Course Information

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
OCTH221 Applied Physics for Occ. Therapy
Prerequisite: acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Program This course offers a study of the principles, concepts, and critical thinking methods used in classical mechanics and general physics that have applications in occupational therapy clinical practice. Lab experiences and topics are coordinated with the topics covered in the lectures.
OCTH250 Intro to Occ Thrpy: Domain&Proc.
This course is designed to familiarize weekend college students with occupational therapy terminology, basic concepts of the profession, and the philosophical base of the profession of occupational therapy. In addition, the history of occupational therapy will be examined and discussed. Students will gain insight and understanding into activity analysis, as well as hands-on application and experience into the therapeutic value of occupation.
OCTH306 Functional Movement
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program. This course provides a study of functional anatomy and biomechanical principles as applied to human movement and occupations. Emphasis is placed on basic concepts in biomechanics, joint structure and function, muscle structure and function related to the functional human body and how this impacts daily occupational performances. Laboratory experiences include analysis of movement, gait, functional occupations, range of motion, manual muscle testing and posture.
OCTH311 Intro to Occupational Science
Prerequisite: acceptance into the Traditional Occupational Therapy Program This course focuses on the meaning and purpose of occupation in everyday functioning. Occupations are discussed in terms of choice, roles, and lifestyles imbedded within developmental life stages. Contextual influences on occupational performance and introductions to the foundational models of the occupational therapy program are examined. Political and economic factors influencing the development of occupational therapy and occupational science are also explored. Integrated experiences center around contextual influences on occupational performance the the use of theories within the context of the occupational therapy domain and process.
OCTH312 Analysis of Human Occupations
Prerequisite: acceptance into the Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program The detailed performance skills of human occupations are examined and used in practical application through the use of activity analysis. Students gain foundational knowledge of professional terminology and the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework while developing skills to identify and utilize meaningful occupation as treatment media. Lab experiences include activity analysis, completion of selected craft activities, and areas of early occupation.
OCTH315 Occupational Sci Concepts and Philosophy
Prerequisite: acceptance into the WEC Occupational Therapy Program The meaning or purpose of occupation in everyday functioning is emphasized in this course. The history, philosophy, and framework, theories of practice, and frames of reference of the profession are also explored. The occupational therapy process with focus on the components of critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and documentation are included. Integrated lab experiences center around activity analysis, contextual influences on occupational performance, the use of theories of practice and frames of reference with in the context of the occupational therapy process.
OCTH321 Professional Relationships in Context
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional Occupational Therapy Program. In this course, students will investigate behaviors necessary for effective professional practice. Communication skills for interaction with diverse clients, colleagues, and communities are developed through academic service learning and experiential learning opportunities in the integrated lab component of this course. Students are introduced to the concept of cultural competency as it relates to providing occupational therapy services to diverse individuals and populations. Students develop awareness of their own interpersonal style and the therapeutic use of self as an agent of change.
OCTH330 Research and Critical Analysis
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This course provides an introduction to the research process in the health professions. Principles related to research design; measurement, literature review, and data analysis are included. Critical reading of professional literature in the health professions is an integral part of this course.
OCTH340 Professional Issues
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This course provides an overview of issues related to practice for the health professional, and focuses on the issues of the professions and the professional roles and responsibilities.
OCTH345 Diagnostic Groups
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program or permission of the instructor This is a survey course of physical and psychiatric illnesses including etiology, signs, symptoms, and pharmacology. The course will emphasize normal and abnormal function over the lifespan and the influence of the illness/disease process on the individual's quality of life.
OCTH350 Neuroscience
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program The course covers the study of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuropathology with the interrelationships of the nervous system development and structure. It also provides an introduction to theories and research regarding postural and motor control, motor learning, and applied neuroanatomy/physiology with model and cadaver laboratory sessions. Laboratory experiences include clinical case studies to help clarify the functional implications correlated with neurological disruption.
