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Occupational Therapy (BS+MS), 5-Year

OT professor working with students in a clinical skills lab.

Become an occupational therapist in as few as 5 years with our combined bachelor's and master's program in occupational therapy.

Overview and Distinctions

Overview

As an occupational therapist you'll help individuals regain and build skills that are important for their health, well-being, safety and daily living.

Occupational therapists are in demand in nearly every healthcare setting and are poised to take on an even larger role as our population ages and the number of individuals with disabilities or limited function who require therapy services increases.

Upon graduation from our ACOTE-accredited BS+MS program, you'll be prepared to take the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists.

If you're interested in a career that is both fulfilling and has opportunities for growth, becoming an occupational therapist might be exactly what you've been looking for.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Enter as a freshman and gain direct admission into the master's program. No need to re-apply.
  • As a student in our combined degree BS+MS program, you'll pay undergraduate tuition for graduate studies.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity for you to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from 7 other healthcare majors at D'Youville — all under the supervision of a skilled instructor.
  • Enjoy small classes, labs and seminars where you get individual attention.
  • Gain practical experience through our strong focus on clinical field experience. D'Youville has developed relationships with over 400 clinical fieldwork sites in a wide array of settings, facilities, and treatment protocols.
  • Students who live in residence halls tend to perform better academically and are more engaged on campus. We require all students in the Occupational Therapy program to live on campus for the first two years of study.
  • Expand your intellectual skills by learning about the arts, humanities and sciences in addition to your occupational therapy professional studies.
  • Join a degree program with consistently high career placement rates.
  • Eligible OT students can apply to the Alpha Rho Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, a National Honor Society for Occupational Therapists and Students. Our Chapter is active and hosts a fall and spring event each year.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Curriculum

Curriculum

Occupational Therapy
Degree: B.S./M.S.

Course Requirements for the Major:

OT Content:

Course Number Course Name Credits
OT 101

OT Process & Theoretical Foundations I

This course is an introduction to the profession of occupational therapy and the occupational therapy process. An historical perspective of the OT profession's development and the theoretical bases, its professional ethics and regulations, and the role of the occupational therapist in society are covered. An introduction to the roles of occupational therapy personnel and how, as professionals, the code of ethics and professional credentials relate to practice. Students will be introduced to the theory, philosophy, and research that guide practice is presented. Current and potential environments for OT practice will be discussed.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
OT 106

Occupational Development I

This course is a study of normal occupational, neuromuscular, motor, sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and psychosocial development from prenatal through adolescence. It includes analysis of occupation as a facilitator and marker of human development. An in-depth exploration of the occupational therapy practice framework, domain and process, is provided. The lab includes observation of developmental markers and task analysis of developmentally appropriate occupations.

Prerequisites: None

4.0
OT 109

Medical & Social Conditions I

This course provides the etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, and common interventions of selected medical and social conditions that affect engagement in occupation in childhood and adolescence. Students analyze how selected diseases, acute and chronic conditions, disabilities and social conditions impact development, performance of life tasks, and occupational roles. Social determinants and epidemiological factors that impact health and welfare of a given population will also be addressed. Topics include selected developmental, musculoskeletal, social and mental health conditions and disabilities.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
OT 210

Medical & Social Conditions II

This course provides the etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, and common interventions of selected medical and social conditions that affect engagement in occupation for the adult and older adult populations. Students analyze how selected diseases, acute and chronic conditions, disabilities and social conditions impact performance of life tasks and occupational roles. Social determinants and epidemiological factors that impact public health and welfare of a given population will also be addressed. Topics include selected neurological, cardiopulmonary, medical, and psychosocial conditions and disabilities.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
OT 212

Occupational Development II

This course is a study of normal occupational, physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and neuromuscular development from young adulthood to senescence. It emphasizes occupational choice, role performance and analysis of occupation as a facilitator and marker of human development. The lab includes analysis of developmentally appropriate occupations, application of teaching learning principles, and general safety and wellness promoting behaviors.

