Course Requirements

Prerequisites
An average of 3.0 is required on prerequisites

  • General Biology I plus Lab (4 hrs)
  • Biology Anatomy & Physiology I and II plus Labs (8 hrs)
  • General Physics I plus Lab (4 hrs) or Biomechanics (3 hrs)
  • Statistics (3 hrs)
  • Intro to Sociology (3 hrs)
  • Intro to Psychology (3 hrs)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 hrs)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)
  • Structural Kinesiology (3 hrs)
  • Medical Terminology (2 hrs)

M.S. in Occupational Therapy Course Descriptions:

KNOT 501 Gross Anatomy (3 hrs)
Student will gain in-depth knowledge of the human body and its components. Students will learn musculature of the body including function and location; bone and joint location and function; the lymphatic and nervous system. Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology, Structural Kinesiology, Biomechanics

KNOT 503 Occupation Based Activity Analysis (1 hr)
Students will develop advanced skills in analyzing the physical and cognitive skills needed for functional tasks in relation to patient’s activities of daily living. Students will need a working knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology for this course.

KNOT 504 Pediatric Conditions: Theory and Practice/Lab (4 hrs)
This course presents theory and practice in a variety of pediatric conditions that impact function in a child or adolescent's life. Students will delve into the vast complex nature of disorders, theory, assessments, intervention, and service delivery. This course enables students’ expanding knowledge of the pediatric population. The lab provides for hands-on approach to assessment, intervention and service delivery. Students will learn to choose and administer appropriate standardized testing as well as analyze results and apply specific treatment techniques to this population.

KNOT 505 Principles of Human Development and Occupation (3 hrs)
Students will learn the basic principles of human development throughout the lifespan and explore popular theories of development and how it relates to occupation. Students will explore the fundamental human needs and how purposeful occupation supports healthy development. 

KNOT 506 Occupational Therapy Framework (3 hrs)
This course introduces students to the AOTA official document The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2nd Edition.  This document is intended for internal practice and external guidelines and serves to define and guide occupational therapy practice and is a necessary foundation to occupational therapy education. Students will learn the core beliefs and definitions of the profession as well the different categories of the domain and process of the profession.

KNOT 507 Professional Seminar: Intro to Clinical Reasoning and Professional Behavior (1 hr)
This course introduces students to the basic expectations in regards to professional behavior that will be of importance both in the classroom and on professional rotations. The course emphasizes different facets of clinical and professional reasoning such as self-analysis, reflection, attentive listening skills and respect for diversity. Students will gain an understanding of personal and professional responsibilities as a practicing therapist.

KNOT 508 Functional Neuroanatomy (3 hrs)
Students will gain an understanding of the function of the Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of how injuries and disruptions in the nervous system and brain affect function. Prerequisites: Anatomy & Physiology, Structural Kinesiology

KNOT 522 Seminar: Health Conditions (1)
This course will examine the pathology, medical diagnosis process and medical/surgical intervention of patients with conditions that are commonly treated by occupational therapists.

KNOT 601 Group Process (3 hrs)
This course introduces students to the process of developing and leading a group for purposes of occupational therapy treatment. Students will utilize learning from previous theory courses to support their decision-making and development of groups. Students will lean how to effectively lead a group and how to document the purpose and goals of group treatment.

KNOT 606 Fieldwork Level I: Pediatric setting (2 hrs)
This course provides a field-based experience with a minimum of 40 clock hours of supervised experience in a clinical or community setting. Includes regularly scheduled meetings with faculty for individual and group supervision. Students will be able to observe, describe and analyze clients in a pediatric setting in various formats. Students will be expected to keep a self-reflective journal of experience.

KNOT 610 Documenting OT Practice and Fieldwork (3 hrs)
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, as well simulated activities in the classroom, to practice note writing. Students will be expected to use terminology consistent with the AOTA Framework Domain and Process.

KNOT 611 Theory of Occupation and Wellness (3 hrs)
Students will gain an understanding of the connection between healthy purposeful occupation and wellness. Students will consider various theories of wellness and explore community options for wellness programs and write proposals for wellness programs based on community needs.

