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Rehabilitation Sciences

Curriculum

Summer I (10 weeks begin first week of June)  
Course Credits
OT 500 Foundations of Occupational Therapy 2
OT 501 Psychosocial and Physical Influences on Occupational Performance 4
OT 520 Development of Occupational Participation 1
OT 540 Clinical Neuroscience Lecture/Lab 4
OT 551 Level 1 Fieldwork A 0.5
OT 561 Interprofessional Development & Reflection I 1
Total 12.5
   
Fall I (Moravian Fall Semester Calendar)  
Course Credits
OT 542 Activity Analysis and Group Process 4
OT 510 Kinesiology & Biomechanics 2
OT 511 Movement in Everyday Occupations 1
OT 525 Evaluation Process in Occupational Therapy 4
OT 552 Level 1 Fieldwork B 0.5
OT 562 Interprofessional Development & Reflection II 1
OT 611 Evidence-Based Practice I 1
Total 13.5
   
Spring I (Moravian Spring Semester Calendar)  
Course Credits
OT 515 Preparation for Occupational Performance 1
OT 516 Sensori-motor applications in Occupational Therapy 2
OT 530 Environmental Modifications & Adaptations 4
OT 535 Occupational Therapy Theories & Models of Practice 2
OT 541 Occupational Performance I: Pediatrics 4
OT 553 Level I Fieldwork C 0.5
OT 563 Interprofessional Development & Reflection III 1
Total 14.5
   
Summer II (Start with Moravian Summer Session 1 - 12 week semester)  
Course Credits
OT 605 Management of Therapy Services 2
OT 612 Evidence-Based Practice in OT 3
OT 620 Advocacy and Occupational Justice 2
OT 630 Advanced Professional Ethics in OT 2
OT 642 Occupational Performance II: Adult 4
OT 654 Level I Fieldwork D 0.5
OT 664 Interprofessional Development & Reflection IV 1
OT 671 Research Mentorship I 1
Total 15.5
   
Fall II (Moravian Calendar Fall Semester Calendar)  
Course Credits
OT 606 Advanced Management of OT Services 2
OT 614 Evidence-Based Practice III: Data Analysis to Dissemination 2
OT 625 Applied Advocacy and Community Action 2
OT 643 Occupational Performance III: Contextual Applications 4
OT 655 Level I Fieldwork E 0.5
OT 656 Community Health & Wellness in OT 3
OT 665 Interprofessional Development & Reflection V 1
OT 672 Research Mentorship II 1
Total 15.5
   
Spring II (FW-12 weeks within Moravian Spring Semester Calendar)  
Course Credits
OT 681 Level II Fieldwork A 4
OT 635 Transformational Leadership in Occupational Therapy 1
Total 5
   
Summer III (FW-12 weeks beginning with Moravian Summer 1 Calendar)  
Course Credits
OT 666 Interprofessional Development & Reflection VI 1
OT 682 Level II Fieldwork B 4
Total 5
   
Total Program Credits 81.5

 

Course Descriptions

OT 500 Foundations of Occupational Therapy (2 credits) Students explore the foundations of the occupational therapy profession with an emphasis on the history, philosophical base, and the code of ethics. The way in which society’s current and future occupational needs can be met will be examined and students will gain insight into the unique contributions of occupational therapy through an examination of occupational science literature.

Pre-requisites: Admission into the Occupational Therapy Program

OT 501 Psychosocial and Physical Influences on Occupational Performance (4 credits) Students examine a variety of psychosocial and physical factors that influence occupational performance, including a formal medical or DSM diagnosis, trauma, homelessness, joblessness, literacy, poverty, access to healthcare, community access, and incarceration.  Medical terminology is introduced and integrated into this course.

Pre-requisites: Admission into the Occupational Therapy Program

OT 510 Kinesiology & Biomechanics (2 credits) The focus of this course is the study of normal functional human anatomy (muscle origins, insertions, innervations, actions) applied to the principles of kinesiology.  Biomechanical forces as they act upon the body will be incorporated into this study of normal movement. Students will gain experience and beginning skills in the analysis of normal movement.

