Occupational Therapy Courses

1st Year MOT - Summer - Semester 1

OT 5110 Medical Conditions I (1) This is the first in a two-course sequence that introduces the student to general concepts of human pathology and models of disease with primary emphasis placed on ICF classifications, medical terminology, universal precautions, psychological, diabetic, and cancerous diseases. Course content includes the etiology, signs and symptoms, clinical course, prognosis, medical testing, and medical/surgical management of selected conditions.

OT 5160 Health Through Occupation I (2) The historical foundations of occupational therapy as they relate to the theories that underlie practice are examined. The basic constructs of relevant occupations and purposeful activity are analyzed within a person/environment/performance framework. The roles and responsibilities of occupational therapists and other health care team members are discussed along with an introduction to documentation. Future directions of the profession are explored in conjunction with various models of health care as they relate to the practice of OT.

OT 5170 Research I: Evidence Based Practice (2) This course is the first in a four- course sequence designed to introduce the student to clinical research, the systematic investigations performed on human subjects that are related to the principles and practices of a clinical profession. The focus of this course is evidence-based practice (EBP). Students will become proficient in the use of technology to investigate clinical questions.

OT 5400 Gross Anatomy (3) This course presents an integrated regional approach to the study of the structure and function of the human body with emphasis on the musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous system. The study of the fundamental tissues, organs, and other systems of the body cavities are also included.  Prerequisite: Acceptance into the occupational therapy education program.  Co-requisite: OT 5401.

OT 5401 Gross Anatomy Lab (1) This laboratory course is taught concurrently with Anatomy lecture to provide application of the structure and function of the human body through hands-on lab activities utilizing diagrams, models, and specimens. Lab fee. Co-requisite: OT 5400.

1st Year MOT - Fall - Semester 2

OT 5180 Occupational Performance: Education Health and Wellness (2) Specific instruction in teaching methodologies and techniques are provided through practical experiences in specifying objectives, planning lessons, preparing instructional materials and experience with the praxis of teaching. Concepts of health promotion and wellness, prevention, and community health will provide a context for the application of educational theory and techniques useful in the classroom, clinic or community.

OT 5270 Concepts in the Occupational Therapy Process (2) Screening and evaluation skill of the contemporary occupational therapist are the focus of this course. Techniques utilized to screen and assess the client are introduced. Students will be introduced to standardized and nonstandardized screening and evaluation tools, the interpretation and analysis of results, body mechanics, work simplification, energy conservation, adaptive techniques, and home modification concepts as they relate to the occupational performance of an individual.

OT 5300 Research II: Design and Analysis (3) This course is designed to introduce the student to clinical research including qualitative and quantitative methodology.  Student will examine critical features of a research journal article, integrate research findings and evaluate elements of research design, to perform and interpret descriptive, parametric and non-parametric statistical tests as it applies to clinical practice.  Activities provide the students with the opportunity to apply research concepts to clinical issues and facilitate beginning proficiency in data collection and statistical analysis.

OT 5430 Psychological and Social Performance in Daily Life Occupations: Theory/Practice (4) Theoretical frames of reference and practice models for prevention, intervention, and management of psychosocial disorders are presented. The student gains an understanding of individual and group psychosocial assessments and interventions pertinent to frames of reference used in Occupational Therapy settings. This course provides a foundation for observing and understanding consumer behavior as it occurs, from a variety of models and frames of reference. OT 5440 concurrent.

OT 5440 Occupational Intervention I: Psychological and Social Performance (2) The laboratory course, offered in conjunction with OT 5430, introduces therapeutic approaches to psychosocial performance, including purposeful activity, human performance, and adaptation. The student learns assessment and intervention strategies utilized by occupational therapists with a variety of consumer populations and settings. Therapeutic use of self, dyadic, and group interaction are critical components of this lab experience.

OT 5450 Professional Development Seminar I: Transition to Fieldwork This seminar is designed to facilitate student professional development as they transition to Level I fieldwork experiences in clinical and community settings. Content includes development of professional behaviors, understanding the needs of clients, nature and focus of fieldwork experiences, knowledge of fieldwork policies and procedures, and fieldwork site preparation. Corequisite: OT 5451.

OT 5451 Level I Fieldwork: Impact of a Disability (0.5) The first of three Level I fieldwork experiences designed to enrich didactic coursework through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process. Emphasis is on impact of a disability in clinical and community settings. Experiences may include those directly related to occupational therapy, as well as other situations to enhance an understanding of the developmental stages, tasks, and roles of individuals throughout the life span. Students are required to look at more complex issues of occupation and occupational therapy practice as the student progresses through these fieldwork experiences. Structured assignments are used to facilitate the student's development of therapeutic skills and professional behaviors.

