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Occupational Therapy Program

 Course #/Name/Topics in chronological order
OT 610-Professional Skills I:
Developing a Professional Identity as an OT/Course Overview
Domain of Occupational Therapy-What=s Our Area of Expertise?
Process of Occupational Therapy--What Do OTs Do &Where Do They Do It?
Therapeutic Use of Activities & Occupations: Modifying, Grading, and Adapting
History and Development of the Profession
History and Development of the Profession (continued)
Clinical and Professional Reasoning Skills
Domain, Jurisdiction, and Credentialing
Safety and Confidentiality Issues in OT Practice
Overview of Applied Theories in OT
Occupation-based Models of Practice
Commonly Used Frames of Reference in OT Practice
Ethics and the Law
OT 611-Professional Skills II:
Therapeutic Use of Self: Interactive Reasoning and Client-centered Practice
Therapeutic Use of Self: Knowing Ourselves and Our Communication Styles
Therapeutic Use of Self: Getting to Know Our Clients
Communicating with Clients and Caregivers
Maintaining Professional Boundaries: Therapeutic Responses to Challenges in
Therapist/Client Interactions
Communicating with Elderly Clients and Their Families
Introduction to the Use of Groups in Occupational Therapy Practice
Use of Groups in Different Practice Contexts
Working with Other Professionals/Intro to Cultural Competency
Cultural Competency: First Person Perspective
Developing Cultural Competency
OT 612-Professional Skills III:
Introduction to Course Syllabus & Assignments; Understanding Change
Environmental Scanning and Advocacy
A Changing Service Delivery System
OT Practice Settings: Community, Education and Health Care
Leadership, Supervision & Management
The Role of Values: Religion and Culture
Focus on Legislation
Organizational Design, Structure, and Process
Venture Planning and Development
Recruitment, Hiring, Supervision, and Retention of Staff
Career Development
Effective Communication
Productivity, Appraisal and Professional Development
Strategic Planning, Fiscal Management, Cost Accounting, and Budgeting
Health Care in Transition: Survival and Opportunity
Sources of Payment for OT Services
Discussion of the US Health Care System and Health Care Reform
Reimbursement Sources & Settings: Education and Community
Reimbursement Sources & Settings: Medicare (2 class meetings)
Reimbursement Sources & Settings: Medicaid
Professional Issues Presentations (2 class meetings)
Reimbursement Sources & Settings: Documentation
Reimbursement Issues, Fraud and Abuse
The OT/OTA Team (Joint session with MATC OTA students)
Documentation Presentation
Standards and Regulation; Appeals, Legal and Ethical Issues
OT 613-Professional Skills IV: Community-Based Occupational Therapy Practice:
The Evolution of Community-Based Practice and the Role of OT
The Program Planning Process and Need Identification
Creating a Philosophical Base
Understanding and Building Community Partnerships
Culture and Context
Program Development
Integrating Occupation: Developing a Conceptual Framework, Vision, and Mission
Professional Development
Resourcefulness in Community-Based Settings
Program Evaluation
Promoting the Program
Proposal Development
Portfolio Review
Grant Proposal Presentations
OT 620-Occupation-Based Theory and Practice:
Core Concepts of Occupation and Occupational Science
Health through Occupation
Occupational Form and Function in Everyday Cultural Contexts
What Constitutes a Healthy Balance in Everyday Occupations
Meaningfulness of Everyday Occupations
Habits, Rhythms and Routines in Daily Life
Work: Form, Function and Meaning of Work
Housework and Chores/Form, Function and Meaning of
Contributions of Place to Occupational Participation
Therapeutic Change: Intervening in Daily Routines
Leisure/Form, Function and Meaning
Self-Care/Form, Function and Meaning
Play for Children and Adults/Form, Function and Meaning
OT 621-Assessment of Occupational Participation:
Foundations of OT Assessment
