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Human Occupation/Occupational Therapy B.S./M.S.

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Occupational Therapy, B.S. in Human Occupation/M.S. in Occupational Therapy

Overview

Overview

The educational experience is a five-year entry-level master's program with direct admission at the freshman level. Both the bachelor of science and master of science degrees are conferred at the end of the fifth year. In addition, each student is required to fulfill the requirements for a structured minor offered in the college.

Throughout the curriculum, studies of the arts and sciences are combined with professional studies of occupational therapy. This combination is essential to promote the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for occupational therapy practice.

Courses numbered at the 400-level and higher represent a combination of professional (undergraduate) and advanced (graduate) course material. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and theoretical analysis of various assessments and intervention techniques throughout these courses.

Clinical and community visits are arranged in several courses. Three Level I Fieldwork courses expose students to the diverse needs and/or diagnoses of people and populations. These experiences prepare students for Level II Fieldwork internships in the graduate year.

The Level II fieldwork experience includes two three-month placements in clinics/sites. Students are assigned to sites located throughout the United States and are responsible for all travel and living arrangements while on clinical placements. Placements are based on availability, student preference, interests and formal agreement with the site. 

The occupational therapy (OT) program has been fully approved and registered by the New York State Education Department. It is designed to meet or exceed the 2011 standards for an Accredited Educational Program for Occupational Therapists and to prepare graduates to succeed in diverse and emerging areas of practice. The program has been 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 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Once all requirements are completed, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for Occupational Therapists, administered by the National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT). A felony conviction may affect a student’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam. After successful completion of this exam, the individual is an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). Most states, including New York, require licensure in order to practice. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification exam, as well as the completion of at least six months of supervised fieldwork and graduation from an accredited occupational therapy program. The student is required to apply for licensure in the state(s) in which s/he will practice.

Courses

Course Requirements 

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

Course Requirements for the Major:

OT Content:

Course Number Course Name Credits
OT 101

OT Process & Theory Foundation 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.

Prequisites: None

2
OT 106

Occupational Development I

This course consists of 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. [3 hour lecture, 2 hour lab].

Prequisites: None

4
OT 109

Medical & Social Conditions I

This course provides an overview of selected medical and social conditions that affect engagement in occupation in childhood and adolescence. Topics include selected developmental, musculoskeletal, mental health conditions and disabilities, and social conditions that affect development, such as child abuse/ neglect, poverty and educational level. [2 hour lecture].

Prequisites: None

2
OT 210

Medical & Social Conditions II

This course provides an overview of selected medical and social conditions that affect engagement in occupation for adults and older adults. Topics include selected neurological, cardiopulmonary, medical, and psychosocial conditions and disabilities. End-of-life issues are addressed. Social conditions such as unemployment, family structure and elder abuse are discussed. The impact of environmental conditions on health is also addressed. [2 hour lecture].

Prequisites: None

2
OT 212

Occupational Development II

This course includes 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. [3 hour lecture, 2 hour lab].

Prequisites: OT-106

4
OT 214

Interpersonal Skills

This course is a study of selected interpersonal communication theories and skills that are the foundation of effective professional relationships and therapeutic use of self. It includes discussion, skill building and role playing with critiquing. [1 hour lecture, 2 hour lab].

Prequisites: None

2
OT 215

Ot Delivery Systems

This course is an examination of delivery models in which occupational therapists function. The health care system will be included, as will the educational system, the social system and the community. Examples of OT programs will be presented within each system of delivery and delivery model that affects OT practice. Traditional and non-traditional models of delivery of OT services will be described. [2 hour lecture].

Prequisites: None

2
OT 217

Group Process

This course is a study of selected group process theories and skills that are the foundation of effective group relationships, therapeutic use of self, and group leadership. This course includes discussion, skill building, and role playing with critiquing. [1 hour lecture, 2 hour lab].

Prequisites: None

2
OT 313

Psychosocial Level I Fieldwork

This course is a Level I fieldwork experience that is intergral to and consistent with the sequence, depth, focus and scope of content in the curriculum design of the program. It is a part-time experience consisting of a minimum of 25 hours, which can take place in a setting that serves one or more of the various needs of individuals and requires a focus on psychological and social factors that influence engagement in occupation for individuals across the lifespan.

Prequisites: OT-214 OT-212 OT-217 OT-321

1
OT 319

Functional Anatomy

This course includes a study of human anatomy with emphasis on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It integrates human anatomy with analysis of movement including measurement of action, movement within a task and biomechanics. The course includes lab and lecture. The lab includes gross anatomy prosections, CD-ROM, recitation and experiential kinesiology. [3 hour lecture, 4 hour lab].

