Occupational Therapy Course Descriptions

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OT610 - Anatomical and Physiological Basis for Human Occupation l (5 Units)

The Gross Anatomy Laboratory is one of the strengths of the curriculum. This two semester course will be taught by a doctorally prepared anatomist who will be assisted in the dissection lab by a second anatomist. By having access to human cadavers, hands-on dissection of organ systems and the musculoskeletal system, the student is provided with a good foundation in the sciences.

This is the first part of a two-semester course devoted to the anatomy (morphology) and function (physiology) of the human body. Emphasis is on the neuromuscular-skeletal systems and peripheral nervous system with limited concentrations of body systems. Lab will include human cadaver dissection and interactive group process and hands-on learning.

OT611 - Foundations of Occupational Therapy (3 Units)
Introduction to the profession of Occupational Therapy, including history, philosophies, frames of reference, organizations, standards, ethics, legal issues, trends, supervision of aides and assistants. Introduction to methods of acquiring information such as library resources, electronics/computer bibliographic searches and utilization of professional publication and audiovisual media. Occupation as the core principle of therapeutic intervention will be critically examined.

OT612 - Theories of Inquiry and Research Methodology (2 Units)
Introduction to the Philosophy and principles of the research process in the realm of occupational therapy. Includes scientific methods of inquiry, research design, data collection, ethics, informed consent, and clinical reasoning used in field research. Emphasis will be on qualitative research and the development of a problem, question, and research proposal. (Prerequisite: Statistics)

OT613 - Teaching/Learning Principles for Health Professionals (2 Units CORE)

Explores the role of the health care professional as an educator with focus on patient education, clinical education, consumer education and professional staff education. Emphasis on teaching and learning styles and the effective organization of educational experiences.

OT614 - Anatomical and Physiological Basis for Human Occupation ll (5 Units)

A continuation of OT610. This course is designed to facilitate a synthesis of the whole person by exploring the relationships of the anatomical, histological, physiological and biochemical adaptations to stress, trauma, disease, tissue healing, and occupational dysfunction.

OT615 - Research Seminar (2 Units)

This course will provide a forum for discussion of ideas and questions leading to a research problem or development of a viable project. This course is a continuation of Theories of Inquiry and Research Methodology (OT612) and will facilitate an on-going interest in inquiry.

OT616 - Therapeutic Media, Materials and Processes (3 Units)

Laboratory course in daily living skills evaluation and activity analysis for the physically, physiologically, and cognitively impaired. Emphasis on strategies and media that promote adaptation to disabilities and increase role independence are taught using adaptive equipment, prescribing wheelchairs, resigning the environment driving training, restructuring cognitive complexity, and exploration of tools and media.

OT617 - Interpersonal/Interprofessional Communication (2 Units CORE)

Personal and Professional effectiveness training and communication skills building; includes role of the health professional as a team member, patient interviewing skills, patient/therapist relationships, cultural diversity, sexuality, values, and coping skills.

OT618 - Functional Neuroscience (3 Units)

The exploration of the structure and function of the human nervous system with emphasis on adaptive and clinical manifestations. The peripheral and central nervous system, their blood supply, somatosensory and motor systems, special senses, pain mechanisms, cognitive perceptual reflex pathways, and consequences of lesions will be examined.

OT619 - Human Occupation Throughout the Life Span (3 Units)

Exploration of the stages of human development from conception to death with attention to occupational performance, biological, psychological, cognitive and sociocultural elements as health determinants. Emphasis will be on normal development and observation skills.

OT621 - Introduction to Fieldwork l (3 Units)

Introduction to fieldwork in occupational therapy. Guided observations and supervised fieldwork under the direction of clinical faculty in setting appropriate for the first year of the curriculum. Many fieldwork placements will be in untraditional settings.

OT622 - Research Seminar (1 Unit)

Implementation of a pilot study or investigation of a specific treatment strategy used in occupational therapy. Seminar will be used for shared field experiences and independent studies through learning contacts.

OT623 - The Health Care Industry (1 Unit CORE)

History and current structure of the American health care industry with focus on changing environments, economics, role and function of health care professionals, and issues in the delivery of services.

