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HS 301: Physiology

Course Description This course provides an understanding of the physiological mechanisms by which the human body functions in health and in disease. Particular emphasis is given to the neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and endocrine systems.
Prerequisites
Credits 5



HS 304: Human Gross Anatomy

Course Description This course is designed for the occupational therapy curriculum as an introduction to the structure and function of the human body. The entire human body is covered in lecture and laboratory. The musculoskeletal system is studied in detail. Laboratory experiences and cadaver dissection complement course material. The initial presentations are systemic. Basic anatomic terminology, osteology, arthrology, angiology, and neurology are covered to provide a background for the subsequent regional lectures.
Prerequisites
Credits 7



HS 305: Human Gross Anatomy

Course Description This course is designed for the occupational therapy curriculum as an introduction to the structure and function of the human body. The entire human body is covered in lecture and laboratory. The musculoskeletal system is studied in detail. Multimedia computer simulations, anatomical models, and other types of audiovisual materials complement course material. The initial presentations are systemic. Basic anatomic terminology, osteology, arthrology, angiology, and neurology are covered to provide a background for the subsequent regional lectures.
Prerequisites
Credits 7



HS 352: Kinesiology

Course Description Kinesiology is the study of the human motion. This lecture/laboratory course includes the study of and evaluation of joint motion and muscle function. Students learn to palpate joints, bony prominences, and muscles, as well as to test muscle strength and range of motion. Analysis of functional movement is also included
Prerequisites HS 304 or HS 305, HS 301.
Credits 4



HS 390: Neuroscience

Course Description This course provides the student with an integrated understanding of the organization of the nervous system, including structure and function. The brain is studied from a gross point of view, in sections, and also using a systems approach. Relevant clinical problem solving is incorporated into the lectures.
Prerequisites HS 304 or HS 305, HS 301
Credits 4



HS 440: Human Disease Processes I

Course Description This is the first of two courses covering medical terminology, pathology, etiology, pharmacology, diagnosis, and treatment of medical and developmental conditions commonly seen by occupational therapists. Emphasis is placed on the impact of the disease on the individual's sensorimotor, cognitive, psychosocial, and occupational performances. Included in the sequence are general medical and surgical, orthopedic, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions and some developmental, genetic, and psychiatric conditions.
Prerequisites OT 302
Credits 3



HS 441: Human Disease Processes II

Course Description This is the second of two courses covering medical terminology, pathology, etiology, pharmacology, diagnosis, and treatment of medical and developmental conditions commonly seen by occupational therapists. Emphasis is placed on the impact of the disease of the individual's sensorimotor, cognitive, psychosocial, and occupational performances. Included in the sequence are general medical and surgical, orthopedic, neurological, cardiopulmonary conditions and some developmental, genetic, and psychiatric conditions.
Prerequisites OT 302, HS 440
Credits 3



HS 447: Health Promotion/Patient and Professional Education

Course Description This course and laboratory is designed to present concepts related to health and wellness, disease management, disease prevention, and health promotion, in the context of contemporary health care delivery. Students are exposed to public health concepts and principles, and refine their knowledge about health promotion in order to improve health and foster wellness. Students explore occupational therapy approaches within the framework of health promotion. In addition, this course refines students' skills in developing effective strategies for the communication and teaching of information and procedures to patients, consumers, professionals and others responsible for patient and consumer care.
Prerequisites OT 302
Credits 2



HS 651: Administration/Health Care Delivery

Course Description Two important challenges for the occupational therapists are administration and health care management. In addition to clinical skills, therapists must have specific knowledge and skills needed in administration and health care management. This course introduces students to basic concepts of regulations and standards, managed care, management theories, organizational structure, personnel, public relations, marketing strategies, program and facility planning, financial management, ethics, quality assurance measures, outcome measures, supervision and written and verbal communication skills , risk management and team building.
Prerequisites OT 402
Credits 2



HS 668, 669: Independent Study-Community Service

Course Description In keeping with the Touro College mission to serve the larger community, students in the School of Health Sciences are required to complete an independent study that involves a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours of community service with individuals disadvantaged due to illness, disability, or other circumstance. The purpose of this requirement is to (1) provide students in the School of Health Sciences with an opportunity to learn from, and give back to, the larger community; (2) enhance awareness of how a disability or illness impacts the individual, family, friends, caregivers, and community. Through this experience, students may interact with people from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, with people who have impairments leading to functional limitations in the physical, cognitive, and/or social-emotional domains, or with people who struggle with issues related to poverty, homelessness and hunger. The specifics of the experience and project undertaken are negotiated on an individual basis between the student and the department faculty advisor. HS 669 may be taken as an additional elective, upon approval of the student's advisor, in the same or subsequent semesters.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



