Occupational Therapy Course Descriptions

ANPH 0201/0202. ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 1 and II. 1st and 2nd Semester. Lect. 6; Lab 3; 4 credits. These courses cover a two semester sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach, with an emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization. Dissection, histological studies and physiological exercises are included in the laboratory. Pre-requisites for ANPH 0201  are: CHEM 221 and 223 or CHEM 223 and 224; BIOL 0111, BIOL 120 and 121 or BIOL 230 and 231. Pre-requisite for ANPH 0202 is: ANPH I.

HLSC 0302L. HUMAN GROSS ANATOMY LAB. 2nd Semester. Lab 4; 2 credits. This course will provide an in depth study of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system utilizing human cadaver dissection and models.  The pre-requisite for this lab is ANPH 0201; the co-requisite is ANPH 0202.This course is restricted to occupational therapy majors.

HLSC 0301.  INDEPENDENT STUDY.  1st and 2nd Semester and Summer. 1-6 credits.  This course is designed for students in Allied Health professional programs with freedom and flexibility to pursue topics of special interest.  Research or projects are conducted under the guidance of selected faculty.

HLSC 0303.  MEDICAL VOCABULARY.  1st and 2nd Semester.  Lect. 2, 2 credits.  This course familiarizes the student with terms used in health and medical settings.  The course covers anatomic descriptive terms, combining forms, prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations and acronyms.

HLSC 0209.  HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS.  1st Semester.  Lect. 2, 2 credits.  This course provides an overview of the health care system in America.  Emphasis is placed on understanding its organization and delivery.  It includes topics related to the roles and education of various health care professionals, payment for services, regulatory and ethical issues.

HLSC 0509.  PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS AND ADAPTATION TO DISABILITY.  2nd Semester.  Lect. 2, 2 credits.  This course explores the psychological and social problems involved in having and adjusting to a disability.  Students will analyze current problems and legislation related to disabilities through a survey of recent literature and media and through an assessment of a building for environmental barriers.

HLSC 0511.  INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH.  1st Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This introductory course explores research methods and challenges students to develop skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for critically reading, analyzing and explaining scientific literature related to health.

HLSC 0512.  NEUROLOGICAL BASIS FOR REHABILITATION.  1st Semester.  Lect. 2, 3 credits.  This course explores the relationship between sensory input and motor output as one of the fundamental concepts in the neurosciences.  Students are challenged to critically analyze the  anatomical relationships and physiological principles intervening in this relationship.  Students should be able to conceptualize this relationship in both function and dysfunction.  Prerequisites: HLSC 0300.

OCTH 0312.  OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND MEDIA I.  1st Semester and Summer, as needed.  Lect. 2, 2 credits.  This course is a study of concepts and theories related to occupational performance and behaviors during infancy, childhood and adolescence. 

OCTH 312L.  OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND MEDIA I LAB.  1st Semester and Summer, as needed.  Lab 2, 1 credit.  This is a lab course that is taken concurrently with OCTH 0312.  Activities commonly used by children and adolescents and adapted by occupational therapy are performed, presented and analyzed for their use as therapeutic modalities.

OCTH 0314.  OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND MEDIA II.  2nd Semester and Summer, as needed.  Lect. 2, 2 credits.  This course is a study of concepts and theories related to occupational performance and behaviors during adulthood from post adolescence through aging.  Occupational performance and behaviors studied include lifestyles and roles associated with cultural diversity and function in motor, sensory, cognitive, emotional and social adaptations.

OCTH 314L.  OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE AND MEDIA II LAB.  2nd Semester and Summer, as needed.  Lab 2, 1 credit.  This is a lab course that is taken concurrently with OCTH 0314.  Activities commonly used by adults from post adolescence through aging and adapted by occupational therapy are studied, performed, presented and analyzed for their use as therapeutic modalities.  Prerequisites or co-requisites: FPAR 01001, FPAR 0296, OCTH 0312, OCTH 312L.

OCTH 0423.  INDIVIDUAL STUDY IN OCCUPATIONAL SCIENCE.  (Elective).  Summer.  1-4 credits.  This course is designed as an independent study for undergraduate students.  Students are given the freedom and flexibility to pursue topics of special interest.  Research or projects will be conducted under the guidance of selected faculty members.  Consent of occupational therapy faculty is required. 

OCTH 0511.  FOUNDATIONS OF OCCUPATIONAL SCIENCE.  1st Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This course covers the domain of occupational therapy as a profession; its history, its concepts and the theoretical framework that undergird the therapeutic use of occupations in the habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals experiencing dysfunction.  Self-awareness is explored in the development of ethical practice and in the development of professional roles and functions in culturally diverse communities and client populations.

OCTH 0515.  CLINICAL CONDITIONS IN INFANTS AND CHILDREN.  2nd Semester.  Lecture 2, 2 credits.  This course encompasses the conditions encountered in infants and children in a pediatric occupational therapy setting.  An understanding of the etiology, symptomatology and treatment for these conditions is explored with emphasis on the impact of these conditions on occupational performance.

