Occupational Therapy

  • SAR OT 589: Orientation to Practice
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: MSOT students only
    This graduate course in occupational therapy is designed to orient and introduce students to current and emerging areas of practice. Guest faculty and practitioners will share their experience and expertise for various areas of practice to aid students in understanding the typical contexts of fieldwork experiences that will be an integral part of the curriculum. This course is intended to introduce students to common types of client populations across the lifespan and typical interventions and goals for areas of practice addressing mental health, pediatrics, and physical disabilities occupational needs and services. Goals, guidelines, policies and procedures for participating in the academic program's Level I (LIFW) and Level II (LIIFW) fieldwork programs will be reviewed. Training in confidentiality/privacy laws will be provided to support students in abiding by professional ethics and behaviors. Additionally, opportunities for professional development within and outside of the University will be highlighted.
  • SAR OT 590: Fieldwork Seminar/Field Experience Fee
    Graduate Prerequisites: OT502, OT538, OT563, OT564, OT621; MSOT students only. Registration required for all students in the semester prior to the start of their off-campus field experiences.
    Fee is equal to the cost of two credits. The Fieldwork Seminar is for students completing the didactic coursework in the program. Topics preparing for the transition from the academic setting to the practice setting, program policies and procedures, criteria for evaluating student performance, supervision issues, fieldwork experience responsibilities and information on certification, licensure and the job search.
  • SAR OT 593: Level II Fieldwork I
    Graduate Prerequisites: All MSOT professional courses.
    Full-time, on-site clinical experience.
  • SAR OT 594: Level II Fieldwork II
    Graduate Prerequisites: All MSOT professional courses.
    Full-time, on-site clinical experience.
  • SAR OT 595: Level II Elective Fieldwork
    Graduate Prerequisites: All MSOT professional courses.
    Optional (via petition) full-time, on-site clinical experience.
  • SAR OT 610: Health Promotion and Wellness
    Graduate Prerequisites: OTD degree students only.
    This on-line graduate course focuses on developing a health promotion program grounded in theory. After an introduction to the field of public health and the role of occupational therapy in the area of health promotion and wellness, the course guides the student in the development of a program related to a health issue in his or her practice setting. The student will be introduced to frameworks and theories from pubic health and other disciplines and will then apply these as he or she develops a health promotion program. The student will read about and discuss programs in health promotion at the individual, group, and population level, for people with and without disabilities, and in a variety of environments. (3 credits)
  • SAR OT 617: Contemporary Trends in Occupational Therapy
    Graduate Prerequisites: OTD degree students only.
    This on-line graduate course examines three important current topics of discussion in occupational therapy. The first theme is client-centered practice: What is contemporary thinking about this principle and how does my practice reflect this principle? The second theme is occupation-centered practice: What does it mean to have occupation as the core focus of practice and what are current challenges to keeping this focus? The third theme is looking outward: How do the concerns of occupational therapy relate to work emerging in other fields and where might we find knowledge to enhance our practice, or collaborators who share similar concerns and values? The course assignments are designed to facilitate critical reflection on the student's own practice in relation to these developments.
  • SAR OT 620: Evidence-Based OT Practice II
    Graduate Prerequisites: OT500, OT513, OT520, OT526, OT529, OT589; MSOT students only.
    This second course in the evidence-based practice sequence focuses on critical analysis of research on intervention effectiveness. Students examine issues of internal, external, and statistical validity as they relate to the appropriate use of evidence for clinical decision-making.
  • SAR OT 621: Evidence-Based OT Practice III
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: OT501, OT524, OT556, OT562, OT620; MSOT students only.
    This is the third course in a sequence that develops skills and knowledge for evidence-based occupational therapy practice. The course focuses on generating evidence for one's own practice. The course introduces students to methods to examine generating group level (program evaluation) individual outcomes (single subject design).
