College of Health Sciences

Glendale, AZ Campus

Course Descriptions

Occupational Therapy Program

Prerequisites are listed for those courses with such requirements. When no prerequisite is listed in a course description, it is implied that there is no prerequisite.

Abbreviation/Number
Course Name

ANATG 502

Anatomy

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This course provides a lecture and laboratory-based study of human anatomy. Students develop three-dimensional anatomical knowledge that is required for occupational therapy practice. Case studies are used to foster familiarity with typical clinical presentations, and to learn how to approach diagnoses from an anatomical perspective. Laboratory sessions include the study of human cadaveric prosections, and a regional dissection of a portion of the human body.

Credits: 4

ANATG 582

Neuroscience

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Designed to develop the student’s knowledge of neuroscience to a level required for clinical practice, this course presents information about principal structural components intertwined with the corresponding functions of the nervous system and the impact of neurological dysfunction on human occupation. The course also provides opportunities to apply neuroscience principles to motor and sensory learning for occupational performance.

Credits: 4

DENTD 1888B

Comprehensive Clinical Course 2B

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The focus of the Comprehensive Clinical Courses is the independent demonstration of clinically acceptable care and decision making by the Student Dentist. These courses include a series of specified Independent Clinical Performance Assessments, Mock Regional Board Examinations, an Oral Pathology Examination and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Credits: 2

OTHEG 500

Fieldwork I-A

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Fieldwork experience consists 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

OTHEG 510

Occupational Therapy Foundations

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This is an introductory course focused on the foundations and scope of occupational therapy practice. The philosophy of the profession, with its unique emphasis on supporting performance, participation, health and well-being are presented from both historical and current perspectives. Occupation is discussed from the perspectives of roles and participation for meaningful engagement. Professionalism, in accordance with the AOTA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice that guide practice across varied roles, responsibilities and involvement is also addressed.

Credits: 3

OTHEG 515

Neuro-Rehabilitation

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This course addresses the risk factors, clinical signs and symptoms, pathogenesis, and differential diagnosis of selected neurological diseases/problems most common to the adult population. 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 neuro-motor disabilities is emphasized. Therapeutic approaches and clinical skills for working with individuals within the home, community, and clinical settings are explored. Current research in etiology and treatment are discussed.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

ANATG 582 Neuroscience

OTHEG 517

Professional Reasoning I

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This course is the first of a two-course series that introduces the philosophical assumptions, theories, and frames of reference underlying the practice of occupational therapy. The various aspects of professional reasoning are also introduced, culminating in the integration of these assumptions, theories, and frames of reference with professional reasoning to guide intervention with clients.

Credits: 3

OTHEG 518

Activity Analysis

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Using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, the process of analyzing various components of activities and occupations is introduced, emphasizing the value of occupation and purposeful activities not only as an outcome, but also as a treatment modality. The ability to grade and adapt activities and occupations is emphasized in preparation for the clinical courses that follow.

Credits: 2

OTHEG 519

Therapeutic Relationships

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This introductory course provides students with opportunities to learn basic principles of therapeutic relationships. Topics include motivational interviewing, intentional relationships, and client centeredness consistent with the ethics of the OT profession. Students learn principles of group process, application, and phases of group development, as well as conflict resolution and problem solving.

Credits: 4

OTHEG 523

Evidence-Based Practice I

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The first of a four-course series, this course provides content foundational to understanding and applying research to the provision of occupational therapy services. Students gain skills in searching for, understanding, interpreting and critiquing research articles. Students learn how to apply research evidence to clinical problems and engage in shared decision making with clients.

Credits: 3

OTHEG 534

Cognition and Perception

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Early in the curricular sequence, this course lays the foundation for intervention with human conditions as they are encountered in subsequent quarters. The course addresses different components of cognition and perception, including memory, attention, learning, executive function and visual-perceptual skills, with an emphasis on examining the interplay of cognition and perception with performance in areas of occupation. Causes of cognitive and perceptual dysfunction and the impact on function are explored and interpreted. Different theories and models of practice for cognition and perception are analyzed.

Credits: 3

OTHEG 536

Fieldwork I-B

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Fieldwork experience consists 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, as well as foundational experiential and documentation skills are emphasized.

Credits: 1

OTHEG 537

Biomechanics

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This course is the third and final course in the core sciences, addressing basic biomechanical principles and their application to occupational therapy intervention relative to static and dynamic movement, force analysis and its implications on functional movement and activity. The structure and function of joints, connective tissues, and muscles are addressed, along with the recognition, assessment, and description of normal and abnormal movement. The development of skills necessary to accurately measure and assess joint range of motion and muscle strength, and the influence of task and pathology on function of the musculoskeletal system is emphasized.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

ANATG 502 Anatomy

OTHEG 538

Occupational Therapy Process

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This course provides introductory experience in the evaluation and treatment process with clients throughout the lifespan and across the domain of occupational therapy practice. Learning opportunities develop introductory skills in evidence-based practice, professional reasoning, and documentation of the therapy process in preparation for further development in subsequent courses.