Prerequisites: OT-106

4.0
OT 214

Interpersonal Skills

This lecture and lab course is a study of the interpersonal communication skills that are the foundation for effective professional relationships and developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship. Students learn and practice therapeutic use of self to facilitate client-centered care. The course includes lectures, discussions, skill building, and role playing with critiquing

Prerequisites: None

2.0
OT 215

OT Delivery Systems

This course is an examination of systems in which occupational therapy is delivered, such as the health care, education, and community systems. The impact of each delivery system on the practice of occupational therapy is addressed. Traditional and non-traditional models of OT services are described.

Prerequisites: None

2.0
OT 217

Group Process

This course is a study of selected group process theories and skills that are necessary for the development and implementation of occupational therapy group intervention. Group relationships, group leadership, and therapeutic use of self are addressed. This course includes discussion, skill building, and role-playing with critiquing.

Prerequisites: OT-210

2.0
OT 313

Psychosocial Level I Fieldwork

This course is the first Level I fieldwork experience and is integral to and consistent with the sequence, depth, focus and scope of content in the curriculum design of the program. The course consists of exposure to individuals with behavioral health concerns, and/or psychological and social/cultural factors that influence engagement in occupation. Students apply concepts and skills in interviewing and developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship. Exposure to the population is attained through site visits, guest speakers, readings, discussions, and videos. Extensive self-reflection is used to integrate course work with clinical experience and facilitate the growth of professional behaviors.

Prerequisites: OT-101 OT-109 OT-214 OT-321

1.0
OT 319

Functional Anatomy

This course is the study of human anatomy with emphasis on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Lab and lecture integrate human anatomy with analysis of movement including measurement of action, movement within a task, and biomechanics. Lab includes gross anatomy prosections, experiential kinesiology, and use of evidence-based assessments

Prerequisites: BIO-107 BIO-107L BIO-108 BIO-108L, OT-319LF and OT-319LG

5.0
OT 320

Neuroscience for Rehabilitation

This lecture and lab course is a study of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, neurological factors underlying dysfunction, and occupational therapy intervention for neurological deficits. Selected occupational therapy practice models applied to neurological deficits across the lifespan are studied. Labs include use of neuroanatomy models, recitation, and guided practice with selected evidence-based and occupation-based interventions.

Prerequisites: OT-210, OT-109 OT-319

5.0
OT 321

Fieldwork Seminar I

This seminar is designed to prepare students to engage in the process of exploring and securing fieldwork placements that are broad in scope, match the student's strengths, and provide a variety of clinical experiences for a career in Occupational Therapy. Students will self-reflect to determine professional development goals, complete pre-requisite compliance training, complete an interprofessional experience, and meet with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to determine a plan to proceed through the Fieldwork selection process. Review of OT Department fieldwork expectations, policies and procedures prepare students for success in all clinical fieldwork experiences.

Prerequisites: None

0.0
OT 323

Child & Adolescent Level I Fieldwork

This course is a Level I fieldwork experience that is integral to and consistent with the sequence, depth, focus and scope of content in the curriculum design of the program. The course consists of clinical exposure to individuals (birth to 21 years) with developmental, motor, behavioral, psychological and/or social/cultural factors that influence engagement in occupation Fieldwork Experience consists of a minimum of 25 contact hours in a pediatric setting, participating in client and family centered services. Course assignments link didactic coursework to the fieldwork experience.

Prerequisites: OT-101 OT-109 OT-210 OT-212 OT-320, OT-425 OT-427

1.0
OT 330

Adult & Geriatric Level I Fieldwork

This course is a Level I fieldwork experience that is integral to and consistent with the sequence, depth, focus and scope of content in the curriculum design of the program. The course consists of clinical exposure to individuals (adult to geriatric) with developmental, motor, behavioral, and/or psychological and social/cultural factors that influence engagement in occupation. Fieldwork Experience consists of a minimum of 25 contact hours in an adult setting. Course assignments function to link didactic coursework to the fieldwork experience.