OT 302: Level II Fieldwork and Seminar

Course Description This is the first full-time 12-week clinical experience for students and takes place at selected psychosocial treatment facilities. Students have the opportunity to practice their new knowledge and clinical skills under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist. Students have completed their psychosocial studies and the basic science courses. Students are able to assess, evaluate, develop goals, treatment plan, and document patient care efficiently and effectively by the end of this Fieldwork placement. A seminar is scheduled periodically to help students and faculty to maintain contact, to work on areas of weakness, and to pre-empt potential problem areas (i.e. communication problems between the student and/or the faculty, and the clinical placement). Students have this forum to discuss their concerns and positive experiences.
Prerequisites
Credits 3



OT 322: Growth and Development I

Course Description This is the first of two courses designed to provide occupational therapy students with knowledge of developmental theories and factors influencing the normal developmental processes. The students will examine developmental norms and sequences with an emphasis on sensory-motor, cognitive, and psychological domains. Through community assignments, the students will begin to develop clinical observation skills through interaction with typical children. This course covers the life span from prenatal development through adolescence. The second course in the sequence (OT 323) focuses on human development from young adulthood through late adulthood.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



OT 323: Growth and Development II

Course Description This course is a continuation to OT 322 Growth and Development I. It is designed to provide the students with further knowledge of the developmental theories and factors influencing the normal developmental processes. It examines developmental norms and sequences from adolescence through older adulthood, with an emphasis on physical, cognitive, and psychosocial tasks.
Prerequisites OT 322
Credits 2



OT 330: Psychosocial Studies and Group Process I

Course Description This course integrates the theory and practice of occupational therapy in the area of psychosocial dysfunction. It introduces psychiatric setting terminology and diagnoses, and reviews psychological theories. It provides an overview of psychosocial occupational therapy for mental illness and other psychosocial conditions and examines the frames of reference and techniques utilized by the occupational therapist. A group dynamics lab is included to enable the student to utilize skills learned in this course under the guidance of the faculty, and to further enhance the student's professional and personal growth.
Prerequisites
Credits 3



OT 331: Psychosocial Studies and Group Process II

Course Description This course is the continuation of OT 330. It continues to integrate theory and practice in the psychosocial setting. The students further explore the frames of reference, terminology, and diagnoses utilized, and integrate the interview, evaluation and treatment techniques available, pharmacological information, and current ethical and social issues regarding mental illness and other psychosocial issues. Analysis of modalities and the development of group treatment designs are incorporated into the coursework. Level I fieldwork experiences for this course include observation of and participation in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with mental illness and other psychosocial issues.
Prerequisites OT 330
Credits 3



OT 335: Substance Abuse Seminar

Course Description This seminar focuses on the physiological, sociological, and psychological effects of substance abuse on the abuser and those around him/her. Trends, treatment models and methods are examined. Exploration of the occupational therapist's role in the evaluation and treatment of the substance abuser will be included.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



OT 349: Undergraduate Independent Study

Course Description This is an elective course where the student may do individual work on a topic of interest. The student works with an instructor in a tutorial manner. The student and instructor develop a plan of activities, assessment strategies, and criteria commensurate with the credits and topic agreed upon. This agreement is filed in the student's OT department records. Upon successful completion of these activities, the student receives a grade for the course. This course may be taken pass/fail.
Prerequisites
Credits 1-3



OT 371: Introduction to Occupational Therapy

Course Description This course introduces the occupational therapy student to the role of the occupational therapists and other team members in various settings including adult physical disabilities, pediatrics, and mental health settings. Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, Domain and Process is introduced. Lecture sessions have been designed to provide an overview of the occupational therapist's scope of practice, ethics, philosophy, history of the profession, and documentation. Academic integrity and proper referencing are addressed. Lab sessions have been designed to introduce the student to the analysis of human occupations, including craft, as intervention media.
Prerequisites
Credits 3



