Dougherty-Harris, McCannon; Lecturer: Temple (Program Director).
Occupational therapists are health professionals who
work with individuals to maximize performance in their everyday life tasks
when impacted by injury, disease, or other health risk. Occupational
therapists are part of a healthcare team that may also include physicians,
physician assistants, physical therapists, speech pathologists, and
recreational therapists. "Occupation" refers to those
everyday meaningful tasks that individuals do everyday. The goal of
occupational therapy is to help individuals successfully engage in these
goal-directed, purposeful tasks that comprise daily life.
The occupational therapy program is designed to offer
a high-quality curriculum which includes a substantial science core; offer
clinical experiences across the life-span; and prepare graduates to accept
positions in rural or under-served regions.
The curriculum of the program is comprised of
pre-professional, professional, and fieldwork components plus additional
General Education requirements. The professional component of the
curriculum is an approved writing-in-the-major program and, thus, meets
graduation writing emphasis requirements. All fieldwork must be
completed within 24 months following completion of academic coursework.
The clinical laboratory science program incorporates a
significant amount of writing throughout the required courses instead of
identifying particular courses as writing emphasis courses. Students who
complete the clinical laboratory science major, will fulfill the university
writing emphasis requirement.
Occupational Therapy Major ---(Science and Allied
Pre-professional requirements ---
The following courses are required for admission to
the professional curriculum. Completion of all General Education
courses; BIO 105*, 312, 313; CHM 103*; PHY 103*, 104; MTH 151*, 145* or
250*; PSY 100*, 212 or 310, and PSY 312, 304; PHL 100* or SOC 110*.
(Satisfies college core requirements.)
Professional requirements ---
92 credits minimum.
CSC 421; O-T 401, 402, 404, 405, 406, 410, 411, 412,
413, 414, 422, 425, 426, 441, 443, 446, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 470,
Retention in the major requires that a "C"
grade or higher is obtained in all professional level courses.
Twenty-four students will be admitted annually to the
occupational therapy program. Application to the program occurs in
January each year with classes starting the following June. At the
time of application, candidates must have the preprofessional requirements
completed, or be able to demonstrate a plan to complete these courses prior
to enrollment in the program. Candidates must have a minimum
cumulative GPA of 2.75 and have demonstrated some prior health care
experience. Factors considered in the admission process include:
1. Academic preparation
2. Knowledge of healthcare and O-T
3. Communication skills
5. Professional abilities
6. Potential for future practice in rural and
7. Letters of recommendation
8. Personal and group interviews
Specific deadlines and application materials are
available in Room 4031 Health Science Building and on the Occupational
Therapy program Web site at www.uwlax.edu/ot.
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; (301) 652-AOTA).
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 licensure in order to practice; however
state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification
Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's
ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or to attain state
Important Information: Beginning
January 1, 2007, occupational therapy programs will only be accredited at
the post-baccalaureate degree level. The last baccalaureate class at
UW-L will be admitted to the O-T program in 2004 and will graduate in 2006.
Interested applicants should check with the occupational therapy
program yearly for the most current pre-admission requirements.
*This course will also fulfill General Education
requirements. May substitute BIO 103 for BIO 105.
O-T 401 Cr. 1
Introduction to Occupational Therapy
This course orients students to the fundamentals of
occupational therapy. Topics will include basics in the study of
occupations, history of the occupational therapy profession and brief
overviews of the conceptual frameworks relating to occupational therapy.
Prerequisite: admission to O-T program. Offered summer session.
O-T 402 Cr. 2
Detailed analysis of occupational development
throughout the life span with specific emphasis on normal sensori-motor
development in childhood and adolescence. The interweave of motor
development with other developmental areas such as cognitive, social, and
emotional development will be addressed form a multicultural perspective.
Prerequisite: admission to O-T program. Offered Sem. I.
O-T 404 Cr. 3
Therapeutic Techniques I
An in-depth analysis of occupational performance with
an emphasis on activity analysis and therapeutic media. Concepts of
meaningfulness in activity and function in activity will be explored.
Students will develop basic skills in therapeutic media. Lect. 1, Lab. 4.
Prerequisite: O-T 401 or consent of the instructor. Offered Sem. I.
