Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Courses

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Block 01 = summer, first fieldwork experience; Block 02 = fall semester, on-campus coursework; Block 03 = spring semester, on-campus coursework; Block 04 = summer, second fieldwork experience; Block 05 = final fieldwork experience; Y = yearly; IRR = offered at irregular intervals

OTMS 59800 Special Topics in Occupational Therapy
Formal instruction in topics of current interest to graduate students and faculty in occupational therapy. Experimental and topical courses will be offered under this number and title. May be repeated for credit, for different selected topics. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

OTMS 60000 Clinical Fieldwork II -- Children and Adolescents
Three months of full-time supervised clinical experience with the opportunity to treat pediatric patients/clients. Assignment in training center program approved in accordance with the American Occupational Therapy Association's standards. Pass/fail only. Required. 6 credits. (Block 01 or 04)

OTMS 62000 Advanced Theory and Practice
Examination and critique of definitions, philosophy, generic base, and concepts in occupational therapy. Occupational therapy theory development, structure, and function are analyzed and critiqued as they relate to basic assumptions, frames of reference, and implications for practice and research. Focus is on research and theory development, and the application of theory to occupational therapy practice. Required. No prerequisites. 3 credits. (Block 03, Y)

OTMS 64100 Adaptation and Environmental Modification
Study of theories regarding human behavioral adaptation and development for skills to modify physical, emotional, social, and cultural environments. Promotion of appropriate behavioral adaptations that facilitate engagement with the tasks that comprise life roles. Examination of methods of environmental assessment and techniques for modification of physical spaces and equipment, temporal structures, and patterns of use. Elective. 3 credits. (Block 03, IRR)

OTMS 64300 Cognitive Rehabilitation
Occupational therapy assessment and intervention for persons with cognitive dysfunction. Evaluation instruments are derived from various theoretical perspectives. The focus is on assessment and intervention with brain-injured adults, but other patient populations are also considered. Intervention strategies and critical analysis of research are emphasized. Elective. 3 credits. (Block 03, IRR)

OTMS 64500 Vocational Readiness
The role of occupational therapy in the vocational readiness process. Includes a review of vocational development and values, theoretical models, assessment, planning, treatment, and documentation. Vocational programming for children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of disabilities is discussed. Laboratory activities in vocational assessment and training are included. Students completing the course will be certified in the McCarron-Dial Work Evaluation System. Elective. 3 credits. (Block 03, IRR)

OTMS 64600 Play and Leisure
Further exploration of the occupational concepts of play and leisure, and their application to occupational therapy theory and practice. Developmental, theoretical, cultural, and philosophical aspects of play in normal individuals and in individuals with disabling conditions. Use of play/leisure in assessment, play as means, and play as end in occupational therapy practice. Seminar and discussions are supplemented with experiential learning and laboratories. 3 credits. (Block 03, IRR)

OTMS 65000 Applied Pediatric Neuroscience
Pediatric neuroscience and neuroscientific theories as they apply to pediatric practice. Theoretical and treatment models investigated include sensory integration (SI) theory, neurodevelopmental theory (NDT), and theories of motor control and motor learning for the treatment of children with a variety of developmental disorders. Clinical labs deal with treatment for children having cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and related conditions. Elective alternative to OTMS 65100. 3 credits. (Block 02, Y)

OTMS 65100 Applied Adult Neuroscience
The use of neurologically based approaches to the treatment of adults with stroke, head trauma, and other neurological disorders. Includes a review of neuroanatomy and physiology, and critique of neurologically based models, including contemporary task oriented approach, NDT, Brunnstrom, and Rood techniques. Elective alternative to OTMS 65000. 3 credits. (Block 02, Y)

OTMS 65500 Technological Interventions in Occupational Therapy
Examines the role of occupational therapists as part of an interdisciplinary team in the assessment, selection, application, and outcomes of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. Considers the use of technology to allow greater accessibility and independence for people of all ages with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities in the performance of life skills, including self-care, education, recreation, vocation, mobility, and communication. Prerequisite: Graduate student status or permission of instructor. 3 credits. (Block 02, Y)

OTMS 66500 Gerontic Occupational Therapy
Health care and community support of wellness, occupational performance, and quality of life as they relate to the needs of people over 65. Includes skills and knowledge required to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams, with clients and caregivers, as individuals, and in groups. Disease and disability prevention, environmental adaptation to facilitate continuing engagement in occupations, factors contributing to successful aging, and legislative and reimbursement issues as they apply to service delivery with the elderly. Students participate in discussions, problem-solving seminars, interaction with well and frail elderly, and review of the current literature regarding effective practice with the elderly. Prerequisite: Graduate student status. 3 credits. (Block 02, Y)