International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Principles, Processes and Ethics of Evaluation
Documentation: SOAP Notes
Documentation: Reports/Goals/Plans
Documentation: Goal Writing
Assessment of Upper Extremity Function
Assessment of Posture and Stability
Assessment of Vision
Assessment of Participation
Assessment of Play
Assessment of Leisure
Assessment of Work
Assessment of Environment
Assessment of Driving
Community, Social and Civic Life
Assessment of Basic ADLs
Assessment of Instrumental ADLs
Assessment of Technology
Assessment of Mental Functions
Outcomes Assessments

Sampling of Standardized Assessments Practiced in Lab: Canadian Occupational Performance Measure; Occupational Performance History Interview (OPHI-II), Pediatric Evaluation Disability Inventory; School Function Assessment; Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency; Revised Knox Preschool Play Scale; Allen’s Cognitive Levels, Functional Independence Measure, Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills; Goniometry; Manual Muscle Testing; Kitchen Task Assessment

OT 622-Infant & Childhood Occupation & Therapeutic Intervention:
Theory and occupations
Foundation of Infant Development: Assessment and Application
Movement, Posture and Reflexes in Infants
Typical Sensory-Motor Development
Atypical Sensory-Motor Development
Assessment & Treatment of Children with Neuromuscular Disorders
Feeding and Eating
Introduction to Sensory Integration Theory
Sensory Integration Modulation Disorders
Sensory Integration Praxis Disorders
Sensory Integration Assessment and Treatment
Learning and Developmental Disorders: Assessment and Treatment
Occupation in Infants and Toddlers; Early Intervention: Law, Guidelines and Practice
in Natural Environments
Development and Assessment of Hand Skills and In-Hand Manipulation Skills
Visual and Motor Foundations for Skilled Hand Use (Grasp, Release and Handedness)
Treatment of Hand Skill Dysfunction in Early Intervention and Preschool
Assessing Handwriting Dysfunction
Treatment of Handwriting Dysfunction
Occupation in Elementary Years
Collaborative Service Delivery
Laws and Guidelines Governing School-Based Practice
Facilitating Function and Participation for Children with Severe Impairments
Mental Health Issues and Motivating Participation in Intervention
Theoretical and Developmental Foundations for Occupation in Middle Childhood and
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Facilitating Transitions: From Early Intervention to Adult Life
Use of Assistive Technologies for Academics
OT 623-Adolescent & Young Adult Occupations & Therapeutic Interventions:
Syllabus/Intro to Cornucopia
Occupation for Adolescents/Goal Writing, FIM
Motor Learning/Teaching/Training Strategies
Mobility/Propprioception/MMT Review
Neuroassessment/CN Testing
Thermal PAMS (Physical Agent Modalities)
Wheelchair Selection
Body Measurements Lab, W/C Lab, Seating and Positioning
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injury/Sexuality
Adapted BADL
MS, ALS, Guillain Barre
Upper Extremity Injury and Treatment
Casting, Ace Wrapping, Prosthetics
Therapeutic Exercise, Edema, Desensitization
Therapeutic Exercise, Edema, Desensitization
Wound Management
Scar/Wound Management
Medical Considerations in Rehab/Restraints
Anxiety and Mood/Stress Relief/Life Balance
Adaptation Lab
Substance Abuse
OT 624-Middle and Late Adulthood Occupations and Therapeutic Interventions:
Foundations of Occupation for Adults; Home/Environmental Evaluations (Fall
Wounds/Scar management
Intervention: PNF Techniques
Intervention: Rood Techniques
Traumatic Brain Injury
Intervention: NDT/Brunnstrom Tech
Traumatic Brain Injury/Mobility
Intervention: Mobility Devices (MATC)
Rheumatic Diseases
Patient Partner Program (Arthritis Group)
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Intervention: Slings, Orthotics, BADL, Precautions
Dementia, Alzheimer’s Dx
Intervention: Cognitive Dysfunction
MS, ALS, Guillain Barre
Intervention: MFR, Respiration, Relax, Biofeedback, Energy Conservation
Basal Ganglia Disorders
Electrical Modalities/Chronic Pain
