Recommended Course Sequence

 

 

 
 
Term 1 - (Central Islip) Fall, Long Island Campus only*

OTHN 332 - Human Structure and Movement (4 Credits)

This course provides an anatomical review of all body systems and kinesiology of human movement in the context of function and environment. Students acquire the skills to observe and analyze how people move and about the effect of movement dysfunction. Students establish an understanding of the impact of the sociocultural and environmental contexts on what occupations are performed and on the manner in which they are performed. Prerequisite: Program admission prerequisite Anatomy and Physiology

OTHN 333 - Brain, Behavior and Occupation (5 Credits)

This course provides the student with an integrated understanding of human body functions, and the functional anatomy, structure and organization of the nervous system. The brain is studied from a gross point of view, in sections, and also using a systems approach. Relevant problem-solving is incorporated into the course as students hypothesize about the effect of body system dysfunction on performance. Prerequisite: Program admission prerequisite Anatomy and Physiology.

OTHN 334 - Human Movement, Behavior, and Occupation & Lab (3 Credits)

Co-Requisite or Pre-Requiste: OTHN 332 or equivalent course with comparable anatomy and kinesiology content.

This course provides students with the skills to measure human movement and to hypothesize about the effect of body system dysfunction on performance of occupations. Students establish an understanding of the impact of movement, behavior, and environments on the manner in which occupations are performed. 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.

Term 1 - (Manhattan); 2 (Central Islip) Spring

OTHN 310 - Fundamentals and Foundation of Occupational Therapy (3 Credits)

This course serves as an introduction to the occupational therapy profession. This course presents an historical view of the development of occupational therapy as a profession and field of study. The course includes an introduction to the basic tenets, philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual foundations of occupational therapy. A primary focus is a study of the importance of occupation across the lifespan for health and wellbeing. Occupation as the profession’s core is explored in terms of factors including roles, meaning, cultures, motivations and societal factors in the various arenas in which an occupational therapist practices. The occupational therapy process, and person-centered care is introduced as a framework for assessment and intervention. The course explores the profession’s core documents and major occupation-based theoretical models underpinning the profession. Prerequisites program admission requirements.

OTHN 320 - Clinical Reasoning about Occupation (3 Credits)

This course explores concepts and processes related to clinical reasoning and the analysis of occupations. Students use familiar and unfamiliar activities to learn foundational concepts of the profession including activity and occupational analysis, and the impact of roles, habits, culture, and context on occupational engagement. Students also begin the critical thinking and clinical reasoning processes associated with the practice of occupational therapy and distinguish between novice and more advanced clinical reasoning skills.

OTHN 325 - Teaching & Learning in Occupational Therapy (3 Credits)

This course introduces theories of teaching and learning as they relate to occupational therapy education and practice. Students develop knowledge of their own, and other, learning styles, and explore strategies that can maximally benefit the learner. A variety of learning theories and strategies across the lifespan are reviewed in detail as they relate to occupational therapy practice. Students develop and apply teaching skills appropriate for varying audiences and settings, as well as effective strategies for the communication of information and procedures to clients, consumers, professionals and others responsible for client and consumer care. Prerequisites program admission prerequisites.

OTHN 390 - Professional Development: Introduction to Fieldwork, Communication & Professionalism (3 Credits)

Co-requisite: OTHN 385

This is the first of a series of two professional development courses that are designed to enhance knowledge, self-reflection, and application of professional responsibilities and behaviors in the academic and professional setting. This course introduces the student to aspects of Level I and Level II fieldwork and focuses on deepening the student’s understanding of the OT profession generally and of his/her own developing professionalism. Using the Touro College OT Fieldwork Handbook as a resource, students focus on professionalism and professional integrity as they relate to students’ professional ethics, professional boundaries and behaviors in professional settings and classroom; the use of assertive verbal and non-verbal communication; cultural competence and ethical practice; and the initiation of developing solid therapeutic relationships. Completion of this course includes necessary required elements for fieldwork sites such as immunizations, CPR, HIPAA, medical terminology, which may be site specific and/or Touro College Policy.

