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Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Occupational science is the study of human occupation — the activities humans do every day — across the lifespan and cultures. St. Catherine University’s occupational science programs prepare students to help people engage in productive occupations that contribute to their physical, psychological and spiritual health, well-being and overall quality of life.

Graduates of St. Catherine University’s occupational science programs will develop the skills to work with people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. These include hospitals, mental health programs, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, community-based settings and public school systems.

For descriptions of graduate level OSOT courses for the occupational science: pre-OT major, see the Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (graduate catalog).

OSOT 1020 Role Of The OTA — 2 credits

This course explores the roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapy assistant as described for each of the elements of the occupational therapy process. Major topic areas include; the history of occupational therapy, theory of occupa¬tional performance and its relationship to basic need satisfaction and skill development, teaching and learning, documentation, ethics, official occupational therapy documents and publications including the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, professional responsibilities and provides a broad overview of team members and areas of practice.
Corequisites: OSOT 1030, OSOT 1050, OSOT 3250.

OSOT 1030 Human Occupations I — 2 credits

This course introduces the student to human occupation through the exploration and analysis of various occupations including basic knowledge and skills that underlie occupational therapy practice. Major topic areas include activity analysis, intrinsic values, actions in human occupations, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and an introduction to the use of professional language and the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. Also included in this course is the introduction to the professional portfolio that will be developed throughout the program. Lessons are highly integrated with lab sessions.
Corequisites: OSOT 1020, OSOT 1050, OSOT 3250.

OSOT 1040 Clinical Conditions — 2 credits

This course provides an introduction to common clinical conditions seen in occupational therapy practice. As an essential component to this course, participants will locate, read, and understand professional literature related to common clinical conditions utilizing best practice guidelines for evidence based evaluation. Major topic areas include an overview of various diagnoses including etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, medical management, prognosis, and the impact of the illness on a person’s occupational performance.
Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, OSOT 1030, OSOT 1050, OSOT 3250.
Corequisites: OSOT 1210, OSOT 1250, OSOT 1270, OSOT 1300.

OSOT 1050 Human Occupations II — 2 credits

This course continues to build on human occupation through the exploration and analysis of occupation and use of professional language and Occupational Therapy Practice Framework with an emphasis on occupations at the community level. In addition, major topic areas include basic skills necessary for teaching activities to a learner while beginning to implement the therapeutic use of self, social justice, environmental factors that can impede occupational participation, and the role of health promotion and well-being. Lessons are highly integrated with lab sessions.
Corequisites: OSOT 1020, OSOT 1030, OSOT 3250.

OSOT 1210 Client Support Skills — 3 credits

This course covers the basic skills necessary to interact with clients throughout the lifespan, regardless of specific diagnosis or client factors and how certain client factors and deficits in performance skills can interfere with daily occupations. The student will gain familiarity of the role of the occupational therapy assistant in the following areas: basic principles of problem identification, treatment implementation, activity adaptation and analysis, observation, assessment, professional documentation, interpersonal communication and the use of assistive and adaptive technology. Major topic areas include safety, strength, endurance, prehension, range of motion, infection control, vital signs, body mechanics, work simplification, ergonomics, energy conservation techniques, assistive and adaptive technology, positioning and transportation of a client, ADL skills, IADL skills and home modifications. Lessons are highly integrated with lab sessions.
Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, OSOT 1030, OSOT 1050, OSOT 3250.
Corequisites: OSOT 1040, OSOT 1250, OSOT 1270, OSOT 1300.

OSOT 1250 Aging — 2 credits

This course explores the role of the occupational therapy assistant in working with the aging population. Major topic areas include the process of aging and the impact on occupational performance, treatment techniques for working with the elderly, guidelines for supervision and management of activities/recreation programs, death and dying, dementia, caregiving, aging in place and driving.
Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, OSOT 1030, OSOT 1050, OSOT 3250.
Corequisites: OSOT 1040, OSOT 1210, OSOT 1270, OSOT 1300.

OSOT 1270 Level I Fieldwork — 1 credit

This course provides students with initial exposure to clinical settings in the community. An emphasis is placed on professional behaviors, teamwork, group facilitation, therapeutic use of self, and application of content learned in previous and current courses. In this course students will have opportunities to observe and have hands on experience with developmentally delayed and aging populations.
Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, OSOT 1030, OSOT 1050, OSOT 3250.
Corequisites: OSOT 1040, OSOT 1210, OSOT 1250, OSOT 1300.

OSOT 1300 Therapeutic Applications I — 2 credits

This course begins with a review of normal growth and development followed with service delivery models, theory and therapeutic intervention strategies for client factors/performance skill deficits typically associated with this population. Major topic areas include current treatment theories and the role of the OTA in the areas of assessment, program planning, program intervention/re-evaluation, and discontinuation.
Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, OSOT 1030, OSOT 1050, OSOT 3250, BIOL 2000.
Prerequisite with concurrency: PSYC 2020.
Corequisites: OSOT 1040, OSOT 1210, OSOT 1250, OSOT 1270.

