Occupational Therapy (OT)

OT 501F. Immersive Fieldwork Experience in Psychosocial and Mental Health Practice (Fieldwork IIa).3 Credits.

This six- to seven-week fieldwork experience provides students with in-depth opportunities to integrate theory, research and best practice in psychosocial and/or mental health settings. The experience promotes clinical reasoning, reflective practice and professionalism while enhancing one's therapeutic use of self. Practice settings may include traditional mental health agencies, community-based programs and nontraditional sites that promote psychological and social factors for occupational engagement and well-being.

Offered: Every year, Summer

OT 501S. Fieldwork Seminar.1 Credit.

This course runs concurrently with the mental health/psychosocial summer experience and is delivered in an online format. It is designed to enhance professional and clinical reasoning while promoting the integration of theory to practice. Students are encouraged to critique the system of care as it relates to best practice for an identified population.

Offered: Every year, Summer

OT 502. Pharmacology in Occupational Therapy Practice.2 Credits.

This course addresses the pharmacokinetics, side effects and drug interactions of medications prescribed to clients who are commonly referred for occupational therapy services. The course emphasizes the role of the occupational therapist in medication management as a health maintenance activity and in monitoring the impact of drug therapy on the therapeutic process and occupational performance of clients.

Offered: Every year, Summer

OT 510. Laws & Regulations in OT.2 Credits.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the legislative and regulatory bodies, as well as regulations that impact the practice of occupational therapy. Students review the current systems of regulation and the roles and liabilities of the occupational therapist within these systems. This course emphasizes the process of retrieval of legal materials to allow lifelong learning as legislative changes occur.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 511. Administration & Management in OT.4 Credits.

This class introduces students to the daily management functions of an occupational therapy department including planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and supervision of occupational therapy assistants and other department personnel. The course integrates students' knowledge of interventions with information related to the delivery of occupational therapy services. Topics include managed care, quality assurance, leadership, regulatory agencies, models of practice, ethics, and consultation. Students gain hands-on experience with budgeting, marketing, program evaluation, and ethical problem-solving in administration.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 535. Neurorehabilitation and Sensory Integration.4 Credits.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of advanced intervention techniques used in occupational therapy. While opportunities are provided to learn specific interventions, emphasis is placed on the clinical reasoning process used in a variety of occupational therapy practice contexts. Application of frames of reference and appreciation of cultural and environmental factors as they relate to client-centered intervention are highlighted.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 535F. Neurorehabilitation and Sensory Integration Fieldwork Level I.1 Credit.

This course provides structured fieldwork observation in neurorehabilitative and sensory integration settings and allows the student to observe and explore the evaluation and intervention process utilized in these frames of reference. Students have the opportunity to see, observe and report on the variety of intervention strategies utilized within the various models such as health care, education, community and social systems. The settings utilized are equipped to provide clinical application of principles learned in the OT curriculum and focus on the sensory integration and neurorehabilitation intervention process. Fieldwork is three hours per week.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 535L. Neurorehabilitation and Sensory Integration Lab.2 Credits.

This lab integrates the advanced intervention techniques discussed and described in the lecture portion of this class. Opportunities are provided to learn specific interventions required for a variety of occupational therapy practice contexts and with consideration of cultural and environmental factors. Observation is focused on specific evaluation, intervention and outcome processes for these frames of reference. (2 lab hrs.)

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 536. Assistive Technology and Ergonomics.4 Credits.

This course integrates intervention techniques such as ergonomics, environmental modification, assistive technology, and design and fabrication of orthotics and devices. While opportunities are provided to learn specific interventions, emphasis is placed on the clinical reasoning process used in a variety of occupational therapy practice contexts. Application of frames of reference and appreciation of cultural and environmental factors as they relate to intervention are highlighted according to practice environments: rehabilitative, home, work and technology.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 536F. Assistive Technology and Ergonomics Fieldwork I.1 Credit.

This course enables students to observe and explore the intervention process utilized in occupational therapy across populations and settings. Students observe and analyze specialized intervention strategies founded on health care models, education, community practice and social systems. Students learn to appreciate how frames of reference and models of practice guide the OT Process. Fieldwork settings are selected to provide clinical application of principles learned in the OT curriculum in traditional and emerging practice settings.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 536L. Orthotics and Prosthetics Lab.1 Credit.

