Chatham University

Occupational Therapy (MOT) Curriculum

All occupational therapy courses are limited to occupational therapy students unless permission is obtained from the instructor and the program director.

The goal of the Chatham University’s Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program is to educate competent occupational therapy practitioners to assist individuals of all ages to achieve maximum independence in daily life activities. Upon completion of this program, graduates are prepared to practice evidence-based occupational therapy in a variety of healthcare and community settings, provided that they pass the national certification exam and obtain state licensure as needed.

The MOT program curriculum design is based upon self-directed, active, experiential, and didactic learning strategies. The curriculum focuses on the development of critical thinking/professional reasoning skills, occupational therapy knowledge and evidence based practice skills, and professional growth and development. Students must complete fieldwork training as part of the degree requirement. Fieldwork experiences, which are provided throughout the curriculum in a variety of settings and locations, are designed in collaboration with the student’s academic advisor and fieldwork coordinator. Students must complete all degree requirements no later than five years after the date of first enrollment in the program. A student may petition the Graduate Programs Committee, through the occupational therapy program director, for an extension for a limited period if such extension is sought before the five-year limit expires.

Accreditation:
The MOT program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD20814-3449, 301- 652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Program Requirements

+Degree Requirements

88 credits, including:

BIO503 Human Anatomy

This course provides a basic understanding of human anatomy, with an emphasis on the osteology and muscles of the upper and lower limbs, including the back. It uses a combination of systems-based and region-specific instruction. Lectures are complimented by laboratory exercises based upon the A.D.A.M. computer program. Three hours of class and two hours of laboratory per week. Pre-requisites: Permission of the Instructor

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BIO503L Laboratory: Human Anatomy

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BIO509 Fundamentals of Neuroscience

This course is designed toe xamine the fundamental aspects of nervous system function, emphasizing the bases of excitability, synaptic transmission and neurontarget interactions. BIO509 introduces students to the basics of integrative neural function, including sensory, motor, learning, memory, and limbic systems. Three hours of lecture per week.

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BIO509L Fundamentals of Neuroscience Lab

Laboratory exercises to compliment lectures in BIO509, including study of human nervous system material, brain sections, and anatomical models. Two hours of Laboratory per week.

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OTH601 Foundations of Occupation & Occupational Therapy

Students explore the role of occupation as the foundation of the profession and the relationship between occupation and health. Standards of practice, OT roles, history, current practice, and future trends are discussed. Methods of evaluation and documentation are introduced and practiced. Occupations throughout the lifespan and implications for intervention are examined.

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OTH603 Intro to OT Assessment & Intervention Skills

Students learn to identify and assess the influence of client factors, performance skills and patterns, activity demands, and context on occupational performance from a physical disabilities perspective. Experiential learning opportunities enable students to gain proficiency in administering and interpreting assessments and practicing intervention strategies related to multiple areas of occupation.

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OTH605 Mental Health & Occupational Performance

Students learn and apply the occupational therapy process for clients with mental health disorders. Occupational performance assessment, group process, and intervention planning and implementation are emphasized. Societal and personal attitudes towards persons with mental health disorders will be explored. The social, economic, political, and demographic factors influencing mental health service provision will be addressed.

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OTH610 Advanced Topics in Occupational Therapy

This course expands the OT student's understanding and application of treatment skills and clinical reasoning. The students practice these skills to enhance technical abilities and gain confidence in the selection and use of procedures. Objectives are achieved through visiting lecturers, case studies, class discussion, active participation, and dialogue.

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OTH612 Evidence-based Practice I

IThis course introduces the role of evidence in occupational therapy clinical reasoning and practice. Students develop research consumer skills, including database search techniques, and critical analysis skills. Students are instructed within lecture and lab formats and with written and oral assignments that develop understanding of evidence based practice.

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OTH622 Occupational Performance in Children & Adolescents

Students explore occupational development of children and adolescents, and the interrelationship between the child, occupation, and the environment on participation. Students learn about common pediatric diagnoses, practice models, and intervention sites, and apply this knowledge to occupational therapy evaluation and intervention. Influence of the family, environment, and socio-cultural factors is explored.

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OTH623 Occupational Performance in the Aging Population

This course examines the normal aging process with emphasis on occupational performance, activity limitation, and participation restrictions of individuals from adulthood through the life span. Students review the assessment and treatment of clients, including prevention, remediation, and maintenance of wellness. Various practice areas for the adult and aging populations are discussed.

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OTH624 Biomechanics & Occupational Performance

Students integrate knowledge of occupational performance with anatomy, neurology, and body factors to learn how impairments can lead to disability or role loss. Assessments and interventions are taught with a holistic approach to the person. Instruction is in both lecture and lab formats, and with written and oral assignments.

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OTH626 Occupational Therapy Models of Practice

Theoretical practice models that guide occupational therapy evaluation and intervention are introduced and explored. Engagement in active learning opportunities enables students to describe and implement the occupation therapy process using selected models. Students analyze and relate pertinent occupations therapy literature and case studies to models of practice.

