Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Purpose

This professional Masters program is designed to provide entry-level graduate education in the field of occupational therapy. Students learn entry-level skills and techniques commonly used in the practice of occupational therapy in a variety of areas and with diverse populations. They develop the ability to apply these skills through effective clinical reasoning based on a solid theoretical foundation of human function. The purpose of occupational therapy is to help individuals achieve a maximum level of independence in all areas of their lives. Occupational therapy is needed when an individual's ability to live independently, to care for personal needs, and to participate in work, school, family and community life is disrupted by illness or injury. Occupational therapists also provide education and training for wellness and prevention concerns. Occupational therapists work in schools, skilled nursing facilities, clinics, and hospitals, as well as alternative service delivery models (e.g., prisons, community mental health agencies and business/industry).

Prerequisites for Admission

The following prerequisites (or their approved transfer equivalents) are required for admission:
• BIO 2110 and BIO 2120: Anatomy Physiology I & II (prerequisite - BIO 2001)
• HSC 2209: Medical Terminology
• PSY 1105: General Psychology
• PSY 2208: Life Span Developmental Psychology
• PSY 3330: PSY/SOC Research Methods
• PSY 3331: Statistics
• Choice of SOC 1125 (Basic Concepts and Principles of Sociology); SOC 2433 (The Family and Society); HON 2125 (Global Sociology); or HIS/WMS 2231 (Cultural Anthropology)

Recommended Courses:
• PSC 1501: Physics (or PSC 1201)
• PSY 3423: Abnormal Psychology
• BIO 3020: Pathophysiology

Occupational Therapy Entry-level Master's Program

Department Chair: Steve Cope, ScD, OT/L

General Information

All occupational therapy practitioners must graduate from an accredited occupational therapy program and pass the national certification examination in order to practice occupational therapy. In addition, all states require certifed occupational therapy therapists  to be licensed.

The Occupational Therapy Entry-level Master's Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Their website is http://www.acoteonline.org.

Upon completion of all academic and fieldwork requirements of the Occupational Therapy Program, students are awarded a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. Graduates of the Program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Information about NBCOT and the certification examination can be found at www.nbcot.org. See the table below for St. Scholastica OT student pass rate over the past three years. Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. An individual, who has a felony background and is considering entering an occupational therapy program, can have his or her background reviewed prior to actually applying for the exam by requesting an Early Determination Review. http://www.nbcot.org/early-determination-character-review

After successful completion of this examination, the individual will be a registered occupational therapist (OTR). State licensure is required in all 50 states; practitioners must work with licensing boards within states they plan to work in order to obtain initial licensure and then maintain their license by acquiring continuing education credits and paying fees. 

NBCOT Exam Graduate Pass Rates

Exam Year

2011

2012

2013

3 year total

Number of  graduates

25

29

32

86

 Graduation rate

92.5%

93.5%

100%

95.3% (average)

First-time test takers

 25

 29*

 32*

86 

 First-time test takers who passed

21

29*

31*

81

Percentage of first-time test takers who passed

84%

 100%*

97%*

93.7% (average)

*Cells reflect the number of test takers who passed the exam within one year of graduating regardless of the number of attempts.

Occupational Therapy Entry-Level Master's Post-Baccalaureate Program

Students must hold a baccalaureate degree and complete all Occupational Therapy Program prerequisites prior to entry into the Program. The Occupational Therapy Program is 2.5 years in length which includes two years of didactic course work followed by six months of full-time fieldwork experience off campus. Student who complete the OT Program earn an entry-level Master of Science (M.S.) degree in occupational therapy.

Admission Requirement
Application

The Occupational Therapy Program uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) as the only method for students to apply to the program. Visit the OTCAS website at https://portal.otcas.org for more information.
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program will consider only those applicants who submit a completed application through OTCAS including:
• All official transcripts of Baccalaureate and graduate course work
    • Applicants must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all course work and a 2.7 in each prerequisite
• Official score from the current (not revised) GRE general test http://www.ets.org/gre
    • Record your GRE score on the OTCAS application
    • Submit official documentation of your score to the Graduate Admissions Office at The College of St. Scholastica
• Documentation of a minimum of two 20-hour observations completed within two years prior to application
    • Each observation must meet the minimum 20-hour requirement
    • The observations must be in a setting that offers the student the opportunity to work with either occupational therapist or occupational therapist assistant.