This lab course provides students with practical, hands-on learning experience in splinting. Students evaluate and fabricate splints for specific diagnoses and client populations. Students apply biomechanical principles to splint construction, analyze the cost of splints (prefabricated versus custom-made), and discuss the role of splinting as part of an overall intervention plan for clients. In addition, students are introduced to various prosthetic devices and the role of occupational therapy during pre-prosthetic and prosthetic training for clients with amputations. An integrated case study links the clinical reasoning process involved in all three components of this course: fieldwork, ergonomics, assistive technology and orthotics.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 540. Special Topics in Occupational Therapy.3 Credits.

This course provides the opportunity for students to delve deeper into the specialized knowledge of the profession with evidence-based, occupation-centered practice as its core subject. Students will further explore specialized roles of the occupational therapist beyond that of a direct provider of skilled services, such as organizational/community leader, educator, case manager, entrepreneur, and consultant at the systems level. In addition, students will learn various modes of care delivery and systems of care including but not limited to tele-health, community building/development, train-the-trainer, and evaluate the outcomes of such modes.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 540L. Contemporary Modalities.1 Credit.

This "hands-on" course for the advanced contemporary modalities used in occupational therapy covers traditional physical agent modalities, complementary and alternative modalities, all of which help clients manage pain and facilitate occupational performance. Students demonstrate use of each modality and apply to comprehensive intervention assignments. Students use clinical reasoning for the most appropriate physical agent modalities or complementary medicine technique for a given person based on previous knowledge of client evaluation, body systems, and socio-cultural influences.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 550. Ot Research Methods.4 Credits.

This course addresses the importance of research in the practice of occupational therapy. The course examines the research theories and methods in occupational therapy practice. Students participate in designing and implementing entry-level research studies as well as analyzing and interpreting the professional literature. Students formulate the proposal for their spring capstone project.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 555. Pharmacology and Environmental Toxins Affecting Human Performance.3 Credits.

This course addresses the effects of drug therapy and environmental toxins on the therapeutic process and daily occupational performance of clients. Pharmacokinetics, side effects, drug interactions and current environmental risks are addressed for each body system. Students identify implications for practice based on performance effects observed. This course integrates information from previous courses on bodily systems, human performance, and environmental risk factors with advanced practice issues related to medication and environmental risks.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 556. Professional Development.3 Credits.

This distance learning course focuses on the current issues related to the roles of the student transitioning to professional. The course emphasizes linking theory to practice, self-analysis and reflection upon academic experience, and relating those to different facets of clinical and professional reasoning as a funding mechanism in practice. Continued professional growth through the development of understanding of personal and professional responsibilities as a practicing therapist and a commitment to lifelong learning and professional advocacy also are addressed. Grant writing is included.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 560L. Contemporary Modalities Lab.1 Credit.

This integrated lecture-lab provides hands-on experience with the advanced contemporary modalities used in occupational therapy. Topic areas include traditional physical agent modalities and complementary and alternative modalities used to enhance healing and manage pain. Students gain experience with each modality and apply use of modalities to comprehensive intervention planning assignments. Students use clinical reasoning to identify the most appropriate physical agent modalities and complementary technique for a given client based on previous knowledge of client evaluation, body systems and sociocultural influences.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 565. Integrative Case Studies.2 Credits.

This course explores individual, group and population case studies of clients in occupational therapy. Students analyze each case using clinical reasoning, qualitative research strategies, frames of reference and best practices to develop integrative evaluation and intervention skills.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 567S. Immersive Learning in Psychosocial/ Mental Health Practice Seminar.1 Credit.

This course runs concurrently to the mental health/psychosocial summer experience and is delivered in an online format. It is designed to enhance professional and clinical reasoning while promoting the integration of theory to practice. Students are encouraged to critique the system of care as it relates to best practice for an identified population.

Offered: Every year, Summer

OT 570. Capstone Graduate Projects.3 Credits.

This capstone course is a culminating experience in the occupational therapy curriculum, which integrates all course-based material and fieldwork experiences with practical application. Students design and execute a research or creative project that is relevant to current and emerging practice areas in occupational therapy. Students gain experience in project management, critical analysis and professional presentations.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 580. Fieldwork Level Iib.6 Credits.

These supervised experiences provide the student with the opportunity to apply theory and clinical reasoning skills to the occupational therapy evaluation and intervention process for clients across the life span and in a variety of life environments. Students must abide by all fieldwork policies as listed in the program manual. Fieldwork is 12 weeks long.

Offered: Every year, Summer

OT 581. Fieldwork Level Iia.6 Credits.

These supervised experiences provide the student with the opportunity to apply theory and clinical reasoning skills to the occupational therapy evaluation and intervention process for clients across the life span and in a variety of life environments. Students must abide by all fieldwork policies as listed in the program manual. Fieldwork is 12 weeks long.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 600. Evidence-Based Practice in OT.3 Credits.

