M.S. in Occupational Therapy Course Descriptions

OCCT 601 Musculoskeletal Anatomy 

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with lecture and laboratory study of human musculoskeletal anatomy. The course is designed for occupational therapy (OT) and will focus on material most pertinent to the practice of OT, which will then include functional and application of anatomy.  The emphasis of this course is on a functional understanding of bones, muscles and their innervation and action, as well as on common injuries to bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves. 

OCCT 603 Foundations of Occupational Therapy 

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundations of the occupational therapy profession including the historical development of the profession, the occupational therapy process, and an introduction to professional ethics, values and responsibilities.

OCCT 605 Theory in OT 

In this course, the learner will critique and discuss many of the theoretical perspectives commonly used in occupational therapy practice, including those that focus on occupation-based practice. This course will also provide students the opportunity to apply theoretical perspectives to occupational therapy assessment and treatment planning, compare and contrast theoretical perspectives, and make an educated decision about which perspectives best meet the needs of the client and the framework of the profession. The overarching theme of the course is the importance of occupation in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease and disability.

OCCT 607 Intro to Making 

This course is designed to provide an understanding of design theory and innovation to support occupational performance, participation, health and wellbeing. The content of this course includes: Intro to “making”; design theory; Instruction in the Maker Lab tools; Case studies applicable to OT requiring assistive devices; and Activity analysis.

OCCT 617 Social Conditions 

This course examines current social, economic, political, geographic, and demographic factors to develop cultural sensitivity and promote ethical practice with persons experiencing, or at risk for experiencing, social injustice and/or occupational deprivation. In particular, variables affecting the health and wellness needs of such persons will be considered. Learners will be able to articulate the roles and responsibilities of practitioners to advocate for change.

OCCT 631 Neuroscience 

The course content includes basic information on neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and disorders of the human nervous system. The course emphasizes the relationship between structure and function in the nervous system. Understanding the normal nervous system functioning is a starting point for comprehending certain disorders of the nervous system that are most commonly seen by occupational therapists and other health care professionals. Students engage in clinical problem solving, applying their knowledge of neurophysiology and neuroanatomy to case studies of neurological disorders.

OCCT 635 Pediatric Evaluation, Assessment and Implementation with lab

This course will provide an introduction to principles of tests and measurement and outcomes based assessment relevant to the practice of occupational therapy with infants, children and adolescents. It will include measurement theory, the assessment process and procedures, outcomes based assessment, statistical methods, and test selection and interpretation. A selection of pediatric assessment instruments will be introduced. These include, but are not limited to, specified screening assessments, skilled observation, checklists, histories, interviews with the client/family/significant others, and standardized and non-standardized tests and batteries. Using the ICF as an overarching framework, evaluations covered will yield information about the child’s occupations across the levels of function, activity and participation. Measurement tools will also be critiqued in regards to use and research evidence support.

OCCT 637 Research Process in OT I

This course articulates the importance of research, scholarly activities, and the continued development of a body of knowledge relevant to the profession of occupational therapy.

OCCT 639 Adult Evaluation, Assessment, and Implementation with lab 

This course addresses screening and evaluation of adults and seniors with occupational dysfunction as a result of physical and/or cognitive impairments and disabilities. Assessments will be presented in the context of the theoretical approaches from which they stem. This course will enhance the student’s competency to first detect the need for occupational therapy intervention, and next to select and apply the clinical and non-clinical approaches necessary to facilitate a client’s occupational performance within his/her context. To achieve this objective, students will acquire knowledge, skills, competencies and professional behaviors through exposure to lectures, readings, evidence-based practice discussions, video recordings, lab practices and clinical practicals.

OCCT 641 Health Conditions 

This course will examine the pathology, medical diagnosis process and medical/surgical intervention of patients with conditions that are commonly treated by occupational therapists.

OCCT 690 Physical Disabilities Fieldwork Level I 

OCCT 695 Pediatrics Fieldwork Level I 

Level I fieldwork is designed to afford students the opportunity for observation of evaluation, assessment and treatment implementation. ACOTE Standard C.1.8. Fieldwork Education: The goal of Level I fieldwork is to introduce students to the fieldwork experience, to apply knowledge to practice, and to develop understanding of the needs of clients.

