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Occupational Therapy Program

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Course Name

ANAT 0503

Human Anatomy

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This course provides fundamental knowledge of normal human structure and function. The emerging theme will be the interrelationships between structural design and functional capabilities. During this course, basic components including tissues, muscles, nerves, bones and joints will be covered. The musculoskeletal system in particular will be highlighted in both lecture and laboratory formats.

Credits: 4

CORE 1599

Interprofessional Education I

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Changes in our healthcare delivery system are creating a growing demand for health professionals with skills in collaboration and teamwork. This course will describe the roles and responsibilities of the various healthcare disciplines. It will also provide students, from different health professions, the opportunity to interact with one another as well as simulated patients. This collaboration will promote communication using a team-based approach to the maintenance of health and management of disease.

Credits: 1

OTHE 0505

Psychosocial Conditions

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This course is designed to introduce students to issues pertaining to clients with psychiatric disorders, to techniques used in psychiatry to evaluate and diagnose clients, and finally to present an overview of psychiatric conditions within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV-TR classification system. Implications for occupational therapy practice are introduced.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0510

OT Foundations

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This is an introductory course that focuses on the foundations and scope of occupational therapy practice. The philosophy of the profession, with its emphasis on occupation and adaptation, will be presented from both historical and current perspectives. The characteristics of the profession, including service delivery models and settings for occupational therapy practice, role delineations and professional ethics will be included.

Credits: 2

OTHE 0520

Theoretical Constructs I

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This course is the first of a two course series that introduces the philosophical assumptions, theories, models of practice, and frames of reference within occupational therapy practice. Applications to one's life and previous exposure to occupational therapy will be incorporated.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0525

Pediatric Conditions

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This course addresses the risk factors, clinical signs and symptoms, pathogenesis, medical tests and treatments, and differential diagnosis of selected diseases/problems most common to the pediatric population. The impact on function is addressed. Prevention of the diseases/problems is emphasized, and current research in etiology and treatment will be discussed.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0526

Adult Conditions

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This course addresses the risk factors, clinical signs and symptoms, pathogenesis, medical tests and treatments, and differential diagnosis of selected diseases/problems most common to the adult population. The impact on function is addressed. Prevention of the diseases/problems is emphasized, and current research in etiology and treatment will be discussed.

Credits: 4

OTHE 0536

Fieldwork I-A

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Fieldwork experience consisting of guided learning experiences in various healthcare and/or community settings that provides students with direct opportunities to observe and interact with clients engaged in functional living activities that are appropriate for their respective cognitive, psychosocial, and physical stage of development. Observational and therapeutic skills are emphasized.

Credits: 2

OTHE 0540

OT Analysis I

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This introductory course emphasizes the value and use of purposeful activities in occupational therapy. The development of occupational performance skills in work, self-care, and play/leisure is highlighted. Activity analysis, problem solving and teaching processes are emphasized.

Credits: 2

OTHE 0541

OT Analysis II

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This introductory course emphasizes the recognition, assessment, measurement, and description of normal and abnormal movement in static and dynamic activities. The development of skills necessary to accurately measure and assess joint range of motion and muscle strength is emphasized.

Credits: 2

OTHE 0550

Fieldwork Foundations

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This course introduces the student to the clinical education program, including its goals and objectives, the types of clinical education experiences provided, and the expectations for student participation. Students will also begin to focus on increasing self-awareness through reflective exercises to foster development of professional behaviors.

Credits: 0.5

OTHE 0560

Occupational Roles and Participation

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This course provides students with an in-depth inquiry into the essential principle of the profession – occupation – and the ways in which everyday occupation provides meaning, continuity, and perspective to our lives. Occupational engagement, experience, and performance will be addressed, and ways in which occupation contributes to well-being and participation in daily life will be highlighted.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0561

OT Analysis III

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This course emphasizes the use of activities to facilitate independence in functional living including performance in self-care, work, and play/leisure. Selected assessment procedures and therapeutic adaptations are emphasized.