Three Recommendations.
It is recommended that at least one of the three letters of recommendation be from a professor who knows the applicant well enough to speak to her/his qualification for graduate school. It is also recommended one or more letters of recommendation come from an occupational therapist or employer who can speak about the applicant's work or volunteering experience with individuals who have a disability.


There are two methods of acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Program, the Standard Admissions Track or the First-Year Admission Criteria Track (FACT).

Standard Admissions Track:

In addition to applying through the OTCAS, Standard Admissions Track applicants will need to:
    • complete interviews with faculty of the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee (note: not all applicants are invited for on-campus interviews);
    • have completed all prerequisites requirements prior to the beginning of the occupational therapy courses;
    • have completed a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited institution. Students may be accepted prior to completion of a baccalaureate degree. No specific baccalaureate  major is required.

International applicants to the OT Program must provide TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test scores, including the TWE (Test of Written English) essay rating. A score of 550 on the written test, score of 213 on the computer-based test or a score of 79 on the iBT TOEFL test or a four on the TWE essay rating are required for admission. The British International English Test, will also be acceptable, a minimum score of 6.5 is required for admission.
Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission.

The application deadline for the Occupational Therapy Program is November 14. Applicants will be considered after the application deadline if there are spaces available. The initial acceptance pool consists of up to 16 qualified FACT students (see below) and the remainder of qualified St. Scholastica and transfer students for a class of 32.

For information and assistance with applications, students may contact the Office of Graduate and Extended Campus Admissions, The College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, MN 55811-4199. Telephone (218)723-6285 or (866)478-9277, Email gradstudies@css.edu.

FACT (the First-Year Admission Criteria Track):

FACT is a criterion-based early admission program for the graduate Occupational Therapy Program. A limited number of students who declare their intent to pursue an M.S. degree in occupational therapy by the end of their freshman year will be guaranteed admission to the program. FACT is available for up to 16 first year students on a first-come first-served basis with applications accepted until May 1st.
Students who have enough credits when they arrive at The College of St. Scholastica as first year college students to make them sophomores (or higher), may apply as FACT applicants only if there are less than 16 FACT applicants in the future occupational therapy class with whom they will apply.
FACT criteria:
    1. register as a FACT student with the Graduate Admissions office by the end of the first year (deadline for application is May 1st, the opportunity to register earlier is available). The first 16 applicants will be accepted into the FACT early admission program;
    2. complete a baccalaureate degree and all prerequisite courses for the Occupational Therapy Program;
    3. maintain an overall and a prerequisite grade point average of 3.0 with a grade of 2.7 or better in all prerequisite courses and obtain a minimum grade of 3.0 on the first year English composition course.
    4. attend FACT advising session each semester.
    5. submit the completed OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Admission System) application by the November 14 deadline.
Students who do not meet the criteria will be removed from the guaranteed FACT admission track, but may still apply to the graduate Occupational Therapy Program through the standard application process.
Benefits to the FACT applicant include guaranteed admission into the graduate Occupational Therapy Program, continuous access and interaction with an Occupational Therapy Program faculty member, and exemption from the application interview.

Additional Requirements Once Accepted into the Program

Once accepted into the Occupational Therapy Program, and prior to beginning classes, students must submit the following documentation to the Department of Occupational Therapy:
    • a copy of proof of current certification in CPR for professional providers "Healthcare Provider BLS" through the American Heart Association
    • students must obtain a health screen through the College's Student Health Services, which includes proof of immunizations (Varicella titer, Rubella titer, and Tdap)
    • an annual Minnesota background study (regardless of state of residency). The study must be completed and returned with a "clear" status before the student may participate in clinical fieldwork. Students will be notified August 15th and have one month to submit the appropriate forms for the Minnesota background study and for a background study in student's home state, if other than Minnesota
    • a federal criminal background study. Students will be notified on how to submit the appropriate forms. The cost is paid through course fees. NOTE: Students should be aware that if they have a criminal record, they may not be able to participate in fieldwork, obtain certification by NBCOT, or become registered / licensed by individual states to practice as an occupational therapist.

Additional requirements for participation in fieldwork may include a drug test/screen, finger printing, additional immunizations or titers, etc. These requirements are site specific.

