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Graduate Course Catalog 2013-2014

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Occupational Therapy (OT)

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This program is offered in Durham.

Degree Offered: M.S.


Certificate Offered: Assistive Technology


The Department of Occupational Therapy offers the master of science degree in occupational therapy and a graduate certificate in assistive technology.


Admission Requirements

The master’s degree prepares students for entry-level occupational therapy practice. Students gain the knowledge and skills to work with people of all ages to enable their participation within their natural environments and daily life activities, including education, work, self-care, home management, and leisure.

The Occupational Therapy Program  at the University of New Hampshire is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20824-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number is (301) 652-AOTA and its website is www.acoteonline.org.

Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.

Applying to the Master's Program in Occupational Therapy
Applicants need a minimum overall grade point of 3.0 for undergraduate coursework and the following prerequisite courses: 

Applicants must complete and submit the Prerequisite Verification Form with their application.  All prerequisites must be completed prior to fall entry into the professional master's program. Priority for admission will be given to applicants with all prerequisite courses completed.  

Three letters of reference must accompany the application. Two of these must address the applicant’s educational abilities/performance. One letter must address the applicant’s interpersonal/communication skills as observed in a volunteer or paid-employment setting.  

Applications are accepted beginning in the fall of the year prior to the year the candidate wishes to begin, until January 15. However, we encourage applications to be submitted to the Graduate School by the end of December to ensure that all applications are complete in time for review. We also encourage applicants to periodically review their application status on the graduate school website, and to contact the graduate school if items are missing. Due to limited space, admission to the program is a competitive process and not all qualified students are admitted.

Advanced-standing Professional Master’s Degree Students: Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in Occupational Science at UNH as part of a combined B.S./M.S. program will take the first year of the two-and-a-half year (five semesters) professional master’s program as part of their senior year B.S. degree requirements. These students will be identified as advanced-standing students in the professional master’s program and will need to complete three additional semesters of coursework, which includes fieldwork, to meet the M.S. degree requirements. Students in the combined B.S./M.S. program must apply for admission to the Graduate School to enter into the professional master’s degree program, meet Graduate School requirements for entry into the graduate portion of their program, and be officially admitted by the Graduate School. An overall minimum grade point of 3.0 and a grade of B- or better in all senior-level OT coursework is required for admission. 


Degree Requirements

Graduate students include those entering the first year of the professional OT M.S. program as new students and those who are in the B.S./M.S. professional OT program, who begin as graduate students in the second year of the OT professional program. The B.S./M.S. track students are considered advanced-standing graduate students. Graduate academic requirements are listed below for both the advanced-standing graduate students and new entering graduate students. In addition to coursework requirements, students must meet professional behavioral standards, which are outlined in the Department of Occupational Therapy Policy and Procedure Manual.

Professional OT Program M.S. Requirements for Advanced-Standing B.S./M.S. Graduate Students
The program consists of two-and-a-half years (five semesters) of coursework, including fieldwork experiences, with no summer semester coursework. Students are also required to enroll in a 1-credit January term (J-term) Level 1 fieldwork course in between the first and second semesters. For advanced-standing students, the first year of the program is completed as part of the B.S. degree in Occupational Science. Course requirements are listed below by year:

First year: OT 710, OT 741, OT 751, OT 752, OT 752L, OT 792 (J-term), one of OT 771 with OT 771L or OT 730 with OT 730L, OT 785, OT 760 with OT 760L, OT 745.

Second Year: OT 862 with OT 862L, OT 863 with OT 863L, one of OT 871 with OT 871L or OT 830 with OT 830L (whichever was not taken in year one), OT 854, OT 855, OT 856. The spring semester of the second year is an extended semester to accommodate the fieldwork schedule, requiring students to continue in their Level II fieldwork until the third week of June. 

Third Year: OT 865, OT 875, OT 886. Students are also required to take a 3-4 credit graduate-level elective course, which is typically taken during the third year, and final semester.

Course requirements for OT 865, OT Practice and Professional Reasoning, include a capstone experience requiring students to synthesize knowledge from academic coursework and fieldwork experiences to develop a unique occupational therapy program to address the needs of a specific population or program.

Advanced-standing students are required to have 44 graduate credits, which includes 16 to 18 credits of fieldwork, in addition to 36 credits, which includes 1 to 3 credits of fieldwork, taken as part of the Occupational Science Degree. 

Professional OT Program MS Requirements for Entering Graduate Students
The program consists of two-and-a-half years of study (five semesters) of coursework, including fieldwork experiences, with no summer semester coursework. Students are also required to enroll in a 1-credit January term (J-term) Level 1 fieldwork course in between the first and second semesters.  The spring semester of the second year is an extended semester to accommodate the fieldwork schedule, requiring students to continue in their Level II fieldwork until the third week of June. 

Required OT courses include: 

First Year:  OT 810, OT 841, OT 851, OT 852, OT 852L, OT 892 (J-term), one of  OT 871 with OT 871/L or OT 830 with OT 830L, OT 885, OT 860 with OT 860L, OT 845

Second Year: OT 862 with OT 862L, OT 863 with OT 863L, OT 846, OT 871 with OT 871/L or OT 830 with OT 830L (whichever was not taken in year one), OT 854, OT 855, OT 856. 

Third year: OT 865, OT 875, OT 886. Students are also required to take a 3-4 credit graduate-level elective course, which is typically taken in this third year, and final semester. The professional master’s degree track requires the completion of 74 graduate-level credits, which includes 19 credits of fieldwork.

Course requirements for OT 865, OT Practice and Professional Reasoning, include a capstone experience requiring students to synthesize knowledge from academic coursework and fieldwork experiences to develop a unique occupational therapy program to address the needs of a specific population or program.


