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GLL 121: College Writing I

Course Description Extensive practice in expository writing, with emphasis on the composition of clear, concise, and grammatically correct five-paragraph essays. Prerequisites: GLL 110 or placement by examination
Credits 4




GLL 122: College Writing II

Course Description Continued practice in expository writing, leading to proficiency in the composition of larger, multi-paragraph essay forms, based on readings in literature and other disciplines. Prerequisites: GLL 121 or placement by examination
Credits 4




GSM 130 : College Mathematics

Course Description Algebraic topics including linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, quadratic equations, all including word problems. Exponents and radicals, operations with polynomials, factoring, and graphing. Prerequisites: GSM 001, GSM 001.2, or placement by examination or appropriate transfer credit in mathematics
Credits 3




GPS 110: General Survey of Psychology

Course Description An introduction to psychology as a behavioral science and profession. Topics such as physiology and behavior, learning, memory and forgetfulness, intelligence, life span changes, personality development, social behavior, abnormal behavior and treatment approaches are examined
Credits 4




GSB 117: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Course Description This course is designed for pre-professional students (i.e., OTA, PTA and Medical Coding) as an introduction to a basic understanding of the structural organization of the human body starting with the tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive and nervous systems. The course will focus on the cellular organization and on the tissue and organ level of each system. In laboratory exercises, students study and learn structures from various available anatomical models. Not for science majors.
Credits 4




GSB 118: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Course Description This is the second of the two courses offered to pre-professional students. The course focuses on the organization of the cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems. Class discussions deal with the basic cellular, tissue level and organ level organization of each system. Functional significances as well as clinical correlations of some structures are also covered. Special focus will be on fertilization and reproduction, pregnancy and lactation, coronary and cerebrovascular circulation. Laboratory exercises include studying structures from available anatomical models. Not for science majors.
Credits 4




GPS 201: Developmental Psychology

Course Description A survey of human development from conception to death with an emphasis on the underlying psychological processes. The unique challenges associated with infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood are considered. - Prerequisite: GPS 110
Credits 3




GPS 335: Abnormal Psychology

Course Description An overview of psychological disorders with emphasis on etiology, symptoms, diagnostic tools and treatments. The major theories of psychopathology are considered. - Prerequisite: GPS 110
Credits 3




HS 201: Independent Study - Community Service

Course Description Each student is required to complete an independent study that involves community service to individuals afflicted with physical or mental health problems, their families and friends. Upon completion of the community service, the student prepares a paper, presentation, or project related to this experience. The two major objectives of this course are (1) to increase the studentâ??s appreciation of the difficulties experienced by the patient, his family and friends, when illness and disability occur, and (2) to sensitize the student to the personal satisfaction gained by community service and the potential benefits of integrating community service with a lifelong career as a health care practitioner. Students may complete this requirement at any time between acceptance to the program and graduation. The specifics of the experience and project undertaken are negotiated on an individual basis between the student and the department faculty member advising the student for the project. Prerequisite: GPS 110
Credits 1




HS 202: Independent Study - Community Service

Course Description HS 202, 203, and 204 may be taken as additional electives, upon approval of the student's advisor, in the same or subsequent semesters.
Credits 1




HS 203: Independent Study - Community Service

Course Description HS 202, 203, and 204 may be taken as additional electives, upon approval of the student's advisor, in the same or subsequent semesters.
Credits 1




HS 204: Independent Study - Community Service

Course Description HS 202, 203, and 204 may be taken as additional electives, upon approval of the student's advisor, in the same or subsequent semesters.
Credits 1




OTA 110: Introduction to Occupational Therapy

Course Description This course provides an orientation to Occupational Therapy. Students learn the history of the profession, OTR/OTA role delineation, terminology, domain of practice, service environments, professional behavior, safety and the occupational therapy process. The essential documents of practice, including the Code of Ethics and the Core Values and Attitudes of Occupational Therapy as documented by the AOTA, are introduced. The laboratory experience incorporates a range of modalities to better understand the basic concepts of the occupational therapy profession such as occupation, grading, and activity analysis.
Credits 3




OTA 210: OT: Skills and Applications l

Course Description This course expands on concepts introduced in OTA 110. Students begin to explore the role of the OTA in each step of the occupational therapy process. Students develop basic Activity Analysis skills. Occupational therapy key documents of practice are understood in the context of practice, professionalism and academia. Computer proficiency and an overview of technology in OT practice are covered. Laboratory experience expands on the modalities in OTA 110 by including basic skills needed for adaptation and development of adaptive equipment. These developing skills continue to be related the OTA role as students begin to develop oral and written documentation proficiency.
Credits 3