KNOT 613 Research Process in Occupational Therapy I (3 hrs)
This course addresses the importance of research in the practice of occupational therapy. This course outlines various research theories and methods commonly used. Students participate in the design and implementation of entry-level research studies as well as analyzing and interpreting professional literature. Students formulate the proposal (in groups) for their final research project for graduation.

KNOT 615 Research Process in OT II (3 hrs)
This course will further delve into specific analysis of research results and include completion of the capstone research project proposed in Research Process I. Students will be assigned a faculty member for guidance on project.

KNOT 619 Psychosocial Conditions: Theory and Practice (3 hrs)
This course will familiarize students with common psychiatric conditions that are treated by occupational therapists. Students will be introduced to taxonomy from the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostic and the Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders and be introduced to relevant theories of practice and treatments for this population.

KNOT 621 Fieldwork Level I: Psychosocial Setting (2 hrs)
This course provides a field based experience with a minimum of 40 clock hours of supervised experience in a clinical or community setting. Include regular scheduled meetings with a faculty for individual and group supervision. Students will be able to observe, describe and analyze clients in a psychosocial setting in various formats. Students will be expected to keep a self-reflective journal of experience.

KNOT 623 Physical Disabilities: Adaptation and Treatment (3 hrs)
This course will familiarize students with the adult and elderly populations and focus on the physical rehabilitation needs of these groups. Students will learn a client-centered approach to the treatment of common adult disabling conditions as well as apply problem-solving skills to adapt and modify treatment plans. Students will complete case studies based on simulated classroom sessions as well as fieldwork clients. Students will also complete competencies related to this area such as: transfer techniques, manual muscle testing, range of motion and other manual techniques used in this area.

KNOT 625 Fieldwork Level I: Adult physical disabilities (2 hrs)
This course provides a field-based experience with a minimum of 40 clock hours of supervised experience in a clinical or community setting. Include regular scheduled meetings with a faculty for individual and group supervision. Students will be able to observe, describe and analyze clients in a psychosocial setting in various formats. Students will be expected to keep a self-reflective journal of experience.

KNOT 630 Evaluation and Assessment in OT (3 hrs)
This class will familiarize students with assessments and evaluations that are predominant in the profession. Students will examine the process of evaluation and assessment of individuals. Students will lean about standardized, non-standardized assessments, psychometrics of assessments, and scoring and interpretation of results. Students will be expected to complete case studies of various assessments chosen throughout the semester.

KNOT 636 Assistive Technology and OT applications /Lab (4 hrs)
This course integrates intervention techniques such as ergonomics, environmental modification, assistive technology and design and fabrication of orthotics and devices. Emphasis is placed on clinical reasoning processes and students will be expected to apply theories and frames of reference learned in prior coursework.

KNOT 641 Ethical and Professional Decision Making (3 hrs)
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.

KNOT 650 Hand and Upper-Extremity: Theory and Practice/Lab (4 hrs)
This course will provide an overview of principles of the 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.

KNOT 680 Administration and Management in Occupational Therapy (3 hrs)
This class will introduce students to the daily management functions of an occupational therapy department including planning, organizing, directing, controlling and supervision of occupational therapy assistants and other departmental personnel. The course will introduce students to the topics of managed care, quality assurance, leadership, regulatory agencies, models of practice, and ethics. Students will be expected to apply basic knowledge of budgeting, marketing, program evaluation and development as well as grant writing.

KNOT 690 Fieldwork Level II: 1 (3 hrs)
A field-based experience with a minimum of 480 hours total of patient care experience. Student will be expected to demonstrate ethical and professional behavior and utilize skills learned in didactic coursework and labs to provide patient care with the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.

KNOT 691 Fieldwork Level II: 2 ( 3hrs)
A field-based experience with a minimum of 480 hours total of patient care experience. Student will be expected to demonstrate ethical and professional behavior and utilize skills learned in didactic coursework and labs to provide patient care with the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist. At the end of this rotation the student should be functioning at an entry-level occupational therapist level. 

 

Application Deadline:
 Summer 2014
  • Nov. 15 (Priority)
  • Jan. 15 (Standard)

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