OCCT 701 Biomechanics 

The purpose of this course also includes learning the basics of physical science and how those principles apply to the human body. This course is also designed for students to gain skills in the analysis of movement, muscle palpation and goniometry range of motion.

OCCT 705 Mental Health Conditions

OCCT 707 Mental Health Fieldwork Level I 

This course addresses screening, evaluation and intervention for persons with mental disorders and psychosocial issues. Lectures are integrated with lab experiences, clinical practice, discussions and journal clubs to assist the student fully comprehend client/patient psychosocial issues manifesting in acute episodes, rehabilitation, illness prevention, and health promotion. Beginning with an understanding of the population treated and the type of impairments seen the course will survey several major theoretical perspectives as they apply to the individual patient, groups of patients, the treatment settings and the community. This class will introduce the student to a variety of assessments used in mental health settings with adults. Assessment will be presented in the context of the underlying theoretical approaches. The use for assessments is to understand the patient/client, contextually, from an occupational perspective. Through the integrated process of lecture, lab and practicum the student will learn of and develop basic skills for assessment, developing a treatment/intervention plan, utilizing use of self, individual and group intervention strategies. The fieldwork experiences during this portion are to expose students to clinical settings to afford a depth of understanding not obtained through readings and classroom activities.

OCCT 711 Ethical and Professional Decision Making in OT

This course will introduce students the AOTA official document Code of Ethics and Ethics Standards as well as the Core Values and Attitudes of Occupational Therapy Practice.  Students will be presented with simulated situations of patient care and other interactions and make ethical decisions and explain their decision making process.  Students will demonstrate ability to discern and understand the key elements to ethical decision making as well as how to professionally address potentially unethical situations involving others. 

OCCT 715 Documenting OT Practice and Fieldwork 

Students will be introduced to medical terminology and its use in the profession.  Students will be introduced to common documentation practices as well as SOAP note writing process.  Students will use situations from their level one fieldwork experience to practice note writing as well simulated activities in the classroom.  Students will be expected to use terminology consistent with the AOTA Framework Domain and Process.

OCCT 731 Group Process 

Students will be prepared to articulate and apply therapeutic use of occupations with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings.

OCCT 733 Assistive Technology

This course integrates intervention techniques such as ergonomics, environmental modification, assistive technology and design and fabrication of orthotics and devices.  Emphasis is based on the clinical reasoning process and students will be expected to apply theories and frames of reference learned in prior coursework

OCCT 735 Research in OT II

This course will further delve into specific analysis of research results and complete capstone research project proposed in Research Process I.  Students will be assigned a faculty member for guidance on project.

OCCT 737 Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions 

This course will provide an overview of principles in treatment of the upper extremity and hand.  This will include information for common injuries/conditions for the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.  Course study will integrate the student’s knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology and move toward specific assessment and treatment of the upper extremities. Lab sessions will focus on advanced splinting, assessment tools, and intervention techniques for common injuries/conditions for the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.

OCCT 739 Management and Leadership in OT 

This course offers students conceptual and practical knowledge and skills needed to plan and manage the delivery of evidence- and occupation-based occupational therapy services that are efficacious and cost-effective within the varying contexts of the rapidly changing health care environment.

OCCT 790 and 795 Fieldwork Level II 

This course provides clinical experiences under the supervision of registered occupational therapists. This level of fieldwork is designed so that by the end of the course the student will demonstrate the following entry level competencies: applying occupational therapy theory and principles to a variety of diagnosis and populations; implementing the occupational therapy intervention process, including the phases of screening, evaluation/assessment, treatment planning, treatment implementation, and discharge planning; developing professional work habits; and achieving entry-level competency in working with patients/clients in the assigned area of practice.

The end of Fieldwork level II is accompanied by an extensive review course and practice exam for NBCOT.

Application Deadline:
Fall 2015
  • Early Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2014
  • Final Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015

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