GRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MINUTES

May 2, 2006

 

 

Members Present:    Ali, Kuffel, Majak, Reineke, Seebach E., Steffen, Wright

Members Absent:    Fater, Von Dollen, Erickson, Rausch

Consultants:   Agarwal, Martin-Stanley, McLean, Schumacher

Guests:   Burkhardt, Fisher, Gendreau, Periyasamy, Senger

 

1.       M/S/P to approve minutes from April 18, 2006 meeting.

 

2.       First Reading:
Proposal #2.  (As no one from O-T was present, this proposal was heard first.)

            Five-Year Dual Degree BS/MSE, new program.

The five-year dual degree BS/MSE program enables a UW-L student to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Software Engineering (MSE) degree in five years. Students in this dual degree program should complete C-S 120, 220, 270, 340, 370, 421, 441, 442, MTH 207, 208, 225, and 9 credits of 300 or 400 level C-S electives (excluding C-S 341) by the end of their junior year. During the senior year students should complete C-S 741, 743, 742, 546 and 3 or 6 graduate level MSE credits. In the fifth year students should complete C-S 744, 3 or 6 graduate level MSE electives, and the capstone project. C-S 546 and C-S 741 will count toward the 40 credit hours of computer science required for the B.S. degree.  C-S 742, 743, 744, 12 credits of 798 (capstone project), and 9 credits of MSE electives will fulfill the MSE requirements.

 

Students may be accepted into the dual degree program anytime before they have completed seventy-five undergraduate credits hours. Applicants for undergraduate admission to UWL may request admission into the dual degree program. In order to remain in the program students must maintain a 3.00 GPA. Award of the BS degree will occur upon completion of 120 credits, the C-S major requirements, the SAH college requirements, and the general university requirements. Students must have graduate student status before they enroll in C-S 742 (normally in the second semester of their senior year.) Award of the MSE degree will occur after the completion of the BS and MSE requirements.
 

         This was a first reading. There will be a second reading

Proposal #1.                  

O-T 426/526, Occupational Analysis of Human Movement, reduce credits from 3 to 2.

M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal, assuming approval of new course.

 

          O-T 444/544, Biomechanics and Kinesiology applications in Occupational Therapy, new course, 2 credits, effective Fall 2006. This course will apply principles of biomechanics and kinesiology to the understanding and analysis of movement in relationship to occupational performance. This will include the study of structure and function of the skeletal, muscular and neuromuscular systems and their influences on normal and pathological motion and how this may impact occupational performance. This course will explore kinesiology considerations for specific musculoskeletal regions including the head, torso, upper and lower extremities and how this relates to commonly used therapeutic treatment techniques employed by occupational therapists. Students will explore research tools utilized in biomechanics and their application to a variety of movement based research questions.

M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal.

 

          Masters of Science Program in Occupational Therapy, reduction in credits and change in required courses.

          Occupational therapists work with people of all ages facing physical, emotional, or mental challenges.  Students who choose a career in occupational therapy will be instrumental in helping people participate fully in the daily occupations of their lives.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MS in OT) degree is designed to produce therapists who are generalists prepared to work in a variety of treatment settings, with a special sensitivity to the health needs of rural citizens.  Program graduates apply scholarly skills and attitudes to their clinical practice, are prepared to assume leadership roles, and are competent entry-level occupational therapy practitioners.  

 

Admission Criteria:

1.  Earned undergraduate degree (or degree completed by May 30thof application year)**

2.  Completion of all pre-requisite coursework                                 Credits

          Anatomy & Physiology...............................................................  8 

          Physics........................................................................................   4

          Life Span Development...............................................................  3

          Statistics or Principles of Research.............................................. 4

3.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for undergraduate studies

4.  Evidence of 10 hours of clinical experience supervised by an occupational therapist.

5.  Complete application for admission to the Occupational Therapy program.  Applicants

      must also apply for UW-La Crosse graduate admission.

 

** A dual degree option allows psychology students to apply for admission to the Masters of Science program before completion of their psychology degree.  Students seeking this option must consult an advisor early in their academic career to qualify for the dual degree. 

 

Selection Process:

Twenty-four students are admitted each year.  The deadline for application to the occupational therapy program occurs in January for the classes starting the following June.  Factors considered in the admission process are academic preparation, commitment to the profession of occupational therapy, and professional abilities as demonstrated in the written application narrative, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.  Specific deadlines and application materials are available at 4031 Health Science Center and available on the Occupational Therapy Program web-site http://www.uwlax.edu/ot/application_procedures.htm.

 

Overview:

The graduate program in occupational therapy is eight semesters (30 months) long with extensive clinical experiences woven throughout academic coursework.  The last 2 semesters of the program are spent in full-time fieldwork placements. 