OT 5600 Structural and Applied Kinesiology (3) This course is designed to study movement of the human body. Biomechanical principles are studied. Relationships between bones, nerves, and muscles to normal and abnormal movement, posture, and gait are discussed. Problem solving and movement analysis will allow the opportunity to practice application of these principles.

1st Year MOT - Spring - Semester 3

OT 5460 Medical Conditions II (3) This is the second in a two-course sequence that introduces the student to concepts of human pathology, physiology, and models of disease with primary emphasis placed on musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiac, pulmonary, hematological, visual, gastrointestinal, and autoimmune dysfunctions or diseases. Course content include the etiology, signs, and symptoms, clinical course, prognosis, medical testing, and medical/surgical management of selected conditions.

OT 5550 Professional Development Seminar II: Transitions to the Community (1) This seminar is designed to further facilitate student professional development through transition to the community setting. Students will work in collaboration with instructor and community setting to apply knowledge of evidence-based practice within natural settings which include a broad base of contexts/practice settings and clients (society, community, family) across the lifespan. Students will demonstrate the ability to use professional literature to make informed practice decisions and an emphasis will be placed on therapeutic use of self. Corequisite: OT 5551.

OT 5551 Level I Fieldwork: Evidence-Based Practice (0.5) The second of three Level I fieldwork experiences designed to enrich didactic therapy through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process. Emphasis is evidence-based practice in clinical and community settings. Experiences may include those directly related to occupational therapy, as well as other situations to enhance an understanding of the developmental stages, tasks, and roles of individuals throughout the lifespan. Students are required to look at more complex issues of occupation and occupational therapy practice as the student progresses through these fieldwork experiences. Structured assignments are used to facilitate the student's development of therapeutic skills and professional behaviors.

OT 5650 Movement Lab (1) This course introduces the student to screening tools used to determine the need for occupational therapy intervention. Competence in the procedures and protocols necessary for palpation, goniometry, manual muscle testing, and posture assessment are developed. Students perform and present a posture evaluation, including documentation of results.

OT 5700 Research III: Proposal Development (1) This course is the third in a four-course sequence designed to introduce students to clinical research, the systemic investigation performed on human subjects related to the principles and practices of a clinical profession. This course provides the didactic background to develop a research question, systematically and critically review relevant literature, develop components of the methodology, and identify data analysis strategies appropriate for implementing a research study. Students will develop and defend a Research Capstone Proposal for a systematic investigation related to the principles and practices of the occupational therapy profession. Students will participate in human subjects training, and submit for approval of the study through the Institutional Review Board at Rockhurst University.

OT 5710 Research III: Proposal Development and Implementation Lab (0.5) This lab taken concurrently with OT 5700 provides students with the opportunity to work collaboratively with their research mentor as they apply content acquired in the didactic course to their unique research project. Following the development of the research proposal and approval from the institutional Review Board, students continue work with their mentor on data collection.

OT 5780 Occupations Across the Lifespan (3.5) Human development across the lifespan is considered from an occupational perspective. The impact of culture on performance in areas of occupations is addressed looking at performance skills and patterns during the developmental process. Typical changes in body functions and structures are presented contextually considering activity demands, role competence, health and prevention, and quality of life during occupational performance.

OT 5790 Health Through Occupation II (2) This course employs a case-based format to foster critical thinking, problem identification, and critical reasoning to facilitate the development of client-centered reasoning. This lab incorporates a variety of media formats, group processes, and theoretical frameworks to identify the contribution of occupational therapy to health functioning or restoration of function.

2nd Year MOT- Summer - Semester 4

OT 6000 Neuroscience (4) This course is designed to introduce basic and applied neurological principles. Topics to be covered include terminology and neuroanatomical relationships, cellular neurophysiology, structure and function of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems and their ability to respond to environmental demands. The student will evaluate human behavior and performance in relation to function and dysfunction of the nervous system.

OT 6320 Neuromanagement (4) This class incorporates theories and conceptual models of assessment and intervention of clients with neurological deficits who have impairments with occupational performance. Theories of neurological rehabilitation, motor control, and motor learning are discussed as they relate to a variety of clients with neurological dysfunction. Specific assessment and intervention strategies to improve occupational performance are exlpored.

OT 6350 Occupational Intervention II: Neuromanagement (2) This laboratory course, offered in conjunction with OT 6320, provides therapeutic approaches to purposeful activity, human performance, and adaptation. It provides the student experience with assessment and intervention strategies commonly used by occupational therapists in the treatment of individuals with neurological and occupational performance deficits. Lab Fee.