Fees and Expenses

Course fees of $300 are assessed each semester for course materials and other expenses during the first 2 years of the academic program. Students can anticipate total charges of approximately $1,200 for course fees and approximately $2,000 for textbooks and resources, during the course of the 2-1/2 year Occupational Therapy Program. During the time a student is completing fieldwork, the student is responsible for living expenses, transportation to and from the site, and other related costs. Level II Fieldwork experiences are full-time (40 hours/week) work experiences that often require homework assignments and outside responsibilities.

Student handbooks are provided to all accepted applicants for specific policies and procedures related to academics and fieldwork.

Occupational Therapy Curriculum

Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. All courses, however, must be completed successfully in sequence. Following completion of the didactic component of the Occupational Therapy Program, the student completes two fieldwork experiences, each 12 weeks in length. Fieldwork is arranged by the Occupational Therapy Program at approved sites throughout the United States.

The first year of the Occupational Therapy (OT) curriculum provides students with a science-based foundation for learning skilled evaluations and interventions aimed at improving day-to-day functioning for clients. Key occupational therapy concepts such as occupation-based practice, client-centered practice, and evidence-based practice further ground students in OT's unique role in health care. Participation in both on and off-campus clinical experiences expose students to a range of clients and settings.

In the second year, advanced clinical courses help student hone their ability to think critically about the process of providing OT for diverse clinical populations in a variety of settings using different service models. Additional fieldwork opportunities afford the opportunity for students to experience the OT process of client care and develop comfort with making decisions for specific clients. Students also participate in original research projects mentored by experienced faculty.

The third year is devoted to two 12-week clinical experiences. These required fieldwork experiences involve full-time work under the supervision of a certified occupational therapist. This intensive mentored experience allows students to develop entry-level skills in providing all aspects of OT care in a given setting.

The occupational therapy curriculum is in the process of revision.

Occupational Therapy Entry-level Master's Program Student Learning Outcomes

The Student Outcomes of the Program in Occupational Therapy are guided by the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics, Core Values and Attitudes of Occupational Therapy Practice, and the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. The outcomes are described in five broad areas, found below, including professional identity, cultural competence, communication, leadership and disciplinary excellence.
1. Professional Identity in Occupational Therapy Practice
   Graduates will demonstrate the values, attitudes and behaviors of entry-level occupational therapy professionals in their relationships with clients and colleagues. Their ability to foster intentional relationships, necessary for the effective client-centered approach, involves both self-awareness and awareness of the uniqueness of every individual.
   Graduates will:
    • Integrate the behaviors, values and ethics of an entry level occupational therapist into their classroom and experiential activities;
    • Demonstrate the ability to develop intentional relationships with clients;
    • Work effectively with supervisors, employers, and other professionals;
    • Balance physical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of self and clients.

2. Cultural Competence in Occupational Therapy Practice
   "Cultural competence means having the self-awareness, knowledge, skills and framework to make sound, ethical and culturally appropriate decisions. It is the integration and transformation of knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific standards, policies, practices and attitudes, used in appropriate cultural settings, to increase the quality of service, thereby producing better outcomes" (Wells, 2005). To practice in a diverse work environment, graduates will demonstrate behaviors and attitudes that foster cultural competence.

Graduates will:
    • Articulate the process of becoming culturally proficient through the understanding and appreciation of others' beliefs, values and diverse life experiences;
    • Evaluate ethnic, religious, sexual, socioeconomic, age and gender discrimination inherent in health care environments and practices;
    • Create and adapt intervention strategies that effectively address cultural and social influences that impact client progress.

3. Communication in Occupational Therapy Practice
   Graduates will be able to effectively present, discuss and defend the concepts and opinions of the profession of occupational therapy through verbal, non-verbal and written language, using a variety of methods, techniques and technology.

Graduates will:
    • Demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills with healthcare professionals, clients, families, agencies, or other consumers of occupational therapy services;
    • Interpret, synthesize and apply information from a wide range of sources to contribute to and inform professional practice;
    • Produce clear and accurate client documentation and respect confidentiality of client information.

4. Leadership in Occupational Therapy Practice
   Graduates will be knowledgeable about basic principles of management and leadership. At interpersonal and interdisciplinary levels, graduates will integrate the profession's values and ethics as they thoughtfully promote collaboration between stakeholders. Incorporating their knowledge of the latest policy directions, graduates will be involved in professional organizations, ever mindful of being good stewards, team members and advocates of people in need.