This course provides an opportunity to learn and use evidence to make informed decisions for practice. Students review the definitions, uses and purposes of evidence-based practice. Each student has several opportunities to search, analyze and apply evidence to his or her area of practice.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 602. Practice Trends in Occupational Therapy.3 Credits.

Students study practice trends in occupational therapy, looking at changing terminology in the profession; the profession's vision and focus areas for the future; an analysis of practice from the viewpoints of practitioners, clients, administration and health care policy; and professional involvement. Readings focus on current literature. Online discussions focus on critical reflection and assignments target analytical planning for future practice as a goal.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 606. Professional Paper or Project.3 Credits.

This integrative course builds on all previous courses and culminates in two of the following for either presentation or submission for publication: evidence-based summary, client-based case study, organizational-based case study, practice paper, literature summary, consumer education, administrative protocol or segments of a research protocol. Group process and peer mentoring are used online to set mutually supportive deadlines, critique and collaborative work.

Offered: Fall

OT 607. Educational Leadership.3 Credits.

This course is intended to prepare occupational therapy practitioners to assume or enhance their educational leadership roles in a variety of health care and community-based programs. It provides advanced education in the areas of leadership and administration/management, ethics, decision-making and motivation.

Offered: Fall

OT 608. Entrepreneurial Concepts for OT.3 Credits.

This course provides the student with a critical analysis of entrepreneurial concepts in the practice of occupational therapy (business and private practice) including: designing opportunities, completing a needs assessment, defining the market or clientele, developing a business plan, developing a practice plan, billing, measuring effectiveness and growth, marketing and employee management. When possible the student's current practice experience is used for projects.

Offered: Spring

OT 609. Scholarly Seminar.3 Credits.

This culminating experience is facilitated by the research faculty (OT 601 and OT 603) to finalize a research project including data analysis from the research methodologies, interpretation of the results and conclusions and relationship to the practice of occupational therapy. All students are required to present their scholarly projects at a formal conference held on a weekend in May or June. The occupational therapy faculty, undergraduate students and clinicians from practice attend the seminar. Faculty members assist students in determining the course of publication for their research.

Offered: Spring

OT 610. Legal Research and Practice Implications.3 Credits.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the legislative and regulatory bodies, as well as the current legislation and regulations that impact the practice of occupational therapy. The course emphasizes the current systems of regulation, the roles and liabilities of the occupational therapist and the skills required to research within these systems.

Offered: Every year, Summer

OT 611. Administrative/Management.3 Credits.

This class introduces students to the management functions of an occupational therapy department or business including planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. The course integrates students' knowledge of interventions with information related to the delivery of occupational therapy services. Topics include managed care, quality assurance, leadership, regulatory agencies, models of service delivery, ethics and consultation. Students gain hands-on experience with strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, program evaluation and ethical problem-solving in administration.

Offered: Every year, Summer

OT 612. Professional Writing.1 Credit.

This course reviews the skills required for writing professional papers and publications within the health care environment. While grammar and citation skills are reviewed, the ability to create a document written clearly and persuasively is emphasized. Students must be enrolled in the post-professional online OTD.

Offered: Every year, January and Summer

OT 640. Directed Study in Evidence-Based Practice.3 Credits.

Students learn the steps of the evidence-based practice continuum using a journal entry format. Each student follows the steps using actual practice case studies from his/her individual practice sites and presents the responses to each step in the process to discover evidence to guide the practice case questions. Peer interaction and feedback is critical to the realistic development of evidence to guide practice decisions. A major assignment is to have each student participate in the writing of a systematic review or an evidence-based practice brief for the profession. Students complete a needs assessment of a particular site or practice area as well.

Prerequisites: Take OT 654;
Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 650. Application of Theory and Exploration of Occupation.3 Credits.

This course begins by exploring occupation--the central construct of the profession. Students also look at occupational science as a disciplinary knowledge base. Current ideas about occupation-based practice in both traditional settings and emerging practice areas are analyzed. Theories and models of practice that guide occupation-based practice also are reviewed.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 651. Systems.3 Credits.

Knowledge of health care delivery in the U.S. is fundamental to providing occupational therapy services. A key element to providing relevant health care services is an understanding of the broader systems that influence and drive delivery models. This course addresses the general systems model as applied to the delivery of health care services. System components are addressed including the resources, the internal processes, external influences, measureable outcomes and stakeholders in service delivery systems. The course examines the range of service delivery models in OT including the traditional medical model, school-based, community, educational, home health, hospice and telehealth, among others. The course prepares students to analyze the key components of delivery system and determine how OT services are optimized in specific models.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 652. Doctoral Seminar.1 Credit.