OCTH 0516.  FUNCTIONAL KINESIOLOGY.  1st Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This course is a study of the musculoskeletal system with special emphasis on body mechanics and the mechanical principles of human motion.  Muscles that move the body are studied with particular emphasis on functional movement of the upper extremity.  Prerequisites: HLSC 0300 and HLSC 0307/PHSI 0303.

OCTH 516L.  FUNCTIONAL KINESIOLOGY LAB.  1st Semester.  Lab 2, 1 credit.  This is a lab course taken concurrently with OCTH 0516.  Labs include practice and demonstration of the ability to perform range of motion measurements with goniometer and test muscle strength through manual muscle testing.  Prerequisites: HLSC 0300 and HLSC 0307/PHSI 0303.

OCTH 0517.  CLINICAL CONDITIONS IN ADULTS WITH PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION.  2nd Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This course provides lectures, tapes and discussions on the medical and therapeutic management of clinical conditions encountered in adults having a physical dysfunction.  Conditions reviewed include arthritis; spinal cord injury; cardiac, pulmonary and cerebral vascular disorders; neurological and orthopedic conditions; hand and peripheral nerve injuries; and other conditions commonly encountered in an occupational therapy setting that create a barrier to occupational performance.

OCTH 0518.  CLINICAL CONDITIONS IN ADULTS WITH PSYCHOSOCIAL DYSFUNCTION.  2nd Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This course focuses on an analysis and discussion of the common forms of mental illness; their classification and etiology as described in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classification of Disease.  Evidence based treatment approaches are discussed in relation to the impact on occupational behavior.  Culture bound syndromes are also reviewed.

OCTH 0519.  COMMUNITY SERVICE AND PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (PBL) SEMINAR I.  1st Semester.  Lect. 1, Lab 2, 2 credits.  This course introduces effective documentation skills and surveys treatment settings through clinical observation and structured participation in a variety of ongoing occupational therapy services in the community.  Using case study, students are introduced to the PBL approach and are given the opportunity to observe and reflect on clinical practice.  Collaboration with others, exploration of cultural competence and a commitment to professional ethics and community practice is encouraged.

OCTH 0520.  COMMUNITY SERVICE AND PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (PBL) SEMINAR II.  2nd Semester.  Lect. 1, Lab 2, 2 credits.  Through further exposure to treatment settings where clients' occupational performance can be assessed and encouraged this course builds on and refines the skills acquired in OCTH 0519.  Using the PBL approach students will collaborate with others to develop a Needs Assessment at a community-based program where occupational therapy services do not exist.  Prerequisite: OCTH 0519.

OCTH 0611.  PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF EVALUATION OF ADULT OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE.  1st Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This course covers observation, screening and evaluation techniques for adults with physical disabilities.  Emphasis is on the ability to assess occupational performance by looking at function as well as motor, sensory, perceptual and cognitive abilities in clients with a physical dysfunction in occupational therapy.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0511, OCTH 0516, OCTH 516L, OCTH 0517.

OCTH 611L.  PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF EVALUATION OF ADULT OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE LAB.  1st Semester.  Lab 2, 1 credit.  This is a lab course taken concurrently with OCTH 0611.  This lab allows the student to practice the assessments performed in occupational therapy on clients with physical dysfunction.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0511, OCTH 0516, OCTH 516L, OCTH 0517.

OCTH 0612.  PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF EVALUATION IN  PEDIATRIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY.  1st Semester.  Lect. 2, 2 credits.  This course synthesizes observations, screening and evaluation techniques for children with physical and mental disabilities.  Emphasis is on the motor, sensory, perceptual, psychosocial and functional application of various approaches and techniques relative to assessment in occupational therapy.  Prerequisite: OCTH 0515.

OCTH 612L.  PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF EVALUATION IN PEDIATRIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY LAB.  1st Semester.  Lab 2, 1 credit.  This is a lab course taken concurrently with OCTH 0612.  Pediatric assessments are identified, performed and presented.  Prerequisite: OCTH 0515

OCTH 0613.  PRINCIPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL ASSESSMENT IN PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.  1st Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This course is a study of the physiological, social, and cultural principles of development related to the evaluation of clients in the mental health system.  Intervention in occupational therapy is analyzed and discussed.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0511, OCTH 0518.

OCTH 613L.  PRINCIPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL ASSESSMENT IN PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT LAB.  1st Semester.  Lab 2, 1 credit.  This lab is taken concurrently with OCTH 0613.  It allows students to practice group process skills and to identify, discuss, and perform psychosocial assessments.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0511, OCTH 0518.