Graduates will:
    • Knowledgeably represent the domains of occupational therapy;
    • Articulate ethical principles of management and leadership;
    • Analyze current local, state and national trends in healthcare and anticipate future trends that may impact the practice of occupational therapy.

5. Disciplinary Excellence in Occupational Therapy Practice
   Grounded in the theory and foundation of the profession, graduates will critically analyze, interpret and synthesize information needed to provide client-centered care. Graduates will be dedicated to improving people's lives through innovation, research, education and services in the field of occupational therapy.

Graduates will:
    • Be knowledgeable in specific content areas of the profession, including emerging practice areas;
    • Apply the theoretical foundation of the profession to practice;
    • Collaborate effectively with COTAs, OT aides and other disciplines in client intervention;
    • Take initiative to direct one's own learning.

Wells, S.A. (2005). On cultural competency and ethical practice. Retrieved from http://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Practice/Ethics/Advisory/Cultural-Competency.pdf

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OTH 5331 - Tools for Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy - 3 cr.
Designed to help occupational therapy students acquire skills related to consuming and applying research evidence to practice. Fundamental scientific inquiry skills related to gathering, reading, understanding, and appraising the rehabilitation research literature for the purpose of evidence-based practice is emphasized. This course provides the student with critical reading and appraisal skills that will be used in the clinic as future evidence-based occupational therapists. Students build on basic concepts of research methodology and statistics learned in prerequisite courses that allows them to apply and synthesize evidence from the scientific literature to clinical scenarios. The process of producing research is discussed, including topics of grant funding and research ethics, however, actual work on a research project is reserved for subsequent coursework. Students will practice reading and critiquing professional literature in the journal club portion of the course. Students will also have the opportunity to research the scientific literature to appraise the evidence for a specific area of clinical practice related to occupational therapy. Students will receive feedback on their ability to write in a scholarly manner.


OTH 5501 - Foundations of OT - 0-4 cr.
Introduces the historical concepts and contexts in occupational therapy, and explores contemporary occupation based practice models and frames of reference. The value of occupational performance and activity in prevention, intervention and health maintenance is addressed. Course introduces concepts such as professional ethics, professional roles and therapeutic use of self.


OTH 5502 - Life Span Occupational Perform - 4 cr.
Analyzes occupational tasks and activities. Students develop an understanding of the dynamic and interdependent relationship between people and their chosen occupations and performance context. Through related lab experiences, students gain an advanced understanding of the use of therapeutic media. Students analyze a variety of functional tasks, grade activities, adapt equipment and recommend assistive technology to meet the individualized needs of a variety of populations. Students explore the use of media as means of understanding a client's cognitive and functional performance.


OTH 5503 - Motor Functioning / Life Span - 2 cr.
An advanced overview of normal human motor development and changes from the prenatal period through older adulthood. Emphasis is on specific roles and tasks as they relate to development and changes in motor behavior. Students analyze motor components used to achieve milestones, with emphasis placed on issues related to the development of and changes in gross and fine motor skills, postural control, and body mechanics.


OTH 5504 - Assessment & Intervention - 2 cr.
Develop basic skills in therapeutic intervention including techniques to evaluate and treat deficits related to strength, range of motion, sensation, pain, edema, and fine motor ability. Students also become competent in a variety of patient transfer and mobility techniques. Students learn about available adaptive equipment to compensate for deficits in activities of daily living (ADL) skills and how to evaluate for and prescribe wheelchairs.


OTH 5505 - Functional Anatomy - 4 cr.
An advanced, regional, musculoskeletal anatomy course that emphasizes the study of functional relationships between musculature, nervous tissue, vascular, and skeletal components for the extremities and axial skeleton. Cadaver dissection laboratory experience is used to enhance understanding of three dimensional anatomical relationships for specific body regions.


OTH 5515 - Neuroscience - 5 cr.
Studies the anatomy and physiology of the adult nervous system. Sensation, perception, cognition, and motor control are examined. Application includes analysis of normal functions and the effects of pathological lesions affecting the nervous system.