Intervention: Physical Agents/700-701 Forms
Disability and Sensory Loss
Personality Disorders
Intervention: Cooking (Disability Simulation)
Obesity/Diabetes/Cardiopulmonary Disorders
Intervention: Cardiopulmonary Rehab
Adapted Driving
Intervention: Strength/Conditioning Lab
Comprehensive Assessment (2 client visits)
OT 625-Level I Fieldwork: Infants and Children: Course Overview, Site Selection,
Fieldwork and Documentation Requirements
Interviewing Stakeholders (Parents)
Reflections on Fieldwork Experiences
Remaining Weeks--Clerkship Release Time
OT 626-Level I Fieldwork-Adolescent and Young Adults
OT 627-Level I Fieldwork: Adults and Elders
OT 629-Medical Lectures for OT:
Introduction to Course
Tourettes Syndrome
Neurological Injuries in the Newborn
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
Medical Management in the NICU
Shoulder Disorders: Anatomy, Biomechanics, Pathology and Evaluation
Genetics and Dysmorphology; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Spina Bifida
Total Hip Replacement
Traumatic Brain Injury Among Adults
Overview of Mental Health
Basics of Oncology
Cerebral Palsy
Substance Abuse Disorders
OT 671-Scientific Inquiry in OT I: Evidence-Based Practice:
Introduction to evidence-based practice
Developing an evidenced based question
Searching the Literature for Evidence
Levels of Evidence I: Systematic Review; Meta-Analysis; Randomized Controlled Trial
Levels of Evidence II: Two groups, non-randomized (cohort, case-control)
Levels of Evidence III: One group, non-randomized (pre/post test)
Levels of Evidence IV: Descriptive studies (single subject, case series, surveys)
Levles of Evidence V: Case Reports, Expert Opinion, Consensus Statements
Overview of Qualitative Research
Writing A Literature Review
Assessing the Evidence
Practice-Based Evidence
Clinical Decision Making with Research Evidence
Peer Review: Benefits and Skill Development
Top 10 Ways to Get Free Articles after Graduation
Communication of Evidence (Oral and Written) 
OT 672-Scientific Inquiry in OT II: Methods of Inquiry-
Review Class Syllabus and Expectations; Introduction to Philosophy of Science
Measurement Validity
Hypothesis Testing and Statistical Significance; Clinical Significance; Interpretation of
Test Scores
Developing a Research Question
Case method Research and Data Analysis
Introduction to Qualitative Research
Design and Analysis of Qualitative Research
Gathering Qualitative Data
Interpretation of Qualitative Research
Descriptive/Observational Research and Data Analysis
Focus Group Research and Data Analysis
Survey Research and Data Analysis
Single Subject Research Design and Data Analysis
Epidemiological Research and Data Analysis: Descriptive Studies
Epidemiological Research and Data Analysis: Observational Studies
Quasi-Experimental Designs; Evaluation and Secondary Analysis Research Methods
Experimental and Repeated Measures Designs and Data Analysis
Randomized Controlled Trials
Clinical Practice Improvement and Data Analysis
Meta-Analysis of existing research
Research Proposal Development
Research Ethics and Institutional Review Board (IRB)
OT 673-Scientific Inquiry in OT III: Data Collection/Analysis:
Overview of the Proposal Writing Process
Introducing Your Proposal
Answering the Question: Review of Sound Research Design and Methods
Reporting Results
Overview of Data Analysis
Preliminary and Descriptive Analysis of Data
Statistics and Data Analysis: T Tests and Group Comparisons
Statistics and Data Analysis of Variance
Statistics and Data Analysis: ANOVA
Statistics and Data Analysis: Correlations and Regression
Statistics and Data Analysis: Non-Parametric Statistics
Review of Statistical Analyses: Choosing Your Stats
OT 674-Scientific Inquiry in OT IV: Scientific Writing for Publication:
Mentored Research project
Development of Project Tasks and Timelines for individual research project
Presenting and Discussing the Results
Manuscript preparation and submission
Creating effective poster presentations
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