Occupational Therapy Courses

OT 5023 THEORY AND FOUNDATIONS FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE (3)
Students explore the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the professional occupational therapist through the study of occupation, participation and well-being, some of the core concepts of the profession. The course acquaints students with the profession’s history, current health issues and emerging areas of practice. Students explore the relationship between occupation, development, culture and health at the person, organization and population levels. Students are introduced to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and the International Classification of Function. The theoretical foundation of practice is emphasized.

OT 5225 FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTH CARE AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (3)
This course prepares students to manage the changing paradigms of practice that will be encountered over their career, with particular focus on bridging biomedical perspectives with narratives regarding organizational, community, and population health and well-being.  Understanding the current continuum of care settings, professional team roles, and health policy sets the foundation for this course. Professional behavior and ethics will be introduced. Preparation of leadership skills and an entrepreneurial approach to practice will be introduced. Partnering with community agencies to meet the unmet needs of those we serve and to open up new potential markets will be explored.

OT 5630 FUNDAMENTALS OF PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION (3)
The ability to communicate and work with individuals and groups are essential skills for an occupational therapist. Effective practitioners employ therapeutic use of self, activity analysis, behavioral management, and group leadership skills to effect change in those served. Concepts of self-management and basic tenets of learning theories will be explored and applied to various populations served. Occupational therapists must be able to meet the psychosocial needs of all clients across the continuum of care.

OT 5452 FUNDAMENTALS OF EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE (3)
Through critical reading and analysis of professional scientific literature, students build a foundation for life-long learning and evidence-based clinical practice. Students will be introduced to measurement principles, learn qualitative and quantitative analysis, and apply concepts learned to designing single case studies for clients served. Evaluation is at the core of evidence based practice: Interactions with clients are dependent on the ability to measure therapeutic effect.

OT 5315 TOOLBOX TO SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (3)
This course serves as an introduction to the essential skills required of therapists in contemporary clinical practice. Students will be introduced to resources supporting professional practice  and will learn and apply a variety of skills including transfers, documentation, goal-writing, common precautions, infection control, monitoring of vital signs, basic splinting techniques, chart reading, orientation to residential care environments, fundamentals of activity analysis, and searching relevant literature to facilitate evidence-based practice.

OT 5120 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN OT PRACTICE I (1)
This first of a series of three seminar courses provides students with the opportunity to explore current, emerging, and future trends in OT practice. Students will utilize the most recent research and policy information to critically examine and discuss potential developments in OT practice, including new areas of practice such as habilitation and telemedicine, effects of legislation and novel technologies, and a focus on community and population health, participation, and well-being.

OT 5782 NEUROSCIENCE PRINCIPLES OF PERFORMANCE I (3)
In this first of a two-course sequence, students learn how the brain and nervous system support the sensory, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and physiological capacity of individuals as they perform activities of daily life. Emphasis is placed on sensory processing, motor processing, cognitive performance, learning and memory, and communication.  Students will also learn about specific neurological conditions commonly encountered in clinical practice.

OT 5762 BODY STRUCTURES SUPPORTING DAILY FUNCTION I (3)
Students engage in the study of the contribution of the structure, function, and development of body systems that support daily activity. This semester emphasizes anatomical systems and neuromusculoskeletal substrates for activity, joint integrity, strength and cardiopulmonary function.

OT 5770 FUNDAMENTALS OF ASSESSMENT I (3)
The course runs concurrently with Body Structures Supporting Daily Function and Neuroscience Principles of Performance. In this first of a two-course sequence, students apply anatomical and kinesiological principles to occupational performance through assessment of anatomical structures and physiological health. Students learn how to identify sensory, cognitive, perceptual, and emotional performance capacities of individuals by focusing on neuroanatomical and neuro-physiological substrates of sensory, motor, arousal, cognitive, motivational and emotional systems. The students connect the neuroscience of the physiological, neurobehavioral, cognitive and psychological systems to the motor, process and communication performance skills and performance patterns that support occupational performance. Additionally, selected chronic diseases, disorders and conditions will be introduced. Etiology, pathology, clinical course, prognosis and medical management will inform the evaluation process as it impacts occupational performance. Students will build clinical reasoning for core OT practice skills including assessment of person, occupation and environment factors, activity analysis and activity gradation, observation, administering and interpreting assessments, building measurement models, and documenting the evaluation process. Evidence based practice is emphasized through exploration of the scientific and medical literature. Students will apply measurement principles and skills in selection, administration and interpretation of assessments through case studies, laboratory and fieldwork or in-context experiences.