OTH 5521 - Biomechanical OT Practice - 0-4 cr.
Presents a variety of conditions including upper extremity/hand injury (including splinting), back injury, arthritis, joint replacement, amputation, cardiopulmonary problems, burns and various metabolic diseases. Students investigate the impact of these conditions on daily life and learn specific assessment and intervention techniques for each condition. Students also learn the role of occupational therapy in industrial rehabilitation


OTH 5522 - Psychosocial OT - 4 cr.
Development of the history, theory, and practice of occupational therapy in mental health settings. Human performance is related to normal and dysfunctional psychosocial processes affecting work, self-care, leisure and the family. Psychiatric diagnoses are explored in relation to their effect on occupational performance. The course is coordinated with OTH 5552, Level I Fieldwork.


OTH 5544 - Documentation - 2 cr.
Introduces concepts of documentation, the documentation process and various kinds of documentation used in occupational therapy. Students learn to record objective observations, identify problem areas relevant to occupational therapy, and write behavioral objectives, treatment plans, progress and discharge notes. Students also learn coding and prior authorization basics. Simulated case situations provide students with an opportunity to practice these documentation skills. Documentation principles concerning public policies, following federal and state guidelines for reimbursement are also included.


OTH 5552 - Level I Fieldwork - 1 cr.
Integrates a seminar format with hands-on experiences. Provides opportunity to discuss and practice professional behaviors and professional relationships. Students integrate occupational therapy theory into practice and begin to develop clinical reasoning skills. Incorporates concepts of respect for the client's-situation, respectful communication, and respectful interactions. Fieldwork experiences are set up in either a community-based or traditional mental health setting and are designed to familiarize students with occupation-based practice with individuals with psychosocial issues and conditions. Students integrate material from OTH 5522 - Psychosocial OT into this experience.


OTH 5553 - Level I Fieldwork - 1 cr.
A 35 - 40 hour fieldwork experience scheduled in the summer following the first year of the Occupational Therapy Program. Students may request sites from a variety of traditional and emerging practice settings throughout the United States, and will be assigned based on availability. The fieldwork experience reinforces clinical skills, professional behaviors and professional relationships, clinical reasoning skills, ethical issues, and how to integrate occupational therapy theory into practice. In addition, it is designed to familiarize students with various intervention settings and clinical conditions. Students may be provided intial hands-on experiences under direct supervision when determined to be appropriate by the clinical supervisor/educator. Upon completion of the clinical hours, the students attend a seminar to discuss various aspects of the experience.


OTH 6332 - Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy I - 3 cr.
Intended to help students continue to build their knowledge about research methods and statistical analyses, refine their critical inquiry skills, and increase their appreciation for the contributions research makes to sound clinical practice. Students begin to experience the research process by planning a research study. In addition to writing a proposal for a research study, students will participate in other tasks that include applying for approval from the College Institutional Review Board, learning to compute statistical analyses using SPSS, and pilot testing proposed methods.


OTH 6333 - Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy II - 3 cr.
Focuses on the implementation of the research projects initiated in Evidence Based Occupational Therapy I. Students will finalize Institutional Review Board approval if necessary, perform data collection, enter collected data into a spreadsheet and perform appropriate analyses using a computer-based statistical package. Students will also write results, discussion, and conclusion sections and present findings in scientific poster format to faculty and peers at a research forum on The College of St. Scholastica campus.

Prerequisite Courses: OTH 5331, OTH 6332


OTH 6522 - Level I Fieldwork - Adult Clin - 2 cr.
A clinical experience scheduled in the fall semester of the second year of the Occupational Therapy Program. Designed to reinforce clinical skills, professional behaviors and professional relationships, clinical reasoning skills and ethical issues, and provides an opportunity to integrate occupational therapy theory in practice. This Fieldwork I experience includes hands-on learning experiences providing occupational therapy intervention to individuals with neuro-based diagnoses. Client evaluation, intervention and documentation are critical components. Students use the ATHENS EHR System in this course to develop their confidence and competence with electronic health records in occupational therapy practice.


OTH 6523 - Neurorehab OT - 4 cr.
Presents assessment and intervention techniques for impairment in vision, perception, cognition, swallowing, driving, bladder control, and vestibular dysfunction, as they relate to a variety of neurological conditions including brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and various other neuro-based conditions. Students also analyze traditional and contemporary approaches to assess and intervene with clients who have neuromotor impairment and they will investigate the psychosocial impact of neurological impairment. Students learn through lecture, group work, analysis of case studies and hands-on lab work. Students have the opportunity to tie real-life client treatment back to topics introduced in class.


