Curriculum

Philosophy of the MOT program – 2013
We believe:

  • People learn through supported discovery and reflection

  • People have the right and capacity to direct their own lives

  • Quality of life depends on engagement in occupation

  • People’s characteristics are strengths which support participation in everyday life

  • Participation in everyday life involves interaction between the person, task, and context

  • Adjustments to context and activities support participation in occupations in everyday life

  • Best practice promotes participation in authentic contexts

  • Best practice entails producing and using evidence

  • Interprofessional collaboration enriches education and practice


Occupational Therapy student outcomes are measured by these Ten Key Questions. Students participate in an oral exam of these Ten Key Questions at the end of their first year of study and again as a graduation requirement at the end their third year

Key Questions

  1. How does engagement in occupation influence health and quality of life?

  2. How do occupational therapists make unique contributions?

  3. How is my practice guided by principles of a given theory or model?

  4. How do you plan and implement evaluation through the occupational therapy process?

  5. How do you establish and maintain a person-centered approach?

  6. How do you take responsibility for situating your practice in the person’s authentic contexts?

  7. How does professional reasoning guide practice? 

  8. How do you select interventions to support participation in daily life?

  9. How does evidence support your practice?

  10. How do you develop and demonstrate professional competence throughout your career?


Course Descriptions

OCTH 388: Human Anatomy (6)
This course will explore the human body to develop an understanding of how anatomy influences the occupational therapy process. This course will use a biomechanical approach to guide assessment and intervention in examining occupations. LEC

OCTH 395: Orientation to the Occupational Therapy Profession (3)
This course will describe occupation and discuss the philosophy/history, current and future directions of the occupational therapy profession. We will explore professionalism including ethics and professional behaviors, professional communication/relationships, and involvement with professional/regulatory associations within context of occupational therapy. LEC

OCTH 401: Theory and Practice in Occupational Therapy (2)
This course will explore conceptual theoretical models in occupational therapy and the relationship with professional reasoning. This course will use small case-based groups to apply theoretical models. LEC

OCTH 422: Analysis and Adaptation of Occupations I (4)
This course will analyze the role of occupations and the factors influencing occupational performance in everyday contexts. This course will use service learning as the context for understanding occupation, the occupational therapy process, and person-centered practice. LEC

OCTH 430: Practicum I (2)
This course will use a person-centered approach to engage with individuals across the life span in their natural contexts. This course will incorporate observation and interview skills with individuals across the life span emphasizing participation in everyday life. LEC

OCTH 435: Lifespan Development from an Occupational Perspective (4)
This course will discuss developmental theories and study how occupations change across the lifespan. We will emphasize the need to examine participation in meaningful activities within authentic contexts with considerations for the impact of a disability on occupational performance. LEC

OCTH 445: Contexts of Occupation (2)
This course will explore the importance of context in order to facilitate understanding how the person, the context, the environment, and the task all interact to guide occupational performance in everyday life. LEC

OCTH 455: Neuroscience Analysis of Occupational Performance (3)
This course will examine human behavior and occupational performance in relation to function and dysfunction of the nervous system, both in formulating potential behavioral signs when a specific neurological site is presented, and in hypothesizing about neurological involvement when given a client description. LEC

OCTH 462: Physical Considerations in Facilitating Occupational Performance (4)
This course will use scientific reasoning to explore the impact of selected medical conditions on person factors and occupational performance in everyday life. An understanding of injury and disease processes is paired with appropriate occupational therapy assessment and intervention strategies to facilitate optimal occupational outcomes. LEC

OCTH 468: Facilitating Physical Performance Lab (1)
This course will integrate and apply specific assessments and interventions to facilitate physical performance in occupations. This course will draw upon and apply biomechanical concepts necessary to facilitate successful occupational performance and participation in everyday life.LAB

OCTH 470: Practicum I (2)
This course will engage in the occupational therapy process and participate in service provision to individuals/families through level I fieldwork experiences. We will apply the components of documentation to the occupational therapy process with emphasis on note writing and goal development. Students will demonstrate command of occupational therapy knowledge through successful completion of professional growth assessment. LEC

OCTH 472: Psychiatric Considerations in Facilitating Occupational Performance (3)
This course will apply theory and evidence to occupational therapy practice in mental health settings. This course will consider selected psychiatric disorders and their impact on occupational performance in everyday life. LEC

OCTH 482: Analysis and Adaptation of Occupations II (2)
This course will apply the occupational therapy framework to understand occupation as a therapeutic means and end to occupational therapy practice. This course will use service learning as the context for understanding occupation, the occupational therapy process, and person-centered practice. LEC

OCTH 490: Evaluation and Assessment of Occupational Performance (2)
This course will apply the fundamentals of the evaluation process to understand occupational performance across the lifespan. We will examine how to select, interpret and document formal and informal measures within a person-centered, contextually relevant approach. LEC

OCTH 680: Independent Study (1-6)
An elective course to allow students to pursue areas of special interest under direction of faculty of his or her choice. Investigation of special issues relevant to an aspect of occupational therapy practice will include study of pertinent practice factors. Student will complete special projects relevant to the practice areas, such as oral presentation, written paper or case analyses. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of department and instructor (offered Spring, Summer and Fall). IND