OTA 246: Community Health

Course Description This course will provide the students with basic understanding of the healthcare system in the United States with emphasis on the diverse populations and unique nature of treatment in New York City. Health legislation, types of facilities, healthcare funding, available medical care and future trends will be examined. Issues of health and wellness and preventative health practice will be explored. Introductory and supported research is included.
Credits 1




OTA 250: Applied Kinesiology

Course Description An introduction to the skills required for analysis of functional movement. This course includes mechanics of human motion, joints and joint motion, the muscle and neuromuscular function, and muscle activity and stability. Principles of occupational therapy evaluation including joint range of motion, muscle tone and strength are also introduced.
Credits 4




OTA 270: Clinical Conditions

Course Description Explanation and analysis of underlying pathology and clinical manifestation of medical conditions that contributes to disability. These are the conditions that will be affecting occupational therapy recipients. Course includes medical terminology and acronyms learned in an independent study by students followed by an exam.
Credits 3




OTA 315: Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Practice*

Course Description This course will provide an understanding of the theory and practice of occupational therapy for patients of all ages with psychosocial dysfunction. Lecture, laboratory and practicum address the needs and conditions in the mental health arena. Occupational Therapy techniques/modalities in prevention, evaluation and treatment are explored. Practice arenas specific to this population are included. Level I fieldwork experience is incorporated to enhance application of techniques covered and improve clinical reasoning and application skills.
Credits 4




OTA 325: Occupational Therapy in Pediatric Practice

Course Description This course will provide an understanding of the theory and practice of occupational therapy for children. Lecture, laboratory and practicum address the unique needs and conditions of the pediatric treatment population. Occupational Therapy techniques/modalities in prevention, evaluation and treatment are explored. Practice arenas specific to this population are included.
Credits 4




OTA 345: Occupation Therapy in Adult Practice*

Course Description This course will provide an understanding of the theory and practice of occupational therapy for adults. Lecture, laboratory and practicum address the unique needs and conditions of the adult physically disabled population. Occupational Therapy techniques/modalities in prevention, evaluation and treatment are explored. Practice arenas specific to this population are included. Level I fieldwork experience is incorporated to enhance application of techniques covered and improve clinical reasoning and application skills.
Credits 4




OTA 365: Occupational Therapy in Older Adult Practice

Course Description This course will provide an understanding of the theory and practice of occupational therapy for older adults. Lecture, laboratory and practicum address the unique needs and conditions of the older adult population. Occupational Therapy techniques/modalities in prevention, evaluation and treatment are explored. Practice arenas specific to this population are included.
Credits 4




OTA 405: OT: Skills and Applications II

Course Description This course will identify and examine the roles and skills of the individual necessary for adaptation to the home or institutional setting environment, and the assessment of his/her leisure, work and self-care abilities. Integration and application of knowledge and procedures from all steps in the occupational therapy process acquired in prerequisite practice courses. Using case studies describing all ages and functional levels, client-centered focus treatment plans will be the springboard for peer review and synthesis of occupational therapy practice. Synthesis of information includes adaptation of the environment, equipment, clarity about the cognitive and motor demands of functional tasks, and purposeful/occupation based activities to enhance occupational outcomes.
Credits 3




OTA 415: Professional Development

Course Description A culminating seminar designed to aid transition from student to practitioner. Written and oral communication and developing methods to enhance those skills will be addressed. Strategies to use the supervision and collaboration process as a member of the occupational therapy service team including eliciting feedback and responding to constructive criticism will be shared and practiced. The importance of continued learning is stressed as students engage in basic research and relate it to practice. The process from student through certification is discussed. Students will develop a resume and cover letter to be used in applying for positions as Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants.
Credits 2




OTA 490: Clinical Practice I**

Course Description A full-time internship under clinical supervision in an Occupational Therapy Department serving clients with psychosocial dysfunction or physical disabilities. The emphasis will be put on developing skills, observation and practicing treatment approaches using appropriate activities and effective interpersonal communication. Written and oral communication with other professionals is required. These fieldwork requirements must be completed within 18 months of completion of academic requirements of the program.
Credits 4




OTA 495: Clinical Practice II**

Course Description A full-time internship under clinical supervision in an Occupational Therapy Department serving clients with psychosocial dysfunction or physical disabilities. Emphasis will be put on developing skills in observation, practicing treatment approaches, using appropriate activities and effective interpersonal communication. Written and oral communication with other professionals is required. Effective Spring 2013, all students registered for OTA 495 are required to purchase an online NBCOT practice exam and document completion of that exam with a minimum passing grade of 70%. Students must achieve this minimum passing grade in order to pass OTA 495.
These fieldwork requirements must be completed within 18 months of completion of academic requirements of
Credits 4