College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Course Descriptions

Occupational Therapy Program

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

CORED 1599E

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

OTHED 1501

Professional Development I

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This is the first in a series of three courses in which the student will acquire the understanding and values of becoming a professional, embracing the ethics and standards of occupational therapy, and realizing OT’s scope of practice in this state and nationally. Attendance at the Illinois OT Association annual conference and the development of each student’s individualized learning plan is also included as a part of this course.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1503

Movement for Occupation

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The interrelationships between structural design and functional capabilities of the human body for use in the enactment of occupational performance will be provided in this course. Principles from anatomy, neuromotor control, and kinesiology principles will be highlighted in relation to their influence on daily task performance and purposeful activities.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1504

Movement Skills Lab

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This lab course emphasizes the mastery of basic movement skills often used in occupational therapy practice. The assessment of joint range of motion and muscle strength, and the acquisition of certain movement skills, such as transfers and basic neurorehabilitation techniques, will be highlighted.

Credits: 1

OTHED 1505

Neuroscience for Occupation

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This course provides students with an essential knowledge base of neuroscience for understanding the ways in which the principle structural components, corresponding functions of the nervous system, and the impact of neurological dysfunction on human occupation. Specific emphasis will be placed on the integrated influences of the autonomic nervous system, sensory processing, motor control, emotion and behavior control, and cognitive and executive functions on occupational performance.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1510

Critical Analysis of Evidence

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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. Choosing an area of research focus, developing appropriate questions, and beginning the literature review will be emphasized.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1512

Research Project Development

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Self-directed learning is emphasized in the development of beginning research skills for 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

OTHED 1520

Occupation

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This course provides students with a thorough foundation for understanding the complex nature of occupation and its contribution to the creation of one’s identity and roles, both personal and societal. Occupational science, meaningful activity, and the essential historical tenets of occupational therapy are emphasized using current and historical research and literature.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1530

Theoretical Foundations of Occupational Therapy

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This course provides the learner with philosophical assumptions, theories, models of practice and frames of reference that are central to occupation-focused therapy. Using the work of OT scholars, including the Slagle lecturers, students will actively engage in reading, discussion, composition, and application to one’s life and emerging practice as an occupational therapist.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1535

Conceptual Approach to Conditions

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This course addresses an approach to conceptualizing the different types of human conditions that often precipitate the need for occupational therapy services. Developmental, medical, neurological, orthopedic, and psychiatric categories of conditions will be explored with emphasis placed on the conceptual considerations which guide the identification and evaluation process given a client’s occupational needs.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1540

Occupational Therapy Process: Foundations

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This course underscores the importance of the occupational therapy process for enacting the practice of OT. Students will acquire an in-depth understanding of the OT Intervention Process Model and the OT Practice Framework upon which to build future occupational therapy practice.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1545

Occupational Therapy Process: Children

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This course emphasizes the application of occupational therapy models of practice for the implementation of the OT process. Goal writing, documentation, assessments, and intervention planning will be highlighted for practice with infants, children and adolescents. Critical reasoning, prioritization of developmental considerations, family systems, and occupation-based practice will be stressed.

Credits: 4

OTHED 1547

Occupational Therapy Process: Adults

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This course emphasizes the application of occupational therapy models of practice for assessment and intervention of adults of all ages. Goal writing, documentation, assessments, and intervention planning will be highlighted for practice with adults who have occupational dysfunction. Critical reasoning, issues of health and disability, adult roles, and occupation-based practice will be stressed.

Credits: 4

OTHED 1549

Occupational Therapy Process: Psychosocial

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This course emphasizes the application of occupational therapy models of practice for assessment and intervention of adults of all ages who have psychosocial dysfunction. Goal writing, documentation, assessments, and intervention planning will be highlighted for practice with adults who have occupational dysfunction. Critical reasoning, management of mental illness, and occupation-based practice will be highlighted.