OTHN 385 - Level I FW: Community Service (1 Credits)

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.

*Note: OTHN 334 may be offered in Spring Term as needed

Term 2 - (Manhattan) Summer, Manhattan Campus only*

OTHN 332 - Human Structure and Movement (4 Credits)

This course provides an anatomical review of all body systems and kinesiology of human movement in the context of function and environment. Students acquire the skills to observe and analyze how people move and about the effect of movement dysfunction. Students establish an understanding of the impact of the sociocultural and environmental contexts on what occupations are performed and on the manner in which they are performed. Prerequisite: Program admission prerequisite Anatomy and Physiology

OTHN 333 - Brain, Behavior and Occupation (5 Credits)

This course provides the student with an integrated understanding of human body functions, and the functional anatomy, structure and organization of the nervous system. The brain is studied from a gross point of view, in sections, and also using a systems approach. Relevant problem-solving is incorporated into the course as students hypothesize about the effect of body system dysfunction on performance. Prerequisite: Program admission prerequisite Anatomy and Physiology.

OTHN 334 - Human Movement, Behavior, and Occupation & Lab (3 Credits)

Co-Requisite or Pre-Requiste: OTHN 332 or equivalent course with comparable anatomy and kinesiology content.

This course provides students with the skills to measure human movement, and to hypothesize about the effect of body system dysfunction on performance of occupations. Students establish an understanding of the impact of movement, behavior, and environments on the manner in which occupations are performed.

Term 3 - Fall

OTHN 336 - Human Conditions and Lifespan Occupations: Behavioral and Mental Health (3 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 332, OTHN 333

This is the first of two courses covering medical terminology, pathology, etiology, pharmacology, and diagnoses for lifespan clinical conditions that are commonly seen by occupational therapists. Emphasis is placed on the impact of the condition on the individual’s functional and occupational performance. Included in this sequence are the multiple causes, issues and effects of conditions affecting behavioral and mental health throughout the lifespan.

OTHN 337 - Human Conditions and Lifespan Occupation: Physical Health (3 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 332, OTHN 333

This is the second of two courses covering medical terminology, pathology, etiology, pharmacology, diagnosis for lifespan clinical conditions that are commonly seen by occupational therapists. Emphasis is placed on the impact of the condition on the individual’s functional and occupational performance. Included in this sequence are the multiple causes, issues and effects of conditions affecting physical health throughout the lifespan.

OTHN 392 - Level I Fieldwork – Mental Health (1 Credits)

Co-Requiste Course: OTHN 605

This course introduces the student to fieldwork addressing practice in mental or behavioral health. The experience provides an opportunity for the student to develop an understanding of the needs of clients and of the psychological and social factors that influence engagement in occupation. Fieldwork is an integral part of the learning process, and presents the students with opportunities to practice professionalism, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning through interactions with clients and with their assigned fieldwork educator. Level I fieldwork experiences are mostly observational in nature, allowing the student to begin to apply knowledge to practice in relation to populations impacted by mental health diagnoses.

OTHN 604 - Lifespan Occupations and Mental Health (3 Credits)

Co- or Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 336

This course integrates the theory and practice of occupational therapy in the area of mental and behavioral health. It introduces mental health terminology and diagnoses, and reviews applicable behavioral and psychological theories. Students explore the psychological and social factors that impact engagement in occupations and examine the frames of reference and models of practice used by occupational therapists in addressing occupational engagement related to mental health. The course includes current ethical and social issues regarding mental and behavioral health and discusses pharmacological and other interventions, with a focus on the occupational therapy interview, evaluation, and intervention to maximize engagement on occupations.

OTHN 605 - Occupations Analysis & Skills lab - Mental Health (2 Credits)

Co- or Pre-Requiste Course(s): OTHN 604

This course focusses on the development of competencies needed in the practice of occupational therapy in mental health settings. This lab course incorporates hands-on learning experiences focusing on occupational therapy evaluations and interventions. Included in this course are evaluation methods, administration and interpretation; treatment techniques, analysis of modalities and the development of group treatment designs, application of frames of reference/models of practice, treatment planning, documentation, clinical reasoning, context, and safety awareness.

