Ithaca College

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Occupational Therapy Courses

OTBS-10500 Occupations and You LA 1

An introduction to the concept of occupation. The nature of occupations from personal, historical, cultural, and practical perspectives are explored. Investigation of the engagement in work, self-care, play, and leisure and its meaning to people, their development, and identity. How individuals and groups interact with their environment is a major focus. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

OTBS-20100 Human Development I LA 1

Study of developmental theories and factors influencing normal development from prenatal to adolescence. Developmental norms and sequences are examined, with emphasis on sensorimotor, cognitive, and psychosocial tasks, as well as occupational development. Beginning skills in the observation of normal children are developed. Prerequisites: PSYC-10300; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

OTBS-20200 Human Development II LA 1

Continued study of developmental theories and factors influencing normal development from adolescence through older adulthood. Developmental norms and sequences are examined with emphasis on sensorimotor, cognitive, and psychosocial development, and performance of self-care, work, and leisure occupations as these are related to development and role performance across the life span. Students will engage in independent and group learning and develop interview and observation skills. Prerequisites: PSYC-10300; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-20500 Introduction to Occupational Science LA

An overview of the science of human occupation and theoretical models that are used to describe the impact of occupation on individuals. Includes the physical, psychosocial, cultural, and environmental factors of work, self-care, and play/leisure. An introduction into the domain of occupational therapy is included. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F-S)

OTBS-20600 The Culture of Disability LA SS 1h

An examination of the historical and sociocultural construction of disability through reading, discussion, film, and personal narrative. The history of several disability groups will be used as case studies to analyze the ideological, socioeconomic, political, and cultural experience of disability. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. 3 credits. (S)

OTBS-21000 The Cancer Experience LA 1

Introduction to the major types of cancer, basic medical terminology, impact of cancer on the individual, cultural differences in types of cancer, and external and internal influences on cancer, as well as treatment, adjustments, and coping strategies. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 3 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-30500 Applied Occupations I NLA

Occupational therapy as process is the concentration of this course. Analysis of occupation is introduced, as is occupational performance evaluation and intervention. Continuation of discussion of occupational therapy theory is included during lecture, with application in laboratory sessions. Exploration of the ADA and other legislation that impacts the profession and its consumers is also examined and integrated through experiential projects. Prerequisites: OTBS-10500; OTBS-20500. 3 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-31000 Kinesiology NS LA

The application of gross anatomy to the study of human movement, with emphasis on understanding the interrelated kinetics of normal motions of the musculoskeletal system as they influence functional activities. Evaluation procedures such as manual muscle testing, joint range of motion measurement, and kinesiological analysis of functional activities are used in laboratory sessions. Prerequisites: PHYS-10100; PTBS-31000. 4 credits. (F,Y)

OTBS-31500 Applied Occupations II NLA

Applies the occupational performance analysis at a more advanced level, including the occupational profile and incorporating the presence of impairments to clinical reasoning. Continuation of occupational theory and the teaching-learning process is explored. Experiential learning includes observation of practicing occupational therapists in the field. Prerequisites: OTBS-30500. 2 credits. (Sum,Y)

OTBS-32000 Clinical Psychiatry in Occupational Therapy NLA

Study of the basic concepts of identification, definition, and management of psychosocial problems. Major pathological syndromes and their etiologies are examined. Includes an introduction to pharmacology and medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on understanding not only the pathology and medical treatment, but also the effect of the condition on the individual's ability to perform functional activities. Additional emphasis will be placed on children, the elderly, and interdisciplinary teams. Prerequisites: PSYC-32100; OTBS-20200. 3 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-33500 Individual and Group Work in Health Sciences LA

Focuses on therapeutic use of self in individual and group relationships. Emphasis is on an action-based, helping, problem-solving model to guide individual interventions. Provides the cognitive, affective, and occupational basis to helping groups for various client populations and settings across the life span. Presents knowledge and experiential opportunity to gain skill as a competent group leader. Lecture and laboratory format. Prerequisites: PSYC-10300; 6 credits in sociology and/or anthropology. 4 credits. (F,Y)

OTBS-39900-OTBS-39999 Selected Topics in Occupational
Therapy LA/NLA

Topics of current interest to faculty and students. Experimental courses are offered under this number and title. This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: As appropriate to topics. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

