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OTH 6101 - Occupational Performance I: Movement Capacities and Abilities - 4 cr.
Application of the occupational therapy perspective on human movement. Focus on functional performance including analysis of static and dynamic forces, anatomical mechanics and kinematics including performance qualities specific to the context and environment. Application of these concepts for use in occupational therapy assessment and intervention is addressed. Emphasis is on determining patterns of dysfunction and facilitating optimum performance during task directed activity within life role contexts.


OTH 6105 - Anatomy for Occupational Performance - 4 cr.
An advanced musculoskeletal anatomy course that emphasizes the functional relationships between musculature, nervous tissue, vascular components, and the skeletal system of the extremities and trunk. A cadaver dissection laboratory enhances understanding of anatomical relationships within body regions that contribute to successful physical task performance. Unique perspective is provided towards understanding the material in terms of occupational performance addressed in occupational therapy.


OTH 6210 - Basic Tenents of Occupational Therapy - 4 cr.
Explores the three basic tenets of occupational therapy through the profession, the practice, and the practitioner. The profession and practice of occupational therapy is analyzed through the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and theoretical models of occupation. The professional roles and ethical responsibilities of the practitioner are studied.


OTH 6220 - Assessment of Occupational Performance I - 4 cr.
Intended to ground students in the occupational therapy process of selecting and administering clinical measurement tools used to guide evaluation and assessment a client’s occupational performance. Students will learn to use a client-centered approach to clinical assessment including the use of: formal and informal interviewing techniques and skilled observation of occupational performance skills and patterns. Prerequisites: successful completion of clinical conditions competency exam; OTH 6101 Occupational Performance I: Movement Capacities and Abilities; OTH 6105 Functional Anatomy

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6101


OTH 6233 - Evidence Based Occupational Therapy I - 2 cr.
Provides an understanding of and appreciation for the concept of evidence-based practice. Develops fundamental scientific inquiry skills related to gathering, reading, understanding, and critically appraising the rehabilitation research literature in order to become evidence-based occupational therapists. Emphasizes appreciating the value of life-long learning as future occupational therapists as well as developing the skills to carry this out in challenging and changing clinical environments.

Prerequisite Courses: OTH 6310, OTH 6350


OTH 6240 - Occupational Performance II: Integrated Capacities and Abilities - 4 cr.
The analysis of occupational performance is done from an understanding of how performance capacity and abilities integrate to result in activity completion. The relationship between these capacities and abilities and occupational performance will be explored by understanding how capacities and abilities manifest in task performance. Beginning level skills for facilitating occupational performance through interventions of occupation and preparatory methods will be developed. Prerequisites: successful completion of OT Conditions competency exam and courses OTH 6105 Functional Anatomy, OTH 6101 Occupational Performance I: Movement Capacities and Abilities, OTH 6210 Basic Tenets of OT, and OTH 6220 Assessment of Occupational Performance I.

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6105


OTH 6250 - Experiential I: Level I Fieldwork - Reflection and Integration - 2 cr.
Provides students with opportunities to build beginning-level professional skills through exposure to different clinical settings and client populations. Students will practice careful observation, clear communication, therapeutic use of self, and task analysis through scheduled visits to community settings. Students begin their professional development as a generalist by completing assignments in the community guided by faculty led discussion and self-reflection of these experiences. Students are challenged to expand their current understanding of human occupational performance and gain insight to working with diverse client populations. Prerequisites: Successful completion of OTH 6105 Functional Anatomy and OTH 6101 Occupational Performance I: Movement Capacities and Abilities.

Prerequisite Courses: OTH 6101, OTH 6105


OTH 6310 - Optimizing Occupational Performance - 4 cr.
Broadens understanding of occupation-based practice to include core components of intervention selection including: application of a model or a frame of reference; analysis of the activity, the client and the environment; and effectively matching client capacities and the challenge of the task through gradation and adaptation of meaningful occupations. Therapeutic mechanisms of behavior management, building rapport and client learning are emphasized. Prerequisites. Successful completion of all previous coursework.


OTH 6332 - Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy I - 3 cr.
Intended to help students continue to build their knowledge about research methods and statistical analyses, refine their critical inquiry skills, and increase their appreciation for the contributions research makes to sound clinical practice. Students begin to experience the research process by planning a research study. In addition to writing a proposal for a research study, students will participate in other tasks that include applying for approval from the College Institutional Review Board, learning to compute statistical analyses using SPSS, and pilot testing proposed methods.


