Academics

Course Descriptions

Occupational Therapy (O T)


O T 100  Introduction to Occupational Therapy  (3)
Introduces the practice of occupational therapy, its history and philosophical base. Covers occupational therapy practice framework such as domain and process, the occupational therapy process, and the promotion of health. Introduces ethics and professional behavior. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
O T 105  Clinical Seminar 1  (2)
Teaches students the basics of client-therapist interaction, documentation, clinical issues, and therapeutic techniques. Includes weekly discussion of concurrent clinical experiences. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission and concurrent enrollment in O T 177.

O T 110  Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy as Health Care Providers  (4)
Students learn basic patient-therapist interaction and communication skills, introductory use of medical terminology, patient confidentiality and HIPPA rules, infection control and blood borne pathogens guidelines, and time management skills. Students earn CPR and basic First Aid certificates, and HIV/AIDS certification. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
O T 112  Developmental Disabilities  (5)
Students study the conditions that impede normal growth and development with special emphasis on cerebral palsy, mental retardation, ADHD/ADD, autism spectrum disorder, childhood genetic disorders, and learning disabilities. Explores developmentally appropriate occupational therapy treatment methods with opportunity for experiential learning of patient handling techniques. Emphasis is placed on the role of the OTA in different pediatric settings and the influence of legislation changes and laws that have influenced OT practice. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

O T 114  Physical Disabilities 1  (5)
Study of anatomical, physiological and pathological factors relative to specific clinical conditions. Includes a study of basic treatment theory and techniques. Lab allows for practical experience in patient assessment, transfers and daily living skills. PREREQUISITE: AP 103 or BIOL& 241; and instructor's permission.
O T 115  Therapeutic Activities 1  (3)
Study of techniques and assessments used in a therapeutic environment. Includes basic therapeutic craft techniques, body mechanics with videotaping, hand function assessments, visual impairments, and homemaking adaptations. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

O T 116  Physical Disabilities 2  (5)
Understand the effects of heritable diseases, genetic conditions, disability, trauma, and injury to the physical and mental health and occupational performance of the individual. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human body to include the biological and physical sciences of specific clinical conditions. Describe and demonstrate basic assessment and treatment approaches utilized in occupational therapy intervention of the physically disabled through practical experiences in a lab setting. PREREQUISITE: AP 104 or BIOL& 242 or instructor's permission.
O T 118  Psychosocial Dysfunction  (4)
Students learn the techniques used to meet mental health needs within the occupational therapy setting. Includes the application of psychosocial frames of reference, clinical conditions, and the application of occupational therapy to these conditions. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

O T 120  Professional Advocacy Experience  (1)
Acquaints students with therapy practitioner's responsibilities in professional activities and for promotion of occupational therapy to other professionals, consumers, third-party payers and the public. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
O T 177  Application of OT Co-op Experience 1  (1)
Students participate in supervised clinical experience with clients in a community health care facility. Includes observation, planning and implementation of client treatments as assigned by clinical supervisor, and application of theory and treatment techniques. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission. This is a pass/no-credit course.

O T 178  Application of O T Co-op Experience 2  (1)
Students participate in supervised clinical experience with patients in a community health care facility. Includes observation, planning and implementation of patient treatments as assigned by clinical supervisor. PREREQUISITE: Instructor permission and concurrent enrollment in O T 206. This is a pass/no-credit course.
O T 194  Special Topics-Occupational Therapy  (1-2)
Intermediate level course that encourages students to study in a special area of occupational therapy. Students attend class on a regular basis to complete course project. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

O T 198  Independent Study-Occupational Therapy  (1)
For students needing remediation for successful completion of fieldwork experiences, or who wish to explore specific areas of occupational therapy in-depth. Students participate in learning activities needed to remediate deficient areas. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission. This is a pass/no-credit course.
O T 200  Therapeutic Activities 1  (3)
A hands-on course that provides students with the opportunity to complete intervention implementation through activities focusing on remediation or compensation to facilitate occupation performance. Focuses on task analysis, adaption of the work place and the teaching-learning process with client, educators and other health care providers. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

O T 202  Ethics, Society, and Professional Practice  (3)
Provides an overview and understanding of professional ethics and responsibilities including knowledge of ethical principles, professional development, healthcare reimbursement systems and healthcare laws. Also includes critical analysis of social issues including socioeconomics, social injustices, cultural awareness and diversity factors related to the practice of occupational therapy. Students learn through class lectures and discussions as well as practical assignments that promote critical thinking. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
O T 223  Therapeutic Practices in Occupational Therapy  (5)
An advanced level course that incorporates the application of theories, models of practice, and frames of reference in the analysis, selection and use of activities in a therapeutic environment while addressing the needs of diverse patient populations. Emphasis is placed on the application of the OT Practice Framework in the development of intervention targeting ADL and IADL. Includes instruction in the responsibilities a COTA has in the areas of documentation, record keeping, service operations, research, and safety and infection control. PREREQUISITE: O T 114 and 118.

O T 225  Clinical Seminar 2  (1)
Students learn basics of patient-therapist interaction, documentation, clinical issues, and therapeutic techniques. Also includes weekly discussion of concurrent clinical experiences. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission, and concurrent enrollment in O T 178.
O T 230  Therapeutic Group Leadership  (2)
Students study group dynamics as related to occupational therapy. Students learn to plan and implement activity groups appropriate to patients or clients of all ages. Emphasizes group leadership skills. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

O T 235  Therapeutic Activities 2  (3)
Students learn to plan and implement socioculturally-appropriate therapeutic leisure and social activities for patients/clients in a variety of community settings. Emphasizes gradation and adaptation of leisure and social activities appropriate for a variety of patient/client diagnoses. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
O T 240  Therapeutic Adaptations  (5)
An advanced course where students demonstrate previously learned technical skills as well as their knowledge of physical dysfunctions as they work with a variety of material to design, modify, adapt and fabricate special equipment and assistive devices for the disabled. Students demonstrate and articulate the use of technology to support performance, participation, health and well-being. PREREQUISITE: O T 200 or instructor's permission.

O T 245  Pre-Fieldwork Experience Seminar  (2)
Prepares student for successful completion of Level 2 fieldwork. Emphasizes further development of documentation skills. Additional topics include self-assessment in preparation for full-time fieldwork, job search skills, service operations, and supervision issues. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.
O T 250  Fieldwork Experience Seminar 1  (1)
Students discuss and problem-solve fieldwork experiences, read and discuss literature appropriate to fieldwork and review OTA program content in preparation for national certification exam. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission and concurrent enrollment in O T 277.

O T 251  Fieldwork Experience Seminar 2  (1)
Students discuss and problem-solve fieldwork experiences, read and discuss literature appropriate to fieldwork, and review OTA program content in preparation for national certification exam. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission and concurrent enrollment in O T 278.
O T 277  Co-op Fieldwork Experience 1  (11)
Fieldwork experience includes practice in one of the following areas: physical disabilities, psychological dysfunction, geriatrics, developmental disabilities, pediatrics, work hardening/pain management, or hand therapy under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapy practitioner. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission and concurrent enrollment in O T 250. This is a pass/no-credit course.

O T 278  Co-op Fieldwork Experience 2  (11)
Fieldwork experience includes practice in one of the following areas: physical disabilities, psychological dysfunction, geriatrics, developmental disabilities, pediatrics, work hardening/pain management, or hand therapy under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapy practitioner. PREREQUISITE: O T 277 and instructor's permission and concurrent enrollment in O T 251. This is a pass/no-credit course.