Post Professional Post Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy

OTD Courses

OT-GE 2332 Shifting to a Strength Based Paradigm: A Focus on Autism (3). This course examines occupational therapy literature and research findings for evidence that supports treatment of children with sensory regulatory difficulties in a variety of settings. Students’ clinical experiences are used as a basis to examine the efficacy and effectiveness of intervention.

OT-GE 2335 Successful Intervention in Schools (3). This course examinestherapist’s perceptions that have an impact on therapy in the classroom. Students will learn to identify strategies and methods that will assist in designing intervention plans that can be implemented in a classroom. Students will research effective strategies for ensuring best practice in a wide variety of educational systems.

OT-GE 2338 Promoting Family Resilience and Family-Centered Services(3). This course examines family centered care for families with special needs; reviews theoretical approaches and explores the views and experiences of parents and other care providers; evaluates the importance of the environment to clinical decision making and service delivery.

OT-GE 2341 Clinical Management I: Bone and Joint Disorders of the Upper Quadrant (3). This course will use a seminar and laboratory teaching model to explore the intervention processes for hand and upper limb bone and joint disorders. This course will address the psychological and physical ramifications of hand and upper limb impairments.

OT-GE 2342 Clinical Management II: Nerve Disorders of the Upper Quadrant (3). This course will use a seminar, laboratory, and workshop model to explore the intervention processes for hand and upper limb nerve disorders that are traumatic or chronic in nature. This course will address nerve injuries in continuity that frequently present as cumulative trauma disorders and may be mistaken for tendonitis. The course will emphasize how to distinguish between tendon and nerve involvement and the subsequent appropriate intervention strategies.

OT-GE 2343 Clinical Management III: Complex, Multi-System Injuries of the Upper Quadrant (3). This course will use lecture, seminar, and laboratory teaching model to explore intervention strategies for the complex, multi-system and/or catastrophic upper limb injuries. As the final course sequence of three treatment courses, it will also address working with the “difficult” patient and the ways in which the practicing therapist can promote recovery from a physical and psychological perspective.

OT-GE 2762 Theoretical Foundations for Intervention (3). How theoretical information is formulated, refined, tested, and assessed relative to its suitability for use in sets of guidelines for occupational therapy practice.

OT-GE 2763 Developing a Guideline for Intervention(3). This course aims to teach students how to use theoretical information to develop a set of guidelines for intervention for a specific clinical problem they are interested in. Students begin by identifying the problem and then finding appropriate theoretical information to write a guideline. Students also examine other perspectives that guide practice.

OT-GE 2764 Ethics and Analytic Reasoning (3). Analysis of philosophical issues in therapy with an emphasis on considering ethical dilemmas and sound arguments. Characteristics of analytic philosophy and techniques are explored.

OT-GE 2801 Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Upper Quadrant (3). In-depth human anatomy dissection of the upper quadrant, including cervical and thoracic spine, scapula, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Principles of biomechanics, joint structure and muscle function, emphasizing analysis of movement of the upper quadrant. Relationship of anatomical structure and function to injury or illness of the upper quadrant will be addressed.

OT-GE 2900 Contemporary Issues in Occupational Therapy: Developing Assistive Technology (3). This multi-disciplinary course allows students from a variety of backgrounds to work together to develop examples of assistive technology. Partnering with outside organizations, students will work in teams to identify a clinical need relevant to a certain clinical site or client population, and learn the process of developing an idea and following that through to the development of a prototype product. The major learning activity is the design and fabrication of a device (piece of equipment, software, etc.) that meets a specific need for a specific person with a disability or a clinic that treats clients with disabilities or a category of people with similar needs as a result of their disability.

OT-GE 3301 Evidence-based Practice (3). Students will evaluate clinical literature and determine the evidence level of a clinical study, appraise the feasibility or application in everyday practice, and design a program evaluation of their own practice using evidence-based approach. The course will emphasize the need for evidence based occupational therapy practice.

OT-GE 3306 Advanced Assessments for the Practicing Therapist (3). The course focuses on the selection and use of an evidence-based evaluation system to measure practice outcomes and interpret clinical change. This process requires selecting the tools for assessment of function based on achieved validity and to accurately interpret observations and measurements.

OT-GE 3310 Professional Portfolio: Advanced Practice (3). Students will assess and refine their portfolios. Portfolios will be web-based and include performance observations, case students, peer ratings, specialty certification documentation of professional activities, publications, and presentation summaries. At the end of the semester, students will present their portfolio to a panel of three faculty members. The portfolio will document how the student integrated knowledge and skills learned in the curriculum to his or her specialty practice area.

Electives (9)
Students are required to complete nine points of electives in related fields to support their studies. In addition to departmental selections, students may select electives from university-wide offerings.