OTBS-41000 Neuroscience LA/NS

Introduction to the science of the human nervous system. Provides a framework for understanding the nervous system and the area of applied neurosciences. This course provides the scientific basis for improved patient care by clarifying relationships between the nervous system and behavior. Selected laboratory and experiential activities enhance lecture, discussion, and reading materials. Prerequisites: PTBS-31300. 3 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-42500 Clinical Management in Occupational Therapy NLA

Focuses on the practice of efficient and effective administration in a health care setting. Focus includes health systems perspective; service delivery models and mechanisms; service management of various clinical settings; resource management of personnel, finances, materials, and physical plant; and risk management. Prerequisites: OTBS-45000 or permission of instructor. Corequisites: OTBS-42600. 3 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-42600 Professional Practice in Community
Occupational Therapy NLA

Focuses on practice in educator, consultant, and advocacy roles in emerging community-based settings. Emphasis is on emerging areas of OT practice as well as nontraditional alternatives. Examines transition to professional role in the community, including career development, professional responsibilities, current trends and issues, and clinical education. Prerequisites: OTBS-45000 or permission of instructor. Corequisites: OTBS-42500. 3 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-43000 Applied Interventions in Occupational Therapy NLA

Part of the occupations thread that follows OTBS-31500 Applied Occupations II. Emphasis is on selected occupational therapy intervention methods. The use of orthotics as a preparatory method in intervention, the evaluation and intervention of biomechanical components, and prosthetics as an occupation-based activity are explored. Adaptation of methods of instructing activities of daily living and design of equipment is also covered. Prerequisites: OTBS-31000; OTBS-31500. 3 credits. (F,Y)

OTBS-44000 Adult Evaluation Processes in Occupational
Therapy NLA

The occupational therapy process begins with evaluation, consisting of developing an occupational profile of the client and conducting an analysis of occupational performance. Practice models that are suitable for the adult client population will be addressed within the context of the evaluation process and formulating an intervention plan. This course is integrated with OTBS-45000 and OTBS-47100. Prerequisites: OTBS-31000; OTBS-33000; OTBS-41000. Corequisites: OTBS-45000. 4 credits. (F,Y)

OTBS-44500 Pediatric Evaluation Processes in Occupational Therapy NLA

Presents various frames of reference and therapeutic approaches used in the evaluation and intervention process for children. Emphasis is given to theoretical constructs and therapeutic applications based on principles of human development. Pediatric theories and principles are related to practice in a variety of settings. Laboratory experiences emphasize the assessment of children and adolescents based on these principles. Prerequisites: OTBS-20100; OTBS-31500. Corequisites: OTBS-45000; OTBS-47500. 4 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-45000 Adult Intervention Processes in Occupational
Therapy NLA

The intervention phase of the occupational therapy process not only involves implementing the intervention plan, but also reevaluation of the plan. This process is addressed within the context of practice models suitable for the adult client population. Includes a clinical fieldwork experience and a case/problem-based seminar. This course is integrated with OTBS-44000 and OTBS-47100. Prerequisites: OTBS-31000; OTBS-33000; OTBS-41000. Corequisites: OTBS-45000. 3 credits. (F,Y)

OTBS-45500 Pediatric Intervention Processes in Occupational Therapy NLA

Concepts and theories in occupational therapy are applied in observing, evaluating, planning, and implementing services for children. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills based on sound theoretical concepts and on the process of clinical reasoning. Exposure to clients through clinical placement. Prerequisites: OTBS-31500. Corequisites: OTBS-44500; OTBS-47500. 3 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-46000 Research Methods in Occupational Therapy NLA

Review of the basic methods and designs used in occupational therapy research and inquiry. Includes the conceptual foundations, basic research methodology, and analysis and interpretation of data. Emphasizes critical evaluation of occupational therapy research literature based on both quantitative and qualitative methods in order to develop evidence-based practitioners. Provides the student with understanding of the individual thesis proposal and comprehensive literature reviews, as well as the components involved in writing the thesis. Prerequisites: PTBS-39000. 3 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-46500 Occupational Therapy Research Seminar NLA

A seminar/tutorial-based course that builds on previous classes in research statistics and design, and on clinical/professional courses in the senior year. This course is taken with a faculty member who is conducting research in an area of interest to the student. Construction of a research paper, including the development of a problem statement and research questions suitable for thesis research, and support of these elements with a background, definition, and rationale. Oral presentation of the proposal is required. Prerequisites: OTBS-46000; senior status. 1 credit. (S,Y)