Pre-requisites: Admission into the Occupational Therapy program
Co-requisites: OT 511 Movement in Everyday Occupations.

OT 511 Movement in Everyday Occupations (1 credit) The focus of this course is to integrate and apply the principles of human anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanical forces from OT 510 to an understanding of individual’s ability to participate in everyday occupations. Students actively participate in and will show beginning competency in the accurate reporting of clinical observations and movement analysis related to participation in everyday occupations.   

Pre-requisites: Admission into the Occupational Therapy Program
Co-requisites: OT 510: Kinesiology & Biomechanics

OT 515 Preparation for Occupational Performance (1 credit) In this course students will develop competence in the identification, implementation and documentation of therapeutic activities utilized across clinical settings to prepare a client to participate in occupations. Students will have hands-on experience with physical agent modalities, orthosis and prothesis, wound care and therapeutic exercise as well as therapeutic mediums. 

Pre-requisites: OT 510: Kinesiology & Biomechanics, OT 542: Activity Analysis & Group Dynamics
Co-requisites: OT 516: Movement Disorders in Everyday Occupations

OT 516 Sensori-motor Applications in Occupational Therapy (2 credits) This course applies the specific motor and sensory-based models, frames of reference, and theories that underpin occupational therapy practice.  Students will be challenged to employ knowledge from other classes in utilizing appropriate approaches within practical situations.  Course content connects student learning from broader occupation-based theories addressed in OT 535 to explain changes in body processes and movement.

Pre-requisites: OT 510: Kinesiology & Biomechanics
Co-requisites: OT 511: Movement Analysis

OT 520 Development of Occupational Participation (1 credit) This course emphasizes the development of occupational performance across the lifespan, integrating concepts from developmental psychology into the study of human occupation. Students gain in-depth knowledge about the influence of meaningful activity on human development as well as the manner in which human development shapes the acquisition of everyday occupations throughout an individual’s life. Students examine the developmental milestones not typically studied in a developmental psychology course, including grasp, the sucking and swallowing, and reflex inhibition as they relate to writing, eating, and other purposeful movements which are necessary to engage in everyday living.

Pre-requisites: Admission into the Occupational Therapy Program

OT 525 Evaluation Process in Occupational Therapy (4 credits) Students explore measurement as part of the evaluation process through this survey course designed to provide in-depth knowledge about the psychometric properties of a variety of evidenced-based assessment tools, principles of assessment including the interpretation of criterion-referenced and norm-referenced standardized test scores, the factors that might bias assessment results, and relating assessment results to a variety of audiences. In this course students are introduced to the assessment process as a highly reflective process that allows for the integration of theory and practice.

Pre-requisites: OT 500: Foundations of Occupational Therapy
Co-requisites: OT 552: Level I Fieldwork B

OT 530 Environmental Factors, Modifications, & Adaptations in Occupational Therapy (4 credits) Occupational therapists evaluate and adapt environments in order to promote participation in everyday activities. In this course, students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the physical elements of our world and their relationship to function, including technology, products (assistive devices and orthosis), as well as natural and man-made spaces. Students will study the impact of the American with Disabilities Act and Universal Design principles on creating an inclusive community for everyone.

Pre-requisites: OT 542: Activity Analysis & Group Dynamics

OT 535 Occupational Therapy Theory & Models of Practice (2 credits) In this course, students will actively engage in a study of the major models of practice in occupational therapy that guide practice and an exploration of how theory supports these models as guides to evaluation and intervention decisions. The study of occupational therapy theory development, the importance that theory plays in clinical decision making, and in developing a strong occupational therapy professional identity will be explored.

Pre-requisites: OT 500: Foundations of Occupational Therapy, OT 502: Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy

OT 540 Clinical Neuroscience (4 credits) This course will explore the functional organization and physiology of the human nervous system.  The neurobiological framework for understanding human behavior will also be examined. Students who complete this course will recognize important symptoms and signs associated with neurological disease. In addition, students will understand the clinical significance of the organization of anatomical structures and the interconnections that bind structures together in the nervous system. 

