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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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Occupational Therapy

Carole Dennis, Associate Professor and Chair

Diane Long, Associate Professor and Program Director

The curriculum in occupational therapy is designed to provide a strong foundation in the liberal arts, sciences, and humanities; to offer a comprehensive and rigorous professional education; and to develop attitudes and skills for lifelong learning and leadership. Academic instruction is complemented with clinical fieldwork experiences including 32 weeks of full-time clinical affiliations. Students are provided with a strong general education and the opportunity to explore special interests in academic, clinical, and research arenas.

The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA, 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. Telephone 301-652-AOTA, www.aota.org). Program graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist , administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).** After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).

In New York and most other states, a professional license is also required for practice. The NBCOT examination serves as the licensing exam in most states. Students are, however, required to apply separately for licensure and certification upon graduation.

The program is five years in length and leads to a master of science degree in occupational therapy. Students in this program receive a bachelor of science degree in occupational science at the completion of four years of study. They are not eligible for licensure or certification, however, until they complete the fifth year. The master's degree program is further described in the Ithaca College graduate catalog.

This is a freshman-entry program, but transfer students may be accepted (see Policies and Procedures). The 10-week summer program following the junior year is conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. The fifth year of study consists of two academic semesters and two summers, including three full-time clinical fieldwork experiences completed at sites throughout the country. Travel and housing arrangements for fieldwork and the fifth year are the responsibility of the student.

Special Academic Status Policy for Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Majors

Students in occupational science and occupational therapy must obtain a grade of at least C- in all professional courses, including major courses and required courses outside the major.

Successful completion of all pre-professional coursework and a cumulative GPA of 2.70 for the first three years is required for admission to the summer semester in Rochester. Progression through the program for the last two years depends on successful completion (C- or better) of all courses in each sequential semester. A student who fails to complete a required course with a grade of C- or better must repeat the course. Refer Academic Information for the College policy on repeating a course. Since professional courses are offered once per year and are specifically sequenced, course failure may result in the delay of fieldwork and graduation.

For automatic progression into the master of science program in occupational therapy (graduate program), students must have completed the B.S. program in occupational science with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better. Students with a GPA below 3.00 but equal to or more than 2.70 will be required to pass a departmental graduate admission examination for advancement to the graduate program. Students must complete all requirements for the B.S. in occupational science and be authorized by the faculty before taking clinical fieldwork courses scheduled to start at the beginning of the graduate program. Students must earn satisfactory ratings in all courses and fieldwork before the M.S. degree will be awarded and the student can be eligible for certification and licensure. All level II (graduate) fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of completion of the didactic portion of the program.

Academic warning, suspension, and dismissal

A student who fails to meet any of the minimum requirements stated above may be placed on academic warning, suspended, or dismissed from the program. See the College policies on academic warning, suspension and dismissal in "Academic Information." Students who have been placed on academic warning or suspension will be expected to meet department standards for all subsequent semesters.

A student who is subject to dismissal from the program may, under extenuating circumstances, be granted a suspension from the program. If a student demonstrates an academic deficiency that is more severe than would merit a warning, that student may be suspended from the program. For readmission to the program, the student may have to fulfill certain conditions, such as remedial coursework or clinical assignments prescribed by the faculty at the time of suspension. For students in the final year, readmission may be contingent on the availability of space in succeeding classes.

Students whose academic performance indicates little likelihood of their attaining minimum program or professional standards will be subject to dismissal from the program in the following cases:

  1. A freshman or sophomore on warning for the previous semester, or a junior, senior, or graduate student who has been on warning for any semester, who earns less than a C- in any major or required course or fails to remove an incomplete grade in the specified period of time,
  2. A student who earns less than a C- in two or more courses in the same block or semester,
  3. A freshman or sophomore on departmental warning who fails to complete at least 12 credits in a semester with a C- or better, or a junior or senior who fails to complete the minimum number of hours to progress to the next semester,
  4. An occupational science major who has less than a 2.70 cumulative GPA at the completion of the spring semester of the junior year,
  5. An occupational therapy (graduate) student who earns more than 6 credits of C (C+, C, C-) or more than 3 credits of F,
  6. A student who fails two or more clinical fieldwork experiences or practicums,
  7. An occupational therapy (graduate) student who fails to complete level II fieldwork/internship (673-60000, 673-69000, and 673-69500 or 673-69600) within 24 months of completing all didactic coursework, or
  8. A student who significantly violates the professional code of ethics published in the Occupational Therapy Department Student Manual.