Credits: 2

OTHEG 544

Psychosocial Practice I

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This foundational course is designed to introduce students to psychiatric diagnoses, the impact of psychiatric conditions on occupational performance, and settings in which occupational therapists provide services to individuals with psychiatric diagnoses. General approaches to assessment and intervention are also introduced.

Credits: 3

OTHEG 550

Fieldwork Foundations I

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

Credits: 1

OTHEG 551

Fieldwork Foundations II

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This course focuses on clinical education experiences, and coincides with the Fieldwork I-B course. The focus of this course is to provide structure for the observational and experiential activities of the level I fieldwork experience. Students continue to develop professional behaviors and self-awareness through reflective exercises that encourage increasing participation in self-directed learning.

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisites

OTHEG 550 Fieldwork Foundations I

OTHEG 601

Childhood Occupations

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This is the first course of three that are focused on pediatric occupational therapy services. This course addresses occupations in typical childhood development and occupational challenges caused by neurodevelopmental conditions in childhood. Facilitation of supports to family and child participation in occupations are emphasized. Identification and prevention of barriers for family and child participation in occupations are analyzed.

Credits: 3

OTHEG 603

Assistive Technology for Communication

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This course focuses on the role of the OT practitioner as an inter-professional team member considering, assessing, and treating persons using augmentative and alternative communication devices and services to enhance occupational performance to foster participation and well-being.

Credits: 1

OTHEG 605

Professional Development I

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This course develops the student’s knowledge of professional communication skills and methods needed to articulate the unique value of occupational therapy, to educate clients and others, to document the therapy process, and advocate for clients and populations who may benefit from services. This course also focuses on contexts of practice, and personnel, reimbursement, supervision and management strategies for effective service delivery. Finally, students gain in-depth understanding of entities that influence or regulate practice either through policy, reimbursement, and credentialing, while gaining appreciation for the value of professional organizations in advancing the development of the practitioner and the profession.

Credits: 3

OTHEG 611

Pediatrics I: Young Children/Early Intervention

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This course emphasizes the application of selected models of practice and strategies for occupational therapy practice with young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have deficits in occupational performance related to developmental, neuro-motor, psychosocial, or medical challenges. Therapeutic approaches and clinical skills for working with children and families within the home, community, and clinical settings are emphasized. Practice settings for early intervention and family centered pediatric practice are discussed.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

OTHEG 601 Childhood Occupation

OTHEG 613

Evidence-Based Practice II

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This course focuses on the development of skills necessary to evaluate the trustworthiness of qualitative research. Students learn how to use qualitative research to better understand the experiences of clients and apply this information to the provision of occupational therapy services.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

OTHEG 523 Evidence-Based Practice I

OTHEG 615

Health and Wellness I

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As the first in a series of two this course addresses occupational therapy services directed toward health promotion, prevention, and wellness for clients, communities and populations. Concepts of health literacy and theories of health promotion are discussed. Use of complementary therapies as means toward healthy occupations are introduced.

Credits: 3

OTHEG 621

Pediatrics II: Youth/School-Aged

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This course emphasizes the application of selected models of practice and strategies for occupational therapy practice with school-aged children (ages 6-21 years) who have deficits in their occupational performance related to developmental, neuro-motor, psychosocial, or medical differences. Therapeutic approaches and clinical skills for working with children within their school, community, and clinical settings are emphasized. Practice settings for youth-centered pediatric practice are discussed.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

OTHEG 601 Childhood Occupations

OTHEG 625

Aging

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Building on skills introduced in Occupational Therapy Process, this course addresses the aging process, common conditions in the aging population, chronic disease management, and aging in place. Risk factors, signs and symptoms, pathogenesis, medical intervention, and occupational therapy intervention are explored. Therapeutic approaches in a variety of practice settings are explored including the home, community, hospital, skilled nursing, and outpatient clinic.

Credits: 5

Prerequisites

OTHEG 538 Occupational Therapy Process

OTHEG 636

Fieldwork I-C

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Fieldwork experience consists 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, as well as foundational experiential and documentation skills are emphasized.