OT 376: Foundations of Occupational Therapy

Course Description This course introduces the occupational therapy student to major occupational therapy theories and models, theorists, approaches, terminology, and selected treatment modalities. Major theoretical models used in occupational therapy across disability and developmental levels will be discussed, compared and contrasted. The occupational therapy processes of evaluation, treatment planning, documentation, and activity analyses are incorporated through lecture, discussion, and lab activities. Media laboratories in modern industrial and technological occupations will provide students with an opportunity to learn and practice basic skills in these crafts and expand their abilities to analyze human occupations used for work, leisure and therapy. Written assignments and exercises will integrate the course sections with each other and with previous and concurrent coursework
Prerequisites
Credits 3



OT 385: Service Learning in Elder Care

Course Description This elective course provides students with an opportunity to participate in an experiential learning program in elder care. Students will provide a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer service and will participate in monthly 1 ½- hour seminars to gain insight and understanding about issues related to aging and the needs/concerns of elders, and the impact of institutions, economics, and social policy on elders. This course may be utilized to meet the community service requirement, HS 668.
Prerequisites
Credits 1



OT 386: Special Topics-Undergraduate

Course Description This course number is for use with special coursework offered by the department on a special-case or experimental basis. Courses using this designation will be given a descriptive suffix and will have a regularly prepared course outline filed with the OT office.
Prerequisites
Credits 2-4



OT 402: Level II Fieldwork and Seminar

Course Description This is the second full-time, 12-week clinical experience under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist. The focus is on physical disabilities. Students will have completed the studies necessary to integrate theory and practice into clinical skills. The student is able to treat the "whole" person, acknowledging the psychological impact of his/her impairment, and utilizing newly acquired clinical skills to treat the physical activity limitations or participation restrictions. By the end of the clinical experience, the student should be able to assess, evaluate, plan goals, develop treatment plans, and treat and document patient care efficiently and effectively. A seminar is scheduled periodically to maintain contact between the student and faculty, in order to work on areas of weakness, pre-empt problem areas among the student, faculty, and clinical site, and to allow a forum for students to discuss their concerns and/or positive experiences.
Prerequisites
Credits 3



OT 405: Gerontology

Course Description This course focuses on the aging process and its physiological, sociological, and psychological effects. Students will learn to connect theories of gerontology relevant to occupational therapy and incorporate them into entry-level practice. The course focuses on the role of occupational therapy with this specialty population, with emphasis on principles of geriatric rehabilitation (in-patient, out-patient, and home care), long term care, wellness and safety programs, hospice, and community-based programs (socialization, day treatment, and day care programs). Students learn necessary tools to conducting evaluations with older adults. Students will gain insight into how treatment plans can differ with older adults, as well as how the use of adaptive equipment, assistive technology, and environmental modifications improve the quality of life of older persons. Students also address the role of OT with community-dwelling older adults, with attention to their heterogeneity and strengths and capabilities through the required service learning experience.
Prerequisites OT 302, HS 440
Credits 2



OT 415: Pediatrics

Course Description This course introduces the student to the roles occupational therapists assume in pediatrics in a variety of service environments. The influence of legislation, family social and cultural values and their influence on goal selection in a client-centered focus are examined. Students learn about the multiple causes, issues and effects of abnormal development, acute and chronic medical conditions (including orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions) and psychosocial disorders as they relate to pediatric occupational therapy.
Prerequisites OT 302
Credits 3



OT 460: Prosthetics and Orthotics

Course Description This course is designed to provide students with the background and experience in orthotic fabrication and prosthetic management. The class is divided into lecture and lab. The lecture section incorporates anatomical, biological and kinesiological concepts, as well as biomechanical principles relating to orthosis design and fabrication. Common diagnoses and indications for selected orthoses are reviewed. The lab section focuses on orthotic design and fabrication. Students are exposed to a variety of orthoses equipment, tools, supplies, and low temperature thermoplastics
Prerequisites OT 302
Credits 3



OT 465: Rehabilitation Design

Course Description This course centers on adapting the environment to improve the quality of life of individuals of all ages who are challenged by physical, cognitive and/or sensory impairments. It examines the therapist's ability to help individuals with disabilities reintegrate into the community. This involves the use of wheelchairs and other mobility equipment, adaptive ADL equipment, resolution of architectural barriers, environmental and seating designs and the use of microcomputers and current technologies as they apply to patient care and treatment.
Prerequisites OT 302
Credits 2



OT 470: Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice: Pediatrics

Course Description This course focuses on occupational therapy frames of reference, key concepts, treatment principles and modalities in pediatric occupational therapy. It integrates several of the predominant models in current practice with material from previous courses in development, biological and social sciences and with concurrent courses, particularly Pediatrics. Evaluation, treatment principles, planning and modality analysis are incorporated through lecture and discussion, laboratory and Level I Fieldwork activities.
Prerequisites OT 302; Co-requisite: OT 415.
Credits 4



