Occupational Therapy - OT


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Spring 2015. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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500 Theories of Occupational Therapy
4 hours. Explores theoretical basis of occupational therapy and the impact of theory on clinical practice. Covers the history of knowledge and practice development in occupational therapy. Focuses on specific practice models developed as guides to clinical reasoning. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or consent of the instructor and admission to the M.S. or OTD Occupational Therapy program.

501 Occupational Performance in Adults and Adolescents
3 hours. Reviews the primary developmental aspects and roles of adolescence and adulthood. Personal and environmental factors that influence occupational performance and prevention and wellness models to facilitate occupational functioning. Previously listed as OT 401. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the M.S. in Occupational Therapy program.

502 Medical Conditions
1 hours. This self-paced course reviews etiology, clinical manifestation, clinical course, and general medical and rehabilitative management of common medical conditions; emphasis on musculoskeletal, neurologic, cardiopulmonary, and psychiatric disorders. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Previously listed as OT 422. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.

506 Development of a Therapeutic Self
3 hours. Emphasizes understanding and developing foundational skills in therapeutic use of self and forms of therapeutic reasoning. Group theory and process is introduced and group leadership skills developed. 3 hours. Previously listed as OT 406. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the M.S. in Occupational Therapy Program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory-Discussion.

507 Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice
2 hours. Overview of the role of the therapist and aspects of occupational therapy practice in multiple settings. The basics of assessment, treatment planning, intervention, and documentation; as well as service delivery systems and current issues. Previously listed as OT 407. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the M.S. in Occupational Therapy program.

510 Research in Occupational Therapy
4 hours. Introduction to basic elements of research design relevant to occupational therapy practice. Prepares student to become critical consumer of research in occupational therapy and related fields. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; or consent of the instructor and admission to the M.S. or OTD Occupational Therapy program. Recommended background: Statistics and research methods.

511 Occupational Performance in Children
4 hours. Covers developmental theories concerning factors influencing the development of occupational performance in infancy, childhood, and early adolescence. Includes developmental assessment methods and tools. Previously listed as OT 411. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 500 and grade of C or better in OT 501 and grade of C or better in OT 507 and grade of C or better in OT 510.

512 Human Structure and Function
5 hours. Examines anatomical and physiological basis for occupational performance. Features structure and function of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and nervous systems and application of biomechanical principles. 5 hours. Previously listed as OT 412. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 500 and grade of C or better in OT 510 and admission to the M.S. in Occupational Therapy program. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Laboratory.

515 Synthesis I
1 hours. Provides a problem based learning context for the development of clinical reasoning skills in occupational therapy. Students analyze and synthesize five individual client cases which emphasize the occupational therapy assessment process. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 500 and Grade of C or better in OT 501 and Grade of C or better in OT 506 and Grade of C or better in OT 507 and Grade of C or better in OT 510.

516 Occupational Therapy Practice: Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Performance
3 hours. Examines occupational therapy practices relevant to psychosocial intervention, related bodies of knowledge influencing practice, psychological process affecting occupational functioning and assessment and treatment related to psychosocial problems. Previously listed as OT 416. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 500 and grade of C or better in OT 501 and grade of C or better in OT 506 and grade of C or better in OT 507 and grade of C or better in OT 510.

519 Fieldwork Level IA
1 hours. Emphasizes application of occupational therapy skills pertinent to use of psychosocial groups in communities. Students gain an enhanced appreciation of psychological and social factors that influence engagement in occupation. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Perequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 500 and grade of C or better in OT 501 and grade of C or better in OT 506 and grade of C or better in OT 507 and grade of C or better in OT 510. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Clinical Practice, one Lecture-Discussion and one Laboratory-Discussion.

520 Community Practicum
1 TO 3 hours. Field experience in a community agency serving an urban population. Emphasis is on service learning in context and the development of professional behaviors. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Previously listed as OT 420. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and admission to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.

522 Occupational Therapy Practice: Functional Movement and Mobility
5 hours. Application of occupational therapy evaluation and intervention skills to children and adults with occupational performance deficits resulting from mobility and movement dysfunction. 5 hours. Previously listed as OT 436. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of OT 502 and Grade of C or better in OT 511 and grade of C or better in OT 512 and grade of C or better in OT 516 and grade of C or better in OT 526. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Laboratory.