Prerequisites: OT-320, OT-433 OT-635

1.0
OT 425

OT Process & Theoretical Foundations II

This course is a study of the theories, philosophies, and research that guide evidence-based occupational therapy practice. Pediatric (referring to both children and adolescents) practice environments and models of practice will be studied with an emphasis on the development of client-centered, occupation-based interventions that address client factors, performance skills, performance patterns, and context to promote occupational performance.

Prerequisites: OT-101 OT-320

2.0
OT 427

OT Methods of Evaluation & Documentation I

This lecture and lab course is an introduction to the principles and techniques of OT evaluation and documentation used by occupational therapists with children experiencing occupational dysfunction. The evaluation process, administration of multiple evidence-based assessment tools, and the interpretation and documentation of evaluation data pertinent to pediatric practice are included. Students develop professional behaviors related to the evaluation process and therapeutic interaction with a client and family members.

Prerequisites: OT-101 OT-109 OT-210 OT-212 OT-214, OT-425

2.0
OT 429

Child & Adolescent Intervention

This course is an application of OT concepts and processes to promote health, prevent and remediate occupational dysfunction and modify tasks/contexts. It includes exploration and application of child and family-centered evidence-based therapeutic interventions from infancy through adolescence. This course facilitates clinical reasoning and the application of current research in occupation-based interventions.

Prerequisites: OT-425 OT-427, OT-101 OT-109 OT-210 OT-212 OT-320

4.0
OT 432

Fieldwork Seminar II

This seminar is designed to prepare students to complete pre-requisites and review ethical professional behavior in preparation for clinical fieldwork experiences. Fieldwork performance assessment tools and strategies for success are explored. A review of required fieldwork assignments and student/faculty communication tools prepare students for fieldwork course completion. Exposure to supplemental clinical information broadens students' clinical knowledge base. Professional communication with fieldwork sites and final arrangements for placements are completed.

Prerequisites: OT-321

0.0
OT 433

OT Methods of Evaluation & Documentation II

This course is a continuation of OT-427 and offers an in-depth study of the evaluation and documentation principles and procedures used by occupational therapists with adults and older adults experiencing occupational dysfunction. The evaluation process, administration of multiple evidence-based assessment tools, and the interpretation and documentation of evaluation data pertinent to adults and older adults are included. Students continue to develop professional behaviors related to the evaluation process and therapeutic interaction with client and family.

Prerequisites: OT-427

2.0
OT 434

Adult and Geriatric Intervention

This course is an integrated theory and practice course examining OT evidence and occupation-based intervention for the adult and geriatric populations. Enhancement of occupational performance is addressed through the therapeutic approaches of create/promote, establish/restore, modification, and prevention for individuals, groups, and populations experiencing occupational dysfunction from adulthood through senescence. This course facilitates clinical reasoning and the application of current research in occupation-based intervention

Prerequisites: OT-320, OT-433 OT-635

4.0
OT 635

OT Process & Theoretical Foundation III

This course is a continuation of the study of the theories, philosophies, and research that guide evidence-based occupational therapy practice. Adult and geriatric practice environments and occupation-based practice models are studied with an emphasis on the development of client-centered, occupation-based interventions that address client factors, performance skills, performance patterns, and context to promote occupational performance.

Prerequisites: OT-425 or OT-525

2.0
OT 640

OT Clinical Fieldwork I

This course is an in-depth Level II fieldwork experience that is integral to and consistent with the sequence, depth, focus and scope of content in the curriculum design of the program. Level II fieldwork can take place in a variety of traditional or emerging practice areas in which supervision will be provided by a currently licensed or credentialed OT, who may or may not be on-site. This level II fieldwork course is a 12-week, full-time experience. In special circumstances a student may be allowed to complete this Level II Fieldwork on a part-time basis.

Prerequisites: 5 year BS/MS OT students take OT-215 OT-427 OT-429 OT-432 OT-433 OT-434 OT-635 Stand alone MS OT students take OT-515 OT-527 OT-529 OT-632 OT-633 OT-634 OT-635

4.0
OT 641

OT Clinical Fieldwork II

This course is an in-depth Level II fieldwork experience that is integral to and consistent with the sequence, depth, focus and scope of content in the curriculum design of the program. Level II fieldwork can take place in a variety of traditional or emerging practice areas in which supervision will be provided by a currently licensed or credentialed OT, who may or may not be on-site. This level II fieldwork course is a 12-week, full-time experience. In special circumstances a student may be allowed to complete this Level II Fieldwork on a part-time basis.

