School of Health Professions banner

SHP Home

OT Home

Contact Information

Faculty & Staff


Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Post Professional Doctorate (OTD)


Scholarships & Awards

Student Life

The Profession

Americans Disabilities Act

Master of Science in Health Professions

OTD Course Descriptions

Post-Professional OTD Course Descriptions

OCCT 5351 Basic Research Methodology (3 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Articulate the importance of research, scholarly activities, and the continued development of a body of knowledge relevant to the profession of occupational therapy.
  2. Effectively locate, interpret, and evaluate information including the quality of research evidence.
  3. Use scholarly literature to make evidence-based decisions.
  4. Select, apply, and interpret basic descriptive, correlational, and inferential quantitative statistics and code, analyze, and synthesize qualitative data.
  5. Understand and critique the validity of research studies, including their design (both quantitative and qualitative) and methodology.
  6. Design a scholarly proposal that includes the research question, relevant literature, sample design, measurement and data analysis.
OCCT 5352 Evidence of Professional Development (3 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Describe the use of the American Occupational Therapy Association's Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and Occupational Therapy Practice Framework as guides for professional interactions, goals, and the practice of occupational therapy.
  2. Articulate the importance of evidence based practice and scholarship for the continued development of the occupational therapy profession.
  3. Analyze varied roles of the occupational therapist as a practitioner, educator, and researcher.
  4. Integrate professional literature within occupational therapy for professional development.
  5. Illustrate personal responsibility for planning ongoing professional development to ensure a level of practice consistent with current and accepted standards.
  6. Integrate the use of scholarship into professional development.
  7. Evaluate personal and professional abilities and competencies as they relate to responsibilities and career goals.
OCCT 6150 Capstone Seminar I (1 credit; 4 days on-site)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Identify area of interest for capstone project
  2. Identify gaps in the knowledge within the area of interest
  3. Identify a preliminary topic for capstone project
  4. Perform a literature search that supports and justifies the project
  5. Formulate a statement conceptualizing his/her contribution to participation in scholarship serving the profession of occupational therapy
  6. Present conceptual basis for proposed capstone project
OCCT 6151 Capstone Seminar II (1 credit)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Summarize the literature review of the capstone project, with emphasis on the level of evidence of each study.
  2. Draft the background of the capstone project, based on the literature review, that includes the conceptual model identified during Capstone Seminar I.
  3. Finish the background section with a paragraph justifying the aims of the project.
  4. Identify the remaining components of the capstone project that need to be completed in Capstone Development I.

Prerequisite: OCCT 6150

OCCT 6250 Capstone Development I (2 credits; 4 on-site days)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Design and implement a project illustrating a link between evidence-based practice, occupational therapy principles, and an existing or emerging area of practice.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in appraising and applying the best evidence for evaluation, intervention and/or monitoring outcomes of occupational performance
  3. Articulate relevance of Capstone Project to advancing occupational therapy principles and practice to individuals, organizations, and/or communities
  4. Present a proposal of Capstone Project, communicating the process, expected outcomes and areas for future development that meets standards for professional dissemination
  5. Provide peer review feedback for collaboration and mentoring

Prerequisites: OCCT 6150 and 6151

OCCT 6252 Capstone Development II (2 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Appraise own demonstration of practice/clinical scholarship, professional growth, leadership and/or advocacy through completion of Capstone Project.
  2. Complete a professional project that disseminates knowledge.
  3. Present work in a formal manner of dissemination.

Prerequisites: OCCT 6150, 6151, and 6250

OCCT 6253 Outcome Measures for Practice (2 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Determine factors affecting health outcomes
  2. Analyze psychometric properties of outcome measures
  3. Interpret results of outcome measures
  4. Select and administer appropriate outcome measures to address a specific clinical case
  5. Apply outcome measures for evidence based intervention
  6. Analyze outcome measurement as a determinant of health policy
  7. Disseminate knowledge and use of outcome measures

Prerequisite: OCCT 6350 and 6351

OCCT 6256 Leadership (2 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Identify personal leadership strengths through self-assessment
  2. Understand and explain the situational, transformational, and adaptive leadership theories
  3. Illustrate significant traits and behaviors of historical leaders
  4. Identify and describe the four basic phases of team building
  5. Develop short-term and long-term leadership goals and a personal leadership plan to achieve those goals
  6. Develop a team mission statement and goals
  7. Utilize outcome measures to examine leadership initiatives

Prerequisite: OCCT 6354

OCCT 6350 Fundamentals of Evidence Based Practice (3 credits; 4 days on-site)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Describe the process of evidence based practice.
  2. Identify barriers to successful implementation of evidence-based therapy recommendations.
  3. Develop strategies to facilitate evidence based practices in a clinical setting.
  4. Develop clear, concise clinical questions using the PICO/PIO format.
  5. Construct and execute search strategies using Internet technology to identify and locate the best evidence for selected diagnoses and interventions.
  6. Use the hierarchy of evidence and appraisal tools to screen articles for their usefulness for a given clinical question.
  7. Locate clinical outcome instruments/assessment tools demonstrating acceptable psychometric properties for a specific clinical scenario.
  8. Locate interventions for clinical problems, diagnoses, and/or impairments that are based on the best available evidence.
  9. Recommend occupational therapy assessments and interventions for a defined client population by applying, integrating, and synthesizing base knowledge, clinical experiences, and the principles of evidence-based practice.