OT 5163 ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS FACILITATING PERFORMANCE AND PARTICIPATION I (2)
In this first of a two-course sequence, students gain in- depth understanding of the psychological, social, political, physical, and cultural elements of the environment that influence occupational performance, participation, and health. Disability and chronic health conditions as consequences of environmental barriers and the relationship between the person and environments as both change across the life span will be discussed. Assessment and intervention strategies that promote health and maximize participation in daily activities will be examined in home, school, workplace, and other community settings. Students are provided with opportunities to practice and demonstrate skills acquired through community based experiences including a group community consultation project.

OT 5125 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN OT PRACTICE II (1)
This second of a series of three seminar courses provides students with the opportunity to explore current, emerging, and future trends in OT practice. Students will utilize the most recent research and policy information to critically examine and discuss potential developments in OT practice, including new areas of practice such as habilitation and telemedicine, effects of legislation and novel technologies, and a focus on community and population health, participation, and well-being.

OT 5610 FIELDWORK I (1)
This is the first course in a series that emphasizes the growth of the student as a professional. Students will build on the electronic professional portfolio developed in the fall semester and participate in self-directed learning experiences to enhance personal growth and professional competence. An intensive one week, 40 hour, supervised fieldwork experience in a clinical or community setting allows the student to practice the skills learned in the classroom.

OT 601 APPLIED CLINICAL RESEARCH I (3) is the first of a four course sequence offering the students opportunities to: 1) perform a systematic investigation, 2) develop a research project, and 3) perform testing and evaluation. The class is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge of occupational therapy or occupational performance. Activities that meet this definition include ongoing work in the laboratories of the faculty, controlled clinical trials, pilot studies to determine feasibility of future studies, demonstrations and community programs that may lead to new services or policy demonstrations.  In the sequence, the student will work on his/her research project. The project will include collecting, processing, and analyzing data. The student will also begin to write about their work. Students may observe practitioners who work with the population related to their research projects.

OT 605 APPLIED CLINICAL PRACTICE I (3) is the first of a four course sequence offering students opportunities to: 1) enhance clinical skills, 2) support evidence based practice, 3) provide leadership opportunities, and 4) allow specialization in an area of clinical practice. The opportunities will present themselves by associating with clinics or other OT related facilities in the greater St. Louis area. The course is a self-directed learning experience under the guidance of an OT clinical faculty member and a community practitioner. The student will be guided by a clinical mentor and work on a clinical project related to the needs of the facility. A final report and presentation will be made and the end of the sequence.

OT 5783 NEUROSCIENCE PRINCIPLES OF PERFORMANCE II (1)
In this second of a two-course-sequence, students learn how the brain and nervous system support the sensory, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and physiological capacity of individuals as they perform activities of daily life. Emphasis is placed on sensory processing, motor processing, cognitive performance, learning and memory, and communication.  Students will also learn about specific neurological conditions commonly encountered in clinical practice.

OT 5763 BODY STRUCTURES SUPPORTING DAILY FUNCTION II (1)
Students examine the complexity of movement and the integration of functions that are necessary to enable participation in everyday activities. Biomechanical principles are presented and applied to theÿbody structures, allowing students to understand the kinesiological underpinnings of occupational performance.

OT 5771 FUNDAMENTALS OF ASSESSMENT II (2)
The course runs concurrently with Body Structures Supporting Daily Function and Neuroscience Principles of Performance. In this second of a two-course-sequence, students apply anatomical and kinesiological principles to occupational performance through assessment of anatomical structures and physiological health. Students learn how to identify sensory, cognitive, perceptual, and emotional performance capacities of individuals by focusing on neuroanatomical and neuro-physiological substrates of sensory, motor, arousal, cognitive, motivational and emotional systems.  The students connect the neuroscience of the physiological, neurobehavioral, cognitive and psychological systems to the motor, process and communication performance skills and performance patterns that support occupational performance.  Additionally, selected chronic diseases, disorders and conditions will be introduced.  Etiology, pathology, clinical course, prognosis and medical management will inform the evaluation process as it impacts occupational performance. Students will build clinical reasoning for core OT practice skills including assessment of person, occupation and environment factors, activity analysis and activity gradation, observation, administering and interpreting assessments, building measurement models, and documenting the evaluation process.  Evidence based practice is emphasized through exploration of the scientific and medical literature. Students will apply measurement principles and skills in selection, administration and interpretation of assessments through case studies, laboratory and fieldwork or in-context experiences.