Mastery of these concepts will enable students to localize lesions within the central and peripheral nervous systems and predict the neurological deficits associated with such lesions. An important outcome will be to achieve long-term acquisition of neuroscience concepts such that students perform well in health-related professions.

Pre-requisites: Admission into the Occupational Therapy Program

 

OT 541 Occupational Performance I: Pediatrics (4 credits) This is the first course in a three-semester lifespan sequence focused on clinical reasoning in the occupational therapy process to enhance lifestyle performance and quality of life with the construction of the occupational profile, an analysis of occupational performance, the construction and implementation of the intervention plan, an ongoing review of intervention, and outcome assessment for individuals and populations from birth through adolescence with physical and mental health challenges.

Pre-requisites: OT 525: Evaluation Process in Occupational Therapy
Co-requisites:  OT 553: Level I Fieldwork C

OT 542 Activity Analysis & Group Dynamics (4 credits) In this course, students actively engage in a variety of activities across the lifespan to master the activity analysis and group dynamics which serves as a foundational skill to all areas of occupational therapy practice. This course will help the student build a firm foundation for the critical analysis of the power of occupation as it relates to health and well-being. The real and symbolic meaning of activities and objects in a variety of contexts will be explored as students examine a variety of activities including Occupations (ADL, IADL, Rest & Sleep, Work, Social Participation, Play, Leisure, Education), competitive and noncompetitive games, hobbies, crafts, mindfulness activities, expressive arts and media, as well as the tools and objects that are used for each of these.

Pre-requisites: OT 500: Foundations of Occupational Therapy

OT 551 Level I Fieldwork A (.5 credit) This series of Level I Fieldwork offers an integrated experience giving the student the opportunity to observe and apply what they are learning in the classroom to occupational challenges in the setting in which they are participating.  The student will observe individuals who have challenges participating in everyday occupations in a variety of practice settings over five semesters. In the first of this series, emphasis is placed on communication, establishing the therapeutic relationship, and interviewing skills.

Pre-requisites: Admission into the Occupational Therapy program
Co-requisites:  OT561 Interprofessional Development & Reflection I

OT 552 Level I Fieldwork B (.5 credit) This series of Level I Fieldwork offers an integrated experience giving the student the opportunity to observe and apply what they are learning in the classroom to occupational challenges in the setting in which they are participating.  The student will observe individuals who have challenges participating in everyday occupations in a variety of practice settings over five semesters. In the second of this series, emphasis is placed on reflection, professional behaviors expected as emerging professionals, meaningful collaborative working relationships, and cultural competence.

Pre-requisites: OT551 Level I Fieldwork A
Co-requisites:  OT562 Interprofessional Development & Reflection II

OT 553 Level I Fieldwork C (.5 credit) This series of Level I Fieldwork offers an integrated experience giving the student the opportunity to observe and apply what they are learning in the classroom to occupational challenges in the setting in which they are participating.  The student will observe individuals who have challenges participating in everyday occupations in a variety of practice settings over five semesters. In the third course in this sequence, students will explore professional behaviors and ways to manage behavior.

Pre-requisites: OT552 Level I Fieldwork B
Co-requisites:  OT563 Interprofessional Development & Reflection III

OT 561 Interprofessional Development & Reflection I (1 credit) Students are given the opportunity to reflect on and examine their experience as an emerging occupational therapist emphasizing reflective practice and professional behaviors that promote meaningful collaborative working relationships. Students will engage in the study of communication and the therapeutic relationship, applying these concepts in a Level I Fieldwork experience and Interprofessional Education Sessions which focuses on psychosocial challenges and interviewing skills.

Pre-requisites: Admission into the Occupational Therapy program
Co-requisites: OT 551: Level I Fieldwork A

OT 562 Interprofessional Development & Reflection II (1 credit) Students are given the opportunity to reflect on and examine their experience as an emerging occupational therapist emphasizing reflective practice and professional behaviors that promote meaningful collaborative working relationships. The emphasis on this second in a six-semester sequence is on cultural competence and self-awareness.