OTMS 67100 Group Research I
A research course for students who do not elect to conduct individual research for a thesis. Includes reading and criticism of research related to a faculty-designed research project, collecting and analyzing data, writing of results, and discussion of findings of the project. Elective alternative to OTMS 67200. 3 credits. (Block 02, Y)

OTMS 671200 Group Research II
A research course for students who did not elect to conduct individual research for a thesis (elective alternative to OTMS 67300). It covers the process of completing and reporting a designed research project. This course follows OTMS 67110, Group Research I, wherein students have initiated the research process. Allows students the opportunity to complete data collection and analyze, discuss, and report findings, both orally and written. 3 credits. (Block 03, Y)

OTMS 67200 Individual Thesis Research I
Preparation of a thesis proposal and the first three chapters (introduction, literature review, and methodology) of an independent, scholarly research paper under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty in occupational therapy. Data collection will be initiated. The graduate committee must approve the proposal. Elective. 3 credits. (Block 02, Y)

OTMS 67300 Individual Thesis Research II
Completion of independent research, including collecting data and analyzing results. Preparation of a scholarly research paper under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty in occupational therapy. An oral presentation of the thesis is required. 3 credits. (Block 03, Y)

OTMS 68100 Advanced Concepts in Physical Disabilities
A seminar examining current literature and thought in the treatment of adults with disabilities, with opportunities to expand skills and knowledge in advanced techniques. Research into the effectiveness of occupational therapy modalities is included. Elective. Prerequisite: OTMS 65000 or OTMS 65100. 3 credits. (Block 03, IRR)

OTMS 68200 Advanced Concepts in Psychosocial Occupational Therapy
A seminar on current trends in occupational therapy in mental health care. Focus is on advanced concepts of human adaptation and treatment for psychiatric dysfunction. Implications for the future of occupational therapy in mental health are explored. Elective. Prerequisite: OTMS 65000 or OTMS 65100. 3 credits. (Block 03, IRR)

OTMS 68300 Advanced Concepts in Geriatric Rehabilitation
A seminar on health care and community support as they relate to the needs of disabled and nondisabled elderly people. Covers the importance of interdisciplinary practice; the rationale for prevention, environmental adaptation, and activity; factors involved in healthy, successful aging; and major health care legislation and reimbursement mechanisms and their ramifications in gerontological rehabilitation. Elective. Prerequisite: OTMS 65000 or OTMS 65100. 3 credits. (Block 03, IRR)

OTMS 68400 School-Based Occupational Therapy
A seminar exploring current trends in occupational therapy in schools. Includes the individual educational plan (IEP) process, the education team and system, treatment implementation, and documentation methodologies appropriate to school systems. Programming for children from birth to age 21 is included. Elective. Prerequisite: OTMS 65000 or OTMS 65100. 3 credits. (Block 03, IRR)

OTMS 68500 Hand Therapy
Seminar on the knowledge, skills, and practices of hand therapy and rehabilitation. Hand injuries and surgery, use of physical agent modalities in hand therapy, treatment protocols, advanced splinting, and ethical and legal issues are covered. Elective. Prerequisite: OTMS 65000 or OTMS 65100. 3 credits. (Block 03, IRR)

OTMS 68800 Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention
Study of the impact of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors on the occupational development of young children with special needs. Designed to provide skills in assessment and family-centered intervention to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. Elective. 3 credits. (Block 03, IRR)

OTMS 69000 Clinical Fieldwork II -- Adult and Geriatric
Three months of full-time supervised clinical experience with opportunity to treat adult and geriatric patients. Assignment in training center programs approved in accordance with the standards of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Pass/fail only. Required. 6 credits. (Block 01 or Block 04, Y)

OTMS 69500 Clinical Fieldwork II -- Elective Specialty
Two or three months of full-time, supervised clinical experience with opportunity to plan, implement, and evaluate treatment for patients or clients in a specialty area selected by the student in consultation with the fieldwork coordinator. Pass/fail only. Required. Prerequisites: OTMS 60000 and OTMS 69000. 4 credits. (Block 05, Y)

OTMS 69600 Elective Internship
Eight-week, full-time (or equivalent) internship with opportunity to apply occupational therapy theory and principles in a nontraditional setting under the supervision of a person with demonstrated competence in a specialized area of consultation or service delivery. Alternative to OTMS 69500. Prerequisite: OTMS 60000 or OTMS 69000. 4 credits. (Block 05, Y)

OTMS 69900 Graduate Independent Study
Individual research and writing in an area of occupational therapy practice, research, or theory under supervision of occupational therapy faculty member. An approved design statement is required upon registration. Prerequisites: Permission of supervising faculty member, graduate department chair, and dean. Elective. 1-3 credits. (Block 02, Block 03, Block 04, Y)