OTH 6524 - Gerontic OT - 6 cr.
Focuses on specific issues related to the aging process, common pathologies and functional deficits seen by occupational therapists. Specific physical, psychological and cognitive problems common to this population are discussed and considered relative to human performance in work, self-care, leisure, social and family/caregiver functioning. Students gain knowledge of the role of occupational therapy in providing assessment and intervention with the older adult population in multiple service delivery models. Public policy, funding and reimbursement issues that pertain to older adults are reviewed. As part of this course, students have an experience working hands-on with older adults in community settings.


OTH 6525 - Pediatric OT - 6 cr.
Presents theory, scope of practice, service delivery models, and common developmental and pediatric conditions seen by occupational therapists. Human performance is emphasized and related to normal processes affecting growth, development, self-care, play/leisure and family functioning. Students integrate and apply the above information to occupational therapy assessment and intervention techniques in sensory, perceptual, motor, cognitive, emotional and social skill development. Study also provides information on public policy related to children. Students learn the importance of functional, developmental, age-appropriate activities and family involvement. The course is coordinated with OTH 6526, Level I Fieldwork-Pediatric Clinic.


OTH 6526 - Level I Fieldwork-Pediatric Cl - 2 cr.
A clinical experience scheduled in the spring semester of the second year of the Occupational Therapy Program; companion to the OTH 6525 Pediatric Occupational Therapy course. Designed to reinforce clinical skills, professional behaviors and professional relationships, clinical reasoning skills and ethical issues, and provides an opportunity to integrate occupational therapy theory into practice. This Fieldwork I experience includes hands-on learning experiences providing occupational therapy intervention to children with a variety of pediatric diagnoses. Client evaluation, intervention and documentation are critical components. Students use the ATHENS EHR System in this course to develop their confidence and competence with electronic health records in occupational therapy practice.

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6525


OTH 6543 - Administration & Supervision - 2 cr.
Presents an overview of administrative and organizational structures of health care facilities and organizations of various types. Basic management and supervisory strategies are presented. Professional relationships with various health care providers, including certified occupational therapy assistants are included. Administrative and supervisory issues in rural practice are discussed, as well as Benedictine values as they relate to administration and supervision issues.


OTH 6545 - Leadership Issues - 2 cr.
Examines and provides discussion of traditional and recent leadership models and styles, professional ethics and behaviors, and development of multicultural competency. Students explore personal values and attitudes and the relationship to the provision and leading of occupational therapy services. A review of the legislative process, public policy and the effect on occupational therapy practice is included. Participation in a hands-on leading/teaching experience and case study reviews are also included.


OTH 6546 - Critical Analysis in OT - 2 cr.
Capstone course designed to integrate theory, knowledge of pathologies and intervention strategies with an understanding of human performance and adaptation. Focuses on student abilities to integrate and articulate the role of the occupational therapist in a variety of complex situations and practice settings involving individuals and populations. Specific issues in health care and developments in occupational therapy theory are analyzed through collaborative learning.


OTH 6554 - Level I Fieldwork - 1 cr.
A 35 - 40 hour fieldwork experience that occurs over the semester break of the second year or as scheduled throughout the spring semester. The combination of all of the Fieldwork I experiences is designed to familiarize students with various treatment settings, age groups and diagnoses. This fieldwork experience may involve hands-on experiences under direct supervision when determined to be appropriate by the fieldwork supervisor/educator. This fieldwork experience also includes a seminar during the spring semester of the second year of the Occupational Therapy Program. During the seminar, the students discuss various aspects of their Level I Fieldwork experiences and prepare for the transition to Level II Fieldwork. The seminar focuses on the clinical skills, professional behaviors, professional relationships, clinical reasoning skills, ethical issues, the supervisory process and integration of occupational therapy theory into practice that will be encountered during the Level II Fieldwork experiences.