Academic Standards and Policies

Students must earn a minimum of B- in all required OT courses and receive a passing criterion score on the American Occupational Therapy Association Fieldwork Evaluation for the Occupational Therapist. Curriculum review and revision is undertaken annually. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and meet professional behavioral standards that are explained in detail in the OT Department Policy and Procedure Manual. Occupational therapy faculty members work closely with students during academic advising sessions and share information about policy and requirement changes during registration periods as well as throughout the academic year. Students are also expected to take an active role in verifying expectations and should check with their departmental advisers each September for updated policies and requirements. Program requirements and policies for retention in the major are posted annually in the OT Department Policy and Procedure Manual, which is available on the OT department’s organization site on Blackboard.

Fieldwork experiences are scheduled in centers that are approved by the Department of Occupational Department. Students are responsible for transportation to off-campus fieldwork sites and other community learning experiences and are covered with basic personal liability insurance through UNH for the practical components of the curriculum. Students are responsible for meeting the health and criminal record clearances established by their fieldwork sites. Proof of immunization such as poliomyelitis, rubella, HINI, and hepatitis B may also be required. For Level II fieldwork, health insurance and a physical examination, including a tuberculin test, are required. After successfully completing both Level II fieldwork requirements and all academic work, students are awarded a master of science degree in occupational therapy. They are then eligible to sit for the National Board Certification Examination in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Consistent with NBCOT expectations, students must sit for the certification examination within two years of completion of coursework and fieldwork. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or obtain licensure.

Curriculum design and schedule: Most classes will be scheduled during weekdays throughout the school day. Some courses require experiential learning, which students need to include in their weekly schedules.


Certificate in Assistive Technology

The graduate certificate in assistive technology is designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, to provide assistive technology services for individuals with disabilities, at home, school, work, or play; to work collaboratively with a team implementing recommended assistive technology solutions and to become leaders in assistive technology. This certificate program applies to individuals pursuing or engaged in the following careers: occupational, speech, physical, or recreation therapy; rehabilitation counseling; engineering; education; special education; or nursing. For more information, please visit the Assistive Technology website.  

Certificate Requirements
The 15-credit hour curriculum will consist of three 4-credit required courses plus one 3-credit elective. 

Required Courses:
OT 822, Introduction  to Assistive Technology (4 credits)  

OR  

* OT 830, Enhancing Occupational Performance Through Assistive Technology (3 credits) with co-requisite lab OT 830L (2 credits)

OT 826, Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities (4 credits)

One of the following courses:
OT 824, Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities (4 credits)
COMM 920 02, AAC Seminar (4 credits)
COMM 914 02, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (4 credits)
EDUC 820, Introduction to Computer Applications for Education (4 credits)

One of the following elective course:  
EDUC 850, Introduction to Exceptionality (4 credits)
EDUC 851C, Educating Exceptional Learners: Related Services (4 credits)
EDUC 854, Contemporary Issues of Developmental Disabilities (4 credits)
OT 852, Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations (3 credits) with co-requisite lab 852L (1 credit)*
OT 895, Readings and Research in Occupational Therapy (4 credits) 
OT 824, Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities (4 credits)
COMM 914-02, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (4 credits)
COMM 920-02, AAC Seminar
EDUC 820, Introduction to Computer Applications for Education (4 credits)
SOC 860, Aging and Late Life Family (4 credits)
SW 812, Social Work and Developmental Disabilities (3 credits) 
COMM 895, Special Topics (3 credits)

Note: With the exception of COMM 914, all assistive technology required courses will be offered on weekends to accommodate the needs of a diverse audience, many of whom work full time and could not otherwise take these courses. In addition, at least 25 percent of the content is provided off campus in order to take advantage of hands-on assistive technology learning opportunities in the community. 

* Courses restricted to OT majors only.

 


Required and Elective Courses


Elective Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
OT   887   Upper Extremity Rehabilitation and Splinting   4  
OT   890   Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration   4  
OT   891   Ergonomics and Occupational Therapy   4  
OT   822   Introduction to Assistive Technology   4  
OT   824   Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities   4  
OT   826   Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities   4  
OT   893   Special Topics: AMPS - Assessment of Motor and Process Skills Training   4  
OT   895   Readings and Research in Occupational Therapy   1 TO 6  

Post-professional OT Program is closed to new admissions.



Required Professional OT Program Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title Credits
OT   841   Human Occupation   4  
OT   851   Mind Body Systems/Neurologically-based Function and Dysfunction   3  
OT   852   Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations   3  
OT   852L   Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations Lab   1  
OT   810   Occupational Therapy Practice and Professional Roles   3  
OT   885   Research Methods and Application to Practice   3  
OT   845   Administration and Policy for Occupational Therapy Practice   3  
OT   860   Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention   3  
OT   860L   Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention Lab   1  
OT   871   Enabling Participation in Community Groups   3  
OT   871L   Enabling Participation in Community Groups Lab   2  
OT   830   Enhancing Occupational Performance Through Assistive Technology   3  
OT   830L   Enhancing Occupational Performance Through Assistive Technology Lab   2  
OT   892-J Term   Level 1 Fieldwork   1  
OT   862   OT Evaluation and Intervention for Children   3  
OT   862L   Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Children Lab   1  
OT   863   Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults   3  
OT   863L   Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention for Adults Lab   1  
OT   846   Transitions: Student to Professional   2  
OT   854   Level II Fieldwork, I   8  
OT   855   Level II Fieldwork, I Online Discussion   1  
OT   856   Level II Fieldwork, II   8  
OT   865   Occupational Therapy Practice and Professional Reasoning   3  
OT   875   Leadership in Occupational Therapy Systems Practice   3  
OT   886   Research Engagement   3