OTHN 651 - Introduction to Research, Scholarship, and Evidence-Based Practice (3 Credits)

This is the first course in a series of three (3) required research courses within the curriculum. Students develop an appreciation for the essential roles and components of research, scholarship, and evidence-based practice within the occupational therapy profession. A focus of the course is on a comprehensive introduction to basic terminology and characteristics of research and evidence-based practice, which will be further studied in depth in subsequent courses. Elements taught include philosophical and theoretical foundations, experimental and qualitative research designs, and concepts including sampling, reliability, validity, generalization, and trustworthiness among others. Ethical considerations pertaining to research are also addressed.

An additional focus is the development of skills required for writing and disseminating scholarly papers. Skills include utilizing library and technology tools for literature search, applying APA style guidelines for writing, developing products for dissemination, and using social media for scholarship activities. While working in small groups to support each other’s writing efforts, students develop skills required for collaborative research and scholarship.

Term 4 - Spring

OTHN 615 - Occupations and Physical Health (3 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 337

This course addresses the role of occupational therapy in the evaluation and restoration of function and performance of occupations with individuals recovering from illness, surgery or with chronic medical conditions that result in physical impairments and/or disabilities, and teaches the procedures necessary to effectively restore function and/or support compensatory abilities in people with physical impairment, disability or handicaps.

OTHN 616 - Occupations Analysis & Skills Lab - Physical Health (2 Credits)

Co- or Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 615

This course focusses on the development of competencies needed in the practice of occupational therapy in physical health settings. This lab course incorporates hands-on learning experiences focusing on occupational therapy evaluations and interventions. Included in this course are evaluation methods, administration and interpretation; treatment techniques, analysis of modalities, application of frames of reference/models of practice, treatment planning, documentation, clinical reasoning, context, and safety awareness.

OTHN 641 - Occupations of Children & Adolescents (3 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 336, OTHN 337

This course explores application of theories, practice models, and clinical reasoning used in occupational therapy for conditions typically seen in children and adolescents. The student develops evidence-based practice skills and investigate a wide scope of childhood related conditions that impact the occupational performance of children. The course also focuses on the various child-based practice environments and approaches.

OTHN 642 - Occupations Analysis & Skills Lab – Children & Adolescents (2 Credits)

Co- or Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 641

This course focusses on the development of competencies needed in the practice of occupational therapy with children and/or adolescents. This lab course incorporates hands-on learning experiences focusing on occupational therapy evaluations and interventions. Included in this course are evaluation methods, administration and interpretation; treatment techniques, analysis of modalities, application of frames of reference/models of practice, treatment planning, documentation, clinical reasoning, context, and safety awareness.

OTHN 643 - Occupations of Older Adults (3 Credits)

Co-Requiste Course(s): OTHN 616 (co or pre-requisite)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 336, OTHN 337

This course focuses on the aging process and its physiological, sociological, and psychological effects. Students 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 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.

OTHN 644 - Occupations Analysis & Skills Lab – Older Adults (1 Credit)

Co or Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 643

This course focusses on the development of competencies needed in the practice of occupational therapy with older adults. This lab course incorporates hands-on learning experiences focusing on occupational therapy evaluations and interventions. Included in this course are evaluation methods, administration and interpretation; treatment techniques, analysis of modalities, application of frames of reference/models of practice, treatment planning, documentation, clinical reasoning, context, and safety awareness.

OTHN 652 - Quantitative Research and Scholarly Mentorship (3 Credits)


Pre-Requiste(s):OTHN 651

This is the second course in a series of three (3) 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 entry-level therapists, research consumers, and members of research teams. The main focus of this course is on quantitative research methods, including research designs, sampling approaches, measurement, and data analysis using statistical tools. Experiential learning component will include working in small groups and serving as co-investigators in research studies led by faculty mentors who serve as principal investigators. The research projects are in areas of interest related to occupational therapy practice. The students participate in a variety of research and scholarship activities, including development of a research proposal and IRB application, literature review, needs assessments, tool development, data collection and analysis, development of education and information products, and the completion of research reports.