In an exceptional case, a student who has been dismissed may be readmitted to the program upon satisfaction of conditions determined by the department faculty. Dismissal from the occupational therapy program does not always mean dismissal from Ithaca College. In some cases, students may be eligible to pursue other Ithaca College majors. Specifics with regard to these policies and the appeals procedures are available in the department office and in the Occupational Therapy Department Student Manual.

Housing and Travel for Clinical Fieldwork

Clinical fieldwork is an essential part of professional training. Students are assigned to fieldwork sites locally, near their homes, and at locations around the United States. Students can expect that at least some of their placements will be at a distance from home. Students are responsible for making their own housing and travel arrangements during clinical fieldwork experiences. Assistance in securing housing information for affiliations is available from the department office. For more information on student expenses for the final year, see "Expenses."

B.S. in Occupational Science

Note: This degree does not provide eligibility for certification or licensure in occupational therapy. It is awarded after four years of study in the five-year B.S./M.S. program in occupational science/occupational therapy.

Requirements for the Major in Occupational Science -- B.S.
Major department requirements

672-10500

Occupations and You

3

672-20100

Human Development I

3

672-20200

Human Development II

3

672-20500

Introduction to Occupational Science

3

672-30500

Applied Occupations I

3

672-31000

Kinesiology

4

672-31500

Applied Occupations II

2

672-32000

Clinical Psychiatry in Occupational Therapy

3

672-33500

Individual and Group Work in Health Sciences

4

672-41000

Neuroscience

3

672-42500

Clinical Management in Occupational Therapy

3

672-42600

Professional Practice in Community Occupational Therapy

3

672-43000

Applied Intervention in Occupational Therapy

3

672-44000

Adult Evaluation Processes in Occupational Therapy

4

672-44500

Pediatric Evaluation Processes in Occupational Therapy

4

672-45000

Adult Intervention Processes in Occupational Therapy

3

672-45500

Pediatric Intervention Processes in Occupational Therapy

3

672-46000

Research Methods in Occupational Therapy

3

672-46500

Research Seminar

1

672-47100

Adult Clinical Conditions in Occupational Therapy

3

672-47500

Pediatric Clinical Conditions in Occupational Therapy

2

 

Total, required within department

63

Required courses outside the department

303-11900

Fundamentals of Biology I

4

303-12000

Fundamentals of Biology II

4

303-20600

Primary Human Anatomy

3

304-11000

General Chemistry

3

312-11000

Computers and Information Technologies

3

314-23000

Bioethics or

 

314-10100

Introduction to Philosophy or

 

314-21200

Introduction to Ethics

3

330-10300

General Psychology

3

330-32100

Abnormal Psychology

3

331-xxxxx

Sociology and/or

 

339-xxxxx

Anthropology

6

377-10600

Academic Writing I or

 

377-11100

Academic Writing II

3

377-xxxxx

Writing elective (above 377-11100)

3

640-20500

Critical Health Issues

3

670-31000

Human Anatomy

6

670-31300

Clinical Physiology

3

670-39000

Research I: Introduction to Inquiry

3

 

Total, required outside department

53

Electives outside of major department

 

Mathematics placement in level II (see math placement exam (in "Mathematics") for more information)

0-4

HSHP/gerontology electives -- A total of 3 credits selected from the following:

620-10900

Sign Language I (3)

 

620-15000

Introduction to Communication Disorders (3)

 

640-10000

Introduction to the Vocabulary of Medicine (1)

 

640-10200

Medical Terminology (3)

 

640-12900

Introduction to Global Studies (3)

 

640-21000

Issues in Health Services Administration (3)

 

640-25000

International Health Issues (3)

 

660-10300

Physical Education, Exercise, and Sport: Foundations and Careers (2)

 

660-15500

Motor Skill Development (3)

 

660-20300

Adapted Physical Education and Sport (3)

 

661-10100

Leisure and Society (3)

 

661-10300

History and Philosophy of Leisure (3)