O-T 405 Cr. 4
The second in a series of courses designed to
integrate knowledge pertaining to occupations theory, this course
emphasizes theory and techniques used in the treatment of occupational
dysfunction in young adulthood. Students will study models of practice and
frames of reference used in occupational therapy. Clinical fieldwork
experiences will be associated with this course. Lect. 2, Lab. 2, Disc.
1.5. Prerequisite: O-T 401 and admission to O-T program. Offered Sem. I.
O-T 406 Cr. 1
Occupational Therapy Practice I
The laboratory component of O-T 405, basic handling
and assessment techniques for the occupational therapist will be covered.
Lab. 2. Prerequisite: O-T 405 or concurrent enrollment. Offered Sem. I.
O-T 410 Cr. 3
Research Designs in Occupational Therapy
Applies scientific method to research problems in O-T
practice. Systematic application of hypothesis formation and decision
making will occur through the use of research design principles.
Application of research design principles to practice and program outcome
assessments will be addressed. Prerequisite: admission to O-T program or
consent of the instructor. Offered Sem. II.
O-T 411 Cr. 3
The mechanical principles and theories are utilized to
develop analytical skills to assess human movement. Lect. 2, Lab. 2.
Prerequisite: CSC 421. Offered Sem. II.
O-T 412 Cr. 3
Abnormal occupational performance of a child as a
result of disease or injury in childhood/adolescence will be examined.
Students will identify various models of occupational therapy practice
typically used to treat childhood disease or injury. Lect. 2, Lab. 2.
Prerequisite: O-T 402, 405. Offered Sem. II.
O-T 413 Cr. 4
Occupations and Pediatrics
Occupations of childhood and adolescence undergoing
atypical development as a result of disease or injury will be critically
analyzed within this course. Case study analysis and fieldwork experiences
will assist the student in applying the occupational therapy process to the
area of pediatrics. Lect. 2, Lab. 2, Disc. 3. Prerequisite: O-T 405.
Offered Sem. II.
O-T 414 Cr. 2
Therapeutic Techniques II
Students will refine skills in task analysis, adaptive
techniques, and the use of therapeutic activities in regard to therapeutic
potential and age. Emphasis will be on utilizing computer technology and
specific craft techniques as therapeutic media used with occupational
dysfunction. Lect. 1, Lab. 2. Prerequisite: O-T 404. Offered Sem. II.
A comprehensive study of physiological principles,
exercise interaction of various body systems and discussion of implications
for rehabilitative therapy. (Cross-listed with P-T 522; may only earn
credit in O-T 422 or P-T 522, not both.) Offered summer session.
O-T 425 Cr. 3
This course will introduce the student to the
anatomical basis of neuroscience with emphasis on rehabilitation. Structure
and physiological function of the central nervous system will be correlated
for normal and abnormal processes. Patient examples and research literature
will be utilized to foster appropriate clinical decision-making skills in
students. Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisite: CSC 421. Offered Sem. I.
O-T 426/P-T 526 Cr. 2
This course will provide the student with information
about general inflammatory processes and specific pathologies of the
various organ systems. Orientation will be toward developing the ability
for differential diagnosis in a therapy practice setting and determination
of when further diagnostics may be indicated. Patient problems will be
utilized as appropriate. Prerequisite: O-T 422, or CSC 421 and O-T 425.
(Cross-listed with P-T 526; may only earn credit in O-T 426 or P-T 526, not
both.) Offered Sem. II.
O-T 441/P-T 541 Cr. 1
Applied Communications in Allied Health Professions
Series of learning experiences related to
inter-personal and communication skills; verbal, non-verbal and
professional documentation will be emphasized. Prerequisite: admission to
the O-T program. (Cross-listed with P-T 541; may only earn credit in O-T
441 or P-T 541, not both.) Offered Sem. I.
O-T 443/P-T 643 Cr. 2
Health Care Systems
This course reviews the present state of the health
care industry. The course focuses on the departmental fiscal management as
well as assistant/ employee supervision. The operation of a therapy
department is discussed in relation to fee structure, equipment
acquisition, professional liability, and reimbursement issues. Quality
assurance and practice issues are also discussed. Prerequisite: admission
to the O-T program or P-T program. (Cross- listed with P-T 643; may
only earn credit in
O-T 443 or P-T 643, not both.) Offered Sem. I.