OTHN 606 - Level I Fieldwork (sequence option 1) (1 Credit)


Pre-Requiste(s):OTHN 310, OTHN 320, OTHN 325, OTHN 390

Co- or Pre- requisite OTHN 615, OTHN 616, OTHN 641, OTHN 642

This course introduces the student to fieldwork addressing practice in one of several areas (physical health, orthopedics, hands/upper extremity, gerontology, pediatrics, simulation, other). The experience provides an opportunity for the student to develop an understanding of the needs of clients and of the physical, psychological and social and other factors that influence engagement in occupation. Fieldwork is an integral part of the learning process, and presents the students with opportunities to practice professionalism, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning through interactions with clients and with their assigned fieldwork educator. Level I fieldwork experiences are mostly observational in nature, allowing the student to begin to apply knowledge to practice in relation to populations impacted by specific diagnoses.

Term 5 - Summer (14-weeks)

OTHN 621 - Prosthetics and Orthotics (3 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 616

This course is designed to provide students with the background and experience in orthotic fabrication and prosthetic management, skills that apply to all practice areas. The class is divided into lecture and lab. The lecture section incorporates anatomical, biological and kinesiological concepts, as well as biomechanical principles relating to orthoses 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.

OTHN 622 - Orthopedics and Lifespan Occupation (2 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 616

This course focuses on occupational therapy evaluation and intervention in orthopedic diagnoses affecting occupation across the lifespan. The emphasis is on rehabilitation principles and protocols, specifically therapeutic techniques and the use of physical agent modalities, skills that apply to all practice areas.

OTHN 645 - School-Based Occupational Therapy Practice (2 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 642

This course explores application of theories, practice models, and clinical reasoning used in occupational therapy in school-based practice. This course provides students with the opportunity to examine and contrast various service models and evaluation and intervention strategies used with diverse students commonly seen in schools.

OTHN 623 - Rehabilitation Design Through the Lifespan (2 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 616, OTHN 642

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 integrate or reintegrate into the community across all practice areas. 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.

OTHN 653 - Qualitative Research & Scholarly Mentorship (3 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 652

This is the third course in a series of three (3) 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 entry-level therapists, research consumers, and members of research teams. The main focus of this course is on qualitative research methods, including research designs, data collection and analysis approaches and writing strategies used to report qualitative data. Experiential learning component includes working in small groups and serving as co-investigators in research studies led by faculty mentors who serve as principal investigators. The research projects are in areas of interest related to occupational therapy practice. The students participate in a variety of research and scholarship activities, including development of a research proposal and IRB application, literature review, needs assessments, tool development, data collection and analysis, development of education and information products, and the completion of research reports. The work will culminate in dissemination activities for the group research projects including creating posters, conference proposals and presentations.

OTHN 606 - Level I Fieldwork (sequence option 2) (1 Credit)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 310, OTHN 320, OTHN 325, OTHN 390

Co- or Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 615, OTHN 616, OTHN 641, OTHN 642

This course introduces the student to fieldwork addressing practice in one of several areas (physical health, orthopedics, hands/upper extremity, gerontology, pediatrics, simulation, other). The experience provides an opportunity for the student to develop an understanding of the needs of clients and of the physical, psychological and social and other factors that influence engagement in occupation. Fieldwork is an integral part of the learning process, and presents the students with opportunities to practice professionalism, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning through interactions with clients and with their assigned fieldwork educator. Level I fieldwork experiences are mostly observational in nature, allowing the student to begin to apply knowledge to practice in relation to populations impacted by specific diagnoses.

Term 6 - Fall

OTHN 624 - Health Promotion (3 Credits)

Pre-Requisite(s): OTHN 615, OTHN 641, OTHN 643

This course 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 to clients, consumers, professionals and others responsible for client and consumer care.