Pre-requisites: OT 561: Interprofessional Development & Reflection I
Co-requisites: OT 552: Level I Fieldwork B

OT 563 Interprofessional Development & Reflection III (1 credit) This course offers an opportunity for students to reflect on and examine their experience as an emerging occupational therapist with an emphasis on reflective practice and their own professional behaviors that promote meaningful collaborative working relationships. In this third course of the sequence, students explore their varied roles in occupational therapy as well as effective skills for managing conflict and dealing effectively with challenging behavior.

Pre-requisites: OT 562: Interprofessional Development & Reflection II
Co-requisites: OT 553: Level I Fieldwork C

OT 605 Management of Occupational Therapy Services (2 credits) In this first course in a two-semester sequence, students build a foundation to plan, organize, staff, direct, and manage occupational therapy services as they actively participate in the design of an occupational therapy program proposal with an emphasis on occupation based programming.

Pre-requisites: OT 500: Foundations of Occupational Therapy

OT 606 Advanced Management of Occupational Therapy Services (2 credits) In this second part of a two-semester sequence, students gain in-depth knowledge to manage and lead occupational therapy programs with an emphasis on factors and trends that impact the delivery of occupation-based services. Students actively collaborate and construct the second part of their program proposal initiated in the previous semester.

Pre-requisites: OT 605: Management of Occupational Therapy Services

OT 611/ HLAT 511 Evidence-Based Practice I (1 credit) This course will introduce the student to the role and importance of research in the rehabilitation professions. Course content will include defining research terminology, basic epidemiology, development of search terms, human subjects training and the development of a research question.

Pre-requisites: Admission into the Occupational Therapy program

OT 612 Evidence-Based Practice II (1 credit) Students gain an in-depth knowledge of evidence-based practice as a collaborative endeavor to involve the client and as a foundation to clinical decisions such as the selection of occupational therapy evaluation instruments. Students will complete a critically appraised topic around an occupation-based question integrated from their Level I Fieldwork experience to apply foundational knowledge from Evidence-Based Practice I to a real-life question.

Pre-requisites: OT 611/HLAT 511: Evidenced-Based Practice I

OT 614 Evidence-Based Practice III: Data Analysis to Dissemination (2 credits) In this course students will analyze, interpret and discuss research data. Students will develop skills in research dissemination through the development of a research poster and submission of research yo a conference or a journal. 

Pre-requisites: OT 611/HLAT 511: Evidenced-Based Practice I, OT 612: Evidenced-Based Practice II

OT 620 Advocacy and Occupational Justice (2 credits) Students gain an in-depth knowledge about advocacy and equitable access to occupational engagement for individuals and populations in order to promote health and well-being which will prepare the student for transformative leadership roles. Barriers to engagement in meaningful occupations will be explored as students gain the knowledge to be politically competent practitioners.

Pre-requisites: OT 500: Foundations of Occupational Therapy

OT 625 Applied Advocacy & Community Action (2 credits) This course explores the environmental and policy factors that impact health and autonomy of individuals and populations. Students will actively engage in the process by applying community organizing and advanced advocacy strategies to a specific issue.

Pre-requisites: OT 620: Advocacy and Occupational Justice
Co-requisites: OT 655: Level I Fieldwork E

OT 630 Advanced Professional Ethics in Occupational Therapy (2 credits) This course studies ethical theory and ethical decision making within the discipline and profession of occupational therapy by critically examining situational problems and by reflectively exploring ethical solutions that are coherent with and supported by the core values, principles, and guidelines of the Code of Ethics and Ethical Standards of the profession. The course will examine ethical dilemmas that arise within different areas of the profession and the problem of moral distress and its various causes.

Pre-requisites: OT 500: Foundations of Occupational Therapy

OT 635 Transformative Leadership in Occupational Therapy (1 credit) This course offers an in-depth study of leadership theories, leadership characteristics, and a critical analysis of the literature on leadership in occupational therapy. Transformative leadership will also be explored as students prepare to become change agents in their professional careers. Students will be challenged to bring a sense of curiosity to and reflect on their personal leadership qualities and be open to discussing these.