  • SAR OT 713: Developmental Disabilities I: Evaluation, Assessment, Families and Systems
    This interdisciplinary course addresses issues relevant to professionals who work with people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the human service system. Understanding the professionals' role in diagnosing, evaluating and assessing children who have developmental disabilities or who are at high risk of acquiring them will be the emphasis for the first half of the semester. Specific discussions of families and services will highlight the second half of the term. This course is offered in collaboration with six area universities and colleges and meets off-campus at the Children's Hospital.
  • SAR OT 714: Developmental Disabilities II: Values, Policy and Change
    This course focuses on the community, system and leadership components of developmental disabilities and is based on values of enhancing the quality of life of individuals with disabilities. Issues of systems change and policy implications are stressed while understanding disabilities for the persons' and families' perspective are maintained. This course is offered in collaboration with six area universities and colleges and meets off-campus at the Children's Hospital.
  • SAR OT 736: Independent Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Consent of supervising instructor
    Graduate Prerequisites: Prior approval of instructor and advisor required.
    Individually supervised study for advanced students wishing to pursue a specialized area of interest in occupational therapy.
  • SAR OT 900: Scholar Project I
    Graduate Prerequisites: OTD degree students only.
    This on-line graduate course gives students the opportunity to apply the skills developed in the first two evidence-based practice courses Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and Directed Study in Evidence Based Practice: to investigate an intervention question related to their own practice. Students will conduct an in-depth search for evidence, analysis of best evidence, and the outline of a synthesis that proposes the current, "best answer" to the clinical question posed. Students will work as partners to provide assistance, guidance, and feedback to each other during this structured process.
  • SAR OT 901: Scholarly Paper II
    Graduate Prerequisites: OTD degree students only.
    This on-line graduate course completes the work begun in Scholarly Paper I. The specific emphasis of work in this course is on preparing evidence summaries in different formats that are suitable for client/consumer, management, and peer audiences.
  • SAR OT 904: Thesis Proposal Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR OT620 and consent of instructor
    Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, the student develops a written research proposal.
  • SAR OT 910: Social Policy and Disability
    Graduate Prerequisites: OTD degree students only.
    This on-line graduate case-based course examines current models of and perspectives on disability and their influence on social policy. The history of disability policy is examined as well as the ways in which social, medical, and universal models are manifest in current health and social service delivery systems in the US and other developed countries. The course also examines cultural assumptions about the nature of health, disability, and quality of life and the implications of cultural differences for practice models and methods.
  • SAR OT 911: Practicum in Social Policy and Disability
    Graduate Prerequisites: OTD degree students only.
    This on-line graduate course engages students in the critical analysis of policy and disability theory in their major area of practice (e.g., ergonomics, medical rehabilitation, early intervention, mental health services). They must complete critical reviews of additional reading related to their specific field of application as well as a sequence of analyses of the impact of relevant policies on resource allocations, service delivery methods, and reimbursement.
  • SAR OT 915: Evaluating Clinical Theory and Research
    This course is designed to help students think critically about the ways in which theories and models are used to guide clinical practice. In particular, we will examine the distinction between models of function and disablement and theories of how change occurs as a result of intervention, as well as how these models may or may not be related. We will examine how theories and models describe or explain a phenomenon at different levels of analysis and the types of scientific evidence required to support or refute the propositions reflected in clinical models and theories. The course is limited to students in the OTD program and is offered exclusively on-line.
  • SAR OT 916: Practicum in Theory Analysis
    This course builds on OT 915: Evaluating Clinical Theory and Research. Students examine the contrasting views of mechanistic, organismic, and contextual models, and contemporary expressions of these approaches in the clinical theories. The course investigates explanatory models of change through a critical examination of the theoretical bases of intervention approaches in occupational therapy. Students examine in depth a theory relevant to their doctoral project. The course is limited to students in the OTD program who have completed OT 915. It is offered exclusively on-line.
  • SAR OT 920: Outcomes Measurement and Monitoring I: Program Evaluation
    Graduate Prerequisites: OTD degree students only.
    This on-line graduate course examines quantitative and qualitative methods developed for systematic program evaluation, providing the foundation knowledge and skills needed to complete an evaluation plan for the Doctoral Project. Examples of program evaluations from the clinical literature are examined and their applicability to programs in the student's area of clinical practice evaluated.