OTHN 691A - Level II Fieldwork – Mental Health (6 Credits)

Pre-Requisite(s): OTHN 390, OTHN 392, OTHN 385, OTHN 604, OTHN 605, OTHN 606, OTHN 643, OTHN 644, OTHN 651, OTHN 652, OTHN 653

Co- or Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 624

Fieldwork education is a crucial part of the occupational therapy student’s professional preparation. This experience is designed for students to carry out professional responsibilities with the mental health population, under supervision.

Level II fieldwork includes an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and/or research, administration and management of occupational therapy services. Students are expected to gain practice skills in client-centered evaluation and treatment utilizing occupation-based interventions and utilizing treatment methods that are backed by solid scientific evidence. The experience promotes clinical reasoning and reflective practice while developing a repertoire of assessment/treatment interventions related to human performance. Students will practice under the supervision and role modeling of an occupational therapist in an actual clinical environment. Development of professionalism will emphasize application of ethical principles and values. The student is expected to achieve entry-level clinical expertise in the mental health practice arena by the completion of the second Level II experience.

OTHN 692A - Level II Fieldwork – Physical Health (6 Credits)

Pre-Requisites: OTHN 390, OTHN 392, OTHN 385, OTHN 604, OTHN 605, OTHN 606, OTHN 615, OTHN 616, OTHN 643, OTHN 644, OTHN 621, OTHN 622, OTHN 623, OTHN 651, OTHN 652, OTHN 653

Co- or Pre-Requisites: OTHN 624

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.

OTHN 693A - Level II Fieldwork – Specialty (6 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 390, OTHN 392, OTHN 385, OTHN 604, OTHN 605, OTHN 606, OTHN 615, OTHN 616, OTHN 641, OTHN 642, OTHN 643, OTHN 644, OTHN 621, OTHN 622, OTHN 623, OTHN 645, OTHN 651, OTHN 652, OTHN 653

Co- or Pre-Requisite: OTHN 624

Fieldwork education is a crucial part of the occupational therapy student’s professional preparation. This experience is designed for students to carry out professional responsibilities in practice in a specialty area (orthopedics, hands/upper extremity, gerontology, pediatrics, simulation, other), under supervision.

Level II fieldwork includes an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and/or research, administration and management of occupational therapy services. Students are expected to gain practice skills in client-centered evaluation and treatment utilizing occupation-based interventions and utilizing treatment methods that are backed by solid scientific evidence. The experience promotes clinical reasoning and reflective practice while developing a repertoire of assessment/treatment interventions related to human performance. Students practice under the supervision and role modeling of an occupational therapist in an actual clinical environment. Development of professionalism emphasize application of ethical principles and values. The student is expected to achieve entry-level clinical expertise in the specialty practice arena by the completion of the second Level II experience.

Term 7 - Spring

OTHN 610 - Advanced Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice (3 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 691A/692A/or 693A

Co-Requiste: OTHN 691B/692B/or 693B

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. The sequence of learning experiences is intended to empower students as creators and assemblers of theory best suited to their professional interests and mandates for evidence-based and socially responsive practices. For the final course presentation, students will apply theory to a real-life situation; they will also critically evaluate their applications with respect to considerations of evidence-based and socially responsive practices, views of occupation, political, historical, spiritual and cultural influences, the profession’s core ethos, and situation-specific occupational reasoning processes.

OTHN 691B - Level II Fieldwork – Mental Health (6 Credits)

Prerequistes: OTHN 691A/692A/or 693A

Fieldwork education is a crucial part of the occupational therapy student’s professional preparation. This experience is designed for students to carry out professional responsibilities with the mental health population, under supervision. Level II fieldwork includes an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and/or research, administration and management of occupational therapy services. Students are expected to gain practice skills in client-centered evaluation and treatment utilizing occupation-based interventions and utilizing treatment methods that are backed by solid scientific evidence. The experience promotes clinical reasoning and reflective practice while developing a repertoire of assessment/treatment interventions related to human performance. Students will practice under the supervision and role modeling of an occupational therapist in an actual clinical environment. Development of professionalism will emphasize application of ethical principles and values. The student is expected to achieve entry-level clinical expertise in the mental health practice arena by the completion of the second Level II experience.