OTH 6334 - Evidence-based Occupational Therapy II - 2 cr.
Designed to help occupational therapy students apply their knowledge about evidence-based practice to clinical experiences and the development of new evidence in occupational therapy. Builds on basic concepts of evidence-based practice by examining more advanced quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques for application to both clinical and research experiences.

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6233


OTH 6335 - Occupational Performance III: Well Being and Care of Self - 4 cr.
Explores life roles of individuals and the contexts and environments in which they engage in those life roles. The activities of daily living and some instrumental activities of daily living central to the care of self will be analyzed with development of intervention strategies for various populations. Further, an individuals’ sense of accomplishment and enjoyment through self-enhancement occupations of play and leisure will be analyzed and intervention strategies will be developed. The performance patterns of individuals including activities, habits, and routines are analyzed throughout the occupational therapy process. Prerequisites. Successful completion of all previous coursework, specifically OTH 6101 Occupational Performance I: Movement Capacities and Abilities and OTH 6240 Occupational Performance II: Integrated Capacities and Abilities.

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6101


OTH 6340 - Assessment of Occupational Performance II - 4 cr.
Focus is on selection and administration of specific screening and assessment tools that include three main areas: abilities and capacities; roles and competence; and environmental factors affecting an individual’s function and participation in a range of occupations and contexts. The use of evidence from the scientific literature, client values, and clinical reasoning will be emphasized in making decisions when selecting assessments for clients. The importance of developing and utilizing outcome measures that document the effectiveness of OT services is also emphasized. Prerequisites. OTH 6240 Assessment of Occupational Performance I; successful completion of all previous coursework.

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6240


OTH 6350 - Experiential II: Level I Fieldwork - Basic Clinical Experiences - 4 cr.
A clinical Level I fieldwork experience intended to integrate occupational therapy theory into practice. Hands-on learning experiences occur within the occupational therapy process, while providing client-centered care in a supervised and mentor-based setting. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all previous OTH coursework.


OTH 6410 - Experiential III: Level I Fieldwork - 2 cr.
A 35 to 40 hour fieldwork experience scheduled in the summer following the first year of the Occupational Therapy Program. Students may request sites from a variety of traditional and emerging practice settings throughout the United States, and will be assigned based on availability. This fieldwork experience reinforces clinical skills, professional behaviors and professional relationships, clinical reasoning skills, ethical issues, and how to integrate occupational therapy theory into practice. In addition it is designed to familiarize students with various intervention settings and clinical conditions. Students may be provided initial hands-on experiences under direct supervision when determined to be appropriate by the clinical supervisor/educator. Upon completion of the clinical hours, the students attend a seminar to discuss various aspects of the experience.


OTH 6433 - Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy III - 2 cr.
Designed to expand ability to consume scientific evidence and contribute to the body of knowledge in occupational therapy. Develops searching, appraisal, and scholarly writing skills by completing a thorough review of the literature in order to justify and clarify the purpose of the project idea developed in Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy II (OTH 6334). Addresses ethics of research including Institutional Review Board application. Research proposal writing of a methods section sets the stage for data collection in subsequent Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy IV (OTH 6533).

Prerequisite Courses: OTH 6233, OTH 6333


OTH 6510 - Occupational Performance IV: Home and Environment Management - 4 cr.
Home and environment management includes focus on creating interventions to address life skills related to community mobility including driving rehabilitation, management of areas for medication, communication, finance, home, safety, and health, care of others, and shopping. Interventions to address social participation as a self-enhancement area of occupation with community, peer, and family will be developed. Designing group process for client learning to address social participation and areas of home and environment management will be included followed by implementation of those group processes. Opportunities to evaluate various practice settings to determine influences and considerations in occupational therapy process will occur.

Prerequisite Courses: OTH 6101, OTH 6240, OTH 6335, OTH 6550


OTH 6522 - Level I Fieldwork - Adult Clin - 2 cr.
A clinical experience scheduled in the fall semester of the second year of the Occupational Therapy Program. This course is designed to reinforce clinical skills, professional behaviors and professional relationships, clinical reasoning skills and ethical issues, and provide an opportunity to integrate occupational therapy theory into practice. This Fieldwork I experience includes hands-on learning experiences providing occupational therapy intervention to individuals with neuro-based diagnoses. Client evaluation, intervention and documentation are critical components.