Prequisites: Bio-107 Bio-108, OT-319LF and OT-319LG

5
OT 320

Neuroscience for Rehabilitation

This course is a study of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, neurological factors underlying dysfunction and occupational therapy approaches to treatment. It integrates neuroanatomy and physiology with movement, sensation, cognition, perception and psychological function. Selected practice models addressing psychosocial, pediatric and adult physical disabilities will be studied. Course includes lecture and lab. Lab and recitation include neuroanatomy models, neurophysiology CD-ROM, recitation, guided practice on selected therapy techniques and treatment planning based on case studies. [4 hour lecture, 3 hour lab, 1 hour recitation].

Prequisites: OT-319

5
OT 321

Fieldwork Seminar I

This seminar is designed to involve students in the analysis and preparation for professional practice, to introduce students to the fieldwork process, and to prepare them for fieldwork selection. [1hour per week].

Prequisites: None

0
OT 330

Adult & Geri Level I Fieldwork



Prequisites: OT-320, OT-433 OT-635

1
OT 425

OT Process & Theory Found II

This course is an introduction to the theories, philosophies and research that guide practice in OT. Pediatric (referring to both children and adolescents) practice environments will be described and pediatric models will be studied. [2 hour seminar].

Prequisites: OT-101 OT-320

2
OT 427

Methods of Eval & Doc.I

This course is an introduction to the principles and techniques of OT evaluation and documentation. The evaluation process, types of assessments, and the interpretation and documentation of evaluation data pertinent to pediatric practice will be included. [1 hour lecture, 2 hour lab].

Prequisites: Ot-101 Ot-109 Ot-210 Ot-212 Ot-214, Ot-425

2
OT 429

Child & Adolescent Intervention

This course is an application of OT concepts and processes to prevent and remediate occupational role dysfunction in individuals from infancy through adolescence. It includes exploration and application of selected therapeutic methods, strategies, and techniques. The laboratory includes guidance and practice in treatment methods. Level I fieldwork experience with children or adolescents is included. [3 hour lecture, 2 hour lab, level I fieldwork].

Prequisites: Ot-101 Ot-109 Ot-210 Ot-212 Ot-320 Ot-425 Ot-427

4
OT 432

Fieldwork Seminar II

This seminar is designed to prepare students for fieldwork experiences and responsibilities. Personal and professional behaviors required on fieldwork are discussed. Strategies for success in fieldwork are offered, and preparation/ arrangements for fieldwork will be finalized. [1 hour per week].

Prequisites: Ot-321

0
OT 433

Ot Methods Evaluation and Document. 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. The evaluation process, types of assessments, and the interpretation and documentation of evaluation data pertinent to occupational therapy practice with adults and elders will be studied. [1 hour lecture, 2 hour lab].

Prequisites: Ot-427

2
OT 434

Adult and Geriatric Intervention

This course is an integrated theory and practice course examining OT models and techniques for prevention and remediation of role dysfunction and maintenance of competence and adaptation in individuals from adulthood through senescence. Includes exploration of related research, introductory and advanced therapeutic assessments, and techniques. Laboratory includes guidance and practice in the implementation of assessment and treatment methods. Level I fieldwork experience with adults or elders included. [2 hour lecture, 3 hour lab, level I fieldwork].

Prequisites: Ot-320, Ot-433 Ot-635

4
OT 635

OT Process & Theory III

This course is a continuation of the study of the theories, philosophies, and research that guide occupational therapy practice. Adult and geriatric practice environments and practice models will be studied. [2 hour seminar].

Prequisites: OT-425 or OT-525

2
OT 640

OT Clinical Fieldwork I

This course allows an in-depth 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. Level I fieldwork can take place in a variety of traditional or emerging practice areas that are consistent with curriculum design and in which supervision will be provided by a currently licensed or credentialed OT, who may or may not be on-site. Each Level I fieldwork course is generally a full-time experience but options can vary from one placement to four, and in some instances be part-time.

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

4
OT 641

OT Clinical Fieldwork II

This course allows 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 that are consistent with curriculum design and in which supervision will be provided by a currently licensed or credentialed OT, who may or may not be on-site. Each Level II fieldwork course is generally a full-time experience but options can vary from one placement to four, and in some instances be part-time.

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

4
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 principles of management within the various systems in which the provision of occupational therapy services to individuals and organizations takes place. Students will participate in interactive distance learning activities on the Internet 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 project activity related to course material. (1 hours Internet activities per week)

Prequisites: None

1
OT 645

Management of Ot Services II

This course is a continuation of an advanced, in depth analysis of the knowledge and practical skills required for the application of the principles of management within the various systems in which the provision of occupational therapy services to individuals and organizations takes place. Students will participate in interactive distance learning activities on the Internet 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 project activity related to course material. (3 hours Internet activities per week)

Prequisites: OT-641

2
OT 689

Professional Issues

This course involves critical analysis of current professional issues specific to the delivery of services provided by occupational therapists functioning in a variety of systems and roles. Regulatory agencies, legal concerns, reimbursement, specialization, grantsmanship, validation of theory, and development of philosophy are included as important issues. [2 hour seminar].

