Occupational Therapy

Degrees and Certificates

Courses

OTD-710: Foundations of Occupational Therapy

Credits 3

This is the first of two courses designed to introduce students to the history of the occupational therapy profession and the evolution of occupation. Students will learn the use of theory and evidence, the importance and function of professional organizations, the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, the use of health care terminology, and the application of critical reasoning within various models of practice and therapeutic settings. (Prerequisite- Admission into the LMU OTD program) 

OTD-719: Functional Gross Anatomy

Credits 5

This course is focused on gross human anatomy and is presented in a regional approach. Students learn anatomical terminology and correlate structure with function through lectures, laboratory dissection, and demonstrations. (Prerequisite- Admission into the LMU OTD program)

OTD-720: Foundations of Occupational Therapy II

Credits 2

This is the second of two courses designed to introduce students to the history of the occupational therapy profession and the evolution of occupation. Students will continue learning the use of theory and evidence, the importance and function of professional organizations, the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, the use of health care terminology, and the application of critical reasoning within various models of practice and therapeutic settings. (Prerequisite- OTD710)

OTD-721: Clinical Reasoning

Credits 1

This course will explore clinical reasoning as a basis of practice. Students will learn the evolution of clinical reasoning and compare and contrast clinical reasoning across different healthcare professions. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their assumptions and how they may affect clinical reasoning. Exploration of mental processes fundamental to reasoning will also be covered. (Prerequisite- none)

OTD-722: Research Process

Credits 3

This course includes an introduction and study of methods of scientific inquiry and research pertaining to human-service professions. An overview of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and design will be introduced with emphasis placed on understanding the research process and how to use research to evaluate and guide models of clinical decision-making using Internet, library, and other resources. The fundamentals of scholarly activities and their contributions to a professional knowledge base will be highlighted. This course advances students' knowledge and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research designs. Students will develop and apply quantitative statistical analysis as well as qualitative data analysis to understand processes used in scholarly research. This course also prepares students for the planning and implementation of the OTD clinical doctoral project. It will offer review and discussion of statistical analyses as it relates to health sciences research. Students will design a comprehensive research proposal and develop independent research skills to plan, evaluate, and critique clinical studies in professional practice. (Prerequisite- none)

OTD-723: HC: Epidemiology & Pathophysiology

Credits 2

This course will give students an overview of the clinical conditions that are commonly seen in populations in rural Appalachia. Students will learn disease epidemiology, signs, symptoms, pathophysiology, psychopathology, and disease course/prognosis. Functional deficits that result from each condition and the role of health promotion and prevention will also be studied. (Prerequisite- OTD719)

OTD-725: Documentation & Assessment

Credits 1

This course will develop clinical reasoning throughout the OT process for client and family centered care. Documentation and plan of care justifying care within treatment settings across the lifespan will be highlighted. (Prerequisite- none)

OTD-727: Foundations of Teaching & Learning

Credits 2

This course will introduce the learner to basic theories of adult teaching and learning. A focus on teaching and learning in a higher education setting, as well as client settings will be explored. Multiple learning theories will be studied with an emphasis on how these affect one's decisions in selecting teaching strategies. Students will analyze selected theories and their use in a variety of educational settings. (Prerequisite- none)

OTD-728: Client Care Management I

Credits 2

This is the first of two courses designed to expose, orient, and introduce students to interprofessional practice through the acquisition and demonstration of skills related to the collaborative examination and management of clients in different practice settings. Students of various healthcare disciplines will work closely to learn and practice client care skills. This course will emphasize the overall assessment, assessment of vital signs and appraisal of lab values, standard precautions and infection control, client positioning and draping, bed mobility, and will introduce transfers, and body mechanics awareness. Students will also begin to develop problem-solving and clinical reasoning skills related to client care within in the context of the interprofessional healthcare team. Through lecture and lab sessions, students will interact, engage, and collaborate with students from other healthcare disciplines to evaluate simulated client's representative of the Appalachian region. (Prerequisite- OTD710)