OCTH355 Contextual Issues in Practice: Occ Thrpy & Health Care Systems
OCTH404 Human Anatomical Structures
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This course is a study of human gross anatomy including inter-relationships of neuromuscular and skeletal development, the anatomical characteristics of tissues and internal organ systems as well as appreciation of surface anatomy differences between individuals. The course includes patient case studies aimed at the development of critical thinking skills to emphasize the relevance of the study of anatomy to practice. Laboratory sessions include cadaver dissection, anatomical specimens, bones, models, and radiographs.
OCTH410 Educational Strategies in OT
Prerequisite: admission into the Occupational Therapy Program This course is designed to introduce the student to the teaching/learning process as it relates to the domain of occupational therapy. Students will become familiar with teaching and learning theories, methods, skills, and techniques. Students will apply teaching/learning principles through the development of an educational module addressing the needs of the individual consumer of occupational therapy services and their caregivers. Health literacy topics will be explored. Students will organize an educational module designed for healthcare providers and public audiences.
OCTH415 Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program. Theoretical approaches are applied to group treatment for a variety of populations, with a systematic approach to planning and conducting groups. The concept of group dynamics is addressed, to include roles, content, and process. Integrated lab activities provide opportunities to gain practical experience and confidence in planning and conducting simulated treatment groups.
OCTH421 Contextual Issues in Practice: Supporting Client-Centered Care
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program The therapeutic use of self is further explored with appraisal of self, values, and communication style in the context of effective clinical practice. The identification of one's own culture and its influence on behavior contributes to self-awareness as the first step toward cultural competence. Students increase their knowledge of diversity and cultural issues and the meaning of client-centered care. The relationship among therapeutic use of self, cultural competence, and the role of occupational therapy will be examined. Course content also assists students in understanding the specific needs of diverse populations related to living with a disability, sexuality and disability, and dealing with the process of dying.
OCTH424 Occup through the Lifespan - Pediatric
Prerequisite: Completion of previous module of Traditional Occupational Therapy Program This course applies theories of development, theories of human occupation, and models of occupational therapy practice to the evaluation and treatment of children from birth through adolescence. Students analyze typical and atypical development; examine the impact of dysfunction on the development of childhood occupations; and review legislation regulating pediatric practice. Practical experiences include evluation of children throughobservational and standardized assessment; forumulation of intervention plans; and creation of reports documenting performance and progress. Family-centered care, parent-professional collaboration, and context of the service delivery systems are emphasized throughout the occupational therapy process.
OCTH450 Occup. Therapy Concepts & Phil.
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional Occupational Therapy Program The history and the philosophy of occupational therapy are examined in this course. Students are introduced to conceptual practice models, frames of reference and theories that guide occupational therapy practice. Students will examine the occupational therapy process with a focus on critical thinking and clinical reasoning. Aspects of the occupational therapy process are applied through an integrated lab component of the course. Professional documentation methods for skilled observation, intervention, and outcomes will be introduced.
OCTH463 Occup through the Lifespan - Biopsychosocial
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program An exploration of biopsychosocial theories, frames of reference, and practice models used in occupational therapy to address occupational performance deficits across the lifespan is completed. Lecture content focuses on theory, while the integrated lab experiences provide opportunities for practical application and the acquisition of knowledge about assessment and treatment implementation.
OCTH474 Research in Occupational Therapy
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This course will allow students to select and analyze research in occupational therapy and related fields to further develop critical thinking, writing skills, and ethical research practices. Students will explore and select a scholarly research project topic.
OCTH480 Level I Fieldwork A
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional Occupational Therapy Program. During this Level I Fieldwork experience students observe and participate in learning opportunities at occupational therapy clinical practice settings that enable the integration of concurrent academic course work during the semester. The student is exposed to a variety of opportunities to enhance professional development. This course will be graded S/U.
OCTH481 Level I Fieldwork A
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of the WEC Occupational Therapy Program During Level I Fieldwork the students explore a variety of professional issues with an emphasis on professional development. Students observe and participate in occupational therapy assessment and intervention allowing the integration of the information learned during related academic coursework to occur. This course will be graded S/U.