OSOT 2300 Therapeutic Applications III — 2 credits

This course focuses on intervention for performance skill issues due to client factors associated with impaired motor and process skills issues such as mental functioning, sensory processing, and neuro-musculoskeletal functions. Major topic areas include: current treatment theories and the role of the OTA in the areas of assessment, planning, implementation of treatment programs, program discontinuation, service management, continuing education and public relations are presented. Emphasis is on use of meaningful occupation and understanding of individual performance contexts and patterns. Lessons are highly integrated with lab sessions.
Prerequisites: OSOT 2330, OSOT 2360, OSOT 2400.
Corequisites: OSOT 2350, OSOT 2410.

OSOT 2330 Therapeutic Applications II — 2 credits

This course is an introduction to the use of occupational therapy for clients with psychosocial dysfunction. Emphasis is on the use of client centered, meaningful occupation for skill development and enhancement and the prevention of decline in occupational performance across the lifespan. Current treatment theories, clinical reasoning and the role of the OTA in assessment, program planning, intervention and discontinuation with this population are presented.
Prerequisites: OSOT 1040, OSOT 1210, OSOT 1250, OSOT 1270, OSOT 1300, PSYC 1000.
Corequisites: OSOT 2360, OSOT 2400.

OSOT 2350 Level II Fieldwork — 6 credits

This course is designed to give students the opportunity for practical application of content in the area of physical disabilities. Students are assigned to appropriate settings in the community under the supervision of an approved occupational therapy fieldwork educator for eight weeks per Accreditation Counsel for Occupational Education (ACOTE). Level II Fieldwork provides students the opportunity to transmit the values and beliefs of occupational therapy into ethical practice and to develop professionalism and competence as ongoing career responsibilities. Students will apply the elements of the occupational therapy process including assessment, treatment intervention, discharge planning, and documentation with clients. In addition, students will continue to develop and apply skills in group dynamics, leadership, inter and intra-professional interactions and activity analysis. Students will be evaluated using the American Occupational Therapy Association Performance Evaluation per ACOTE guidelines.
Prerequisites: OSOT 2330, OSOT 2360, OSOT 2400.
Corequisites: OSOT 2300, OSOT 2410.

OSOT 2360 Level II Fieldwork — 6 credits

This course is designed to give students the opportunity for practical application of content in the areas of mental health, behavioral health and/or psychosocial settings. Students are assigned to appropriate settings in the community under the supervision of an approved occupational therapy fieldwork educator for eight weeks per Accreditation Counsel for Occupational Education (ACOTE). Level II Fieldwork provides students the opportunity to transmit the values and beliefs of occupational therapy into ethical practice and to develop professionalism and competence as ongoing career responsibilities. Students will apply the elements of the occupational therapy process including assessment, treatment intervention, discharge planning, and documentation with clients. In addition, students will continue to develop and apply skills in group dynamics, leadership, inter and intra-professional interactions and activity analysis. Students will be evaluated using the American Occupational Therapy Association Performance Evaluation per ACOTE guidelines.
Prerequisites: OSOT 1040, OSOT 1210, OSOT 1250, OSOT 1270, OSOT 1300.
Corequisites: OSOT 2330, OSOT 2400.

OSOT 2400 Practice Models And Professional Issues I — 1 credit

This course explores a variety of occupational therapy service delivery models, specialty practice settings and/or in emerging practice. Topics vary and may include, but are not limited to: community mental health settings, Clubhouse Model, homeless populations, torture survivors and programs in shelters and support agencies. The course addresses professional issues related to evidence based practice, leadership, ethics, advocacy, reimbursement, and program evaluation in the context of current global social issues.
Prerequisites: OSOT 1040, OSOT 1210, OSOT 1250, OSOT 1270, OSOT 1300.
Corequisites: OSOT 2330, OSOT 2360.

OSOT 2410 Practice Models And Professional Issues II — 1 credit

This course explores a variety of occupational therapy practice settings including specialty and/or emerging practice. Topics vary and may include but are not limited to: lifestyle balance/health promotion, life coaching, hand therapy including use of superficial thermal and mechanical modalities, community programs, home modification, industrial work programs/ergonomics, and driving programs. The course addresses professional issues related to leadership and followership as well as information on job seeking including résumé writing. National requirements for credentialing and requirements for licensure, certification, or registration under state laws are also covered.
Prerequisites: OSOT 2330, OSOT 2360, OSOT 2400.
Corequisites: OSOT 2300, OSOT 2350.

OSOT 3250 Group Dynamics and Leadership — 2 credits

This course emphasizes experiential learning and understanding of group dynamics. Major topic areas include group process and the relationship of self to the group, history of groups in occupational therapy practice, types and functions of groups, group development, roles, decision-making, followership, leadership, conflict resolution, and relational communication. Also included in this course is the introduction to the professional behaviors process that will be used throughout the program.