Prequisites: OT-640

2
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

Research Components:

Course Number Course Name Credits
OT 524

Research Seminar

This seminar introduces students to the entire thesis/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. [3 hour seminar].

Prequisites: Ot-101

3
OT 602

Research Methods in Occupational Therapy

This course will assist the student in developing an understanding of the research process. Emphasis will be placed on the occupational therapist as a producer and consumer of research. Students will undertake a conceptual review of research designs and methods relevant to the profession. [3 hour seminar].

Prequisites: College level applied statistics course.

3
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.

Prequisites: Ot-629

1
OT 693

Research Project Development

This course guides students through the process for development of the Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) Research Project. Students will develop a clinical question, then use a systematic review process to identify relevant research literature, perform a critical appraisal and synthesis of the best available evidence to develop and publically present their CAT research.

Prequisites: OT-524, OT-602

3

Total: 9-10 

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. Topics include biology of behavior,sensation and perception consciousness, learning and memory,intelligence,motivation and emotion, stress and personality.

Prequisites: None

3
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.

Prequisites: CPC-022, 1 semester of college chemistry., BIO-107L and BIO-107R

3
BIO 107L

Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory

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

Prequisites: BIO-107

1
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.

Prequisites: CPC-022, Prior completion of BIO-107/L, BIO-108L

3
BIO 108L

Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

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

Prequisites: BIO-108

1
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

Prequisites: one computer science course or take 1 course fromPHY-101L PHY-103L or PHY-111L

4
PSY 206

Abnormal Psychology

This course scientifically describes and discusses the forms of abnormal behavior guided by the DSM-IV. Specific focus is placed on assessment and diagnosis, etiological factors,treatment possibilities,and predictions of recovery.

Prequisites: PSY-101 or PSY-203

3
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

Total: 148-150

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

Regulations

Academic Regulations

Academic regulations for occupational therapy are in addition to general college policies for all part-time and full-time students. Full-time and part-time students must meet all academic regulations listed below.

  1. Occupational Therapy Department Good Academic Standing*
    1. To be in good standing while enrolled in graduate courses (100-400 level) a student must:
      1. Maintain a minimum semester and cumulative average of at least 2.5.
      2. Obtain a minimum grade of “C” in all 100- to 300- level OT courses required in the major and for all other undergraduate course requirements for the major.
      3. Obtain a minimum grade of “B” in all credit-bearing 400-level OT courses.  Students receiving a “B-“, “C+” or a “C” in these courses will be placed on academic probation.
      4. A grade of “C-“ or lower in any course required for the major is not applicable to the occupational therapy degree.
    2. To be in good standing while enrolled in graduate courses (500- & 600-level), a student must:
      1. Maintain semester and cumulative averages of at least 3.0
      2. Obtain a minimum grade of "B" in all graduate-level work.
    3. To be in good standing in OT courses that are graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (OT 612, OT 693, OT 630, OT 640, OT 641), students must achieve a grade of Satisfactory.  An Unsatisfactory grade in any of these courses constitutes a failure to meet academic regulations and will require the student to repeat the course.  
  2. Occupational Therapy Department Academic Probation
    1. Students, whether full time or part time, who are not in good standing in the department is placed on OT department academic probation where they will remain until they meet the conditions of academic good standing for two full-time semesters. The conditions of OT department academic probation must be met in each successive (full- or part-time) semester, but probationary status is not removed until conditions are fulfilled during two full-time semesters (See grade and GPA requirements).
    2. Conditions of Occupational Therapy Department Academic Probation
      1. While on probation, failure to meet the following conditions will result in dismissal from the program. A student on probation must:
        1. For all 100- and 300-level courses over the next two full-time semesters:
          1. Receive no less than a "C" in all courses;
          2. Achieve a semester and cumulative average of at least 2.5
        2. For all 400- to 600-level courses over the next two full-time semesters:
          1. Receive no less than a "B" in all courses;
          2. Achieve semsester and cumulative averages of at least 3.0
        3. For the S/U graded OT courses listed in 1.c of the occupational therapy department academic regulations section, over the next two full-time semesters, receive grades of S.
  3. Grades Below B Policy Pertaining to Degree Conferral
    1. This policy applies to all 500- and 600-level OT courses. No more than a total of six credits or two courses (whichever better advances academic progress) with grades lower than B (B-, C+, C) are applicable to the OT degree. A grade of C- or lower is not applicable to the OT degree.
  4. Dismissal From the Occupational Therapy Program
    1. A student that is on OT department academic probation and does not meet the conditions of OT department academic probation will be dismissed from the OT department but not necessarily dismissed from the college. The dismissed student is encouraged to contact the director of retention services.
    2. A student dismissed from the OT department has the option to appeal the dismissal. In order to appeal, the student must write a letter to the chair of the OT department. The timeframe for submitting the letter will be indicated in the student's written notification of dismissal from the OT department. The letter must include:
      1. a description of verifiable extenuating circumstance(s) that prevented/hindered achievement of the conditions of OT department academic probation
      2. a plan to maximize future academic success
  5. Requirements for Level II Fieldwork
    1. Students must have the permission of the instructor before registering for Level II fieldwork courses (OT 640, OT 641). In order to obtain permission, students must demonstrate the ability to meet academic and professional standards of the program and participate in faculty-led professional development interviews in the first and second years of study.
    2. Receipt of a U grade in either OT 521 (Fieldwork Seminar I) or OT 632 (Fieldwork Seminar II) may alter the student's choices or plans for Level II Fieldwork.
    3. Students who receive a U in a Level II fieldwork course or who voluntarily withdraw from the course must receive approval from the faculty in the OT major before repeating the course. Students will not be allowed to repeat more than one Level II fieldwork course.