OCTH490 Level I Fieldwork Elective
Prerequisite: completion of previous modules of the WEC Occupational Therapy Program This is an elective experience or a required third Level I experience for students who are not occupational therapy assistants. Students explore a variety of professional issues with an emphasis on serving a culturally diverse population or working within an area of special interest. This experience provides opportunities to observe and participate in occupational therapy assessment and intervention allowing the integration of information learned during the academic course work to occur. This course will be graded S/U.
OCTH495 Independent Study in Occ Therapy
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor This course provides an optional elective independent study for the qualified occupational therapy undergraduate student. It will be conducted under the guidance of a department faculty member who will determine the specific learning objectives in collaboration with the student based on the topic of study.
OCTH507 Occupational Therapy Management
This course provides an overview of the management functions necessary for the occupational therapy health professional. Topics include: management styles, team building and conflict resolution, organizational systems, budgeting, reimbursement, facility design, clinic maintenance, human resources, staffing patterns, policies and procedures, marketing, needs assessment, risk management and program evaluation.
OCTH524 Occupations through the Lifespan Pediatric
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of WEC Occupational Therapy Program This course examines the application of general theories of development and occupational therapy theories and models of practice to the evaluation and treatment of children from birth through adolescence. Laboratory experiences include observing typically and atypically developing children in a variety of settings, discussing the effects of development and dysfunction on the occupations of children, using a variety of pediatric assessment tools, designing intervention plans and selecting and adapting equipment for children with special needs. Family-centered care and parent-professional collaboration are emphasized throughout the occupational therapy process.
OCTH535 Investigations in Occup Therapy
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This option is an independent study provided for the qualified occupational therapy student under the guidance of a departmental faculty member focusing on professional interactions. The course may be repeatable up to a total of six hours.
OCTH553 Occupations through the Lifespan Adult
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This course is a study of theoretical principles and their application to evaluation and treatment of adulthood through retirement-age individuals. An introduction to various assessments and interventions directed toward occupational dysfunction typically encountered in adulthood will be explored in depth. Integrated lab sessions allow practical experiences aimed at applying information introduced in lecture and the development of problem solving, clinical reasoning and documentation skills.
OCTH580 Level I Fieldwork B
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional Occupational Therapy Program During this Level I Fieldwork experience students observe and participate in learning opportunities at occupational therapy clinical practice settings that enable the integration of concurrent academic course work during the semester. The student is exposed to a variety of professional practice issues that provide an opportunity to emphasize professional development. This course will be graded S/U.
OCTH615 Level I Fieldwork Elective
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This is an elective experience or a required third Level I experience for WEC students who are not OTAs. Students explore a variety of professional issues with an emphasis on serving a culturally diverse population or working within an area of special interest. This experience provides opportunities to observe and participate in occupational therapy assessment and intervention allowing the integration of information learned during the academic course work to occur. This course will be graded S/U.
OCTH616 Occup Therapy Comm & Prog Devlpt
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This course provides the student with an opportunity to expand program development skills for a variety of community-based settings. Students identify a community agency, conduct a needs assessment and develop a program proposal, research and select an appropriate funding source and write a grant proposal.
OCTH621 Advanced Theory
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program Systems thinking will be used to provide an in-depth analysis of the theories underlying occupational therapy practice. Comparison of models of practice, frames of reference and theories will be made relative to contemporary practice.
OCTH622 Leadership
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program Leadership styles and characteristics that foster collaboration, promote visionary thinking and enable change will be critically examined. The role of mentorship, sociopolitical awareness, activism and lifelong learning in the advancement of the profession will be evaluated.
OCTH624 Population-Based Occupations: Health Promotion & Wellness
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program The role of occupational therapy in public health efforts to improve community health is assessed and applied. Core functions of assessment and policy development in community health protection, health promotion/prevention activities and service coordination as well as the development of community-based programs for health and wellness are emphasized. The integrated lab component for this course provides students with practical opportunities to complete a needs assessment, become familiar with community health organizations and develop community programs relating to health promotion/prevention/education topics.