OTBS-47100 Adult Clinical Conditions in Occupational
Therapy NLA

A study of selected systemic, medical-surgical, orthopedic, and neurological conditions. Basic concepts in the identification, definition, and medical management of these conditions affecting adults and older persons. Emphasis is placed on understanding not only the etiology, pathology, and medical treatment, but also the effect of the condition and its treatment on the person's ability to perform functional activities. Prerequisites: PTBS-31000; PTBS-31300; OTBS-41000. 3 credits. (F,Y)

OTBS-47500 Pediatric Clinical Conditions in Occupational
Therapy NLA

Exploration of the salient medical background of pediatric diseases and conditions. Principles of medical management of selected systemic diseases in children and young adults as a basis for intervention by an occupational therapist. Prerequisites: PTBS-31000; PTBS-31300; OTBS-41000. 2 credits. (S,Y)

OTBS-49900-OTBS-49999 Independent Study in Occupational
Therapy NLA

Individual research and writing in a particular area of occupational therapy, supervised by a faculty member in the department. An approved design statement is required before registration for this course. Prerequisites: Permission of supervising faculty member, student's adviser, department chair, and dean. 1-3 credits. (F-S,Y)

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. Course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: 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 a training center program approved in accordance with the American Occupational Therapy Association's standards. Pass/fail only. Required. 6 credits. (B01 or 04,Y)

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. 3 credits. (B03,Y)

OTMS-64100 Adaptation and Environmental Modification

Study of theories regarding human behavioral adaptation and development of 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. (BO3,IRR)

OTMS-64200 Advanced Concepts in Adapting Environments

Adaptation of physical, emotional, social, and cultural environments to promote patient/client success. Covers the external barriers that impede successful functioning. Environment adaptation includes time, space, and technical aspects that promote optimal functioning. Development of specialized equipment and methods of adapting equipment and physical space. Elective. 3 credits. (BO3,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. (BO3,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. (BO3,IRR)

OTMS-64600 Play and Leisure NLA

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. (B03,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 lab deals with treatment for children having cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and related conditions. Elective alternative to OTMS-45100. 3 credits. (B02,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 review of neuroanatomy and physiology, and critique of neurologically based models, including contemporary task-oriented approach, NDT, Brunstrom, and Rood techniques. Elective alternative to OTMS-65000 Applied Pediatric Neuroscience. 3 credits. (B02,Y)

OTMS-65500 Technological Interventions in Occupational Therapy NLA

Examines the role of occupational therapists as part of an interdisciplinary team in the assessment, selection, application, and outcome 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. Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission of instructor. 3 credits. (B02,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. Prerequisites: Graduate student status. 3 credits. (B02,Y)

OTMS-67100 Group Research

A research course for students who do not elect to conduct individual research for a thesis. It includes the 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 alternate to OTMS-67200 Individual Thesis Research I. 3 credits. (B02,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. (B02,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. Elective. 3 credits. (B03,Y)

OTMS-67500 Advanced Program Practice

Focuses on advanced practice in occupational therapy program development. Emphasis is on the application of scientific inquiry and evidence-based knowledge in clinical or educational settings. Develops grant writing, outcome assessment, and advanced project development skills. Emphasizing consultative, service leadership, and mentoring roles. Elective alternative to OTMS-67300 Individual Thesis Research II. Prerequisites: OTBS-42500; OTBS-42600. 3 credits. (B03,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. Prerequisites: OTMS-65000 or OTMS-65100. 3 credits. (B03,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. Prerequisites: OTMS-65000 or OTMS-65100. 3 credits. (B03,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. Prerequisites: OTMS-65000 or OTMS-65100. 3 credits. (B03,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. Prerequisites: OTMS-65000 or OTMS-65100. 3 credits. (B03,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. Prerequisites: OTMS-65000 or OTMS-65100. 3 credits. (B03,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 for infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. 3 credits. (B03,IRR)

OTMS-69000 Clinical Fieldwork II: Adult/Geriatric

Three months of full-time, supervised clinical experience with the opportunity to treat adult/geriatric patients. Assignment in training center programs approved in accordance with the standards of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Required. 6 credits. (B01 or 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. Required. Prerequisites: OTMS-60000; OTMS-69000. Pass/fail only. 4 credits. (B05,Y)

OTMS-69600 Elective Internship

An eight-week, full-time (or equivalent) internship with the 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 Clinical Fieldwork II: Elective Specialty. Prerequisites: OTMS-60000 or OTMS-69000. 4 credits. (B05,Y)

OTMS-69900 Graduate Independent Study

Individual research and writing in an area of occupational therapy practice, research, or theory under supervision of an 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. (B01-05,IRR)