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Ithaca College Graduate Catalog 2002-2003

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Course Descriptions

In the following course descriptions, F=Fall, S=Spring, Sum=Summer, Y=Yearly, IRR=Offered at irregular intervals..

673-59800 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)

673-60000 Clinical Fieldwork II --- Children and Adolescents

    Three months of full-time supervised clinical experience with opportunity to treat pediatric patients/clients. Assignment in training center program approved in accordance with the American Occupational Therapy Association's standards. Graded pass/fail only. Required. 6 credits. (Sum, Y)

673-61000 Supervision in Occupational Therapy

    An applied course in supervision relating to the practice of occupational therapy. Includes elements of supervision, organizational behavior, and interaction strategies to further psychomotor, cognitive, and affective learning outcomes. Elective alternative to 673-67200. Corequisite: 673-67100. 2 credits. (S,Y)

673-61100 Professional Concepts II

    Exploration in depth of the concerns and issues of professional career development in occupational therapy. Consideration of the elements of professional career development, appropriate selection of professional positions, legal issues of licensing, reimbursement policies, maintenance of professional competence, and issues related to cultural diversity in the clinic and the worksite. This is a continuation of Professional Concepts I, with a deeper analysis of ethics and multicultural issues. 1 credit (S,Y)

673-62000 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 prerequisite. 3 credits. (S,Y)

673-63000 Preventive Health Care and Patient Education

    The process of adapting patterns of behavior so they will lead to improved health and heightened life satisfaction. The link between health, prevention of health problems, and behavior patterns and lifestyles is discussed. States of mind, thoughts, feelings, self-efficacy, coping strategies, and use of social support mechanisms in wellness and prevention are considered. Roles of therapists as educators are discussed, and skills in patient education are developed. No prerequisite. Required. 3 credits. (F,Y)

673-63100 Consultation, Community, and Alternative Models

    The practice of occupational therapy in nontraditional and community-based settings. Emphasis is on alternative models of delivery, including consultation and monitoring. Roles of occupational therapists in industry, private practice, prevention programs, and emerging areas of practice are explored. Skills and issues related to effective and ethical practice are addressed. Required. 2 credits. (S,Y)

673-64000 Activity Group Process

    The use of groups in occupational therapy, with special emphasis on activity-based groups. Concepts and theories of group formation, development, structure, and leadership introduced in earlier courses are expanded and practiced as they apply to adults and children. Development of group protocols and management of groups are practiced. Research on the use of groups is discussed. Required. 3 credits. (F,Y)

673-64100 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. 3 credits. (F, IRR)

673-64200 Advanced Concepts in Adapting Environments

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

673-64300 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. (F, IRR)

673-64400 Technology in Occupational Therapy Intervention

    Theoretical concepts and principles related to the application of assistive technology. Assistive devices are used to increase functional abilities and foster independence in clients of all ages in self-care, work, and leisure pursuits. Simple and complex high technology devices are described. Client assessment, selection of appropriate devices, and training in the use of the devices are discussed. Elective. 3 credits. (F, IRR)

673-64500 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. (F, IRR)

673-65000 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 (NDT) theory, 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. No prerequisites. 3 credits. (S,Y)

673-65100 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, PNF, Brunstrom, and Rood techniques. Elective alternative to 673-65000. 3 credits (F,Y)

673-67100 Group Research

    A research course for students who do not elect to conduct individual research for a thesis. It includes reading and criticism of research related to a faculty-designed research project, collecting and analyzing data, and writing of results and discussion of findings of the project. Elective alternate to 673-67200 Individual Thesis Research I. 3 credits (F,Y)

673-67200 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. (F,Y)

673-67300 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. 2 credits. (S,Y)

673-68100 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: 673-65000 or 673-65100. 3 credits. (S, IRR)

673-68200 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: 673-65000 or 673-65100. 3 credits. (S, IRR)

673-68300 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: 673-65000 or 673-65100. 3 credits. (S, IRR)

673-68400 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: 673-65000 or 673-65100. 3 credits. (S, IRR)

673-68500 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: 673-65000 or 673-65100. 3 credits. (S, IRR)

673-68800 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. 3 credits. (S,IRR)

673-69000 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. Graded pass/fail only. Required. 6 credits. (April-June, Y)

673-69500 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. Graded pass/fail only. Required. Prerequisites: 673-60000 and 673-69000. 4 credits. (Sum, Y).

673-69900 Graduate Independent Study

    Individual research and writing in an area of occupational therapy practice, research, or theory under supervision of OT faculty member. An approved design statement is required upon registration. Prerequisite: permission of supervising faculty member, graduate, department chairs and dean. 1-3 credits. (F, S, Su, Y)

673-69600 Elective Internship

    Eight week, full-time (or equivalent) internship with opportunity for student 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. Alternate to Clinical Fieldwork II --- Elective Specialty (673-69500). Prerequisites: 673-600 or 673-6900. 4 credits. (Sum, Y)

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