Prerequisites: 5 year BS/MS OT students take OT-215 OT-427 OT-429 OT-432 OT-433 OT-434 OT-635 Standalone MS OT students take OT-515 OT-527 OT-529 OT-632 OT-633 OT-634 OT-635

4.0
OT 644

Management of OT Services I

This course is an advanced, in depth analysis of the knowledge and practical skills required for the application of the evidence-based principles of management and professional development within the various systems where the provision of evidence-based, client-centered occupational therapy services to individuals, organizations, and populations occur. ?Students will participate in interactive distance learning activities and perform independent learning activities and assignments while on level II fieldwork. Students will be in contact via electronic communication with faculty and fellow classmates and engage in group discussions and assignments related to course material

Prerequisites: None

1.0
OT 645

Management of OT Services II

This online course is a continuation of an advanced, in-depth analysis of the knowledge and practical skills required for the application of the evidence-based principles of management and professional development within the various systems where occupational therapy services to individuals, organizations, and populations occur. Students participate in interactive distance learning activities and perform independent learning activities and assignments while on level II fieldwork.

Prerequisites: OT-640 or OT-641, OT-644

2.0
OT 689

Professional Issues

This course is a critical analysis of current professional issues specific to the practice of occupational therapy. This seminar is a combination of in-class discussions and presentations. Topics include important issues such as ethical and legal concerns, evidence-based practice, advocacy, factors that impact health care delivery and access, inter-professional teamwork, continued professional development and preparation for licensure and certification.

Prerequisites: OT-640 or OT-641

2.0
OT 690

Community Practice

An advanced practicum in a community-or education-based setting, for the purpose of exploring new, nontraditional, or specialty applications of occupational therapy knowledge and skills. Requirements are based on a contract negotiated between the student and the preceptor, and approved by the course coordinator. Individuals with a variety of professional backgrounds and education levels may serve as preceptors. [Practicum (variable 5-15 hours per week) and 1 hour seminar per week]
2-3
Total 64-65

Research Components:

Course Number Course Name Credits
OT 524

Research Project I

This seminar introduces students to the research project process required to complete the master's degree in OT. Students will learn how to search for and appraise literature pertinent to a topic suitable for OT research and evidence-based practice

Prerequisites: OT-101 or OT-501

3.0
OT 602

Research Methods in Occupational Therapy

This course is a study of the research process with an emphasis on research methodology. Students will undertake a conceptual review of research designs and methods relevant to the profession in order to become a producer and consumer of research

Prerequisites: College level applied statistics course.

3.0
*OT 630

Continued Research Advisement

Provides continued faculty guidance to complete either the thesis or research project. Students must register for their research director's section.

Prerequisites: OT-629

1.0
OT 693

ResearchProject II

This course guides students through the completion of the research project. Students refine a clinical question, use a systematic review process to identify relevant research literature, perform a critical appraisal and synthesis of the best available evidence, and publicly present the research project.

Prerequisites: OT-524, OT-602

3.0
Total 9-10

* As needed

In other academic areas required for the major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PSY 101

General Psychology

This course is an overall survey of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Specifically, the biopsychosocial model will be used to explore the major areas within psychology. Counts as a required course in the Nuts and Bolts Course Cluster for all Psychology majors.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
BIO 107

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

This is a study of the structural and functional relationships of the human organism, emphasizing cells and tissues, the integument, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system and sense organs. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: one semester of college chemistry., BIO-107L

3.0
BIO 107L

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory

This course accompanies BIO-107. This course consists of three hours of lab a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-107

1.0
BIO 108

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

This continuation of BIO 107 emphasizes the digestive system, respiratory system, blood, cardiovascular system, urinary system, reproductive systems, endocrine system, human genetics and development. This course consists of three lectures a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-107 BIO-107L, BIO-108L

3.0
BIO 108L

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

This course accompanies BIO-108. This course consists of three hours of lab a week.

