* Indicates a required course; also required are one OT650X/655X pair and one related unit (for example, Special Topics or Independent Study)
*OT634 Clinical Research
The context of clinical research in occupational therapy, its methodologies, research designs, and analysis and statistical issues will be covered. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches are emphasized. Assignments include pilot research projects.
*OT635 Advanced Clinical Theory, Instrumentation & Intervention
The latest theories of occupational therapy practice, including client-centered, occupation-based, and evidence-based practice, will be examined. Clinical reasoning, problem-solving, and service delivery design, as well as teaching approaches, will be considered. Through exercises and assignments the course seeks to foster the development of advanced clinical reasoning as an occupational therapist.
OT650 (B, N, P, M, A) Advanced Practice Seminar: Evidence-Based Practice in Biomechanical Treatment, Neurological Treatment, Pediatrics, Mental Health Treatment, Assistive Technology
This seminar provides an in-depth examination of research evidence related to the practice of occupational therapy. Students will learn how to integrate research evidence into the clinical reasoning process. Various sections will focus on specific practice settings: assistive technology, biomechanical treatment, mental health, neurological treatment, or pediatrics.
For example, OT650A: The use of assistive technology to increase the occupational performance of individuals with disabilities will be explored and applied. Evidence for the effectiveness of intervention will be carefully examined. Advocacy, procurement, and design of assistive technology systems are included.
Or, OT650P: This seminar provides an in-depth examination of research evidence related to the practice of pediatric occupational therapy. Evidence-based practice in pediatrics is the systematic and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of children with special health care or educational needs. Discussions and case study application will be used to integrate research evidence into the clinical reasoning process.
OT655 (B, N, P, M, A) Outcome Research Seminar: Outcome Study with on- or off-campus clinic in Biomechanical Treatment, Neurological Treatment, Pediatrics, Mental Health Treatment, Assistive Technology
This seminar examines approaches to the study of outcomes of occupational therapy service delivery. The rigorous design and implementation of such studies will be addressed. Various sections will focus on specific practice settings: assistive technology, biomechanical treatment, mental health, neurological treatment, or pediatrics.
For example, OT655P: This seminar covers approaches to the study of the outcomes of pediatric occupational therapy, including physical, psychological, educational, and social points of view, as well as client and family satisfaction with the process or results of therapy. Through discussions and an outcome study project the rigorous design and implementation of such studies will be covered.
OT694 Special Topics
For example, OT694 Special Topics: Occupational Therapy Services in the Schools: Using an occupational therapy framework and federal and state legislation as guides, this course explores how the occupational therapy process can be effectively implemented in educational settings. The interplay of policy and practice issues will be explored.
*OT697 Research Design
Upon completion of this course students will have written a thorough research proposal for their future clinical research project. The proposal will include a complete review of relevant literature, a rigorous methodology for the collection of data, and a risk/benefit analysis of the proposed project for human subjects review.
*OT698 Research Project
(0.5 to 2 units, total of 2 units required for graduation)
This course consists of supervised data collection and analysis, writing an article on the results in scholarly journal format, and presenting the findings orally to both an academic and a clinical audience. Read about some recent graduates' research projects.
OT699 Independent Study
An individualized course of study designed by the student and the mentoring faculty member.
(Eight course credits for the MS in OT Post-Professional Degree)
Other clinical concentrations are possible, for example hand rehabilitation, through the design of customized independent study courses.