OT 5164 ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS FACILITATING PERFORMANCE AND PARTICIPATION II (1)
In this second of a two-course sequence, students gain in- depth understanding of the psychological, social, political, physical, and cultural elements of the environment that influence occupational performance, participation, and health. Disability and chronic health conditions as consequences of environmental barriers and the relationship between the person and environments as both change across the life span will be discussed. Assessment and intervention strategies that promote health and maximize participation in daily activities will be examined in home, school, workplace, and other community settings. Students are provided with opportunities to practice and demonstrate skills acquired through community based experiences including a group community consultation project.

OT 5130 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN OT PRACTICE III (1)
This third of a series of three seminar courses provides students with the opportunity to explore current, emerging, and future trends in OT practice. Students will utilize the most recent research and policy information to critically examine and discuss potential developments in OT practice, including new areas of practice such as habilitation and telemedicine, effects of legislation and novel technologies, and a focus on community and population health, participation, and well-being.

OT 602 APPLIED CLINICAL RESEARCH II (2) is the second of a four course sequence offering the students opportunities to: 1) perform a systematic investigation, 2) develop a research project, and 3) perform testing and evaluation. The class is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge of occupational therapy or occupational performance. Activities that meet this definition include ongoing work in the laboratories of the faculty, controlled clinical trials, pilot studies to determine feasibility of future studies, demonstrations and community programs that may lead to new services or policy demonstrations. In the sequence, the student will work on his/her research project. The project will include collecting, processing, and analyzing data. The student will also begin to write about their work. Students may observe practitioners who work with the population related to their research projects.

OT 606 APPLIED CLINICAL PRACTICE II (2) is the second of a four course sequence offering students opportunities to: 1) enhance clinical skills, 2) support evidence based practice, 3) provide leadership opportunities, and 4) allow specialization in an area of clinical practice. The opportunities will present themselves by associating with clinics or other OT related facilities in the greater St. Louis area. The course is a self-directed learning experience under the guidance of an OT clinical faculty member and a community practitioner. The student will be guided by a clinical mentor and work on a clinical project related to the needs of the facility. A final report and presentation will be made and the end of the sequence.

OT 5825 INTERVENTIONS SUPPORTING RECOVERY AND PARTICIPATION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SENSORIMOTOR CHALLENGES (3)
Sensorimotor deficits and delays impact daily life and participation.  Throughout this course, students will explore how to utilize assessment results to implement theory driven evidence-based treatment plans to improve occupational performance and participation in daily life.  Lifespan and practice setting issues from birth to older adults will be addressed in relation to sensory and motor deficits and delays.  Students will utilize a variety of hands on, case-based, and self-directed learning activities to develop clinical skills.

OT 5835 INTERVENTIONS SUPPORTING RECOVERY AND PARTICIPATION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH COGNITIVE AND LEARNING CHALLENGES (3)
This 3 credit course is designed to provide the foundation skills for evidence based intervention for individuals with cognitive impairment across the lifespan. Students will explore various intervention approaches and therapeutic techniques for individuals faced with cognitive challenges arising from developmental issues, injuries, and/or disease processes focused on increasing independence and participation in daily life activities. Lectures, case studies, lab experiences, and client treatments in the community will provide the foundation for the learning experiences. Related skills in documentation, goal setting, and ethical issues which may arise will be incorporated into classroom discussions and assignments.

OT 5380 HEALTH PROMOTION, PARTICIPATION AND WELLNESS FOR PERSONS WITH CHRONIC DISEASE (3)
The impact of chronic disease on daily participation affects health-related quality of life and well-being. Students will study health promotion and preventive individual and group models of service delivery for community-dwelling people. Using Healthy People 2020 topic areas, students will explore theory-driven, evidence-based health education solutions for consumers with chronic conditions to strengthen their community participation. Students will discover therapeutic interventions to empower people to self-manage their conditions and connect with community resources for health promotion, prevention and wellness.

OT 5801 CASE BASED LEARNING I (2)
In this first course of a two semester sequence, students are engaged in learning experiences that includes divergent case method, inquiry learning, and problem-based learning. Using a self-directed learning process, clinical reasoning and group process skills, students explore practice problems and apply specific occupational therapy evaluations and intervention techniques for persons of all ages and disability categories. The context of cases are integrated with material covered concurrently in the Interventions courses and focus on direct clinical treatment interventions.