OTH 6555 - Level II Fieldwork - 6 cr.
Students are eligible for Level II Fieldwork upon completion of all academic requirements. Each fieldwork experience will reflect current practice with clients from across the life span and with a variety of diagnoses. This fieldwork is required for a minimum of the equivalent of 24 weeks full-time and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, but may not be less than half time. All students complete one experience in physical disabilities and a second may include but is not limited to occupational therapy practice in physical dysfunction, developmental disabilities, pediatrics and/or psychosocial dysfunction. Provides the student with the opportunity to learn/practice the role of an occupational therapist and to develop clinical skills, clinical reasoning skills and reflective practice at the entry level under the supervision of a skilled practitioner. Provides opportunities for students to transmit the values and beliefs of occupational therapy into ethical practice and to develop professionalism and competence as ongoing career responsibilities. This course relates to the highest level within the professional curriculum. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica arranges the fieldwork experiences. The fieldwork experiences will be completed under the supervision of a "currently licensed or credentialed occupational therapist who has a minimum of one year of practice experience subsequent to initial certification, and is adequately prepared to serve as a fieldwork educator". Level II fieldwork may occur in a setting with no occupational therapist on site only when a plan for the provision of occupational therapy services has been set up ahead of time. On-site supervision must be provided in accordance with the plan and meet ACOTE Standards. A minimum passing score of 122 is required on the final evaluation to satisfactorily complete or pass the Level II Fieldwork requirement. Students are required to pass all of the academic coursework and both Level II Fieldwork experiences to be eligible to take the NBCOT certification examination.


OTH 6556 - Level II Fieldwork - 6 cr.
Students are eligible for Level II Fieldwork upon completion of all academic requirements. Each fieldwork experience will reflect current practice with clients from across the life span and with a variety of diagnoses. This fieldwork is required for a minimum of the equivalent of 24 weeks full-time and may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, but may not be less than half time. All students complete one experience in physical disabilities and a second may include but is not limited to occupational therapy practice in physical dysfunction, developmental disabilities, pediatrics and/or psychosocial dysfunction. Provides the student with the opportunity to learn/practice the role of an occupational therapist and to develop clinical skills, clinical reasoning skills and reflective practice at the entry level under the supervision of a skilled practitioner. Provides opportunities for students to transmit the values and beliefs of occupational therapy into ethical practice and to develop professionalism and competence as ongoing career responsibilities. This course relates to the highest level within the professional curriculum. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica arranges the fieldwork experiences. The fieldwork experiences will be completed under the supervision of a "currently licensed or credentialed occupational therapist who has a minimum of one year of practice experience subsequent to initial certification, and is adequately prepared to serve as a fieldwork educator". Level II fieldwork may occur in a setting with no occupational therapist on site only when a plan for the provision of occupational therapy services has been set up ahead of time. On-site supervision must be provided in accordance with the plan and meet ACOTE Standards. A minimum passing score of 122 is required on the final evaluation to satisfactorily complete or pass the Level II Fieldwork requirement. Students are required to pass all of the academic coursework and both Level II Fieldwork experiences to be eligible to take the NBCOT certification examination.

Prerequisite Course: OTH 6555


OTH 6557 - Level II Fieldwork - 2-6 cr.
A Level II Fieldwork experience in an area of advanced practice to be scheduled when all required academic and fieldwork experiences are completed. The advanced practice experience typically ranges from 4-8 weeks in length depending on the requirements of the setting. This fieldwork experience is designed for the student seeking advanced learning opportunities in specialty areas of occupational therapy practice, including but not limited to: rehabilitation, developmental disabilities, pediatrics, school therapy, psychosocial dysfunction, gerontics, hand therapy, industrial rehabilitation/work hardening, administration, community practice, research and numerous emerging practice areas. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at The College of St. Scholastica will arrange the fieldwork experience. The fieldwork experience will be completed under the direct supervision of an NBCOT registered occupational therapist with a minimum of one year's experience in the practice specialty. Prerequisites are satisfactory completion of OTH 6555 and OTH 6556

Prerequisite Courses: OTH 6555, OTH 6556


OTH 6560 - Physical Agent Modalities in Occupational Therapy - 1 cr.
The theoretical aspects of a number of physical agent modalities (PAMs) such as superficial agents, ultrasound, and electrotherapy are addressed. This course provides the theoretical and hands-on instruction required by the state of Minnesota for certification in PAMs. Students may apply for this certification when they apply for state licensure after graduation.


OTH 6777 - Independent Study - 0-7 cr.
Topics in Occupational Therapy.


OTH 6900 - Cont Enrollment Final Research - 0 cr.
Students are required to be enrolled continuously until the final research project and fieldwork are completed. A fee equal to one master's credit will be assessed each fall and spring semester until Occupational Therapy Program requirements are completed, if not registered for another OTH professional program course.


OTH 6999 - Independent Study - 0-7 cr.
Independent study in Occupational Therapy.