OT624 - Conditions of Human Dysfunction (3 Units)

This course provides an overview of pathophysiology and management of neurological disorders, as well as general medical, surgical and orthopedic conditions commonly seen in clinical practice. Emphasis will be on learning medical terminology, pathologic processes, medical management, remediation and clinical techniques for therapeutic intervention.

OT625 - Introduction to Kinesiology and Biomechanics (2 Units)

Introduction to concepts of mechanics as they apply to human movement and properties of matter as applied to biological tissues. Mechanical, physiological and anatomical principles that govern human motion will be explored.

 OT626 - Theory and Practice in Psychosocial Dysfunction (3 Units)

Evaluation methods, social and psychological theories and pharmacologic intervention strategies. Focus on group process, exploration of self-esteem, stress management, and purposeful activities for persons experiencing psychosocial dysfunction. Exploration of acute, chronic substance abuse and social issues such as homelessness will be examined.

OT627 - Applied Kinesiology and Bio-Mechanics (3 Units)

Analysis of human movement during occupations utilizing biomechanical principles. Laboratory experiences include manual testing, joint range of motion measurement, and kinesiological activity analyses. Osteokinematic as well arthrokinematic concepts and abnormal movement patterns will be examined.

OT628 - Administration & Management (3 Units)

Administration and organization of occupational therapy services within the current and future health care environment. Emphasis on consultation, quality assurance, program evaluation, functional outcome assessment, program evaluation, strategic planning, marketing, and budgeting in community based services. Health care reform and third part reimbursement issues are examined.

OT629 - Theory and Practice in Physical Dysfunction (3 Units)

Methods of evaluation, treatment planning and implementation as it applies to individuals with physical dysfunction. Emphasis on sensorimotor, cognitive, neurodevelopmental techniques. Biopsychosocial consideration will accompany therapeutic intervention strategies.

OT630 - Research Synthesis Project (2 Units)

A practical application of descriptive research in the clinical setting. An investigation to be conducted on a specific aspect of practice, theory or administrative project. The practicum should generate a publishable paper, protocol or teaching module that can be presented as an in-service or paper presented at a conference.

OT631 - Adaptive Technology and Introduction to Modalities (3 Units)

The use of computers and technology in occupational therapy evaluation and treatment of physical, psychological, and cognitive disorders. Skills include the application of adaptive equipment, specialized communication devices, orthotics, prosthetics, biofeedback, environmental control systems, design and fabrication of switch devices, robotics, cognitive rehabilitation software, and physical agent modalities.

OT632 - Advanced Clinical Practice (4 Units)

Introduction to clinical practice in specialty areas such as dysphagia, pediatrics, sensory integration, burn injury, acute care, work capacity, hand therapy, gerontology and other advanced practices.

OT633 - Complementary Systems of Health Care (2 Units)

A critical review of allopathic (Western Scientific Medicine) and Traditional (alternative Medicine) systems of health care. Eastern Chinese medicine, yoga, ayurvedic, homeopathy, craniosacral, chiropathic, reflexology, Tai Chi, myofascial release and various shamonistic systems will be examined to develop an appreciation for a range oh health beliefs and practices.

OT634 - Professional Development Seminar (2 Units)

This advanced practicum will allow the student to develop a learning contract and to implement a supervised treatment program with consumers in a variety of settings. This practicum will allow the student to develop materials for government affairs, special adaptive equipment, modify architectural barriers or explore the clinical benefits of selected modalities. A project or case study will document the experience. Students will meet once a week in a support group to discuss problems, generate ideas and to obtain encouragement while working in the field.

OT635 - Fieldwork Level ll (6 Units/Session)

This is an internship under contract whereby the student works in the capacity of a therapist under the supervision of a registered occupational therapist. Ideally the student is assigned for two twelve weeks periods in facilities which provide experiences in physical and psychosocial disabilities. A variety of settings and alternative placements will be considered. While working with persons having various levels of physical, psychosocial, sensorimotor, and cognitive performances components, the student has opportunities for synthesis, the integration and application of knowledge gained throughout their educational experiences which include general education/liberal arts courses as well as the professional sequence of occupational therapy coursework. The student will utilize occupational therapy theory for the examination of the interplay among occupational performance areas, components, and contexts, develop and expand a repertoire of occupational therapy assessments and treatment interventions, and employ clinical reasoning and competent practice skills.

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