 

661-10400

New Games (1)

 

661-10500

Leadership (3)

 

661-12500

Understanding Disability: Characteristics, Causes, and Concerns (3)

 

661-21000

Recreational Dance (1)

 

661-21500

Youth at Risk (3)

 

661-23300

Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation (3)

 

661-23800

Leisure and Aging (3)

 

661-25100

Foundations of Outdoor Adventure Pursuits (3)

 

661-46000

Seminar: Health Care Teams (3)

 

662-10500

Healthy Choices (1)

 

662-11300

Personal Health (3)

 

662-12200

Emergency Health Care (3)

 

662-15200

Introduction to Health and Physical Education (3)

 

662-20200

Human Nutrition (3)

 

662-21300

Wellness: Multicultural Perspectives on Health and Healing (3)

 

662-22500

Alcohol and Alcoholism (3)

 

662-22700

Stress: Its Nature and Management (3)

 

662-22800

Human Sexuality (3)

 

662-22900

Disease and Lifestyle (3)

 

662-24000

Health Promotion and the Older Adult (3)

 

663-16200

Introduction to Fitness and Exercise Science (2)

 

663-29600

Sport and Exercise Psychology (3)

 

663-32000

Neuromuscular Control (3)

 

672-21000

The Cancer Experience (3)

 

672-31200

Health Care and Culture (2)

 

672-31300

Health Care and Culture: An International Field Experience (1)

 

667-29500

Social Aspects of Sport (3)

 

667-29700

Sport: Philosophical Perspectives (3)

 

667-29800

Gender Issues in Sport (3)

 

670-20200

Rehabilitation for Older Adults (3)

 

780-10100

Introduction to Gerontology (3)

 

780-31900

Aging Policies and Programs (3)

3

 

Total, electives outside department

5-10

 

Open electives

5-10

 

Total, B.S. in occupational science

129

M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Melinda Cozzolino, Assistant Professor and Graduate Chair

The five-year curriculum is designed to provide depth and breadth for students' professional development, liberal arts education, and analytical skills. Full-time clinical fieldwork placements, a total of 32 weeks, are located throughout the country and take place in the summer preceding and the late spring and summer following the graduate year. Coursework at the graduate level is organized into five time blocks: two for academic coursework and three for clinical experience.

Graduation Requirements

To be considered for graduation with the master of science degree in occupational therapy, all students must complete the following:

  • the B.S. degree program in occupational science from Ithaca College
  • major department requirements (listed below)
  • 6 credits of clinical electives (offered in the spring academic semester). Students must take 3 credits of 673-64xxx and 3 credits of 673-68xxx. Specific courses offered will be determined by student consensus.
  • a research thesis (6 credits: 673-67200 and 673-67300, Thesis I and II) or a group research project (3 credits: 673-67100) and 673-67500 Advanced Program Practice. A thesis proposal approved by the faculty is required for students who enroll in the thesis option. Students who do not complete a thesis are required to pass a comprehensive examination developed by the faculty.
Major department requirements

673-62000

Advanced Theory and Practice

3

673-65000

Applied Pediatric Neuroscience or

 

673-65100

Applied Adult Neuroscience

3

673-65500

Technological Interventions in Occupational Therapy

3

673-66500

Gerontic Occupational Therapy

3

673-xxxxx

Clinical Elective I

3

673-xxxxx

Clinical Elective II

3

 

Total, major department requirements

18

Clinical elective I courses

673-64100

Adaptation and Environmental Modification (3)

 

673-64300

Cognitive Rehabilitation (3)

 

673-64500

Vocational Readiness (3)

 

673-64600

Play and Leisure (3)

 

Clinical elective II courses

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)

 

673-68800

Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention

3

Clinical fieldwork

673-60000

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Children and Adolescents

6

673-69000

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Adult and Geriatric

6

673-69500

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Elective Specialty or

 

673-69600

Elective Internship (4)

4

 

Total, clinical experience

16

Research

673-67200

Individual Research -- Thesis I (3) and

 

673-67300

Individual Research -- Thesis II (3) or

 

673-67500

Advanced Program Practice (3) and

 

673-67100

Group Research (3)

 
 

Total, research

6

 

Total, M.S. in occupational therapy

40

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