Credits: 2

OTHE 0581

Kinesiology

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Basic biomechanical concepts are addressed in this course and their application to occupational therapy treatment in relation to force analysis and its implications on functional movement and activity. The structure and function of joints, connective tissue and muscle are addressed. Components of normal movement in the trunk and extremities are discussed in relation to static and dynamic movement and activity. The influence of task and pathology on function of the musculoskeletal system is discussed.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0583

Neuroscience I

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This is the first of two courses designed to develop the student's knowledge base of neuroscience to a level required for clinical practice. Throughout the two courses there will be an integration of information about principal structural components, corresponding functions of the nervous system and the impact of neurological dysfunction on human occupation.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0584

Neuroscience II

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This course continues to develop the students' knowledge base of neuroscience to a level required for clinical practice. It provides opportunities to apply neuroscience principles to the evaluation and treatment of occupational performance. Throughout the two neuroscience courses, there is an integration of information about principal structural components, corresponding functions of the nervous system and the impact of neurological dysfunction upon human occupation.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0585

Evaluation and Treatment I: Foundations

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This course is an introduction to the occupational therapy process, with learning opportunities designed to develop essential skills required for effective therapeutic intervention. This course emphasizes client-centered approaches to evaluation and intervention with clients throughout the lifespan. Clinical reasoning and critical thinking skill development are emphasized.

Credits: 5

OTHE 0620

Theoretical Constructs II

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This course focuses on the synthesis and evaluation of specific models of practice and frames of reference as related to occupational therapy practice and education. Application to fieldwork and experiential learning opportunities will be highlighted.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0628

Research I

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This course provides content foundational to understanding and applying current research that affects practice and the provision of occupational therapy services. The importance of research, analysis of current professional literature, understanding and interpreting basic research methodologies/designs will be highlighted. The process of choosing an area of research focus, developing appropriate questions, and beginning the literature review will be emphasized.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0630

Research II

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Self-directed learning is emphasized in the development of beginning research skills for individual and small group research projects. The development of a research proposal, including the introduction, research questions, research design, and anticipated outcomes will result in a completed project submitted for institutional review board approval.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0631

Research III

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Self-directed learning builds upon work completed in prerequisite courses to carry out research studies that evaluate clinical practice and/or service delivery. Institutional review board approval initiates the processes of subject recruitment, data collection, and the initial analysis of results.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0633

Research IV

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This is the fourth course in the research course series. Results from the previous coursework are subjected to descriptive or statistical analysis and integrated with current literature in occupational therapy. Projects ultimately relate theory to practice, demonstrate synthesis of advanced knowledge in a practice area, with an outcome of a completed manuscript appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0637

OT Group Process

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This course provides students with opportunities to learn basic principles of group process and is presented in a laboratory format. Occupational therapy and group application, conflict resolution, problem solving, working with others, and phases of group development are emphasized.

Credits: 3

OTHE  0641

Orthotics I

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This course will introduce the fundamental principles involved in the application of basic orthotic devices within the practice of occupational therapy. Emphasis will be placed on anatomical and biomechanical principles as they pertain to orthotic design and utilization, principles of orthotic selection/application and the fabrication process of three basic orthoses.

Credits: 2

OTHE 0642

Orthotics II

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This course emphasizes the design and fabrication of complex orthotic devices and adaptive equipment to enhance an individual's ability to perform work, self-care, and play/leisure activities. The refinement of psychomotor and reasoning skills are highlighted.

Credits: 2

OTHE 0645

Fieldwork I - Community

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Fieldwork experience consisting of guided learning experiences in various community settings that provide students with specific opportunities to observe and interact with individuals for whom the focus is the psychological and social factors that influence engagement in occupation. Observational, evaluation, and documentation skills are emphasized.

Credits: 0.5

OTHE 0651

Fieldwork Foundations

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This course focuses on the clinical education program, including the types of experiences recently provided, and the outcomes of student participation in Fieldwork levels I and II. This course will further develop the student attitudes required for the therapeutic process. Students will also focus on reflective and experiential experiences which foster development of professional behaviors that will impact the clinical experience and their future professional careers.