2nd Year MOT - Fall - Semester 5

OT 6410 Pediatrics and Developmental Disabilities (4) This course is designed to identify theories, frames of references, and models utilized within the scope of pediatric practice. This course will review etiology, development, management and prognosis of common pediatric conditions including developmental, medical and educational diagnoses. Childhood occupations will be explored as they relate to client factors, performance skills, performance patterns, contexts, and activity demands. Students will investigate the role of OT in a variety of pediatric service delivery models. Instruction will incorporate diversity and cultural competency to facilitate a client/family centered focus across the spectrum of pediatric disabilities. The course will incorporate the core threads of theories, professional reasoning, evidence-based practice, Jesuit values, and cultural competency will be embedded in course activities, assignments, and assessments. Corequisite: OT 6420

OT 6420 Occupational Intervention III: Pediatrics and Developmental Disabilities (2) This laboratory course, offered in conjunction with OT 6410, reviews common standardized and criterion referenced assessments used with the pediatric population. Students are also instructed on qualitative assessment including clinical and naturalistic observation to create a more holistic picture of the child and his or her family’s strengths and areas of need. Intervention strategies based on theoretical frames of reference will be applied. This course will examine the concepts of collaborative teaming and appropriate identification of resources and referrals for children with special needs. Students are introduced to documentation standards across various service delivery models.

OT 6510 Research IV: Synthesis and Dissemination (0.5) This course is the last in a four-course clinical research sequence, the systematic investigations performed on human subjects that are related to the principles and practices of a clinical profession. Students will analyze and synthesize the data generated from their clinical study. A formal presentation of this project is the final step in the academic portion of the professional master's program.

OT 6560 Musculoskeletal Assessment and Intervention (4) This class incorporates theories and conceptual models of assessment and intervention of clients with musculoskeletal deficits who have impairments with occupational performance. Theories of musculoskeletal rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, industrial rehabilitation, positioning, and prosthetics and orthotics are discussed as they relate to a variety of clients with musculoskeletal dysfunction. Specific assessment and intervention strategies to improve occupational performance are explored. Corequisite 6565.

OT 6565 Occupational Intervention IV: Musculoskeletal (2) This laboratory course, offered in conjunction with OT 6560, provides therapeutic approaches to purposeful activity, human performance, and adaptation. It provides the student experience with assessment and intervention strategies commonly used by occupational therapists in the treatment of individuals with musculoskeletal and occupational performance deficits. Lab fee. Corequisite 6560.

OT 6900 Professional Development Seminar III: Transitions to the Profession (3) This seminar focuses on student professional development as they continue their transition into the occupational therapy profession. This course will assist students in developing the professional skills necessary for innovative practice in a variety of systems and service models.  Course content includes healthcare management/administration, the functions and influence of national, state, and local professional organizations, preparation for Level II fieldwork experiences, development of a professional portfolio, preparation for the national certification examination and licensure, the need for life-long learning, and leadership skill development. Corequisite 6901.

OT 6901 Level I Fieldwork: Evaluation, Intervention, and Outcomes (0.5) The third of three Level I fieldwork experiences designed to enrich didactic coursework through directed observations and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process. Emphasis is on the evaluation and interventions utilized and the outcomes achieved in clinical and community based settings. Experiences may include those directly related to occupational therapy, as well as other situations to enhance an understanding of the developmental stages, tasks, and roles of individuals throughout the lifespan. Students are required to look at more complex issues of occupation and occupational therapy practice as the student progresses through these fieldwork experiences. Structured assignments are used to facilitate the student's development of therapeutic skills and professional behaviors. Pass/No Pass. Corequisite 6900.

2nd Year MOT - Spring - Semester 6

OT 6970 Level II Fieldwork (5) Fieldwork assignments are arranged internships under direct supervision of a registered occupational therapist. Level II Fieldwork is designed to promote clinical reasoning and reflective practice, to transmit the values and beliefs that enable the application of ethics related to the profession, to communicate and model professionalism as a developmental process and a career responsibility, and to develop and expand a repertoire of occupational therapy assessments and treatment interventions related to human performance. Pass/No Pass.

OT 6971 Level II Fieldwork (5) This is the second fieldwork experience. See OT 6970. Pass/No Pass.

OT 6972 Level II Fieldwork (4-5) This is an optional fieldwork experience. See OT 6970. Students may choose to spend between 4-12 weeks in this internship. Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: OT 6970, OT 6971.