OTH 6523 - Neurorehab OT - 4 cr.
Presents assessment and intervention techniques for impairment in vision, perception, cognition, swallowing, driving, bladder control, and vestibular dysfunction, as they relate to a variety of neurological conditions including brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and various other neuro-based conditions. Students also analyze traditional and contemporary approaches to assess and intervene with clients who have neuromotor impairment and they will investigate the psychosocial impact of neurological impairment. Students learn through lecture, group work, analysis of case studies and hands-on lab work. Students have the opportunity to tie real-life client treatment back to topics introduced in class.


OTH 6524 - Gerontic OT - 6 cr.
Focuses on specific issues related to the aging process as well as common pathologies and functional deficits seen by occupational therapists. Specific physical, psychological and cognitive problems common to this population are discussed and considered relative to human performance in work, self-care, leisure, social and family/caregiver functioning. Students gain knowledge of the role of occupational therapy in providing assessment and intervention with the older adult population in multiple service delivery models. Public policy, funding and reimbursement issues that pertain to older adults are reviewed. As part of this course, students have an experience working hands-on with older adults in community settings.


OTH 6525 - Pediatric OT - 6 cr.
Presents theory, scope of practice, service delivery models, and common developmental and pediatric conditions seen by occupational therapists. Human performance is emphasized and related to normal processes affecting growth, development, self-care, play/leisure and family functioning. Students integrate and apply the above information to occupational therapy assessment and intervention techniques in sensory, perceptual, motor, cognitive, emotional and social skill development. Study also provides information on public policy related to children. Students learn the importance of functional, developmental, age-appropriate activities and family involvement. The course is coordinated with OTH 6526, Level I Fieldwork-Pediatric Clinic.


OTH 6526 - Level I Fieldwork-Pediatric Cl - 2 cr.
A clinical Level I fieldwork experience intended to integrate occupational therapy theory into practice. Hands-on learning experiences occur within the occupational therapy process, while providing client-centered care in a supervised and mentor-based setting. This fieldwork experience will focus on the psychological and social factors that influence a child’s engagement in occupations.

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6525


OTH 6533 - Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy IV - 2 cr.
Facilitates the student’s progress toward contributing to the body of knowledge in occupational therapy. Students will build on work completed in EBOT III (OTH 6433) by collecting data and performing the appropriate statistical analyses needed to answer their research questions. Students will summarize their findings narratively and graphically into a results section.

Prerequisite Courses: OTH 6233, OTH 6333, OTH 6433


OTH 6534 - Transformative Engagement in Occupational Therapy - 4 cr.
Through the transformative engagement process, students will integrate prior learning with personal reflection and current theories related to concepts of supervision, management and leadership. Application of leadership and management theory, professional ethics and behaviors and the importance of professional relationships is facilitated through clinically-based scenarios. Students evaluate administrative structure and service delivery within health facilities, organizations and agencies with respect to occupational therapy's role. Students will create and evaluate a set of outcomes related to evidence-based practice, documentation, peer review, reimbursement, service provision and organizational change.


OTH 6540 - OTH Level I Field Clinical Exp - 2 cr.
This course is an elective experiential OT fieldwork course that may be taken subsequent to OTH 6410 and will occur in one of a variety of settings including but not limited to acute care, inpatient, transitional care, out-patient, skilled nursing, assisted living, mental health, ergonomics, camp, etc. and will occur in the curriculum during the summer session at the beginning of year two. The vast areas of practice offered by this course will afford a variety of opportunities for students to work with a multitude of clients from birth to elder care depending on their specific fieldwork request and/or placement. Students will closely work with individuals of all abilities and deliver occupational therapy services to all people regardless of any particular categorization of diversity, ethnicity, age, faith, gender, nationality, culture, socio-economic status, race, political affiliation, and/or sexual orientation. The premise of this course is to enhance student learning and enrichment by providing an experience in a setting that provides services to all people in need.

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6410


OTH 6543 - Administration & Supervision - 2 cr.
Includes an overview of administrative structures of health care facilities, organizations and agencies. Basic management and supervisory strategies involved in developing, operating and participating in efficient and effective occupational therapy services are presented. Students investigate how to market themselves, their professions and their organizations. Course underscores importance of professional relationships, strategic thinking and ethical practice in light of a changing health care environment.


OTH 6545 - Leadership Issues - 2 cr.
Examines and provides discussion of traditional and recent leadership models and styles, professional ethics and behaviors, and development of multicultural competency. Students explore personal values and attitudes and the relationship to the provision and leading of occupational therapy services. A review of the legislative process, public policy and the effect on occupational therapy practice is included. Participation in a hands-on leading/teaching experience and case study reviews are also included.