Credits: 4

OTHED 1550

Therapeutic Communication

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This course provides students with an in-depth inquiry into the intentional relationship and the essential dimensions of utilizing communication therapeutically. The intentional relationship, therapeutic use of self, and the critical skills of interviewing, actively listening and responding to others will be emphasized for developing the occupational profile and serving clients across the lifespan. The learner will develop self-awareness and empathy to support the use of oneself as an artful, skillful professional. Interviewing, narrative, therapeutic relationship-building, and the creation of the occupational profile for practice are highlighted.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1555

Analysis of Occupations

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This course emphasizes the development of the unique analytic skills occupational therapists bring to practice in task and activity analyses for designing and implementing occupations for their clients. The use of everyday activities, varied media, and the ability to up- and down-grade purposeful daily life occupations will be highlighted.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1601

Professional Development II

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This is the second of three courses in which the student will deepen their understanding of being an occupational therapy professional. This course is positioned between the Level II Fieldwork rotations to afford students an opportunity to explore issues of leadership, ethical dilemmas, and professional responsibility. Attendance at the national AOTA annual conference may also be included as a part of this course.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1610

Research Project Implementation

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Self-directed learning builds upon work completed in prerequisite research courses to implement students’ research studies and data collection. Institutional review board approval initiates the processes of subject recruitment, data collection efforts, and the initial analysis of results.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1612

Research Project Synthesis

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Results from the previous research coursework are subjected to descriptive or statistical analysis and integrated with current literature in occupational therapy. Completed projects are presented in poster format for peer review, as well as a final manuscript suitable for submission for possible publication.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1614

Data-based Decision Making

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This course will prepare students to design and implement single-subject designs which are used primarily to evaluate the effect of a variety of interventions in applied research. These designs are sensitive to individual differences whereas group designs are sensitive to averages of groups. Students will read current and relevant literature and apply new knowledge to their own practice studies.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1630

Needs Assessment

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This course is the first of three courses focused on program development within occupational therapy practice. As a first essential step, identifying and assessing the need for a specific program within an existing or emerging area of practice provides the foundation upon which new and innovative programs may be constructed. Select approaches and methods will be provided for students to learn and integrate into their program development coursework which follows.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1632

Program Development

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This is the second of three courses related to program development within occupational therapy practice. Students work in small groups to develop a realistic model for service provision within an agency or organization, private clinic, or community setting. Emerging and non-traditional areas of practice are emphasized.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1636

Fieldwork II-A

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This rotation is comprised of supervised field experience with clients and/or client groups who exhibit a variety of medical, developmental, or psychosocial conditions. This rotation emphasizes the development of disciplined, higher-level critical reasoning skills necessary to plan and provide occupation-based and occupation-focused services.

Credits: 6

OTHED 1637

Fieldwork II-A

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This course follows immediately OTHED 1636: Fieldwork II-A and continues the supervised field experience with clients and/or client groups who exhibit a variety of medical, developmental, or psychosocial conditions. This rotation emphasizes the development of disciplined, higher-level critical reasoning skills necessary to plan and provide occupation-based and occupation-focused services.

Credits: 6

OTHED 1645

Occupational Therapy Practice: Children

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This course focuses on the application and synthesis of OT practice with infants, children, and adolescents across varied practice settings. Case-based and authentic methods are used to enhance students’ evaluation and intervention skills for practice. This course is offered in both the summer and fall quarters, and is held concurrently with OTHED 1646: Fieldwork I-A for experiences with children.

Credits: 4

OTHED 1646

Fieldwork I-A

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This course centers on guided learning experiences in school, clinic, home, or community settings that serve infants, children or adolescents. Students obtain opportunities to observe, evaluate and participate in intervention with the pediatric population with guidance and mentoring from an on-site supervisor. This course requires the students are on fieldwork weekly throughout the quarter, in conjunction with OTHED 1645: Occupational Therapy Practice: Children.

Credits: 1

OTHED 1647

Occupational Therapy Practice: Adults

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This course focuses on the application and synthesis of OT practice with adults and seniors across varied practice settings. Case-based and authentic methods are used to enhance students’ evaluation and intervention skills for practice. This course is offered in both the summer and fall quarters, and is held concurrently with OTHED 1648: Fieldwork I-B for experiences with adults.

Credits: 4

OTHED 1648

Fieldwork I-B

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This course centers on guided learning experiences in hospital, clinic, home, or community settings that serve adult clients. Students obtain opportunities to observe, evaluate and participate in intervention with the adult population with guidance and mentoring from an on-site supervisor. This course requires the students are on fieldwork weekly throughout the quarter, in conjunction with OTHED 1647: Occupational Therapy Practice: Adults.

Credits: 1

OTHED 1649

Occupational Therapy Practice: Psychosocial

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This course focuses on the application and synthesis of OT practice with persons who have psychosocial dysfunction or mental illness across varied practice settings. Case-based and authentic methods are used to enhance students’ evaluation and intervention skills for practice. Students may concurrently take OTHED 1652: Fieldwork I-C with this course.