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OTH628 Evidence-Based Practice II

This course develops and applies the students' evidence based practice skills. Emphasis is placed on writing focused clinical questions, systematic database searches and critical appraisals of research papers. Students work in small groups with a faculty advisor and individually to analyze and articulate evidence through written and oral assignments.

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OTH632 Environmental Interventions

Students learn principles of assistive technology practice and the occupational therapist's role on the assistive technology team. Students explore and critique technology resources, assess environments, and apply information to evaluation and treatment. The impact of environmental interventions on the consumer's ability to engage in meaningful occupations is discussed and analyzed.

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OTH635 Pediatric Fieldwork I-A & Seminar

This course provides students the opportunity to observe and engage with practitioners who provide occupational therapy services to infants, children and/or adolescents. This course uses guided assignments and small group discussions to bridge didactic classroom knowledge with the occupational therapy process and practices observed in pediatric settings.

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OTH636 Adult Fieldwork I-B & Seminar

This course provides students the opportunity to observe and engage with practitioners who provide occupational therapy services in adult/geriatric settings. Guided assignments and small group discussions are used to bridge didactic classroom knowledge with the occupational therapy process and practices observed in adult/geriatric settings.

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OTH637 Functional Neuroscience

This course applies content presented concurrently in BIO509 to the occupational therapy process. Students broaden their understanding of neurological disorders that may affect an individual's ability to perform routine occupational tasks. Students begin to translate the physiological changes incurred secondary to these neurological diagnoses to develop assessment and intervention plans.

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OTH641 Neurological Conditions & Occupational Performance

This course emphasizes preparatory, purposeful, and occupation-based interventions as well as exploration of current innovations commonly used in occupational therapy practice. Students learn, apply, practice, compare and contrast evaluative and intervention methods for dysfunction related to neurological conditions. Students practice hands-on techniques, analyze cases, and superimpose purposeful and occupation-based treatment after incorporating various neuro-physiologically based techniques.

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OTH643 Evidence-Based Practice III

This course further develops evidence based practice skills by synthesizing the evidence analyzed in OTH 628 to prepare for writing a critical appraisal of topic. Students continue to work in small groups with a faculty advisor and produce a large format poster to report their findings via a poster presentation.

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OTH644 Community Based Fieldwork I-C & Seminar

This community-based fieldwork experience emphasizes higher level management and leadership skills, including program development, advocacy and consultation. Students learn about community agencies, population and organizational needs, and the role of occupational therapy practitioners in community based settings. Students complete an organizational analysis, needs assessment, and a program plan which is implemented and evaluated.

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OTH645 Professional Leadership & Management

Students explore the meaning of professional leadership/service through self-assessment and engagement in a variety of projects throughout the course. Managerial roles, including communicating, marketing, budgeting, planning and evaluating programs are discussed within the broader context of an evolving health care system. Ethical issues related to occupational therapy are explored and analyzed.

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OTH646 Evidence-Based Practice Capstone Project

In this course, students prepare a critical appraisal of topic using evidence gathered and analyzed in OTH612, OTH628, and OTH643. Students develop a scholarly agenda and learn how to collect and analyze data in preparation for entry level based practice. Objectives are achieved through written and oral assignments.

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OTH660 Fieldwork II Seminar

This course provides students with resources and skills that will facilitate their success during Level II fieldwork. In addition, job search skills, resume writing, and interviewing techniques are integrated. Students become familiar with fieldwork II evaluation methods as well as the application requirements and processes for the certification examination and state licensure.

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OTH662 Fieldwork Level II-A

This 12-week, full time experience takes place in practice settings that provides occupational therapy services to individuals in order to enhance occupational performance. Students develop entry-level skills in evaluation, intervention planning and implementation, documentation, problem solving, and professionalism in facilities using a variety of service delivery models reflective of current occupational therapy practice.

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OTH665 Fieldwork Level II-B

This 12-week, full time experience takes place in practice settings that provides occupational therapy services to individuals in order to enhance occupational performance. Students develop entry-level skills in evaluation, intervention planning and implementation, documentation, problem solving, and professionalism in facilities using a variety of service delivery models reflective of current occupational therapy practice.

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OTH633 Global Health Perspectives: A Field Experience

This course is intended to provide an opportunity for occupational therapy students to study and experience global health issues by participating in an international fieldwork experience. Not everything that is germane to understanding global health can be covered in a single elective course; this experience is intended to give students the opportunity to 1) understand the culture and contemporary health care issues of the visiting country 2) illustrate the role or potential role of occupational therapy in contributing to the health and wellbeing of the population and 3) reflect on their personal growth and on the sustainability of their service.

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OTH682 Special Topics

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OTH683 Special Topics

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OTH697 Independent Study

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OTH698 Independent Study

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OTH699 Independent Study

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