Prerequisites: BIO-108

1.0
MAT 123

Introduction to Applied Statistics

This course includes the underlying fundamental mathematical principles and their application to a wide range of statistical methods and tests. Included are the following: sampling, frequency distributions, probability, regression,confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square and correlation. Existent computer software such as MiniTab is utilized by students to aid and facilitate the analysis of results. Not open to those who have taken MAT-120

Prerequisites: None

4.0
PSY 206

Abnormal Psychology

This course scientifically describes and discusses the forms of abnormal behavior guided by the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM). Specific focus is placed on assessment and diagnosis, etiological factors, treatment possibilities, and predictions of recovery. Counts as a course in the Behavioral and Mental Health Course Cluster.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
MINOR

Four - five Electives determined by host department.

Structured minor: Courses and credits determined by host department
12-15
CORE CURRICULUM Remaining core curriculum courses 45
Total 75-78

Optional

Course Number Course Name Credits
OT 605

Clinical Fieldwork III



Prerequisites: None

0.0

Total: 148-150

Subject to changes based on regulations by New York State of Education Departments and/or American Occupational Therapy Association requirements.

Careers

Careers

Our program prepares you for general occupational therapy practice

An Occupational Therapist's Role

As an occupational therapist, you'll work with people of all ages who have various physical, developmental, social or emotional challenges. You will help them develop the skills to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives. 

Occupational therapists work in a variety of healthcare settings, including: acute hospital, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings. 

Other major employers of occupational therapists are hospitals, offices of other health practitioners (including offices of occupational therapists), public and private educational services, and nursing care facilities.

Driver rehabilitation, training for the elderly, and ergonomic consulting are emerging practice areas for occupational therapy.

Career Outlook

Occupational therapists are in demand in nearly every healthcare setting and are poised to take on an even larger role. Employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. For more information about the job outlook for occupational therapists, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Occupational therapists with specialized knowledge in a treatment area also will have increased job prospects.

The largest number of occupational therapist jobs was in ambulatory healthcare services, which employed about 29 percent of occupational therapists.

Most states, including New York, require licensure to practice. State licensure is typically based on the results of the NBCOT certification exam, but must be applied for separately in the state in which you plan to practice.

Fieldwork Education

Fieldwork Education

The Department of Occupational Therapy has clinical fieldwork agreements with over 400 hospitals, school systems, rehabilitation centers, mental health sites, nursing facilities, and community-based centers in select states across the U.S.

The goal of fieldwork education is to prepare the students to be well-rounded, entry-level practitioners. Three levels of fieldwork education are integrated into the occupational therapy curriculum:

Site Visits

Visits to healthcare agencies are part of certain entry-level courses. These visits orient you to a variety of services provided in the local area, focusing on the context in which occupational therapy services are delivered or could be provided.

Level I Fieldwork

Experiences during the academic phase of the program enable students to apply classroom learning in the clinical setting. These experiences are associated with specific intervention courses and place students in various healthcare arenas with a variety of consumers/patients.

Level II Fieldwork

Consists of two full-time 12-week clinical training experiences, (Part-time options are available); two internships provide students with the opportunity to treat a wide range of disabilities and age groups. Emphasis is on applying knowledge through in-depth activities, tasks, and the responsibility for delivering healthcare to patients. Clinical experiences may include acute hospital settings, inpatient psychiatric settings, rehabilitation centers, day treatment centers, nursing homes, school systems, developmental centers, and community health initiatives.

Community Practice

An advanced placement in a community setting or educational environment allows you to explore non-traditional or specialty applications of occupational therapy. Community Practice occurs in the graduate year following Level II fieldwork.

Learn More

Visit Western NY OT Fieldwork Consortium to learn more about fieldwork opportunities. Current students can also review D'Youville Occupational Therapy Fieldwork for information and resources specific to D'Youville programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 85 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Technical Standards and Essential Functions

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are health-related professionals who are experts in evaluating performance skills used by people in everyday activities, and in planning and providing therapeutic intervention to improve and enable function in the home, school, workplace, and community. OTs analyze, select, adapt, design, and implement therapeutic activities for patients, clients, and children whose ability to cope with daily living and perform necessary tasks is compromised by illness, injury, developmental deficiencies, physical impairments, psychological disorders, social inadequacies, the aging process, or environmental deprivation.