O-T 446/P-T 646 Cr. 1
Exploration of the ethics of professional practice
with strategies for ethical decision making. (Cross-listed with P-T 646;
may only earn credit in O-T 446 or P-T 646, not both.) Offered Sem. I.
O-T 461 Cr. 4
Occupations and Psychosocial Dysfunction
This course will include the study of occupation with
an emphasis on O-T application to the mental health population. A
laboratory component of the course will be used to explore the group
process and provide an opportunity for practice using evaluation tools. A
problem based learning component of the course will address the O-T process
through systematic case study analysis. Lect. 2, Lab. 2, Disc. 1.5.
Prerequisite: O-T 405. Offered Sem. I.
O-T 462 Cr. 3
The effects of acute and chronic disability on
occupational therapy performance will be explored in the context of the
adult rehabilitation patient. Evaluation and treatment of the adult
individual with rehabilitative needs will be emphasized. Prerequisite: O-T
406, 412. Offered Sem. I.
O-T 463 Cr. 3
Practice and Measurement
This course serves as the laboratory experience for
O-T 462. Students will practice assessment tools and treatment intervention
methods typically used with adults with occupational dysfunction. Lect. 1,
Lab. 4. To be taken concurrently with O-T 462. Offered Sem. I.
O-T 464 Cr. 4
Occupations and Adulthood
The study of occupational dysfunction with the adult
population will be covered in this course. Students will analyze case
studies and justify therapy options with the adult population.
Practice experience in a clinic setting will be included within the
course. Lect. 2, Lab. 2, Disc. 3. Prerequisite: O-T 405, 413. Offered Sem.
O-T 465 Cr. 4
Occupations and Aging
Occupational performance in the aging population will
be explored with emphasis on the impact of disease or injury in the aged
population. Specific focus will be on analysis of the socio-cultural,
environmental and personal life roles of the elderly as well as those
disease/ dysfunction processes that frequently impact this population.
Students will practice the occupational process of observation, evaluation,
analysis and treatment of this population in clinical and community field
work experiences. Lect. 2, Lab. 3. Prerequisite: O-T 464. Offered Sem. II.
O-T 466 Cr. 2
Occupational Therapy Practice II
This course serves as the laboratory component for O-T
465. Students will be exposed to assessment and intervention techniques
applicable to the elderly population. To be taken concurrently with O-T
465. Lab. 4. Offered Sem. II.
O-T 470 Cr. 2
Capstone Seminar in Occupational Therapy
A seminar-style course designed for students to review
and discuss basic concepts necessary for a career in occupational therapy
and to assess their major in occupational therapy. This course will
cover basic concepts of resume and cover letter writing, supervision
issues, credentialing processes, and current topics in occupational
therapy. Students are expected to actively participate in an assessment of
their major, and participate in discussions on major issues and
developments in occupational therapy. Prerequisite: admission to O-T
program, senior standing. Recommended for seniors in the final semester.
Offered Sem. II.
O-T 471 Cr. 2
Research and Symposium in Occupational Therapy
Clinical study under the direction and supervision of
a member of the occupational therapy faculty. This course will allow the
student to pursue a choice for additional in-depth study in a specialty
area under faculty guidance. Formal presentation of findings to a peer
professional group will occur. Prerequisite: O-T 410. Offered Sem. II.
O-T 480 Cr. 3-12
This Level II fieldwork experience provides the
student with a twelve-week clinical placement in a practice setting under
the supervision of a university supervisor and an approved practicing
therapist. Students are challenged to apply concepts and theories of
occupational therapy practice in a full-time fieldwork placement. Students
are required to complete six months of full time fieldwork within 24 months
of the didactic portion of the curriculum. Repeatable for credit — no
maximum. Prerequisite: completion of requirements in O-T program.
O-T 499 Cr. 1-3
Independent study under the direction and supervision
of a member of the occupational therapy faculty. Activities related to
occupational therapy including additional independent research may be
pursued. Prerequisite: admission by consent of the instructor. Repeatable
for credit-—maximum 6.