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 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.

Course Scripture
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14

 

OCCT 603 Foundations of OT

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 professions practice act, its values and responsibilities.

Course Scripture
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:5-6

 

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.

Course Scripture
Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:3

 

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.

Course Theme
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” Mother Teresa

 

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.

Course Scripture
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

 

OCCT 635 Pediatric Evaluation, Assessment, and Implementation with Lab

This course examines evidence-based occupational therapy evaluation, intervention, and service delivery for pediatric populations.  

Course Scripture
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Mathew 19:14

 

OCCT 637 Research in OT

This course requires students to analyze the importance of evidence-based practice, scholarly activities, and the continued development of a body of knowledge relevant to the profession of occupational therapy.

Course Scripture
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge…” Proverbs 1:7

 

OCCT 639 Adult Evaluation, Assessment, Implementation with Lab

The objective of this course is for students to be able to articulate the theories and diagnoses involved for patients with physical dysfunction. This course also addresses the role of the occupational therapist in guiding the restoration of function to patients with physical disabilities. The subject matter discussed in this course relies heavily on the basic and medical science courses as pre-requisites.

 

OCCT 641 Health Conditions Seminar

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to hear various physician specialists provide information about prevalent diseases and injuries in the population at large. This course is also designed to expose students to various communication styles among physicians in order to learn the “medical language” needed to communicate effectively with healthcare individuals, patients and their families.

 Course Scripture
They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25:44-46

 

OCCT 651 Mental Health, Wellness and Social Participation

This purpose of this course is to understand brain behavior disorders, identify, and perform mental health assessments and articulate the historical roots of psychiatry.

Emphasis will be placed on the most commonly seen psychiatric symptoms, behavioral health correlates, screening and psychiatric occupational therapy techniques including groups for use within a multicultural setting.

Course Scripture
 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12

 

OCCT 655 Mental Health, Wellness and Social Participation

Purpose: Practicum or Level 1 fieldwork is designed to afford students the opportunity for hands-on assessment, evaluation, treatment planning and client intervention. The goal of Level 1 fieldwork per ACOTE standards is, “To introduce the student to the fieldwork experience, to apply knowledge to practice, and to develop understanding of the needs of clients”. This course is designed to enrich the didactic experience and learning in OCCT 651 and OCCT 670, which are also taught during the summer term (C.1.8). Specific fieldsites including hospitals, outpatient clinics, homeless shelters, work readiness programs, summer/day camps, counseling services, MHMR services and community based programs that serve persons who are at risk of decreased occupational performance or occupational deprivation due to mental health conditions or other psychosocial, environmental, familial, or socioeconomic deprivation. The experience should provide the student with the opportunity to carry out professional responsibilities under the supervision of an occupational therapist or other qualified professional (C.1.9). The student is required to complete 40 hours of onsite supervised time at their fieldsite. These hours and any additional hours cannot be substituted for any portion of the students Level II fieldwork, which will occur in subsequent terms. (C. 1.10).  

This course will also have an on-campus seminar to reinforce documentation practices learned in previous semester in OCCT 690 as well as service delivery models and non-traditional/community based settings, current trends in emerging practice areas, relevant community and national advocacy issues that affect participation and wellness, intra- and inter-disciplinary team relationships, referral to specialists, and relevant ethical issues.  The concept of therapeutic use of self and

 

OCTT 661 Hand and Upper Extremity Conditions

This course will provide an overview of principles in treatment and 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.

Course Scripture
Whatever you hand finds to do, do it with all of your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10  

 

OCCT 670 Group Process

This course consists of the utilization of psychosocial models of practice, frames of reference and theories of group development, including communication, conflict resolution and the influence of culture and contexts on 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 690 Physical Disabilities Fieldwork Level I and Documentation

Purpose: Practicum or Level 1 fieldwork is designed to afford students the opportunity for hands-on assessment, evaluation, treatment planning and client intervention. The goal of Level 1 fieldwork per ACOTE standards is, “To introduce the student to the fieldwork experience, to apply knowledge to practice, and to develop understanding of the needs of clients”. This course is designed to enrich the didactic experience and learning in OCCT 639, OCCT 631, OCCT 641 and OCCT 637 which are also taught during the spring semester (C.1.8). Specific fieldsites including hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and community based programs that serve the adult and senior population experiencing physical dysfunctions are chosen for this course.  The experience should provide the student with the opportunity to carry out professional responsibilities under the supervision of an occupational therapist or other qualified professional (C.1.9). The student is required to complete 40 hours of onsite supervised time at their fieldsite. These hours and any additional hours cannot be substituted for any portion of the students Level II fieldwork, which will occur in subsequent terms. (C. 1.10).  

This course will also have an on-campus seminar to introduce the students to ACOTE standards for level one fieldwork, documentation practices, service delivery models and settings, intra- and inter-disciplinary team relationships, referral to specialists, and relevant ethical issues.  The concept of therapeutic use of self and other theoretical constructs will also be introduced and explored and related back to didactic courses being taught concurrently (C.1.8).  

 

OCCT 695 Pediatric Fieldwork Level I and Documentation

This course will provide field experience in the clinical area of Pediatrics. Students will be mentored by a Clinical Instructor at their site and will be given opportunity for student/patient interaction.

 

OCCT 703 Implementing OT Treatment

This course is designed to be an online mentoring course for the MSOT students who are going out of their first fieldwork Level II experience. The students will be divided among the faculty listed above based on the student setting and the faculty’s area of expertise to provide an optimal mentoring experience.

The overall objective of the course is, with the aide of a faculty mentor, to apply theoretical concepts related to OT; learn the roles of OT and OTA’s in their fieldwork setting; discuss ways to refer clients to other professionals as needed; interact with family and caregivers of clients; and acknowledge

Course Theme
The next best thing to being wise oneself is to be in a circle of those who are.” C.S. Lewis

 

OCCT 711 Ethical and Professional Decision Making in OT

This course is designed to promote ethical reflection and practice in the roles of being an occupational therapist.

 

OCCT735 Research in OT II

This course supports beginning research skills in a practice setting with a faculty-led research activity embedded into the second portion of this course.

Course Theme
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winston Churchill

 

OCCT 739 Management and Leadership in OT

After successfully completing the course, students will be able to plan and manage the delivery of evidence-based and occupation-based therapy services that are efficacious and cost effective and provided within the varying contexts of a dynamic health care environment. Students will employ professional, collaborative skills to integrate input from multiple systems, business models, and governing structures into the planned delivery of occupational therapy services.

Course Scripture
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28

 

OCCT 791 Professional Preparation

This course is intended to be an allotted time to review for the NBCOT Certification Exam.

 

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.

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