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Occupational Therapy Doctorate Course Descriptions
OT 200: Introduction to Occupational Therapy: 2 credits. Prerequisites: None. History, scope, objectives, and functions of Occupational Therapy. F, S
OT 400: Culture and Occupation: 3 credits. Gain an appreciation and understanding of the influence of cultural diversity across the domains of occupational therapy. Investigate the role culture takes in shaping clients as occupational beings.
OT 401: Introduction to OT Process and Contexts of Practice: 2 credits. Students develop foundational understanding of occupational therapy including OT process, types of professional reasoning, and contexts where occupational therapy occurs.
OT 402: Research Foundations in OT: 3 credits. This course engages the student in concepts used in qualitative and quantitative research methodology as used in the occupational therapy profession. Specifically, the student applies principles of evidenced-based practice investigation, critiques and demonstrates a foundational knowledge of research methodology, engages in beginning-level data analysis and interpretation, and is introduced to the process of presentation and publication of quantitative research projects.
OT 403: Research Methods in OT: 4 credits. This course engages the student in qualitative and quantitative research design methodology and analysis used in the occupational therapy profession and introduces the student to inter-professional research engagement. In addition, students learn to apply evidence to practical clinical scenarios and develop further their identity as occupational therapy clinician-researchers.
OT 404: Occupation and Analysis: 4 credits. Introduction to the concepts of occupation, relation to health and wellness, occupation-based models, and analysis.
OT 405: Forming your Professional Identity: 2 credits.Introduction to foundational concepts of the Occupational Therapy profession and exemplars of personal and professional growth. Topics include historical development of the OT profession as well as personal application of professional exemplars.
OT 406: Integration and Fieldwork 1: 3 credits. Integration courses are intended to apply content in the semester. Topics include application of OT process, professional reasoning, cultural competence and justice, therapeutic relationship, and occupation analysis.
OT 439: Health and Disease Affecting Occupational Performance: 5 credits. Students will understand normal development throughout the lifespan and how it impacts occupational performance when disruptions occur.
OT 440: Evaluation of Occupational Performance: 5 credits.This course engages the student in the critical thinking necessary to understand evaluation concepts and apply the OT process in the art and science of evaluation. Students will encounter diversity of OT practice and professional identity concepts through assessing occupational performance and underlying factors (i.e., client factors and body functions).
OT 441: Leadership Foundations in OT: 2 credits. Students gain knowledge of leadership theories and models, OT leaders in the fieldwork, and analyze their own leadership skills in regard to professional development and practice.
OT 442: Integration & Fieldwork 2: 3 credits.Integration courses are intended to apply content in the semester. Topics include application of OT process with specific emphasis on professional reasoning in the evaluation process.
OT 443: Movement and Occupational Performance: 6 credits. This course combines the study of human anatomy and kinesiology to allow the student to grow competence in the evaluation of and intervention planning for the occupational performance of human beings. Included are human body dissection, theory and techniques of musculoskeletal evaluation with analysis of normal and pathological human motion.
OT 444: Introduction to OT Intervention: 2 credits.Didactic and experiential learning in a small group setting. Students are provided with an introduction to intervention approaches and types, health literacy, client/teaching/learning process, and group process with opportunities to function as a group facilitator.
OT 469: Interprofessional Health Care (IPHC): 1 credit. A process-learning course intended to provide experience in building a team of health professionals from different professions. The focus is on learning to work effectively with an interprofessional health care team. Emphasis is placed on effective teamwork, the unique contributions of different professions, patient or family centered approach in health care delivery and awareness of potential medical errors. S/U Grading F,S
OT 500: Interventions for Mental Functions Applied to Occupational Performance: 5 credits. This course focuses on intervention planning, implementation, review, and outcomes with specific emphasis for populations where occupational performance is affected by mental functions.
OT 501: Interventions for Neuromusculoskeletal and Movement Functions Applied to Occupational Performance: 5 credits. This course provides students with the opportunity to utilize critical thinking skills necessary to understand interventions for neuromusculoskeletal and movement related functions specific to occupational performance. Concepts will be applied to the OT process through intervention planning, implementation, review, and outcomes.
OT 502: Management and Advocacy for OT Practice: 3 credits. Students will understand the role of the occupational therapy manager, be able to analyze public policy and apply leadership skills through advocacy efforts.
OT 503: Integration & Fieldwork 3: 2 credits. Integration courses are intended to apply content in the semester. Topics include application of OT process with specific emphasis on professional reasoning in the intervention process.
OT 510: Experiential 1: 1 credit. Students begin developing the Doctoral Experiential Placement experience and the IS/SP Culminating Project.
OT 512: Interventions for Sensory Functions Applied to Occupational Performance: 4 credits.This course provides students with the opportunity to utilize critical thinking skills necessary to understand interventions for sensory functions specific to occupational performance. Concepts will be applied to the OT process through intervention planning, implementation, review, and outcomes.