Credits: 1

OTHE  0652

Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

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This course focuses on advanced evaluation and intervention strategies for the remediation of physical limitations that are primarily musculoskeletal in nature. Emphasis will be placed on impairments of the upper extremity and their effect on functional performance.

Credits: 4

OTHE 0655

Evaluation and Treatment II: Children

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This course emphasizes the application of selected models of practice and strategies for occupational therapy practice with children who have occupational performance dysfunction related to developmental, neuromotor, psychosocial, or medical disabilities. Therapeutic approaches and clinical skills for working with children and families within the home, community, and clinical settings will be emphasized.

Credits: 5

OTHE 0657

Pediatric Practice

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The focus of this course is on the application of occupational therapy evaluation and intervention to practice with children in various settings. Problem-based and case-based methodologies are utilized to facilitate students' ability to generate applications to occupational therapy practice.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0662

Physical Agents

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This course addresses the theoretical principles and physiological, neurophysiological and electrophysical changes that occur as a result of the application of selected physical modalities. Course content includes information on pain control theories, wound healing principles and the response of tissue to the application of physical modalities. Therapeutic hydrotherapy, thermotherapy, and electrotherapy, when used as an adjunct to, or in preparation for, therapeutic occupation, is highlighted.

Credits: 2

OTHE 0667

Psychosocial Practice

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This course provides an in-depth analysis of the use of occupational therapy in psychosocial settings. Analysis of current models of practice, philosophical and theoretical frameworks, and occupational therapy practice are critiqued. Analytical thought, clinical reasoning, logic, and critical thinking are emphasized.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0675

Evaluation and Treatment III: Adult

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This course emphasizes the application of selected models of practice and strategies for occupational therapy practice with adults who have occupational performance dysfunction related to cognitive, perceptual, psychosocial, and neuromotor disabilities. Therapeutic approaches and clinical skills for working with individuals within the home, community, and clinical settings will be emphasized.

Credits: 5

OTHE 0678

Administration & Leadership

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Basic administrative skills are emphasized, including strategic planning, business plans, legal issues, fiscal management, reimbursement, organization, and personnel management. These applications will provide the tools for the development of occupational therapy service delivery. Leadership is addressed from organizational and professional perspectives.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0685

Evaluation and Treatment IV: Seniors

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This course emphasizes the application of selected models of practice and strategies for occupational therapy practice with older adults who have occupational performance dysfunction related to cognitive, psychosocial, neuromotor, and medical disabilities. Therapeutic approaches and clinical skills for working with individuals within the home, community, and clinical settings will be emphasized.

Credits: 5

OTHE 0687

Adult Practice

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The focus of this course is on the application of occupational therapy evaluation and intervention to practice with adults in various settings. Problem-based and case-based methodologies are utilized to facilitate student's ability to generate advanced applications to occupational therapy practice.

Credits: 3

OTHE 0689

Work Rehabilitation

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This course focuses on the application of occupational therapy evaluation and treatment approaches to work rehabilitation. The application of ergonomic principles and functional capacity evaluations to varied work settings is emphasized.

Credits: 2

OTHE 0694

Health Promotion and Program Development

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Using skills from the previous administration course, and developing skills in grant-writing, students work in small groups to develop a realistic model for occupational therapy service provision within an agency or institution, private clinic, or community setting. Emerging and non-traditional areas of practice are emphasized.

Credits: 4

OTHE 0795

Fieldwork II-A

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This three month rotation is comprised of supervised field experience with clients and/or client groups who exhibit a variety of medical conditions, which include physical and/or psychosocial disabilities. This rotation emphasizes the development of disciplined, higher-level critical thinking skills necessary to plan and provide high-quality client care. Students are supervised by registered occupational therapists with a minimum of one year of experience.

Credits: 12

OTHE 0796

Fieldwork II-B

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This three month rotation is comprised of supervised field experience with clients and/or client groups who exhibit a variety of medical conditions, which include physical and/or psychosocial disabilities. This rotation emphasizes the development of disciplined, higher-level critical thinking skills necessary to plan and provide high-quality client care. Students are supervised by registered occupational therapists with a minimum of one year of experience.

Credits: 12