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Occupational Therapy Course Descriptions

In the following course descriptions, F=fall, S=spring, Sum=summer, Y=yearly, and IRR designates courses that are 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. 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 the 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. (May-August or April-June, 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 prerequisites. 3 credits. (S, 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. Elective. 3 credits. (S, IRR)

673-64200 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. 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. (S, 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. (S, 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. (S, IRR)

673-64600 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. (S, 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, Brunnstrom, and Rood techniques. Elective alternative to 673-65000 Applied Pediatric Neuroscience. 3 credits. (S, Y)

673-65500 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. Prerequisites: Graduate student status or permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F, Y)

673-66500 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. (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, writing of results, and discussion of findings of the project. Elective alternative 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. 3 credits. (S, Y)

673-67500 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 673-67300 Individual Thesis Research II. Prerequisites: 672-42500 and 672-42600. 3 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. Prerequisites: 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. Prerequisites: 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. Prerequisites: 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. Elective. 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. (May-August or 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. (July-August or September-October, Y).

673-69600 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 673-69500 Clinical Fieldwork II -- Elective Specialty. Prerequisites: 673-60000 or 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 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. (F, S, Sum, Y)

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