OTHN 692B - Level II Fieldwork – Physical Health (6 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 691A/692A/or 693A

Fieldwork education is a crucial part of the occupational therapy student’s professional preparation. This experience is designed for students to carry out professional responsibilities with the adult and older adult population, under supervision.

Level II fieldwork includes an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and/or research, administration and management of occupational therapy services. Students are expected to gain practice skills in client-centered evaluation and treatment utilizing occupation-based interventions and utilizing treatment methods that are backed by solid scientific evidence. The experience promotes clinical reasoning and reflective practice while developing a repertoire of assessment/treatment interventions related to human performance. Students practice under the supervision and role modeling of an occupational therapist in an actual clinical environment. Development of professionalism will emphasize application of ethical principles and values. The student is expected to achieve entry-level clinical expertise in the physical health practice arena by the completion of the second Level II experience.

OTHN 693B Level II Fieldwork – Specialty (6 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 691A/692A/or 693A

Fieldwork education is a crucial part of the occupational therapy student’s professional preparation. This experience is designed for students to carry out professional responsibilities in practice in a specialty area (orthopedics, hands/upper extremity, gerontology, pediatrics, simulation, other), under supervision.

Level II fieldwork includes an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and/or research, administration and management of occupational therapy services. Students are expected to gain practice skills in client-centered evaluation and treatment utilizing occupation-based interventions and utilizing treatment methods that are backed by solid scientific evidence. The experience promotes clinical reasoning and reflective practice while developing a repertoire of assessment/treatment interventions related to human performance. Students practice under the supervision and role modeling of an occupational therapist in an actual clinical environment. Development of professionalism emphasize application of ethical principles and values. The student is expected to achieve entry-level clinical expertise in the specialty practice arena by the completion of the second Level II experience.

Capstone: Term 8 - Summer (14 Weeks)

OTHN 620 - Special Topics: Nontraditional and Emerging Practice (2 Credits)

Co- or Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 691A or B, or 692A or B, or 693A or B.

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore innovative and emergent non-traditional practice arenas and entrepreneurship in occupational therapy, and to learn about a variety of work settings, and/or types of practice including OT role delineations in community based and non-traditional settings. Students have the opportunity to: hear and learn from occupational therapists that have developed private practices, consulting firms, or have branched out into innovative areas of occupational therapy practice; apply the principles of designing a therapeutic group activity within an environment that does not traditionally provide occupational therapy services; advocate for occupational therapy issues and underserved populations.

OTHN 625 - Management and Leadership in Occupational Therapy Service Provision (3 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): Co-Requisite or Pre-requisite OTHN 691A or B, or 692A or B, or 693A or B.

This course provides basic knowledge and skills necessary for the development, management and administration of occupational therapy services in a variety of practice settings. It explores leadership theories, styles, and practice in various organizational structures and settings. Specific focus areas include impact of political forces, regulatory agencies, health and social policy decisions, ethical dispute resolution, use of personnel and space, time management, fiscal and resource management, and quality improvement of services. Theoretical discussions as well as practical applications are emphasized.

OTHN 690 - Professional Development II: Capstone Course (2 Credits)

Pre-Requiste(s): OTHN 691B/692B/or 693B

This is the second of a series of two professional development courses that are designed to enhance knowledge, self-reflection, and application of professional responsibilities in the academic and professional setting. This course focuses on: advancement of knowledge of clinical reasoning; appraisal and synthesis of the students’ professionalism, professional direction and goals in relation to professional practice and clinical experiences; exploration into how these goals align with the goals of the profession; and includes a final comprehensive project with simulation involving application of clinical and theoretical knowledge, along with current evidence, to occupational therapy practice. This course also includes National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination preparation and review.

Elective options available

OTHN 393 Level I Fieldwork – Elective (1 Credit)

Prerequisites determined based on practice area.