 

A thesis option is available for students wishing to pursue independent research.  Students must declare if they intend to complete the thesis option by the end of the first year in the program.  Students pursuing the thesis option would delay enrollment in “O-T 795:  Level II Fieldwork” until completion of the thesis.  All level II fieldwork must be completed within 24 months after the completion of academic coursework.

 

Students in the program should expect to incur additional expenses for books, special course fees, housing and travel during clinical fieldwork.

 

Students graduating from the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).  Most states require a license to practice occupational therapy.  State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination and additional open-book testing on the state law.   A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or to obtain state licensure. 

 

The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane., PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD  20824-1220. Phone: (301)652-2682 www.aota.org

 

MS in OT Professional Curriculum (Required Coursework)

 

Year 1 – Summer Session                                                      Credits

O-T         423/523   Human Physiology..................................            3

O-T 420/520           Introduction to Occupational Therapy.....       3

O-T         421/521   Professional Foundations of Practice......         2

                                                Total ..................................................... 8

Year 1 – Fall                                                                                                             

O-T         424/524   Human Anatomy ..................................               4

O-T         415/515 Neuroanatomy ......................................               3

O-T 426/526           Human Movement .................................             3 2

O-T         444/544   Biomechanics and Kinesiology

                                                Applications in OT                              2

O-T         450/550   Scholarly Practice I:  Foundations of

                                                Assessment ................................         2

O-T         472/572   OT Intervention:  Group Dynamics ........         2

O-T         430/530   Occupational Performance Analysis .....          3

                                                Total ..............................................    1715

 

Year 1 – Spring                                                                           Credits

O-T 611                  Pathophysiology .....................................            2

O-T 415/515           Neuroanatomy ......................................               3

O-T 750                  Scholarly Practice II:  OT Research .......           3

O-T 672                  Occupational Performance:  Mental

                                                                Illness ............................        3

O-T 673                  Occupational Performance: 

                                                                Physical Dysfunction I ..     3

O-T 775                  Critical Analysis of Practice I (PBL) ......1

O-T 473/573           Level I Fieldwork:  Mental Illness ... 1

                                                Total .......................................................16

 

Year 2 – Summer                                                                           Credits

O-T 760                  Scholarly Practice III:  Research

                                                                Seminar...........................        3

O-T 620                  Occupation in the Rural Context ............           2

                                                Total .......................................................5

 

Year 2 – Fall                                                                                   Credits

O-T  630 Perspectives on Wellness ......................           2

O-T  770 Scholarly Practice IV:  Evidence-Based

                                                Practice .......................................           2

O-T  772 Impact of Psychosocial Issues on

                                                Occupation ..................................         3

O-T 773                  Occupational Performance:  Physical

                                                Dysfunction II ..............................        3

O-T 474/574           Occupations and Intervention:

                                                                Pediatrics I ....................        3

O-T 640                  Assistive Technology .............................           1

O-T 775                  Critical Analysis of Practice II (PBL).....1

O-T 790                  Level I Fieldwork:  Physical                                               

                                                                Dysfunction.                         1

                                                Total .................................................   14

 

Year 2 – Spring                                                                                        

O-T 641                  Health Care Systems .............................             2

O-T 780                  Scholarly Practice IV:  Writing for

                                                                Publication ......................     2

O-T 785                  Advanced Concepts in OT .....................          2

O-T 776                  Occupations and Intervention: 

                                                                Older Adult ......................    3

O-T  630 Perspectives on Wellness ......................                           2

O-T 774                  Occupations and Intervention: 

                                                                Pediatrics II ....................      3

O-T 640                  Assistive Technology .............................          1

O-T 791                  Level I Fieldwork:  Pediatrics .................           1

                                                Total:                                                   15


Year 3—Summer                                                                         Credits

O-T 795                  Level II Fieldwork ..................................6

                                                Total ..................................................... 6

 

Year 3 – Fall                                                                                 Credits

O-T 795                  Level II Fieldwork ..................................6

                                                Total ..................................................... 6

 

Total required credits for program ......................... 84 85

 

OT 798 (Independent Study) is taught by arrangement with occupational therapy faculty.  OT 720 (Select Topics) will be periodically taught as an elective during Fall II or Spring II semester.  OT 799 (Master Thesis) is opinion and may be started in Fall II and would be repeated each semester until the thesis is completed (minimum 4-maximum 6 credits).  If the thesis option is selected, OT 795 will be delayed and taken in Fall III and Spring III. 

 

             M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal.

 

3.         Consent Agenda.

            MTH 305/505, delete MTH 250 as prerequisite. MTH 250 was deleted at UCC. Remove restrictions; no longer applicable.

 

            M/S/P to approve consent agenda.

 

            Committee thanked Chair Kuffel for his service to GCC. This is the last meeting of the 2005-06 academic year.

            Meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.