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Ithaca College Graduate Catalog 2002-2003

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Graduation Requirements

1. Completion of the B.S. program in occupational science at Ithaca College.

2. Completion of the required courses listed below.

3. Completion of a research project or thesis that includes a proposal, data collection or library research, analysis, and presentation of results. The research thesis is conducted under the supervision of faculty members and must meet professional publication standards. Students' proposals must be accepted for thesis research by the faculty. These students will register for 673-67200/67300 Individual Thesis Research. Students who do not undertake a thesis must take 673-67100 Group Research and 673-61000 Supervision in Occupational Therapy, and pass a comprehensive examination developed by the faculty prior to graduation.

Students enrolled in the thesis option who have completed all coursework except the thesis will be required to enroll in at least one credit of thesis each semester until they finish their degree. Students should work with their program advisers to plan an appropriate course and credit schedule. For international students this schedule will be reflected in the immigration paperwork.

Major Department Requirements

673-61100

Professional Concepts II

1

673-62000

Advanced Theory and Practice

3

673-63000

Preventive Health Care and Patient Education

3

673-63100

Consultation, Community, and Alternative Models

2

673-64000

Activity Group Process

3

673-65000 or
673-65100

Applied Pediatric Neuroscience (3) or Applied Adult Neuroscience (3)

3

673-67200
673-67300

Individual Thesis Research I (3) and
Individual Thesis Research II (2)
or

673-67100
673-61000

Group Research (3) and
Supervision in Occupational Therapy (2)

5

Total, major department requirements

20

Clinical Fieldwork

673-60000

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Children and Adolescents

6

673-69000

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Adult and Geriatric

6

673-69500 or 673-69600

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Elective Specialty or Elective Internship

4

Total, clinical fieldwork

16

Graduate Elective

One of the following:

673-64100

Adaptation and Environmental Modification (3)

673-64300

Cognitive Rehabilitation (3)

673-64400

Technology in Occupational Therapy Intervention (3)

673-64500

Vocational Readiness (3)

Total, graduate elective

3

Specialty Seminar

One of the following:

673-68100

Advanced Concepts in Physical Disabilities (3)

673-68200

Advanced Concepts in Psychosocial Occupational Therapy (3)

673-68300

Advanced Concepts in Geriatric Rehabilitation (3)

673-68400

School-Based Occupational Therapy (3)

673-68500

Hand Therapy (3)

Total, specialty seminar

3

Total, M.S. in occupational therapy

42

Clinical Fieldwork

Clinical fieldwork is an essential part of professional training, and students must complete three level II fieldwork experiences in preparation for their degree and certification. Fieldwork centers maintain contractual relationships with Ithaca College, and students are placed in fieldwork centers by the fieldwork coordinator well in advance of the beginning of these placements. Once confirmed, student placements are not alterable by the student.

Students will be assigned to fieldwork based on their preferences and the availability of placements. Students should expect to do at least some of their fieldwork at a distance from their homes and Ithaca. They are responsible for making their own housing and travel arrangements, although the department and the fieldwork center are usually able to provide some help. Students and their families need to plan ahead for this process.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) requires that all level II fieldwork experiences be completed within 24 months of the completion of the academic portion of the curriculum. Students who fail to complete graduate fieldwork within this period are subject to dismissal from the program.

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