Students create a professional development plan and an e-portfolio for doctoral work with goals and objectives related to occupation and evidence-based practice. This plan also relates to the core curriculum and chosen tracks. Students explore advanced evidence-based practice skills required to retrieve evidence. They also learn about the tools utilized by clinicians to enhance practice, how to be a consumer of scholarship, and proper use of evidence/citations.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 653. Policy/Ethics.2 Credits.

The future leaders of the profession need an understanding of the political and legal policies impacting occupational therapy, as well as the ethics involved in decision making. Students explore the role of the occupational therapist in advocacy as well as the concepts of social justice. The impact of these policies and decisions are reviewed in relationship to all settings and the occupational as well as psychosocial well-being of the individual client and populations of clients.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 654. Critical Inquiry of Scholarship.3 Credits.

This course is the first of a series of courses focusing on scholarship in the profession. Emphasis is placed on understanding the various forms of scholarship that are needed to drive the profession of occupational therapy forward and building a solid foundation needed to carry out a scholarly project. This course covers the scholarship process, with a focus on developing a question for scholarly exploration and ways of answering questions. Quantitative, qualitative, mixed method and participatory research methodologies are introduced.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 655. Professional Seminar.3 Credits.

This course integrates prior learning into the discussion of how to become an "agent of change" within the occupational therapy environment. Topics include the analysis of statistics related to occupational therapy, advocacy, leadership, group dynamics, systematic interactions and the ability to manage groups both internal and external to occupational therapy. As discussions progress, students are given the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion regarding these topics and how they relate to future capstone projects.

Offered: Every year, Summer

OT 656. Critical Inquiry of Scholarship II.4 Credits.

This course is the second of a series of courses focusing on scholarship in the profession. Emphasis is placed on developing a proposal for a scholarly project. Drawing on the content of OT 563, students develop the background to the project and problem statement, questions guiding the project informed by theory, a literature review and method section.

Prerequisites: Take OT 654;
Offered: Every year, Summer

OT 660. Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in Children and Youth.3 Credits.

The OT seminars 660, 661 and 662 present core content that is the same for all three courses during weeks one and two. The focus of the core weeks is on environmental scanning for evidence of change and locating evidence in the literature for that change. Weeks four-seven focus on the individual theme as selected by the individual student. The content is faculty facilitated in the thematic areas based on the OTD tracks.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 661. Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in Environmental Adaptations.3 Credits.

The OT seminars 660, 661 and 662 present core content that is the same for all three courses during weeks one and two. The focus of the core weeks is on environmental scanning for evidence of change and locating evidence in the literature for that change. Weeks four-seven focus on the individual theme as selected by the individual student. The content is faculty facilitated in the thematic areas based on the OTD tracks.

OT 662. Seminar: Innovations and Emerging Issues in the Adult Health Care Continuum.3 Credits.

The OT seminars 660, 661 and 662 present core content that is the same for all three courses during weeks one and two. The focus of the core weeks is on environmental scanning for evidence of change and locating evidence in the literature for that change. Weeks four-seven focus on the individual theme as selected by the individual student. The content is faculty facilitated in the thematic areas based on the OTD tracks.

OT 670. Leadership in Program Development/Business.3 Credits.

Students analyze leadership styles as they relate to supervision in both public and private sectors. The course includes a review of skills required to be an entrepreneur, own a practice and navigate the policies required of a business.

Offered: Every year, Spring

OT 671. Leadership in Higher Education.3 Credits.

Students analyze leadership styles as they relate to the educational setting for those interested in academia. The course also includes a discussion of transitions from practice to the educational setting.

OT 672. Leadership in Practice.3 Credits.

Students analyze leadership styles as they relate to supervision of occupational therapy staff as well as the transition from a clinician to a supervisor or administrator.

OT 680. Capstone I.2 Credits.

This capstone course is a culminating experience in the occupational therapy curriculum, which integrates all core and track material. Students design and execute a scholarly or creative project that is relevant to current and emerging practice areas in occupational therapy. Students gain experience in project management, critical analysis and professional presentations.

Offered: Every year, Fall

OT 681. Capstone II.2 Credits.

This capstone course is a culminating experience in the occupational therapy curriculum, which integrates all core and track material. Students design and execute a scholarly or creative project that is relevant to current and emerging practice areas in occupational therapy. Students gain experience in project management, critical analysis and professional presentations.

Offered: Every year, Spring