Credits: 4

OTHED 1650

Activities of Daily Life

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This course emphasizes the importance and value of personal and complex or instrumental activities of daily living across the lifespan. Selected assessment procedures, intervention techniques, and field experiences are offered as learning opportunities. The importance of occupations within one’s daily habits and routines, and the use of adaptive equipment, the application of seating and positioning, and community access and mobility are included.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1651

Group Process

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This course focuses on the ways in which groups are used in occupational therapy practice across different settings and with a variety of client populations. This lab course emphasizes the theoretical approach, design, and implementation of groups while highlighting issues related to the phases of group development, establishing cohesion, managing conflict, and the application of interpersonal and therapeutic skills in group contexts. Students may concurrently take OTHED 1652: Fieldwork I-C with this course.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1652

Fieldwork I-C (Summer or Fall)

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This course centers on guided learning experiences in hospital, clinic, home, or community settings that serve clients with psychosocial dysfunction. Students obtain opportunities to observe, evaluate and participate in intervention with guidance and mentoring from an on-site supervisor. This course requires the students are on fieldwork weekly throughout the quarter, in conjunction with OTHED 1649: Occupational Therapy Practice: Psychosocial or OTHED 1651: Group Process.

Credits: 1

OTHED 1655

Occupational Therapy Leadership

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This course examines the evidence bases for leadership roles and responsibilities in occupational therapy. The values, approaches, and importance of guiding change based on strong vision and mission are highlighted. Advocacy is emphasized as part of occupational therapy leadership.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1661

Occupational Therapy for Upper Extremity Function

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This course highlights occupation-focused and occupation-based approaches to occupational therapy intervention for enhancing upper extremity function impacted by certain orthopedic and neurologic conditions. The inclusion of preparatory interventions, such as the design and application of orthotic devices and physical agent modalities, are included in this course.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1670

Disability and Policy

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This course will analyze contemporary concepts, issues, and legislation surrounding disability.  The course will review key definitions of disability within the context of significant models and various methodological approaches.  Emphasis will be placed on the public policy issues that shape them.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1680

Educational Strategies in Occupational Therapy

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This course explores the processes and practices of education in professional and academic settings for occupational therapy. The theoretical foundations of teaching and learning, and the varied educational roles of occupational therapists will be highlighted. Students will apply course concepts to the development of their individual model of teaching and learning, and the ways in which occupational therapists collaborate, consult, and educate others in their practice settings.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1701

Professional Development III

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This is the third of three courses in which the student explores issues related to professionalism and becoming part of a “doctoring profession”. This course is positioned after the completion of the doctoral internship in the last quarter of the program. Students will construct goals and plans for continued professional development and prepare for obtaining positions as occupational therapy professionals.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1716

Professional Writing

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This course prepares the student to write and publish professional and scientific papers. The course covers the preparation of manuscripts, style and format, citation methods, peer review processes, and the ethics of professional writing.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1720

Occupational Science (*Seminar Option)

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This seminar will provide a comprehensive examination into the current literature for the discipline of occupational science in occupational therapy and other professional inquiry. Applications to OT practice and scholarship will be explored.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1722

Recovery and Occupation (**Seminar Option)

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This seminar will provide a comprehensive exploration of the concepts that lie at the core of the recovery model and their relationship to the guiding principles of occupational therapy practice.  Coursework will explore strategies for uniting occupation and evidence-informed approaches for supporting mental health and recovery processes.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1725

Ergonomics and Universal Design (*Seminar Option)

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This seminar examines the biomechanical design and modification of equipment, machines, furniture, and tools one uses in daily life for the best person-environment fit. It emphasizes the importance of appropriate, safe, and efficient designs for environmental factors to prevent or reduce musculoskeletal strain or disorders.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1730

Program Evaluation

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This is the third course in a series of three courses on program development. As an essential and often overlooked step, evaluating the strengths and implications of a newly developed program from the perspectives of the consumers, organization, and other parties validates the efficacy of the program for intended recipients of the program. Select approaches will be provided for students to learn and integrate program evaluation methods and apply to group projects.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1732

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (**Seminar Option)

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This seminar is an application of the occupational therapy process with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Resources of evidence-based and research literature, as well as the role of occupational therapy with underserved populations, will be highlighted.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1738

Fieldwork II-B

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This rotation is comprised of supervised field experience with clients and/or client groups who exhibit a variety of medical, developmental, or psychosocial conditions. This rotation emphasizes the development of disciplined, higher-level critical reasoning skills necessary to plan and provide occupation-based and occupation-focused services. Students are supervised by registered occupational therapists with a minimum of one year of experience.