OTD-729: Neuroscience

Credits 3

This course allows students to study of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and applied neuroscience principles in the promotion of health and wellness and the recovery of illness and/or injury. This course, Neuroscience includes the physical and electrical properties of cells, synapses and synaptic transmission, the somatosensory system, motor neurons, neuroplasticity, basal ganglia, cerebellum, nervous system support systems. The spine, cranial nerves, and peripheral nervous system will also be explored. (Prerequisite- OTD719)

OTD-731: Clinical Reasoning II

Credits 1

This course continues to build on Clinical Reasoning I. Students will learn the aspects of reasoning as they relate to occupational therapy practice. The continuum of clinical reasoning will be explored, including characteristics of each phase. (Prerequisite-OTD721)

OTD-732: Evidence Based Research

Credits 3

The second in a series of research-based courses, this course allows students to continue to the implementation phase of their scholarly/research projects. Students will need to begin obtaining IRB approval (if applicable) and begin collecting, managing, and analyzing data in their chosen research area. Faculty assistance and prearranged peer seminars for review, critique, evaluation, and discussion of research projects will take place. Grant writing to secure funding for research will also be introduced.

OTD-733: Heal Con: Epidemiology & Pathophysiology

Credits 2

Continuing from Health Conditions: Epidemiology & Pathophysiology I, this course will resume teaching students an overview of the clinical conditions that are commonly seen in populations in rural Appalachia. Students will learn disease epidemiology, signs, symptoms, pathophysiology, psychopathology, and disease course / prognosis. Functional deficits that result from each condition and the role of health promotion and prevention will also be studied.

OTD-734: FW Level I A Mental Health

Credits 1

Level I fieldwork courses run concurrently with a specific evaluation and intervention course. Students will be afforded the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills obtained during the didactic course to simulated scenarios and experiences led and facilitated by course faculty and the clinical education department. Professional development and appropriate behaviors are a key focus during Level I fieldwork.

OTD-735: Doctoral Capstone I

Credits 1

The first of four courses in the capstone series. Students will explore capstone possibilities, and where available, examples of doctoral capstone projects completed by other OTD students. This course is the introduction to the capstone process where students will learn how the project progresses through the curriculum and the timeframe for completion of specific components. As students begin to identify an area of focus for their capstone project, they will be assigned a faculty advisor and start to conduct their literature review.

OTD-736: Mental Health Evaluation & Intervention

Credits 4

This course will introduce the occupational therapy practice for mental health populations, with a primary focus on populations of rural Appalachia. Theoretical foundations of mental health rehabilitation including assessment and evidenced-based treatment in various rehabilitation settings will be taught. Utilizing clinical reasoning, students will apply various theories and frames of reference associated with mental health practice. Family and client-centered care and collaborative consultation across a range of settings will be emphasized. This course contains a laboratory component.

OTD-738: Client Care Management II

Credits 1

: This is the second of two courses designed to expose, orient, and introduce students to interprofessional practice through the acquisition and demonstration of skills related to the collaborative examination and management of clients in different practice settings. Students of various healthcare disciplines will work closely to learn and practice client care skills. This course will emphasize the overall assessment, assessment of vital signs and appraisal of lab values, standard precautions and infection control, client positioning and draping, bed mobility, and will introduce transfers, and body mechanics awareness. Students will also begin to develop problem-solving and clinical reasoning skills related to client care within the context of the interprofessional healthcare team. Through lab sessions, students will interact, engage, and collaborate with students from other healthcare disciplines to evaluate simulated clients representative of the Appalachian region.

OTD-739: Applied Kinesiology

Credits 3

This course will teach students the study of movement. Students will use clinical reasoning to determine appropriate evidenced-based biomechanical evaluation and assessment of musculoskeletal structures to identify normal and abnormal movement patterns. Students will learn to evaluate joint range of motion, strength, and sensation to better allow client-centered care, thus improving client outcomes. This course contains a laboratory component.