Credits: 1

OTHEG 637

Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

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Building on knowledge from the biomechanics course, this course focuses on evaluation and intervention strategies for the remediation of musculoskeletal physical limitations of the upper extremity. Emphasis is placed on impairments of the upper extremity, including fractures, tendon injuries, pain syndromes, arthritis, burns, amputations, and soft tissue disorders, and their effect on occupational performance.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

ANATG 502 Anatomy

OTHEG 645

Health and Wellness II

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This course focuses on the application of occupational therapy evaluation and treatment approaches within the workplace, including the application of ergonomic principles and strategies to prevent injury, and functional capacity evaluations and work rehabilitation to promote return to work. Health promotion and wellness strategies throughout the lifespan are also highlighted.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

OTHEG 615 Health and Wellness I

OTHEG 647

Orthotics and Physical Agents

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Following the upper extremity rehabilitation course, this course emphasizes the fundamental principles of orthotic design and fabrication, and the theoretical principles and practical application of thermal and electrotherapeutic modalities within the practice of occupational therapy. Anatomical and biomedical principles that pertain to orthotic design and fabrication, and the physiological, neurophysiological, and electro-physical changes that occur with application of selected physical agent modalities are emphasized.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

ANATG 502 Anatomy; OTHEG 537 Biomechanics

OTHEG 650

Fieldwork Foundations III

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This course focuses on clinical education experiences, and coincides with the Fieldwork I-C course. The focus of this course is to provide structure for the observational and experiential activities of the level I fieldwork experience. Students continue to develop professional behaviors and self-awareness through reflective exercises that encourage increasing participation in self-directed learning.

Credits: 0.5

Prerequisites

OTHEG 550 Fieldwork Foundations I; OTHEG 551 Fieldwork Foundations II

OTHEG 653

Evidence-Based Practice III

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Students conduct a systematic review to apply their knowledge of evidence based practice to a specific clinical question. In this two-course sequence students begin the process by writing a clinical question, finding the relevant evidence, abstracting the evidence, and writing the introduction and methods sections of their review paper.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

OTHEG 613 Evidence-Based Practice II

OTHEG 654

Psychosocial Practice II

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Building on Psychosocial Practice I, this course focuses on the application of selected models of practice and strategies in occupational therapy. The course provides exposure to and practice with assessments and interventions used in psychosocial practice.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

OTHEG 544 Psychosocial Practice I

OTHEG 663

Evidence-Based Practice IV

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This course serves as a continuation of Evidence Based Practice III in which students complete a systematic review on a specific clinical question. During this quarter students write the results and discussion sections of their review paper and present their findings in an oral presentation. Based on their analysis of the findings, students derive specific implications for occupational therapy practice.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

OTHEG 653 Evidence-Based Practice III

OTHEG 670

Elective I

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Elective courses during Winter Quarter of the second year will vary from year to year depending on student interest and faculty availability. Students may select from courses offered by members of the OT Program that have been approved by the OT Program Education Committee, or offerings of other programs or colleges that have been approved by the CHS Curriculum Committee and OT Program Education Committee.

Credits: 1 or more

OTHEG 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 coursework

OTHEG 700

Elective II

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Elective courses during Summer Quarter of the third year will vary from year to year depending on student interest and faculty availability. Students may select from courses offered by members of the OT Program that have been approved by the OT Program Education Committee, or offerings of other programs or colleges that have been approved by the CHS Curriculum Committee and OT Program Education Committee.

Credits: 1 or more

OTHEG 705

Professional Development II

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Building on the first Level II Fieldwork experience, this course challenges students to reflect on their individual abilities and competencies in service delivery and therapeutic use of self. They further reflect on the characteristics of the context in which they trained, the trends observed in service delivery and federal/state policies or regulations, anticipating the potential effect on future practice in that context. Students share experiences with documentation and supervision during their training. Finally, as it is the last academic quarter of the program, this course reviews the professional credentialing process and begins preparation for the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

OTHEG 605 Professional Development I

OTHEG 717

Professional Reasoning II

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This course provides an opportunity for students who have completed Fieldwork II-A to reflect on the theories, frames of reference, professional reasoning, and intentional relationship strategies used with the clients they encountered. It encourages them to focus on and refine aspects of clinical practice to enhance their performance in Fieldwork II-B, as well as prepare for their transition from student to entry level practitioner.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

OTHEG 517 Professional Reasoning I

OTHEG 730

Principles of Teaching and Learning

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This course focuses on principles of teaching and learning, which practitioners can apply as they prepare and give educational in-services, participate in advocacy work, or transition to academia. It also includes teaching and learning theories that can be applied to teaching patients, caregivers, and fieldwork students.

Credits: 2

OTHEG 794

Program Development

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Continuing the professional development of students, this course cultivates the knowledge and skills to develop new service provision models, or adapt existing models, to meet occupational needs within the context and environment of individuals and populations. Students integrate current socioeconomic, cultural, political, geo-demographic, and technological factors to plan, develop, and market a program; and design evaluation methods to support quality improvement. Students utilize theoretical constructs and evidence to justify the program, and promote policy development in areas of need.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

OTHEG 605 Professional Development I

OTHEG 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 coursework