Credits: 12

OTHED 1740

School-based Practice (**Seminar Option)

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The purpose of this seminar is to prepare occupational therapy students to provide effective school-based services. This course will emphasize student-centered services, problem solving models, team collaboration, and evidence-based intervention strategies. In addition, students will develop an understanding for school legislation at the federal, state, and local levels and understand how policy influences OT service delivery in schools.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1744

Cognition and Executive Functioning (*Seminar Option)

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This seminar examines in depth the neurobehavioral foundations of thinking, reasoning, decision-making and other aspects of executive functioning utilizing the most current evidence in occupational therapy and related fields. The effect of specific neurologic disorders and implications for occupational therapy practice will be explored.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1746

Neurorehabilitation (*Seminar Option)

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This seminar will provide the student with a deeper understanding of adult neurological rehabilitation. The main focus of this course will be related to the ways in which motor and cognitive functions influence occupational performance. This course will provide the student with opportunities to further explore occupation-based approaches to evaluation and intervention.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1748

Gerontology (**Seminar Option)

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This seminar will utilize current evidence and research to explore occupational therapy practice with older adults. The course will also include an application of the OT process with older adults, especially those at risk for or who have dementia. The factors which impede successful engagement in occupation for older adults, as well as opportunities to grade and adapt the environment, activities, and occupations, will be emphasized.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1750

Self Management

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This course will provide students with the background, evidence bases, and approaches to self-management available for occupational therapy practice for clients across the lifespan. The content will build on knowledge from previous practice, education, and program development courses.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1755

Administration and Management

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This course provides students with the foundational knowledge and skills to assume administrative or management roles and responsibilities. The topics of strategic planning, business plans, legal and reimbursement issues, departmental budgeting, inventory management, supervision and personnel management are covered. Links to leadership are addressed.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1761

Upper Extremity Rehabilitation (**Seminar Option)

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This seminar focuses on advanced evaluation and intervention strategies for the remediation of physical limitations that are primarily musculoskeletal in nature. Emphasis is placed on the process of orthotic fabrication in the context of occupation-based intervention. Various mechanisms and methods of mobilization of tissues will be introduced and practiced on specific client cases.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1766

Competency Course

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This course is placed after successful completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork experiences, but prior to the DEER Internship component. Students will demonstrate mastery of occupational therapy course content to date by successful completion of the NBCOT® Practice exam, competent construction of an occupational therapy portfolio assignment.

Credits: 1

OTHED 1777

Sensory Processing (*Seminar Option)

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This seminar focuses on the application of the theory of sensory integration as well as the current evidence and research on the neurobehavioral foundations of sensory processing. The evaluation and intervention processes for individuals with sensory processing dysfunction will be highlighted.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1785

Doctoral Internship

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This internship is divided between two quarters to ensure that each student completes 16 full weeks of off-campus doctoral rotation in an organization or facility in which they are creating and implementing their scholarship/capstone projects. While largely independent work on the part of the student, each student receives individual supervision and guidance from both a faculty member as well as on-site mentor.

Credits: 8

OTHED 1786

Doctoral Internship

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This course is the second of two courses for the Doctoral Internship, or 16 weeks of off-campus doctoral rotation. Independent but mentored work on the part of the student is an essential component of this course.

Credits: 8

OTHED 1790

Capstone Development I

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This course will focus on the conceptualization and initial development of the student’s scholarship or capstone project proposal. Each student will construct a proposed plan for their work and determine the site(s) for receipt of their project. A timetable for each step of the project will also be articulated.

Credits: 1

OTHED 1792

Capstone Development II

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The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the time and individualized guidance needed to refine each student’s scholarship Capstone Project, including the goals, methods, supports, and anticipate and prevent potential constraints prior to initiation of the DEER internship. Students will present an oral defense of their proposed Capstone DEER projects for implementation during the Doctoral Internship component.

Credits: 3

OTHED 1794

Capstone Completion

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This course emphasizes the completion of each student’s scholarship / capstone project. Each student will be required to defend their project, prepare their project for final dissemination, including publication and presentation, and ensure that, as appropriate, the project is implemented at the collaborating site(s) since the doctoral internship rotation.

Credits: 1

OTHED 1795

Current Issues in Occupational Therapy Practice

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This course focuses on contemporary issues in various areas of practice at the state, regional, national, and international levels. Opportunities for professional responsibility and action will be highlighted.

Credits: 2

OTHED 1799

Certification Examination Preparation Course

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This course provides the student with a formalized approach to studying for and developing the skills and confidence necessary for taking the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination.

Credits: 1