OCTH 704: Planning and Intervention in Occupational Therapy (2)
This course will use professional reasoning to analyze cases across the lifespan. We will work in small groups using a problem-based format with faculty mentors as we develop an occupational profile, occupational analysis and evidence-based intervention plans for each case. LEC

OCTH 710: Service Management: Delivery Systems (1)
This course will explore how service delivery systems influence pragmatic reasoning and occupational therapy practice. We will examine American and global health care systems along with occupational therapy health care delivery settings with a focus on quality, cost, and access related to service delivery. Teaching and learning experiences occur through lecture, on-line materials, class discussion and small group activities. LEC

OCTH 715: Supervision, Team Relations, and Management Communication (1)
This course emphasizes entry level skills related to supervision, teamwork, and communication within practice environments. LEC

OCTH 720: Occupational Therapy Practice Models (7)
This course will use practice models to guide evaluation and intervention in occupational therapy practice. Students will gain an understanding of historical and contemporary models, learn the evidence underlying each model and conduct assessments with a consumer from each of the contemporary models. LEC

OCTH 725: The Research Process (1)
This course will transition from understanding and appraising research (OCTH 783) to generating research (OCTH 790). The purpose of this course is to guide students through planning research by introducing the components of research and describing ways in which research may be conducted. The course reviews research ethics, writing research questions and hypotheses, sampling, measurement and data collection, components of quantitative and qualitative research, and information about disseminating research. LEC

OCTH 730: Practicum III (2)
This course will build upon practicum and level I fieldwork experiences to continue developing necessary skills for level II fieldwork experiences. We will determine the relevant variables for intervention, work collaboratively with others within each setting, analyze, and reflect upon the experience. We will analyze principles of evidence-based practice and occupation-based intervention. LEC

OCTH 738: Special Topics in Practice (1-2)
Focused study of theory application, professional topics and skills, and emerging practice questions. Learning experiences may be in the form of guided readings and discussion, directed projects, seminars, or community/clinical experience with focus on advanced supplemental or exploratory learning. Specific topics and formats will vary as they are generated by student interest and faculty expertise. LEC

OCTH 750: Case-Based Clinical Reasoning (2)
This course will apply the professional reasoning process to understand individuals' occupational performance and analyze services provided based on cases from level II fieldwork experiences. We will participate in small group discussion using a problem-based format to conduct case analysis and develop evidence-based intervention plans. LEC

OCTH 755: Issues and Trends Seminar (1)
This course will analyze key professional, political, and cultural issues and trends that impact service provision and the populations served by occupational therapists. This seminar format incorporates student-driven service experiences, discussion forums, and small group work to examine issues/trends and recognize opportunties to shape the future of the occupational therapy profession. LEC

OCTH 760: Professional Development and Leadership in Service Management (3)
This course will discuss professional responsibilities and career development opportunities as they relate to leadership, administration, and management of occupational therapy services. We will use reflective assessments to identify professional leadership strengths and career paths. Students working in small work groups will apply management principles to develop and propose community-based health promotion programs. LEC

OCTH 765: Family and Community Service Systems (2)
This course will use professional reasoning to examine occupational practice within various delivery systems. We will use lecture and small group seminars to analyze systems from level II fieldwork experiences and develop a program evaluation plan based on collaborations between students and fieldwork supervisors. LEC

OCTH 770: Level II Fieldwork, Part 1 (6)
A required full-time, three-month supervised experience in a facility meeting specified criteria. Qualified occupational therapists supervise the experience. Students will be exposed to a variety of age ranges and disabilities within different service delivery systems. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of required academic coursework. LEC

OCTH 775: Level II Fieldwork, Part 2 (6)
A required full-time, three-month supervised experience in a facility meeting specified criteria. Qualified occupational therapists will supervise this experience. Students will be exposed to a variety of age ranges and disabilities within different service delivery systems. Ages, disabilities, and service provision systems for this course will differ from the student's prior fieldwork experience. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of required academic coursework. LEC

OCTH 776: Population-Based Clinical Reasoning (3)
This course will consider population-based concepts and theories to identify, prioritize and meet the health and life participation needs of populations. Within an interprofessional online learning context, students collaborate to develop community-based assessment and intervention emphasizing promotion, maintenance and restoration of health and wellness and disease prevention for specific populations. LEC

OCTH 780: Elective Level II Fieldwork (3-6)
An elective (optional) supervised experience in a facility meeting specific criteria. Qualified occupational therapist will supervise this experience. This fieldwork would allow students to pursue areas of special interest. Length and time commitment of experience will be commensurate with credit hours (e.g. each credit requires 80 hours of fieldwork contact at specified site). Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of required academic coursework and OCTH 770. LEC

OCTH 783: Evidence-Based Practice (3)
This course will review, appraise, and integrate various levels of evidence to inform occupational therapy practice. Students will learn where and how to find relevant evidence as well as what factors should be considered in the assessment of evidence. We will review statistics and their use in interpreting outcome data. Students will also learn to synthesize and translate evidence into useful information for practice. LEC

OCTH 790: Research Practicum and Professional Writing (3)
This course will explore how the process of conducting a faculty-mentored research project becomes a platform for developing occupational therapy principles and for guiding practice, and how conveying meaning through professional writing is essential for communicating outcomes, interpretations, and instructions. Prerequisite: OCTH 727. Students from programs outside the MS in Occupational Therapy or PHD in Therapeutic Science need to contact the Occupational Therapy Department for permission to enroll. LEC

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