OTH 6546 - Critical Analysis in OT - 2 cr.
Capstone course designed to integrate theory, knowledge of pathologies and intervention strategies with an understanding of human performance and adaptation. Focuses on student abilities to integrate and articulate the role of the occupational therapist in a variety of complex situations and practice settings involving individuals and populations. Specific issues in health care and developments in occupational therapy theory are analyzed through collaborative learning.


OTH 6550 - Experiential IV: Level I Fieldwork Intermediate Clinical Experiences - 4 cr.
Integrates occupational therapy into practice through a mentored clinical setting. Designed to provide application of clinical knowledge and skills, professional behaviors and relationships, clinical reasoning, and ethical decision making. Hands-on learning experiences of the occupational therapy process and providing client-centered care in a supervised setting.


OTH 6554 - Level I Fieldwork - 1 cr.
A 35 - 40 hour fieldwork experience that occurs over the semester break of the second year or as scheduled throughout the spring semester. The combination of all of the Fieldwork I experiences is designed to familiarize students with various treatment settings, age groups and diagnoses. This fieldwork experience may involve hands-on experiences under direct supervision when determined to be appropriate by the fieldwork supervisor/educator. This fieldwork experience also includes a seminar during the spring semester of the second year of the Occupational Therapy Program. During the seminar, the students discuss various aspects of their Level I Fieldwork experiences and prepare for the transition to Level II Fieldwork. The seminar focuses on the clinical skills, professional behaviors, professional relationships, clinical reasoning skills, ethical issues, the supervisory process and integration of occupational therapy theory into practice that will be encountered during the Level II Fieldwork experiences.


OTH 6555 - Level II Fieldwork - 6 cr.
Students are eligible for Level II Fieldwork upon completion of all academic requirements. Each fieldwork experience will reflect current practice with clients from across the life span and with a variety of diagnoses. This fieldwork is required for a minimum of the equivalent of 24 weeks full-time and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, but may not be less than half time. All students complete one experience in physical disabilities and a second may include but is not limited to occupational therapy practice in physical dysfunction, developmental disabilities, pediatrics and/or psychosocial dysfunction. Provides the student with the opportunity to learn/practice the role of an occupational therapist and to develop clinical skills, clinical reasoning skills and reflective practice at the entry level under the supervision of a skilled practitioner. Provides opportunities for students to transmit the values and beliefs of occupational therapy into ethical practice and to develop professionalism and competence as ongoing career responsibilities. This course relates to the highest level within the professional curriculum. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica arranges the fieldwork experiences. The fieldwork experiences will be completed under the supervision of a "currently licensed or credentialed occupational therapist who has a minimum of one year of practice experience subsequent to initial certification, and is adequately prepared to serve as a fieldwork educator". Level II fieldwork may occur in a setting with no occupational therapist on site only when a plan for the provision of occupational therapy services has been set up ahead of time. On-site supervision must be provided in accordance with the plan and meet ACOTE Standards. A minimum passing score of 122 is required on the final evaluation to satisfactorily complete or pass the Level II Fieldwork requirement. Students are required to pass all of the academic coursework and both Level II Fieldwork experiences to be eligible to take the NBCOT certification examination.


OTH 6556 - Level II Fieldwork - 6 cr.
Students are eligible for Level II Fieldwork upon completion of all academic requirements. Each fieldwork experience will reflect current practice with clients from across the life span and with a variety of diagnoses. This fieldwork is required for a minimum of the equivalent of 24 weeks full-time and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, but may not be less than half time. All students complete one experience in physical disabilities and a second may include but is not limited to occupational therapy practice in physical dysfunction, developmental disabilities, pediatrics and/or psychosocial dysfunction. Provides the student with the opportunity to learn/practice the role of an occupational therapist and to develop clinical skills, clinical reasoning skills and reflective practice at the entry level under the supervision of a skilled practitioner. Provides opportunities for students to transmit the values and beliefs of occupational therapy into ethical practice and to develop professionalism and competence as ongoing career responsibilities. This course relates to the highest level within the professional curriculum. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica arranges the fieldwork experiences. The fieldwork experiences will be completed under the supervision of a "currently licensed or credentialed occupational therapist who has a minimum of one year of practice experience subsequent to initial certification, and is adequately prepared to serve as a fieldwork educator". Level II fieldwork may occur in a setting with no occupational therapist on site only when a plan for the provision of occupational therapy services has been set up ahead of time. On-site supervision must be provided in accordance with the plan and meet ACOTE Standards. A minimum passing score of 122 is required on the final evaluation to satisfactorily complete or pass the Level II Fieldwork requirement. Students are required to pass all of the academic coursework and both Level II Fieldwork experiences to be eligible to take the NBCOT certification examination.

