associated with occupational performance in the sensory, motor, cognitive and psychosocial domains.

OT 538 Perspectives of Adult Development (3)
Offered annually fall semester; didactic course. This course is the study of the conceptual and theoretical basis of occupational therapy practice in adulthood. The course will integrate the theoretical principles with developmentally appropriate occupations, adaptive demands and selected impairments.

OT 540 Level I Fieldwork B (1)
Offered annually fall semester; clinical practice. Level I Fieldwork includes those experiences designed as an integral part of didactic courses for the purpose of directed observation and participation in selected field settings. It does not emphasize independent performance. Students will complete fieldwork related assignments designed to stimulate critical reasoning and application of occupational therapy principles in a clinical setting. The occupational therapy concepts highlighted in this course include: the occupational profile, client factors, performance patterns, context, client performance, collaboration between client and practitioner, and health promotion. Students are financially responsible for fieldwork related expenses.

OT630 Leadership Development II (2)
Offered annually spring semester; clinical practice hybrid. This course focuses on level II fieldwork responsibilities and prepares the student for this role. Emphasis will be on innovative leadership, interpersonal skills and client diversity. This course transitions the student, preparing them for licensing and practice requirements.

OT 633 Occupation-Centered Practice with Older Adults (4)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic and laboratory course. This course involves application of theoretical constructs of occupational therapy practice, including the evidence basics for client-centered assessment and intervention approaches. It will require utilization of the systems approach, taking into account the individual, the context of his/her functioning, and his/her perception of quality of life, well-being and occupation.

OT 636 Research Project Implementation (3)
Offered annually spring semester, didactic and mentor led group independent study. Implementation of the proposal for the project or presentation, including needs assessment, distribution of surveys, data collection and analysis.

OT 637 Presentation of Research Project (1)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic and mentor led group independent study. Preparation of a presentation or investigative project in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a master's degree program. Professional contribution through submission of a manuscript to a professional publication, or presentation at a professional meeting is expected.

OT638 Special Topics (1)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic and laboratory course. This course will provide focused training and exploration of current practices or topics in occupational therapy. The content varies based upon practice demands or literature trends. Examples include autism spectrum disorders, physical agent modalities, advanced splinting, recovery model or occupational justice.

OT 640 Level I Fieldwork C (1)
Offered annually spring semester; clinical practice. Level I Fieldwork includes those experiences designed as an integral part of didactic courses for the purpose of directed observation and participation in selected field settings. It does not emphasize independent performance. Students will complete fieldwork related assignments designed to stimulate critical reasoning and application of occupational therapy principles in a clinical setting. The occupational therapy concepts highlighted in this course include: the occupational profile, client factors, performance patterns, context, client performance, collaboration between client and practitioner, and health promotion. Students are financially responsible for fieldwork related expenses.

OT641 Perspectives of Aging (3)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic and laboratory course. This course focuses in on Level II fieldwork responsibilities and prepares the student for this role. Emphasis will be on leadership, interpersonal skills, and diversity.

OT642 Leadership in Healthcare (4)
Offered annually spring semester; didactic. The occupational therapist of the future is expected to be a leader in shaping healthcare policy, providing client advocacy, and managing occupational therapy services. This course will provide the knowledge and understanding of the various contexts, such as professional, social, cultural, political and ecological in which occupational therapy services are provided. Management of occupational therapy services will include the application of principles of the management and systems in the provision of OT services to individuals and organizations. Course to be offered as of Spring, 2014.

OT 731 Level II Fieldwork (5)
Offered annually fall semester; clinical practice. The first Level II Fieldwork experience is designed to facilitate students' personal and professional development. The integration and application of clinical reasoning and practical skills will be required in each of three placements. Students will experience a range of client populations and settings to include psychosocial, physical disabilities, and an area of special interest to the student. The fieldwork experience is provided at approved facilities with supervision that meets ACOTE accreditations standards. Permission from the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is required. Students are responsible for all costs related to fieldwork experiences; placements may be required out-of-state.

OT 732 Level II Fieldwork A (5)
Offered annually fall semester; clinical practice. The second Level II Fieldwork experience is designed to facilitate the student's personal and professional development. The integration and application of clinical reasoning and practical skills will be required in three placements. Students will experience a range of client populations and settings to include psychosocial, physical disabilities, and an area of special interest to the student. The fieldwork experience is provided at approved facilities with supervision that meets ACOTE accreditations standards. Permission from the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is required. Students are responsible for all costs related to fieldwork experiences; placements may be required out-of-state.

OT 733 Level II Fieldwork B (5)
Offered annually spring semester; clinical practice. The third Level II Fieldwork is designed to facilitate the student's personal and professional development. The integration and application of clinical reasoning and practical skills will be required in each of three placements. Students will experience a range of client populations and settings to include psychosocial, physical disabilities, and an area of special interest to the student. The fieldwork experience is provided at approved facilities with supervision, which meets ACOTE accreditations standards. Permission from the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is required. Students are responsible for all costs related to fieldwork experiences; placements may be required out-of-state.

OT 734 Advanced Level II Fieldwork C (1-5)
Elective clinical practice offered as needed. The advanced fieldwork is open to a limited number of students. Permission from the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator is required. Students are responsible for all costs related to fieldwork experiences; placements may be required out-of-state.

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