OT 5615 FIELDWORK I (1)
This is the second course in a series that emphasizes the growth of the student as a professional. Students will continue to build on their electronic professional portfolio and participate in self-directed learning experiences to enhance personal growth and professional competence. An intensive one week, 40 hour, supervised fieldwork experience in a clinical or community setting allows the student to practice the skills learned in the classroom.

OT 603 APPLIED CLINICAL RESEARCH III (3) is the third of a four course sequence offering the students opportunities to: 1) perform a systematic investigation, 2) develop a research project, and 3) perform testing and evaluation. The class is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge of occupational therapy or occupational performance. Activities that meet this definition include ongoing work in the laboratories of the faculty, controlled clinical trials, pilot studies to determine feasibility of future studies, demonstrations and community programs that may lead to new services or policy demonstrations.  In the sequence, the student will work on his/her research project. The project will include collecting, processing, and analyzing data. The student will also begin to write about their work. Students may observe practitioners who work with the population related to their research projects.

OT 607 APPLIED CLINICAL PRACTICE III (3) is the third of a four course sequence offering students opportunities to: 1) enhance clinical skills, 2) support evidence based practice, 3) provide leadership opportunities, and 4) allow specialization in an area of clinical practice. Students will have an opportunity to develop occupation-based programs for clinics or other community agencies in the St. Louis region. The course is a collaborative self-directed service learning experience under the guidance of an OT faculty member and a community partner. The student will be guided by the needs of the agency in helping to build the agency’s capacity.

OT 5220 SUPPORTING PARTICIPATION WITH TECHNOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL INTERVENTIONS (3)
This course introduces technology and environment related interventions to preserve, augment or improve social, emotional, physical and academic well being. Intervention strategies that promote heath and maximize participation in daily activities for people with chronic conditions and disabilities will be examined in home, school, workplace, and community settings. The tools and interventions will include descriptions of special equipment (i.e. self-care tools and compensatory techniques), assistive technology devices (i.e. computer access, mobility devices, augmentative communication systems, environmental control units, vehicles adaptations and recreational equipment), and environment adaptations and modifications (i.e. universal design, home and work modifications). Lectures will focus on the ethical, legislative, funding, assessment and psychosocial issues. Labs will provide an opportunity for hands on learning experiences with a broad range of tools in context specific personal, community and organizational settings.

OT 5845 INTERVENTIONS SUPPORTING RECOVERY AND PARTICIPATION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH PSYCHOSOCIAL CHALLENGES(3)

OT 5285 PROMOTING POPULATION HEALTH THROUGH COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS (2)
This course offers a service learning experience through partnership with local community agencies to enhance population health.  Mentored teams collaborate with personnel in community non-profit agencies.  Students provide a capacity-building service through a needs assessment and a written program plan with an evaluation component.   The intent is to enhance sustainability of the organizations’ programs. The target population served by the organization benefits from expansion and/or enhancement of services. Examples of programs include: parent education, youth skill development, worker health advocacy, neighborhood/ residential services, and employee/ volunteer programs.

OT 5093 MANAGEMENT IN A CHANGING PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT (3)
This course applies management and organizational principles to occupational therapy services in current and potential practice environments, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Through discussions with business professionals, and case studies, this course highlights organizational, managerial, marketing, financial, regulatory, and funding influences on the development, delivery and evaluation of OT practice. Business plans are developed through case studies. Fieldtrips and interactions with managers and corporate leaders allow students the opportunity for experiential learning.

OT 5802 CASE BASED LEARNING II (2)
In this second of a two-course sequence, students are engaged in a learning process that includes divergent case method, inquiry learning, self-directed learning, problem-based learning, clinical reasoning and group process skills. Students explore practice problems, and apply specific occupational therapy evaluations and intervention techniques for persons of all ages and disability categories within the context of cases integrated with material covered concurrently in the Interventions courses. The focus is on direct clinical treatment interventions. This is a small seminar class with 8-9 students and a faculty mentor.

OT 5620 PREPARATION FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (1)
This course emphasizes the growth of the student as a professional. Topics include the preparation for national certification and state requirements for credentialing, standards of practice, ethical behaviors and continuing competence. Students will prepare a personal marketing package and participate in self-directed learning experiences. Preparation for the students’ fieldwork Level II and Apprenticeships will be emphasized in this course. Topics include the FWII evaluation process, completing FWII prerequisites, communicating with FW Educators and other professionals.