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6555


OTH 6557 - Level II Fieldwork - 2-6 cr.
A Level II Fieldwork experience in an area of advanced practice to be scheduled when all required academic and fieldwork experiences are completed. The advanced practice experience typically ranges from 4-8 weeks in length depending on the requirements of the setting. This fieldwork experience is designed for the student seeking advanced learning opportunities in specialty areas of occupational therapy practice, including but not limited to: rehabilitation, developmental disabilities, pediatrics, school therapy, psychosocial dysfunction, gerontics, hand therapy, industrial rehabilitation/work hardening, administration, community practice, research and numerous emerging practice areas. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at The College of St. Scholastica will arrange the fieldwork experience. The fieldwork experience will be completed under the direct supervision of an NBCOT registered occupational therapist with a minimum of one year's experience in the practice specialty.

Prerequisite Courses: OTH 6555, OTH 6556


OTH 6560 - Physical Agent Modalities in Occupational Therapy - 1 cr.
Presents the theoretical aspects and hands-on practical application of a number of physical agent modalities (PAMs) such as superficial agents, ultrasound and electrotherapy


OTH 6633 - Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy V - 2 cr.
Builds on work completed in Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy IV (OTH 6533) by writing a formal discussion section that explains and interprets research findings and places the main findings within the context of previous research. Discusses options for disseminating research results and implications of findings.

Prerequisite Courses: OTH 6233, OTH 6333, OTH 6433, OTH 6533


OTH 6722 - Level II Fieldwork A - 6 cr.
Students are eligible for Level II Fieldwork upon completion of all academic requirements. Each fieldwork experience will reflect current practice with clients from across the life span and with a variety of diagnoses. Two Level II fieldwork Affiliations are required for a minimum of 24 weeks full-time and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, but may not be less than half time. All students complete one Level II experience in physical disabilities and a second may include but is not limited to occupational therapy practice in physical dysfunction, developmental disabilities, pediatrics and/or psychosocial dysfunction.


OTH 6735 - Occupational Performance V: Skill Advancement - 4 cr.
Self-advancement occupations of education and work are fully explored along with advanced practice settings including hand therapy, work/industry, neonatal intensive care unit, education, emerging practice, and non-traditional areas of practice. Alternative healing practices and advanced skill areas will be the focus of interventions.

Prerequisite Courses: OTH 6101, OTH 6240, OTH 6335, OTH 6510


OTH 6750 - Advanced Clinical Reasoning - 1 cr.
Capstone course designed to integrate theory, knowledge of pathologies and intervention strategies with an understanding of human performance and adaptation. The course focuses on students’ abilities to integrate and articulate the role of the occupational therapist in a variety of complex situations and practice settings involving individuals and populations. Specific issues in global health care including public policy, access to service, at-risk populations and advocacy are addressed. Personal reflection of transformative engagement through leadership, management and professional development are emphasized.

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6722


OTH 6777 - Independent Study - 0-7 cr.
Topics in Occupational Therapy.


OTH 6822 - Level II Fieldwork B - 1-6 cr.
Students are eligible for Level II Fieldwork upon completion of all academic requirements. Each fieldwork experience will reflect current practice with clients from across the life span and with a variety of diagnoses. Two Level II fieldwork Affiliations are required for a minimum of 24 weeks full-time and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, but may not be less than half time. All students complete one Level II experience in physical disabilities and a second may include but is not limited to occupational therapy practice in physical dysfunction, developmental disabilities, pediatrics and/or psychosocial dysfunction. The fieldwork experiences will be completed under the supervision of a "currently licensed or credentialed occupational therapist who has a minimum of one year of practice experience subsequent to initial certification, and is adequately prepared to serve as a fieldwork educator".


OTH 6900 - Cont Enrollment Final Research - 0 cr.
Students are required to be enrolled continuously until the final research project and fieldwork are completed. A fee equal to one master's credit will be assessed each fall and spring semester until Occupational Therapy Program requirements are completed, if not registered for another OTH professional program course.


OTH 6999 - Independent Study - 0-7 cr.
Independent study in Occupational Therapy.