OCTH634 Occup through the Lifespan-Ger
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This is an integrated theory and practice course that examines occupational therapy models, evaluations and treatment strategies for health promotion, remediation and health maintenance of physical and psychosocial role function and dysfunction from age 60 years until death. Occupational role function is explored through compensatory strategies, adaptation, environmental modification, splinting/orthotics, caregiver/client training and equipment needs. Laboratory experiences include assessments, therapeutic interventions, splinting, documentation, case studies, adaptive equipment, reimbursement issues, home programs and clinic maintenance.
OCTH645 Technological Occupations
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program The impact of a person's environment on attitudes, behaviors and performance are evaluated from physical, cognitive, perceptual, psychological and cultural perspectives. Students assess the value of low and high technological devices and environmental modifications. The integrated lab component of the course allows students to experience hands-on learning with a variety of high- and low-technology devices. Students will design, fabricate, use or review selected assistive devices intended to enhance occupational performance.
OCTH650 Occupational Therapy Project I
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program. The student, individually or as part of a small group, working under the supervision of an assigned research mentor will complete a research proposal to include a specific research question/hypothesis and focused review of the literature for a research project topic. An Institutional Review Board application will also be initiated if required.
OCTH651 Occupational Therapy Project II
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program Students will delineate research protocols/procedures and plans for data analysis and will actively participate in the research process of the proposed project in OCTH 650. If appropriate, the students will complete and submit the Institutional Review Board application.
OCTH652 Occupational Therapy Project III
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This course provides students with practical experience in data interpretation and documentation of research results. In collaboration with their faculty research mentor, students will interpret results from OCTH 651 and will submit a written document in a format suitable for presentation or publication.
OCTH660 Level I Fieldwork C
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional Occupational Therapy Program During this Level I Fieldwork experience students observe and participate in learning opportunities at occupational therapy clinical practice settings that enable the integration of concurrent academic course work during the semester. The student is exposed to a variety of professional practice issues that provide an opportunity to emphasize professional development. This course will be graded S/U.
OCTH661 Level I Fieldwork B
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of the WEC Occupational Therapy Program During Level I Fieldwork the student explores a variety of professional issues with an emphasis on professional development. Students observe and participate in occupational therapy assessment allowing the integration of the information learned during academic course work to occur. This course will be graded S/U.
OCTH690 OT Level II Fieldwork A
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program During this internship students engage in clinical-practice experiences in various settings that serve specific populations that have occupational performance limitations. These experiences include opportunities to function as therapists who understand and embrace an occupation-based approach to practice. Students demonstrate the ability to apply professional ethics and use critical thinking, clinical reasoning and problem solving to guide decision making throughout the OT process. This course will be graded S/U.
OCTH691 OT Level II Fieldwork B
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program During this internship experience students engage in clinical- practice experiences in various settings that serve specific populations that have occupational performance limitations. These settings include opportunities to function as therapists who understand and embrace an occupation-based approach to practice. Students demonstrate the ability to apply professional ethics and use critical thinking, clinical reasoning and problem solving to guide decision making throughout the OT process. This course will be graded S/U.
OCTH692 OT Level II Fieldwork
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program This advanced clinical internship is in a non-traditional setting or clinical specialization. Students may be supervised by a variety of professionals other than occupational therapists. This course is a study of the theoretical principles and their application to evaluation and treatment of the child from conception through adolescence. Comparing and contrasting of typical and atypical growth and development in infants, preschoolers and school-age children will be covered. This course will be graded S/U.
OCTH695 Issues and Trends
Prerequisite: completion of previous module of Traditional or WEC Occupational Therapy Program Students explore, discuss and critically analyze topics relevant to their experience, new developments affecting occupational therapy practice and the changing health care system.