523 Occupational Therapy Practice: Cognition and Perception in Action
4 hours. The impact of impaired cognitive and perceptual processes on occupational performance of children and adults with neurological conditions, cognitive and intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disabilities. 4 hours. Previously listed as OT 437. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of OT 502. Grade of C or better in OT 511 and grade of C or better in OT 512 and grade of C or better in OT 516 and grade of C or better in OT 526. Course Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Laboratory.

524 Contexts of Occupational Therapy Practice
2 hours. Trends in health care, reimbursement, legislation, and disability policy and how they affect occupational therapy. The policy process and development of an advocacy role are explored. Exposure to community-based practice and consultation roles. Previously listed as OT 424. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 507.

526 Assistive Technology and the Environment
3 hours. Assessing the need for, delivering, and evaluating the outcomes of occupationally-based technology and environmental interventions with people with disabilities within the home, school, workplace and community. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 500 and grade of C or better in OT 510 and grade of C or better in OT 511 and grade of C or better in OT 512.

528 Race, Culture, and Health Disparities
2 TO 3 hours. Focuses on developing students' critical thinking skills as they relate to race, health disparities and engaging in culturally responsive care. Same as DHD 528 and KN 538. Students registering for 3 hours of credit complete an immersion activity and a research paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

529 Fieldwork Level IB
3 hours. Application of occupational therapy theory and therapeutic reasoning in a forty-hour/week fieldwork experience with the opportunity to develop beginning therapeutic skills and professional behavior. Previously listed as OT 428. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of OT 502, OT 515, and OT 519 and Grade of C or better in OT 511 and grade of C or better in OT 512 and grade of C or better in OT 516.

530 Advanced Field Experience: Clinical Specialization in Occupational Therapy
1 TO 12 hours. Provides opportunity for the student interested in advanced occupational therapy practice to observe a master clinician and participate in treatment and/or clinical research in a specialty area. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.

531 Advanced Field Experience in Occupational Therapy Management
1 TO 12 hours. Practicum experience working with an experienced professional to develop projects or programs in student's area of interest such as administration, middle management, consultation, program evaluation, grantsmanship or others. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.

532 Advanced Field Experience: Occupational Therapy Education
1 TO 12 hours. Provides opportunity to observe, prepare, and present lectures/labs to occupational therapy students in technical or professional curricula or to develop skills as a clinical educator. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.

533 Advanced Field Experience: Occupational Therapy Scholarship
1 TO 12 hours. Practicum experience working with an experienced scholar to observe and participate in activities that generated evidence about practice, disseminate such evidence, and/or develop practice materials based on evidence. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register for more than one section per term. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department.

535 Synthesis II
2 hours. In this problem based learning course, students engage in small and large group learning to analyze cases. Emphasis is placed on occupation-based intervention planning with particular consideration of contextual factors. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of OT 502; and grade of C or better in OT 524 and grade of C or better in OT 526 and grade of C or better in OT 529.

538 Introduction to Advanced Practice in Occupational Therapy
1 hours. Provides exposure to practice in 3 areas of practice requiring advanced clinical reasoning and skills. Includes introductory cases, observation in clinical settings and lab experiences to develop related skills. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of OT 519; grade of C or better in OT 516 and grade of C or better in OT 526 and grade of C or better in OT 529; or consent of the instructor.

540 Advanced Topics in Occupational Therapy Research and Evaluation
4 hours. In-depth presentation of selected research/measurement stategies. Specific topics vary and include single system design, survey research, ethnography, evaluation of clinical effectiveness. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

542 Client-Centered and Occupation-Focused Practice and Research
3 hours. Provides an advanced understanding and practical skill set for conducting research and engaging in advanced practice using concepts, assessments, and treatment approaches based on the Model of Human Occupation and the Intentional Relationship Model. Recommended background: Exposure to coursework in psychopathology or in psychosocial aspects of occupational therapy.

548 Fieldwork Level IIA
8 hours. First of two supervised full-time 12-week practica with emphasis on application of OT theory, development of psychomotor skills, reasoning client-related problems, and professional socialization as an entry-level occupational therapist. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Previously listed as OT 448. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 522 and grade of C or better in OT 523 and grade of C or better in OT 529 and grade of C or better in OT 564; and satisfactory completion of OT 535 and OT 538.

549 Fieldwork Level IIB
4 hours. Second of two supervised, full-time, 12-week pradtica with emphasis on application of OT theory, development of psychomotor skills, reasoning client-related problems, and professional socialization as an entry-level occupational therapist. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Must be repeated for credit. Students may register in more than one section per term. Previously listed as OT 449. Field work required. Scheduled full-time for a 6-week period. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 522 and grade of C or better in OT 523 and grade of C or better in OT 529 and grade of C or better in OT 564; and satisfactory coompletion of OT 519, OT 535 and OT 538.

