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Occupational Therapy Program

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Course Name

ANAT 502

Anatomy

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This course provides fundamental knowledge of human structure and function. The entire human body is reviewed in both lecture and laboratory formats with an emphasis on the upper and lower extremities. Laboratory sessions include study of human cadaver prosections. Student progress is evaluated through written and practical examinations.

Credits: 4

ANAT 583

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 intertwining of information about principal structural components, corresponding functions of the nervous system and the impact of neurological dysfunction on human occupation.

Credits: 3

CORE 1560, 1570, 1580

Interdisciplinary Healthcare

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The Interdisciplinary Healthcare course involves the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Sciences, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, and Pharmacy. The course is designed to teach all clinically-based students about each other's clinical programs and how they interact together as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team: cardiovascular sciences, clinical psychology, dental medicine, nurse anesthesia, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy and podiatry students learn about the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. The class consists primarily of online presentations that are delivered by interdisciplinary team members from each of the clinical programs. Associated quizzes will also be completed online. Occasional lectures will also be given in the classroom in a seminar format or in conjunction with panel presentations.

Credits: Each 0.5

OTHE 505

Human Conditions I

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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 510

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 520

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 525

Human Conditions II

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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 526

Human Conditions III

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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: 3

OTHE 528

Research I

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This course provides a foundation for understanding and applying quantitative research within the context of developing the skills of an evidence-based practitioner. The course will emphasize the understanding, critiquing and interpreting of basic quantitative research methodologies. Students will participate in data collection, analysis and interpretation of an in-class research study.

Credits: 3

OTHE 535

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: 2

OTHE 536

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 documentation skills are emphasized.

Credits: 1

OTHE 540

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 541

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 550

Fieldwork Foundations I

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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: 1

OTHE 551

Fieldwork Foundations II

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This course focuses on the clinical education program, including the types of clinical education experiences recently provided, and the outcomes of student participation. The focus of this course is to facilitate student development of "therapeutic attitude" witnessed during fieldwork, and to increase self-awareness through self-reflective and experiential exercises to foster development of professional behaviors.

Credits: 0.5

OTHE 560

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: 2

OTHE 581

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 584

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

Prerequisites

ANAT 583 Neuroscience I

OTHE 585

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 626

Human Conditions IV

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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 elderly 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 630

Research II

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This course provides a foundation for understanding and applying qualitative research within the context of developing the skills to be able to evaluate the trustworthiness of qualitative research reports. The course will emphasize the understanding, critiquing and interpretation of basic qualitative research methodologies. Students will conduct instructor guided small group research studies based on qualitative designs including the development of a research proposal, data collection, analysis, final report of findings, and evaluation of the trustworthiness of the performed study.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

OTHE 528 Research I

OTHE 631

Research III

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This course in combination with Research IV uses the process of conducting a comprehensive systematic review of the research literature to develop advanced skills for evidence based practice. In this course, students begin the process by writing a research question, searching for and extracting data from the evidence, and completing the introduction and methods sections of the systematic review paper.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

OTHE 630 Research II

OTHE 636

Fieldwork I-B

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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 documentation skills are emphasized.

Credits: 1

OTHE 641

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 642

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

Prerequisites

OTHE 641 Orthotics I

OTHE 650

Fieldwork Foundations III

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This course focuses on the clinical education program, including the types of clinical education experiences recently provided, and the outcomes of student participation. The focus of this course is to facilitate student development of "therapeutic attitude" witnessed during fieldwork, and to increase self-awareness through self-reflective and experiential exercises to foster development of professional behaviors.

Credits: 0.5

OTHE 652

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 655

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

Prerequisites

OTHE 585 Evaluation and Treatment I: Foundations

OTHE 657

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

Prerequisites

OTHE 655 Evaluation and Treatment II: Children

OTHE 661

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 662

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 667

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 675

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

Prerequisites

OTHE 655 Evaluation and Treatment II: Children

OTHE 678

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 685

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

Prerequisites

OTHE 675 Evaluation and Treatment III: Adult

OTHE 687

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 students' ability to generate advanced applications to occupational therapy practice.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

OTHE 675 Evaluation and Treatment III: Adult

OTHE 695

Fieldwork II-A

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This three month internship 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 internship 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

Prerequisites

Successful completion of all prior courses

OTHE 720

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

Prerequisites

OTHE 520 Theoretical Constructs I

OTHE 733

Research IV

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In this course, students complete the systematic review begun in Research III. The students critique, analyze and synthesize the data gathered from existing studies and from this data derive implications for practice. Students write the results and discussion sections of the systematic review paper and provide an oral presentation of their findings.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

OTHE 631 Research III

OTHE 751

Seminar on Clinical Practice

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This course provides an opportunity for students who have completed Fieldwork II-A to focus on, and refine aspects of clinical practice to enhance their experience and performance in Fieldwork II-B, as well as prepare for their transition from student to entry level practitioner.

Credits: 1

OTHE 789

Work Rehabilitation & Health Promotion

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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. Health promotion and prevention throughout the lifespan are also highlighted.

Credits: 3

OTHE 794

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: 3

Prerequisites

OTHE 678 Administration & Leadership

OTHE 796

Fieldwork II-B

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This three month internship 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 internship 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

Prerequisites

Successful completion of all prior courses