OCTH 614. PRINCIPLES OF EVALUATION AND INTERVENTION IN GERIATRICS Summer Semester. Lect. 2,2 credits.  This course will cover health care systems and community support for the wellness, occupational performance, and quality of life as it relates to the needs of people over the age of 65. Prerequisites: OCTH 0517, OCTH 0518, and HLSC 0509.

OCTH 0615.  APPLICATION OF PEDIATRIC INTERVENTIONS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY.  2nd Semester.  Lect. 1, 1 credit.  This course encourages the application of theories, principles and procedures used in occupational therapy treatment for children with deficits in occupational performance.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0612, OCTH 612L.

OCTH 615L.  APPLICATION OF PEDIATRIC INTERVENTIONS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY LAB.  2nd Semester.  Lab 2, 1 credit.  This is a lab course taken concurrently with OCTH 0615.  Pediatric treatment modalities are explored and practiced.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0612, OCTH 612L.

OCTH 0616.  APPLICATION OF INTERVENTION IN ADULTS WITH  PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION.  2nd Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This course teaches the application of theories, principles and procedures in treatment activities, which are, used in occupational therapy programs for adults with physical disabilities.  Study will emphasize clinical conditions commonly encountered in occupational therapy settings and include the use of a problem-based approach as part of the class.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0611 and OCTH 611L.

OCTH 616L.  APPLICATION OF INTERVENTION IN ADULTS WITH  PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION LAB.  2nd Semester.  Lab 2, 1 credit.  This is a lab course taken concurrently with OCTH 0616.  This lab focuses on the student being exposed to the various techniques used in the treatment of adults with physical disabilities.  Included is a workshop on splint fabrication.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0611 and OCTH 611L.

OCTH 0618.  THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES OF INTERVENTION IN PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.  2nd Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This course provides analysis and discussion of theoretical frames of reference in occupational therapy evaluation and treatment of clients with behavioral and psychosocial dysfunction.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0613, OCTH 613L.

OCTH 618L.  THEORIES AND PRINCIPLES OF INTERVENTION IN PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT LAB.  2nd Semester.  Lab 2, 1 credit.  This lab is taken concurrently with OCTH 0618.  It allows students to interact with clients in hospital and community settings within the mental health system.  A problem-based approach is used in the selection, assessment and intervention of selected clients.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0613, OCTH 613L.

OCTH 0620.  NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERVENTION.  2nd Semester.  Lect. 2, 2 credits.  This course explored, analyzes and demonstrates a variety of neurophysiological principles in a variety of systems of treatment.  Prerequisite: HLSC 0512.

OCTH 620L.  NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY INTERVENTION LAB.  2nd Semester.  Lab 2, 1 credit.  This is a lab course taken concurrently with OCTH 0620.  The students will practice and demonstrate the use of specific procedures used in occupational therapy for persons with neurological disorders.  Prerequisites: HLSC 0512.

OCTH 0621.  ORGANIZATION, ADMINISTRATION AND ETHICS IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY.  Summer Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This course is a study of the processes of administration, management and supervision of personnel and programs in occupational therapy.  Principles and procedures for organizing occupational therapy services and the legal and ethical aspects of practice are also included.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0511.

OCTH 0622.  RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY I.  Summer Semester.  Lect. 3, 3 credits.  This course allows the student to design and implement a research project and to understand the basic processes for securing grants to support research.  This course also emphasizes the relevance of clinical research to evidence based practice.  Prerequisites: OCTH 0511, HLSC 0511.

OCTH 0624.  RESEARCH IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY II.  1st Semester.  Lect. 2, 2 credits.  This course is a continuation of OCTH 0622.  This seminar on research emphasizes scholarly activities, and the oral and written presentation of research projects and understanding grant writing.  Prerequisite: OCTH 0622.

OCTH 0630.  FIELDWORK I AND PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (PBL) SEMINAR III.  1st Semester.  Clinical hours 90-120.  2 credits.  This course provides participation in ongoing programs that provide services to persons with physical disabilities or psychosocial dysfunction.  This experience allows students to focus on professional development, to acquire meaningful knowledge, skills and attitudes; and to integrate the PBL approach in the implementation of the occupational therapy process with particular emphasis on screening and evaluation.

OCTH 0631.  FIELDWORK I AND PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (PBL) SEMINAR IV.  2nd Semester.  Clinical hours 90-120.  2 credits.  This course provides further participation in ongoing programs that provide services to persons with physical disabilities or psychosocial dysfunction.  This experience allows students to focus on professional development, to acquire meaningful knowledge, skills and attitudes; and to integrate the PBL approach in the implementation of the occupational therapy processes of evaluation, planning, treatment and effective documentation.

OCTH 0652.  FIELDWORK II.  1st and 2nd Semesters and Summer. 0 credits.  Students enroll in this continuous registration course while on their Level II fieldwork after graduation.

OCTH 0752.  CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION.  1st and 2nd Semesters and Summer. 0 credits.  This course allows students to complete requirements for the departmental comprehensive exam or Level I fieldwork.