551 Computers, Communication and Controls in Rehabilitation Technology
3 hours. Provides information on operation and use of alternative controls for computers, augmentative communication devices and powered mobility. Emphasis on matching consumer's need and assistive technology. Same as DHD 551. Prerequisite(s): DHD 440. Recommended background: Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Special Education.

552 Community-Based Interventions with Underserved Populations
4 hours. Addresses theories, ethics and strategies of developing and providing outcomes-based clinical interventions in underserved communities. Students collaborate with a community population to implement course concepts. Prerequisite(s): Level II fieldwork or prior work experience or consent of the instructor. Recommended Background: OT 550.

553 Program Evaluation: Documenting the Impact of Human Services
3 hours. Examines methods in program evaluation with emphasis on empowerment and participatory evaluation. Students will study quantitative and qualitative strategies, how to communicate information to stakeholders, and how to design evaluations. Recommended background: Interest in research, health or behavioral sciences, and implementation and evaluation of community initiatives and community-based organizations.

555 Synthesis III
2 hours. A problem based learning course in which students engage in self-directed analysis of cases. Emphasizes identification and mitigation of situations creating ethical tension or moral distress, legal concerns and/or complex practice problems. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Field work required. Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of OT 535 and OT 548 and OT 549.

558 Writing for Professional Publications in Occupational Therapy
1 TO 3 hours. Addresses processes and issues related to writing for publication in occupational therapy and related journals and magazines, including preparation and submission processes, IRB, receiving critiques, and communicating with reviewers and editors. May be repeated to a maximum of 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 500 and grade of C or better in OT 510.

561 Disability and Community Participation: Policy, Systems Change, and Action Research
4 hours. Focuses on the critical examination of disability policy, activism, and research. Emphasis on conducting participatory action research in collaboration with constituents with disabilities, community organizations, and policy makers. Same as DHD 561. Field work required. Depending on the research project, students may or may not need to complete IRB training. More information on the IRB process will be available at the start of the project. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Previous coursework in disability policy, disability empowerment research and qualitative research. To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture/Discussion and one Practice.

564 Leadership and Management in Occupational Therapy
3 hours. Overview of issues related to management and leadership in varied settings in which occupational therapists practice. Topics include, but are not limited to, management functions, service planning, quality improvement, and financial management. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 524 and Grade of C or better in OT 529.

565 Research Methodology and Outcomes Measures in Rehabilitation Technology
3 hours. Analyzes the research process in rehabilitation technology and assistive technology and how such analyisis leads to the development of a research proposal. Outcome measures related to assistive technology will be evaluated for their applicability. Same as DHD 565. Recommended background: Engineering, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Special Education, and Speech and Language Pathology.

567 Professional Leadership in Occupational Therapy
3 hours. Focuses on application of theory and evidence in administrative, managerial and educational leadership. Examines roles and functions of leaders and application of problem solving, change management and quality improvement in a variety of settings. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in OT 564; or consent of the instructor.

568 Learning, Teaching, Curriculum Design, Delivery and Evaluation
0 TO 4 hours. Didactic material and experiential learning as students explore design and implementation of a professional curriculum. Students will be exposed to student admissions, advising, student life and accreditation. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

569 Developing and Evaluating Self-Management Programs
2 TO 4 hours. This blended, elective course will examine the theories and processes supporting the development and evaluation of self-management programs for people living with chronic illness, disability or other long-term life challenge. Consent of the instructor.

590 Proseminar in Occupational Therapy
1 hours. Topics related to leadership/management, education and advanced practice in occupational therapy. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 hours.

592 Doctoral Project Research
0 TO 20 hours. Applied scholarship involving planning and implementation of one or more action projects based on theory and evidence, evaluation, writing a comprehensive report, dissemination, and oral presentation. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 20 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

594 Special Topics in Occupational Therapy
1 TO 4 hours. New course under development and selected seminar topics of current interests to faculty and students. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

595 Seminar in Occupational Therapy
1 hours. Students participate in faculty-student discussion and activities related to individual areas of research/thesis. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor and admission to the M.S. or OTD Occupational Therapy program.

596 Independent Study
1 TO 4 hours. This course is for graduate students who wish to pursue independent study not related to their project/thesis research. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.


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This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.