OT 475: Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice: Physical Disabilities I

Course Description This is the first of two courses that address the role of occupational therapy in the evaluation and restoration of performance in areas of occupation to individuals recovering from illness, surgery or with chronic medical conditions that result in physical impairments and/or disabilities. The nature of the subject matter is both theoretical and applied, relying heavily on the basic medical courses as prerequisites. The lecture and lab address evaluation and treatment principles and procedures necessary to effectively assess and treat performance in areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, and body functions of those with physical impairment and disability. This course will integrate prerequisite course knowledge to provide the occupational therapy student with the basic skills necessary for entry-level practice in the area of physical dysfunction.
Prerequisites OT 302
Credits 3



OT 476: Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice: Physical Disabilities II

Course Description This is the second of two courses which addresses the role of occupational therapy in the evaluation of and restoration of function in individuals recovering from illness, surgery or with chronic medical conditions that result in physical impairments and/or limitations or dysfunction. The subject matter is both theoretical and practical, relying heavily on the basic medical courses and OT 475 as prerequisites. This course addresses the evaluation procedures necessary to effectively assess occupational performance and performance components and the treatment principles and procedures necessary to effectively restore function and/or support compensatory abilities in people with physical impairment, disability or handicaps. This course includes Fieldwork I experiences and required seminar, and will integrate prerequisite course knowledge to provide the occupational therapy student with the basic skills necessary for entry-level practice in the area of physical dysfunction.
Prerequisites OT 475
Credits 3



OT 495: Research Design and Statistics I

Course Description This is the first course in a series of four (4) required research courses within the curriculum. Students are introduced to and develop an appreciation for the essential components of research within the occupational therapy profession. Emphasis is on the development of skills required for the student to become competent in their essential role as an entry-level therapist and a consumer of research. Ethical considerations pertaining to research are addressed. The major focus of this course will be joining a research group led by a faculty member, formulating a research question, and writing a critical review of the literature in occupational therapy and related fields.
Prerequisites OT 302
Credits 2



OT 496: Research Design and Statistics II

Course Description This is second course in a series of four (4) required research courses within the curriculum. Students are further introduced to and develop an appreciation for the essential components of research within the occupational therapy profession. Emphasis is on the development of skills required for the students to become competent in their essential roles as an entry-level therapists, research consumers, and members of research teams. Ethical considerations pertaining to the researcher and research subjects are addressed. The students continue to work with their group and faculty mentor and participate in a variety of research activities, including development of a research proposal and IRB application, tool development, data collection and analysis and the completion of research reports. The course is a balance of class instruction, field research activities, and meetings with faculty mentors.
Prerequisites OT 495
Credits 2



OT 602: Advanced Fieldwork Elective

Course Description Students spend eight weeks full-time in a clinical experience of their choice (preferably a specialty area). This may be done either under the supervision of a registered/licensed occupational therapist, or under the supervision of someone approved by the OT program director, if done in a non-traditional setting. Students reaching this level are expected to integrate theory and practice easily, to communicate well in a professional manner and to present a professional image, to demonstrate good problem-solving skills with the ability to initiate self-learning, and to exhibit the basic skills of an entry-level occupational therapist.
Prerequisites
Credits 2



OT 640: Current Trends in Occupational Therapy Practice

Course Description This course provides students with an opportunity to explore innovative areas of occupational therapy practice. Students have the opportunity to learn from occupational therapists that have developed private practices, consulting firms, or have branched out into innovative areas of occupational therapy practice. Students explore a variety of work settings, and/or types of practice including OT role delineations in community based and non-traditional settings. Ethical and legal issues and professional advocacy are also addressed.
Prerequisites OT 402
Credits 2



OT 649: Graduate Independent Study

Course Description This is a graduate level course in which the student performs scholarly activities focusing upon a specified area of interest. The student works with the instructor in a tutorial manner. The student and instructor develop a plan of activities and assessment strategies appropriate for the credits and topics agreed upon. This course may be taken as a pass/fail.
Prerequisites
Credits 1-3