OT 513: Community-Based Practice Interventions: 4 credits.This course provides students with the opportunity to utilize critical thinking skills necessary to understand various occupations for populations in community-based practice settings. The application of the OT process will be integrated through intervention planning, implementations and outcomes in relation to community-based practice and occupation-based models for these populations.
OT 514: Innovative Practitioner: 3 credits.This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills in completing a needs assessment, develop a program proposal based on needs identified, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of programming for a community-based organization.
OT 516: Integration & Fieldwork 4: 2 credits. Integration courses are intended to apply content in the semester. Topics include application of OT process with specific emphasis on professional reasoning in the intervention process.
OT 517: Education in Occupational Therapy: 2 credits. Explores the methods and strategies used to develop, implement and assess education programs for students in academia and fieldwork settings, for patients/clients, businesses and professional staff. Information and discussion focus on the theory and research relevant to education in a variety of settings.
OT 511: Experiential 2: 2 credits.Students continue developing the Doctoral Experiential Placement experience and the IS/SP Culminating Project.
OT 518: Advanced Integration 1: 1 credit.Application of occupational therapy in a clinical/health setting with emphasis on clinical reasoning, reflective practice, professionalism and competence in developing skills to meet career responsibilities.
OT 583: Level II Fieldwork A: 12 credits. Application of occupational therapy concepts and the occupational therapy process including evaluation, intervention, and outcome measurement in varying fieldwork settings.
OT 520: Advanced Integration 2: 1 credit. Students analyze contextual elements influencing provision of culturally sensitive care at their final Level II Fieldwork experience. Competency of the 4 threads is demonstrated in preparation for Experiential Experience.
OT 584: Level II Fieldwork B: 12 credits.Application of occupational therapy concepts and the occupational therapy process including evaluation, intervention, and outcome measurement in varying fieldwork settings.
OT 589: Readings in Occupational Therapy: 1-2 credits, repeatable to 6 credits. Selected readings in the student’s area of interest with oral and/or written reports. Consent of instructor required prior to enrollment. F, S, SS
OT 594: Doctoral Experiential Placement: 16 credits.Students will develop advanced skills beyond the generalist level in one or more areas including: clinical practice skills, research/theory development, administration/policy, program development, advocacy, or education.
OT 995: Scholarly Project in OT: 2 credits. A collaborative investigation of a relevant professional topic and production of a scholarly report with approval of the major faculty advisor. F,S,SS
OT 996: Continuing Enrollment/Occupational Therapy: 1-12 credits. Credits and hours arranged. F,S,SS
OT 997: Independent Study: 2 credits. Independent investigation of a relevant professional topic and production of an independent scholarly report with approval of the major faculty advisor. F,S,SS
Electives in Occupational Therapy
OT 489: Independent Projects: 1-3 credits, repeatable to 12 credits.Individual study and/or research in a particular area of interest for the student with approval of a supervising faculty member. Elective for OT majors.
OT 490: Occupational Therapy Seminar: 1 credit. Foundational knowledge relevant to the preparation of an independent study proposal. Serves as the basis for OT 494: Directed Study in Occupational Therapy. F
OT 493: Workshop/Occupational Therapy: 1-12 credits, repeatable to 12 credits. A workshop course with topics dictated by faculty and student interests primarily for, but not confined to, continuing education. On demand.
OT 494: Directed Study in Occupational Therapy: 1 credit. Development of a proposal in an area of interest to the student approved and supervised by faculty. F,S,SS
OT 496: Community Experience in OT: 1-4 credits, repeatable to 12 credits.Student initiates and participates in off-campus professional learning activities related to OT under joint faculty and on-site professional supervision. F,S,SS
OT 497: Cooperative Education: Occupational Therapy: 1-6 credits, repeatable to 12 credits.Qualified students are employed by selected facilities to further understanding of occupational therapy and health-related service provision. F,S,SS
OT 582: Graduate Practicum: 1-3 credits, repeatable to 12 credits. Supervised experience in a variety of OT practice settings. Students are afforded the opportunity to gain practical, on-the-job experience working in an area that matches the focus of their graduate study. Students will be supervised by on-site personnel. (One credit hour required as corequisite for OT 502; additional hours optional). F,S,SS
OT 593: Teaching Experience in OT: 1-3 credits, repeatable to 12. Supervised experience in higher education teaching in OT. Projects in course/curriculum development, writing course objectives, writing and delivering lectures and learning activities, and developing assessment tools for the classroom. F,S,SS
OT 599: Special Topics in Occupational Therapy: 1-2 credits, repeatable to 6 credits. A series of lectures, discussions, and/or laboratory experiences developed around one or more specific topics in occupational therapy. F,S,SS