OT 604 APPLIED CLINICAL RESEARCH IV (2) is the fourth of a four course sequence offering the students opportunities to: 1) perform a systematic investigation, 2) develop a research project, and 3) perform testing and evaluation. The class is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge of occupational therapy or occupational performance.  Activities that meet this definition include ongoing work in the laboratories of the faculty, controlled clinical trials, pilot studies to determine feasibility of future studies, demonstrations and community programs that may lead to new services or policy demonstrations.  In the sequence, the student will work on his/her research project. The project will include collecting, processing, and analyzing data. The student will also begin to write about their work. Students may observe practitioners who work with the population related to their research projects.

OT 608 APPLIED CLINICAL PRACTICE IV (2) is the fourth of a four course sequence offering students opportunities to: 1) enhance clinical skills, 2) support evidence based practice, 3) provide leadership opportunities, and 4) allow specialization in an area of clinical practice.  The opportunities will present themselves by associating with clinics or other OT related facilities in the greater St. Louis area. The course is a self-directed learning experience under the guidance of an OT clinical faculty member and a community practitioner. The student will be guided by a clinical mentor and work on a clinical project related to the needs of the facility.  A final report and presentation will be made and the end of the sequence.

M01 593A FIELDWORK II
Provides fieldwork experiences under the supervision of an occupational therapist. Students’ participation includes in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients including evaluation, treatment and intervention. Students have the opportunity to practice in a variety of clinical or community-based settings. During the fieldwork process, students are expected to assume increasing responsibilities related to patient or client care. The fieldwork experience is designed to promote clinical reasoning, professionalism and competency. Duration is 12 weeks.

M01 593B FIELDWORK II
Provides a second fieldwork experience under the supervision of an occupational therapist. Students’ participation includes in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients including evaluation, treatment and intervention. Students have the opportunity to practice in a variety of clinical or community-based settings. Because this is the second of two fieldwork experiences, students are expected to build on their first fieldwork and assume increasing responsibilities related to patient or client care. The fieldwork experience is designed to progressively build competencies in clinical reasoning, professionalism and entry level skills. Duration is 12 weeks.

M01 595 INDEPENDENT STUDY
Active participation in research activities with program faculty. A written plan of study agreed upon by faculty and student.

OTD Only Courses

M01 630 SEMINAR IN PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT AND APPLIED CLINICAL RESEARCH
This course is designed to prepare the OTD student to write a research proposal supporting the identified direction of their clinical doctorate work under the supervision of their graduate faculty mentor. Using a seminar format, students will support each other in this endeavor. After a systematic review of interventions, proposals are developed that may lead to policy work that supportS clinical services, development or piloting of clinical interventions, developing a program evaluation proposal, writing a business plan to support funding of research, or writing a grant. In all cases the student will refine a problem statement and will have a clear understanding of the research design and methods that will develop into the research proposal.

M01 750 DIRECTED PRACTICE RESEARCH I
This is the first course in a series of three courses designed as an applied clinical experience or clinical research project under the guidance of a graduate faculty mentor. The focus of the project will be in productive aging. The project, over the course of three semesters, will result in a scholarly paper. Students enter this course after they have completed OT630, the Proposal Seminar course.

M01 751 DIRECTED PRACTICE/RESEARCH II
Student will engage in applied clinical research under the guidance of a graduate faculty member. Topics will be in the area of specialization chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty member.

M01 752 DIRECTED PRACTICE/RESEARCH III
Student will engage in applied clinical research under the guidance of a graduate faculty member. Topics will be in the area of specialization chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty member.

M01 760A OT PRACTICE SEMINAR I
The seminar will focus on the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Function, Health, and Disability. This class focuses on the relationship of person factors to occupation. Students engage in critical readings and discussion as they construct a model that will support their area of practice.

M01 760B OT PRACTICE SEMINAR II
The seminar will focus on World Health Organization’s International Classification of Function, Health, and Disability. This class focuses on the relationship of environment to occupation. Students engage in critical readings and discussion as they construct a model that will support their area of practice.

M01 762 SEMINAR IN EDUCATION STRATEGIES
This seminar offers an opportunity for students to reflect on and examine concurrent occupational therapy teaching assistantship (TA) experiences. Attention is given to teaching and learning theories underlying practice, teaching tools and strategies, and situated and distributed learning. Activities will include critical reading, journaling, Washington University Teaching Center Workshops and shared critical incident reflection.

M01 793C FIELDWORK III — APPRENTICESHIP
Provides a customized fieldwork experience specific to the doctoral pursuit of the student. Students may participate in research, policy, clinical practice, advocacy, teaching, etc. Students are expected to achieve specific goals established by the student and their doctoral chair. Duration is 12 weeks.