OT 650: Specialty Area Seminar

Course Description The student is expected to select one of the specialty areas listed, and to be involved in seminars focusing on that specialty. Highly skilled clinicians provide input into the specialty area through case discussion, enhancement of treatment techniques, review of literature, and current trends. Based on enrollment and availability of clinical experts, specialty sections of the course may include but are not limited to: Hand Therapy; School-Based Occupational Therapy; Gerontology; Adult Rehabilitation; Child Re-habilitation; Psychosocial Adult; Psychosocial Child; Developmental Disabilities. Fieldwork and field trips related to the subject area discussed are integrated with readings and discussions. Level I Fieldwork experiences are customized for the student.
Prerequisites OT 402
Credits 3



OT 655: Advanced Clinical Reasoning

Course Description This course focuses on the development of clinical reasoning skills with a strong emphasis on case examples in all areas of practice. Lab experiences allow students the opportunity to practice advanced evaluation techniques, lead group discussions and critique theories of practice.
Prerequisites OT 402
Credits 3



OT 660: Advanced Clinical Neurology

Course Description This course presents a survey of treatment methods and modalities used in clinical practice by occupational therapists working with neurologically impaired populations. This course reviews neurophysiological, neurobiological, and neuropsychological concepts stressing implications for the management of major sensory-perceptual-motor deficits encountered in everyday clinical practice. The lab includes discussion, guided exploration, assessment, and practice, critique and skill development in assessment and treatment approaches and modalities.
Prerequisites OT 402
Credits 3



OT 661: Cognitive Rehabilitation

Course Description This course focuses on the principles and techniques for rehabilitation of visual, perceptual and cognitive dysfunction after brain injury. Emphasis is on clinical reasoning, theoretical rationale and specific skills needed to evaluate and treat a wide range of visual, perceptual and cognitive deficits, using a variety of treatment approaches within the framework of OT practice.
Prerequisites OT 402
Credits 3



OT 662: Vocational Readiness

Course Description This course presents concepts and principles related to vocational evaluations, treatment planning, and program development relevant to occupational therapy. General issues such as the development of occupational preferences, the significance of work, the impact of disabilities on the worker's role and its social implications are discussed. Specific methods of evaluations and treatment planning are presented. Students have the opportunity to administer a number of standardized and non-standardized evaluations.
Prerequisites OT 402
Credits 3



OT 663: Advanced Clinical Orthopedics

Course Description This is an advanced occupational therapy course focusing on the orthopedic population across the lifespan. The main emphasis is placed on the rehabilitation principles and protocols with the orthopedic patient population. Practical hands on skills are instructed in regards to therapeutic techniques and the use of physical agent modalities.
Prerequisites OT 402
Credits 3



OT 670: Advanced Analysis and Synthesis of Activity

Course Description This course expands the student's knowledge about the development, adaptation and use of therapeutic occupations in relation to occupational therapy theory. Specifically, the course reviews theories and models exploring influences of performance contexts on role performance in all occupational areas including work, self-care, and leisure. This course is taught in a seminar format with lab experiences. Students lead discussions, present, and critique related literature, analyze a variety of activity analyses, and prepare lab activities.
Prerequisites OT 402
Credits 3



OT 675: Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice

Course Description This course is designed to deepen students' understanding of contemporary local and global occupational therapy theories and enhance their competencies in critically applying these theories to diverse situations, including traditional and emerging practice settings
Prerequisites OT 402
Credits 3



OT 686: Special Topics-Graduate

Course Description This course number is for use with coursework offered at the graduate level by the OT department on a special-case or experimental basis. Courses may be developed because of special student or faculty interest in a given topic, as special electives, or in response to the needs of clinical faculty. Courses using this designation will be given a descriptive suffix and have a regularly prepared course outline filed with the OT department.
Prerequisites
Credits 2-4



OT 695: Research I

Course Description This is the third course in a series of four (4) research courses in the required research sequence in which students explore and develop a variety of research projects in areas of interest related to occupational therapy practice. The students continue to work with their group and faculty mentor and participate in a variety of research activities, including development of a research proposal and IRB application, tool development, data collection and analysis and the completion of research reports. An additional focus of the course is the research and writing of an evidence-based practice paper on an occupational therapy intervention. The course is a balance of class instruction, field research activities, and meetings with faculty mentors.
Prerequisites OT 402, OT 496
Credits 3



OT 696: Research II

Course Description This is the fourth course in a series of four (4) research courses in the required research sequence in which students explore and develop a variety of research projects in areas of interest related to occupational therapy practice. The students continue to work with their group and faculty mentor and participate in a variety of research activities, including development of a research proposal and IRB application, tool development, data collection and analysis and the completion of research reports. The course is a balance of class instruction, field research activities, and meetings with faculty mentors.
Prerequisites OT 695
Credits 3