Co-requisites:  OT 681 Level II Fieldwork in Occupational Therapy A

OT 642 Occupational Performance II: Adults (4 credits) This is the second course in a three-semester lifespan sequence focused on clinical reasoning in the occupational therapy process to enhance lifestyle performance and quality of life through the construction of the occupational profile, an analysis of occupational performance, the construction and implementation of the intervention plan, an ongoing review of intervention, and outcome assessment for adult individuals and populations with physical and mental health challenges.

Pre-requisites: OT 525: Evaluation Process in Occupational Therapy
Co-requisites:  OT 654: Level I Fieldwork D

OT 643 Occupational Performance III: Contextual Applications. (4 credits) This is the third course in a three-semester lifespan sequence focused on clinical reasoning in the occupational therapy process to enhance lifestyle performance and quality of life through the construction of the occupational profile, an analysis of occupational performance, the construction and implementation of the intervention plan, an ongoing review of intervention, and outcome assessment across the lifespan and intervention settings individuals and populations with physical and mental health challenges.

Pre-requisites: OT 525: Evaluation Process in Occupational Therapy

 

OT 654 Level I Fieldwork D (.5 credit) This series of Level I Fieldwork offers an integrated experience giving the student the opportunity to observe and apply what they are learning in the classroom to occupational challenges in the setting in which they are participating.  The student will observe individuals who have challenges participating in everyday occupations in a variety of practice settings over five semesters. In the fourth fieldwork of this series, emphasis is placed on reflection, professional behaviors, therapeutic use of self, and the contribution of occupational balance to health and wellness.

Pre-requisites: OT553 Level I Fieldwork C
Co-requisites:  OT564 Interprofessional Development & Reflection IV

OT 655 Level I Fieldwork E (.5 credit) This series of Level I Fieldwork offers an integrated experience giving the student the opportunity to observe and apply what they are learning in the classroom to occupational challenges in the setting in which they are participating.  The student will observe individuals who have challenges participating in everyday occupations in a variety of practice settings over five semesters. In the fifth fieldwork experience of this series, emphasis is placed on reflection and professional behaviors expected as emerging professionals, and meaningful collaborative working relationships.

Pre-requisites: OT654 Level I Fieldwork D
Co-requisites:  OT565 Interprofessional Development & Reflection V

OT 656 Community Health & Wellness in Occupational Therapy (3 credits) This experiential course provides an exploration of community based occupational therapy program development and evaluation. Students will engage with a population in the community to design and implement an outcome based activities program. Factors which influence the delivery of occupational therapy in various community settings will be introduced.

Pre-requisites: OT 620: Advocacy and Occupational Justice
Co-requisites: OT 655: Level I Fieldwork E

OT 664 Interprofessional Development & Reflection IV (1 credit) This course offers an opportunity for students to reflect on and examine their experience as an emerging occupational therapist with an emphasis on reflective practice and their own professional behaviors that promote meaningful collaborative working relationships. Students will reflect on their own therapeutic use of self and how it influences therapeutic outcomes and examine how occupational balance contributes to health and wellness.

Pre-requisites: OT 563: Interprofessional Development & Reflection III
Co-requisites:  OT 654: Level I Fieldwork D

OT 665 Interprofessional Development & Reflection V (1 credit) This course offers an opportunity for students to reflect on and examine their experience as an emerging occupational therapist with an emphasis on reflective practice and their own professional behaviors that promote meaningful collaborative working relationships. 

Pre-requisites: OT 664: Interprofessional Development & Reflection IV
Co-requisites:  OT 655: Level I Fieldwork E

OT 666 Interprofessional Development & Reflection VI (1 credit) This course offers an opportunity for students to review, self-assess, and reflect on knowledge and competence within occupational therapy practice through the completion and analysis of a formal assessment measure. Students will construct a plan for remediation in any deficit areas that are identified, review for, and formulate an *NBCOT exam study plan, and relate this process to professional development and continued competence.