Policy for Completion of Occupational Therapy Program in Timely Manner

Full-time and part-time students in the OT programs must complete all academic requirements within three (3) semesters or one 12- month calendar-year following successful completion of both Clinical Fieldwork I and II (OT 640 and OT 641). This includes the semester following clinical fieldwork Level II when students return to campus to complete Professional Issues, Community Practice and the research project course, and two (2) additional semesters. In addition to other academic requirements, Clinical Level II Fieldwork must be successfully completed within a 12-month period of completion of all other coursework or repetition of academic courses may be required. 

A student who does not complete Clinical Fieldwork Level II within the required 12-month period may need to repeat one or more of the following courses:

  • OT 429 Child and Adolescent Intervention
  • OT 434 Adult and Geriatric Intervention
  • OT 427 OT Methods of Evaluation and Documentation I
  • OT 433 OT Methods of Evaluation and Documentation II

Students who do not complete their program within the time frame specified in this policy must petition for an extension of the time limit by submitting a completed "Request for Extension of Time to Complete the Master of Science Program" form, available in the graduate studies office. The form will be completed by the student and forwarded to the chair of occupational therapy, who will sign and forward this to the graduate studies office on the student's behalf. [Refer to "Extension to Complete Graduate Degree" in the academic policies and procedures section of the catalog for the remaining steps in the procedure.]

Appeals

To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, you must follow the appeal procedures which are available at www.dyc.edu/appeals.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The program accepts applicants for full-time study from the freshman year. Students are admitted directly into the program and do not have to reapply for admission to the upper division. Admission requirements reflect the structure of the program as a five-year bachelor of science and master of science degree program.

In order to be eligible for direct acceptance into this program, students must submit proof of the following minimum criteria:

  1. Combined SAT scores of at least 1,000 (or ACT score of 21).
  2. A high school average of at least 85 percent.
  3. High school rank in the upper half of the class.

Students who do not meet these criteria are encouraged to apply to the Career Discovery Program and apply to O.T. after successfully completing two full-time semesters. Although D’Youville does not mandate that letters of recommendation or a letter of intent to study a specific discipline be included with the application, students applying to O.T. are strongly advised to include these documents with their application.

Students must also demonstrate successful completion of the following high school courses: two years of math, one year of biology, and one year of chemistry. Physics is strongly recommended. Students who have not taken high school chemistry will be considered for admission with the understanding that a college preparatory chemistry course must be taken before beginning the curriculum. Students are strongly encouraged to gain competence in word processing before entering the program.

Thirty-six students are admitted to the program in the freshman year. These students are selected from the pool of applicants on the basis of the above criteria. Late applications are processed on a space-available basis. Students who have been out of high school for more than five years need not submit SAT scores. Selection is based on high school average and class rank.

Transfer students are accepted on a competitive, space-available basis. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to apply. Point of entry depends on the number of transfer credits accepted by the registrar, including major course requirements.

In order to register for any O.T. courses, students must have been formally accepted into the program.

Department

Occupational Therapy Department

The occupational therapy program is a five-year combined B.S./M.S. program. The curriculum begins with a strong liberal arts core. The core curriculum provides students with a general knowledge base and the opportunity to develop analytical abilities that are the foundation for excellence in the professional competencies. Students also declare and complete a structured minor. Professional development, with faculty guidance and support, is a consistent process for students prior to, during, and after clinical placements.

Students complete six months of full-time fieldwork experience provided at a variety of settings across the country. In addition to a strong academic and clinical preparation, students are expected to complete a master’s project involving research of a Critically Appraised Topic. The student-centered approach, in combination with the curriculum’s academic, clinical and research components provide thorough preparation for graduates to develop leadership and service in a variety of health care, educational and community settings, and to be successful in practice.