OCCT 6351 Research Methodology for Practice (3 credits; 4 on-site days)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Differentiate types of research based upon study design and the level of evidence hierarchy.
  2. Interpret and explain results of common statistical analyses such as t-tests, correlation coefficients, statistical regression analyses, analysis of variance, etc.
  3. Choose appropriate statistical methods to analyze a quantitative research questions.
  4. Explain when to use non parametric statistics
  5. Describe the use and process of a variety of qualitative inquiry to answer occupational therapy related questions
  6. Design a mixed method study to answer an occupational therapy related research question
  7. Compare and contrast validity, reliability, specificity and sensitivity and their impact on scientific rigor
  8. Demonstrate management of data collection in a clinical setting

Prerequisites: OCCT 6350

OCCT 6354 Theory for Practice (3 credits; 4 days on-site)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Analyze and discuss how occupational therapy history, occupational therapy theory, and the sociopolitical factors influence practice.
  2. Understand and use occupational therapy theories, models of practice, and frames of reference to guide and inform practice.
  3. Compare and contrast the strengths and limitation of occupational therapy theories and models of practice in different contexts.
  4. Apply theoretical constructs to practice with various types of clients in a variety of practice contexts and environments, including population-based approaches, to analyze and effect meaningful occupation outcomes.
  5. Articulate the process of theory development in occupational therapy and its desired impact and influence on society.
  6. Complete a culminating project that relates theory to practice and demonstrates synthesis of advance knowledge in a selected practice area.

OCCT 6355 Program Development (3 credits)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand sociopolitical issues influencing program development
  2. Identify and develop program ideas
  3. Complete a needs assessment for a program
  4. Confirm feasibility of program
  5. Develop a theory based program

Prerequisites: OCCT 6350, 6354, and 6351

OCCT 6356 Current Issues and Trends in Occupational Therapy (3 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Identify influence of economy, population demographics, education structure, sociopolitical issues, and technological advances on current practice
  2. Identify practice trends
  3. Evaluate how current legislation at the state and national level affect s occupational therapy practice
  4. Appraise means of advancing the occupational therapy profession
  5. Defend a view on how the occupational therapy profession can best progress in the current context

Prerequisites: OCCT 6350, 6354, 6256, 6253, 6351, and 6355

OCCT 6357 Health Policy and Ethics (3 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Apply basic management theories, principles, and practices to health care delivery
  2. Understand reimbursement sources and billing regulations/procedures
  3. Examine the legal and legislative factors that impact health care delivery
  4. Appraise situations in terms of risk management and quality improvement issues in response to policy, regulatory agencies, and reimbursement and compliance standards
  5. Determine the alternative funding resources available within the community for health care practitioners and clients
  6. Complete a strategic plan to design OT programs and evaluation procedures for specific clinical settings; as well as, to design programs that will address society's changing populations and community needs
  7. Identify strategies for staff development and evaluation
  8. Analyze and determine ethical decisions related to occupational therapy practice
  9. Provide leadership for negotiation in health care institutions, communities, professional associations and regulatory review boards
  10. Demonstrate active involvement in professional development, leadership, and advocacy

Prerequisites: OCCT 6350, 6354, and 6256

OCCT 6358 Education Theory in Academic and Clinical Practice (3 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Analyze pedagogical learning theories and discuss their application in an adult learning context
  2. Incorporate Bloom's taxonomy in creating educational material
  3. Apply principles of learning styles to education design
  4. Analyze the contribution of motivation to learning
  5. Contrast teaching tools and their application to learning activities
  6. Construct learning experiences applying learning theories, aligning to objectives, and Bloom's taxonomy
  7. Design an educational module that employs latest evidence supporting adult learning and incorporating educational theory

OCCT 6359 Health Promotion and Wellness (3 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Identify the principles of wellness and health promotion from a personal, client, and community perspective
  2. Select appropriate screening tools to assess physical, mental, and social wellness
  3. Propose prevention and intervention strategies for self, patients/clients, and a community population
  4. Educate clients on nutrition and exercise as an intervention tool for optimizing health and wellness
  5. Understand the effects of disease process on the health and wellness of clients served

Prerequisites: OCCT 6350

OCCT 6360 Contemporary Practice with Children (3 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Identify current trends and knowledge gaps in pediatric practice
  2. Examine literature pertaining to specific practice area relevant to student's practice
  3. Generate practice guidelines related to identified clientele

OCCT 6361 Contemporary Practice with Adults (3 credits)

The student will be given the opportunity to:

  1. Identify current trends and knowledge gaps in area of adult practice
  2. Examine literature pertaining to specific practice area
  3. Generate practice guidelines related to identified clientele