This course provides the student with an additional fieldwork opportunity addressing practice in one of several areas (mental health, physical health, orthopedics, hands/upper extremity, gerontology, pediatrics, simulation, other). The experience allows the student to further develop an understanding of the needs of clients and of the physical, psychological and social and other factors that influence engagement in occupation. Fieldwork is an integral part of the learning process, and presents the students with opportunities to practice professionalism, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning through interactions with clients and with their assigned fieldwork educator. Level I fieldwork experiences are mostly observational in nature, allowing the student to begin to apply knowledge to practice in relation to populations impacted by specific diagnoses.

OTHN 394 Level I Fieldwork – Elective (1 Credit)

Prerequisites determined based on practice area.

This course provides the student with an additional fieldwork opportunity addressing practice in one of several areas (mental health, physical health, orthopedics, hands/upper extremity, gerontology, pediatrics, simulation, other). The experience allows the student to further develop an understanding of the needs of clients and of the physical, psychological and social and other factors that influence engagement in occupation. Fieldwork is an integral part of the learning process, and presents the students with opportunities to practice professionalism, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning through interactions with clients and with their assigned fieldwork educator. Level I fieldwork experiences are mostly observational in nature, allowing the student to begin to apply knowledge to practice in relation to populations impacted by specific diagnoses. Prerequisites determined based on practice area.

OTHN 694 Level I Fieldwork – Elective (1 Credit)

Prerequisites determined based on practice area.

This course provides the student with an additional fieldwork opportunity addressing practice in one of several areas (mental health, physical health, orthopedics, hands/upper extremity, gerontology, pediatrics, simulation, other). The experience allows the student to further develop an understanding of the needs of clients and of the physical, psychological and social and other factors that influence engagement in occupation. Fieldwork is an integral part of the learning process, and presents the students with opportunities to practice professionalism, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning through interactions with clients and with their assigned fieldwork educator. Level I fieldwork experiences are mostly observational in nature, allowing the student to begin to apply knowledge to practice in relation to populations impacted by specific diagnoses.

OTHN 695 Level II Fieldwork – Elective (1 Credit)

Prerequisites determined based on practice area.

Fieldwork education is a crucial part of the occupational therapy student’s professional preparation. This course provides the student with an additional fieldwork opportunity addressing practice in practice in a specialty area (orthopedics, hands/upper extremity, gerontology, pediatrics, simulation, other), under supervision.

Level II fieldwork includes an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and/or research, administration and management of occupational therapy services. Students are expected to further develop practice skills in client-centered evaluation and treatment utilizing occupation- based interventions and utilizing treatment methods that are backed by solid scientific evidence. The experience promotes clinical reasoning and reflective practice while developing a repertoire of assessment/treatment interventions related to human performance. Students practice under the supervision and role modeling of an occupational therapist in an actual clinical environment. Development of professionalism emphasize application of ethical principles and values. The student is expected to achieve entry-level clinical expertise in the specialty practice arena by the completion of the second Level II experience.

Passing the course requires that all twelve weeks are completed at the site – no partial credit of hours will be granted in the event a student elects to leave or is removed from the fieldwork site. Prerequisites determined based on practice area.

Program Totals for BSHS/MSOT for Students Entering the Program 2021 or later

Total prerequisite credits 60 (minimum)
Total Touro OT undergrduate credits 32
Total Touro OT graduate credits 63*
TOTAL CREDITS 155

*Note: 32 of the 63 Graduate credits apply to both, the graduate and undergraduate degree. The 32 graduate credits that apply to both degrees, provide the students with a broad overview of all practice areas of occupational therapy through the lifespan including mental health, physical health, children, adolescents, and older adults, as well as an introduction to research and scholarship. The 31 graduate credits that apply exclusively to the MS degree dive deeper into specialty focuses within those practice areas of occupational therapy, including prosthetics, orthotics, orthopedics, school-based practice, rehabilitation design, non-traditional and emerging practice, management, leadership, as well as fieldwork, and a capstone project.