OTs provide services in a multitude of settings and situations with a wide range of individuals of various ages, special needs, socio-cultural backgrounds, roles, abilities, and disabilities. The OT department at D’Youville intends to graduate well-prepared entry-level general practitioners, who are team players, ready to ethically and competently practice, effectively document, knowledgeably research, and advocate for those in need of OT services. OTs are responsible for the safety and effectiveness of service delivery with an aim toward achieving health, well-being, and participation in life through engagement in meaningful, purposeful occupations. 

In order to competently function in the rigorous educational program and as an OT in practice settings that may involve heavy workloads and stressful situations, an individual must be proficient in certain cognitive, intellectual, interpersonal, social-emotional, communication, physical, psychomotor, and sensory-perceptual-motor abilities as well as demonstrate compassion, professional attitudes, and ethical behaviors. The faculty is committed to an educational environment where students, with or without disabilities, may develop cognitively, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and professionally.

Therefore, the following technical standards must be met with, or without, reasonable accommodations consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The purpose of the technical standards is to delineate specific expectations and abilities for successful student performance in the classroom, laboratory, fieldwork sites, and clinical education environments. Technical standards must be met at enrollment, matriculation into, continuation in, and completion of the OT educational program. Inability to attain and comply with these technical standards may prevent admission to the OT program, or if the enrolled student becomes unable to fulfill these technical standards, with reasonable accommodations, it may result in course failure, withdrawal, or dismissal from the department.

Applicants with disabilities or physical challenges, who are otherwise qualified, must discuss considerations for reasonable accommodations with the Coordinator of Accessibility Resources at D’Youville College by phone at 716-829-7728. Verification and documentation of the disability by a qualified professional, such as a physician or psychologist, is needed before reasonable accommodations are made. Accommodations will not be considered reasonable if they affect the substance of the OT education program, compromise the educational standards, the integrity of the curriculum, and/or negatively affect the safety of students and/or other people, including patients/clients/children, with whom they may come into contact during the course of their studies. If accommodations are provided, this information will be kept in strict confidence, and it is the student’s responsibility to divulge the disability and need for reasonable accommodations while on fieldwork.

All OT applicants must review the technical standards described in this document and perform a self-evaluation to determine whether they are able to attain and maintain compliance with them. A signed copy of this form must be returned to the OT department, signifying the standards have been read and certifying acceptance of the responsibilities and compliance with the standards.

Essential Functions:

Critical Thinking and Reasoning
  • Technical Standards
    • Critical thinking ability for analysis, synthesis, evaluation, planning, reasoning, problem solving, sound judgment, and mathematical calculations
  • Examples (Not All Inclusive)
    • Evaluate individuals, analyze and interpret findings and data; develop occupational profile, identify needs and strengths, use clinical reasoning to plan intervention, assess outcomes; research, interpret, understand statistics, and apply information for evidence-based practice
Interpersonal Skills and Psychosocial- Emotional Self-Regulation
  • Technical Skills
    • Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, religious, ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual, and intellectual backgrounds and lifestyles
  • Examples (Not All Inclusive)
    • Therapeutic use of self to establish rapport with patients and colleagues; Demonstrate empathy; Use therapeutic communication (active listening, attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, teaching); Function as a part of a team (consult, negotiate, advocate, cooperate, and lead).
Communication Ability
  • Technical Skills
    • Communication abilities sufficient for effective and professional interaction with others in spoken and written English, and through electronic or technological devices; Speak in front of a group of people
  • Examples (Not All Inclusive)
    • Explain intervention procedures and carry-over methods; conduct teaching-learning procedures; Document and interpret evaluation information; Compose professional reports and records; Share information and participate in discussions; Enter, transcribe, and maintain information in virtual formats; Computer access to send/receive email and course documents
Physical Strength and Endurance
  • Technical Skills
    • Remain continuously on task (mentally and physically) for several hours while standing, sitting, moving, lifting, reaching, carrying, bending, pushing, pulling, kneeling, walking, stabilizing, and/or interacting
  • Examples (Not All Inclusive)
    • Move within facilities to various rooms and transport individuals  to and from OT; Manual procedures and facilitation techniques for neuro-musculoskeletal conditions; Lifting, transferring, and positioning individuals in wheeled mobility equipment and adaptive positioning devices
Gross Motor Coordination and Mobility
  • Technical Skills
    • Physical abilities sufficient to maneuver in surroundings; Full functional range of motion; Plan, sequence, and coordinate movements. Maintain or regain body balance to stay upright; Jump, stoop, throw, and catch objects.
  • Examples (Not All Inclusive)
    • Move around in patients’ rooms, small work spaces, and shared OT treatment areas; Accompany or assist individuals in outdoor or community areas and balance on uneven surfaces; Use proper body mechanics when lifting; Use transportation systems to fieldwork, practicum sites, and home visits; Demonstrate evaluation items on standardized tests
Fine Motor, Eye-hand Coordination and Psychomotor Skills
  • Technical Skills
    • Eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination, and hand dexterity sufficient to provide safe and effective care, and to manipulate supplies, tools, media, and equipment; Quick hand and finger movements for keyboarding
  • Examples (Not All Inclusive)
    • Manipulate assessment tools such as goniometers and stop watches; Efficiently administer test items such as cutting with scissors and stringing beads; Input data and information on computer keyboard; Demonstrate proper use of media such as arts and crafts; Accurately reach for supplies and equipment; Fabricate orthotics and assistive devices
Hearing Ability and Auditory Processing Skills
  • Technical Skills
    • Normal or corrected auditory ability sufficient to understand other people’s speech, and to interpret, and monitor environmental noises and situations  
  • Examples (Not All Inclusive)
    • Hear varying tone of voice to aid in assessing emotions and psychological well-being; Listen and respond to feelings of others; Use telephones for conferences; Monitor alarms, emergency signals; Hear cries for help.
Visual Ability and Observation Skills
  • Technical Skills
    • Normal or corrected visual ability sufficient for patient/client/child observation and assessment; ability to discriminate typed numbers and letters; detect differences in colors, shades and brightness
  • Examples (Not All Inclusive)
    • Observe and supervise patient/ client/ child responses. Read charts, files, computer screen, digital printouts, labels, and gauges; Input information in electronic records; Perceive color-coded documents; Detect meaningful changes in skin and mucus membrane color
Tactile Ability and Proprioceptive Awareness
  • Technical Skills
    • Tactile ability and temperature discrimination sufficient for physical assessment, treatment implementation, and safety; Tolerate physical proximity and contact with others; Awareness of limb movement, force, speed, and direction
  • Examples (Not All Inclusive)
    • Perform muscle palpation and feel muscle tone; Perform therapeutic intervention such as massage; Temperature awareness during ADL activities such as teaching hygiene and cooking; Safety when using modalities and physical agents; Control force and speed during range of motion exercises
Professional Attitude, Values, Demeanor, and Behavior
  • Technical Skills
    • Ability to present professional appearance and implement measures to maintain own physical and mental health, emotional stability, honesty, integrity, and ethical behavior
  • Examples (Not All Inclusive)
    • Work under stressful conditions with multiple demands from consumers, other practitioners, and administrators. React calmly in emergency situations. Demonstrate compassion, flexibility, and willingness to adapt for the greater good.

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06.11
D'Youville Announces Plan to Address Racial Justice

D'Youville announced three initiatives today to elevate the issue of racial inequality and add support to racial justice as a strategic inst...

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04.17
D'Youville Announces Summer of Learning Initiative

D'Youville announced the Summer of Learning initiative to help students continue progressing with their education during summer after a disr...

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03.06
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Awards D'Youville Nearly $1.2 Million for Health Professions Hub

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation (Foundation) announced that D'Youville's Health Professions Hub (Hub) was awarded $1,177,649 for two in...

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