Skip to Content Find it Fast

This browser does not support Cascading Style Sheets.

 

Graduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

Graduate School

» http://www.gradschool.unh.edu/


Occupational Therapy (OT)

» http://www.chhs.unh.edu/ot/index

» Click to view course offerings

This program is offered in Durham.

 

Degree Offered: M.S.

 


Occupational therapy



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


Admission Requirements

Occupational therapy enables people to participate sucessfully in their choice of daily life activities including leisure, play, work, self-care, and home management. 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. 

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. State licenses are based on the successful 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. 

Professional Master's Program in Occupational Therapy
(This admissions process applies to candidates with completed undergraduate degree(s) and UNH seniors who are not in the B.S./M.S. Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy program.)

Applicants need a minimum overall grade point of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework and the following prerequisite courses: 

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

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 before a candidate will begin the program. Applications close on January 15th.  However, candidates are encouraged to submit their applications to the Graduate School by the end of December to ensure that all applications are complete in time for review. Once submitted, applicants should periodically review their application status on the Graduate School website and contact the Graduate School about missing items. Admission to the occupational therapy program is a competitive process and not all qualified students are admitted.

UNH B.S./M.S. Students (Advanced-standing) Applying to the Entry-Level Professional Master’s Degree Program 
Students who are completing a baccalaureate degree in occupational science at UNH use this application process to enter the entry-level master's in occupational therapy degree program.  These students take the first year of the two-and-a-half year (five semesters) entry-level master’s program as part of their senior year baccalaureate in occupational science 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. This process occurs in the spring semester of the senior year. The application period opens on February 1st and closes on March 31st. An overall minimum grade point of 3.0 and a grade of B- or better in all senior-level OT coursework are required for admission.

Three letters of references must accompany the application for B.S./M.S. students: one from the chair of the occupational therapy program; one from the student's undergraduate academic adviser; and one that addresses the student's interpersonal and communication skills, work ethic, and integrity as observed in a volunteer or work setting.

B.S./M.S. students planning to also complete a graduate certificate may apply into the accelerated cohort. Accelerated admission enables B.S./M.S. students to take graduate certificate courses at the 800 level in the J term and spring semester of their senior year in the B.S. program (see detailed instructions below).

UNH B.S./M.S. Students Applying to the Professional Master’s Degree Program for Early Admission (Accelerated Master's)ALL students who are completing a baccalaureate degree in occupational science at UNH complete the application process for the professional master's degree.  These students 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. in occupational science 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. This process occurs in the spring semester of the senior year.  

Students applying into the accelerated cohort are those students in the B.S./M.S. program who plan to complete graduate certificates, such as the graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology. Accelerated admission enables students to take graduate certificate courses at the 800-level in the J term  and spring semester of their senior year in the B.S. program.

Applications for admission as an accelerated master's candidate must be completed by November 1st. An overall minimum grade point of 3.2 and a grade of B- or better in all senior-level OT coursework is required for admission.

Three letters of references must accompany the application for B.S./M.S. students: one from the chair of the occupational therapy program; one from the student's undergraduate academic adviser; and one that addresses the student's interpersonal and communication skills, work ethic, and integrity as observed in a volunteer or work setting.

Students in the accelerated master's professional program can ONLY register in the graduate certificate-related courses at the 800 level; all other senior OT courses must be taken at the 700 level.


Degree Requirements

Professional Occupational Therapy Program M.S. Requirements for Advanced-Standing B.S./M.S. Students
The program is two-and-a-half years (five semesters) of coursework, including fieldwork experiences. Students enroll in a 1-credit January term (J term) Level 1 fieldwork course in between the first and second semesters of the first year of the professional program. There are no summer course requirements.

Advanced-standing students complete the first year of the professional program as part of their 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), 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,  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 of fieldwork. Students' Level II fieldwork is completed the third week of June. 

Third Year: OT 865, OT 875, OT 886. Students also take at least 3 credits of graduate-level elective course(s).

Course requirements for OT 865, Occupational Therapy Practice and Professional Reasoning, include a capstone experience in which students synthesize knowledge from academic coursework and fieldwork experiences to develop an innovative occupational therapy program that addresses 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 is two-and-a-half years (five semesters) of coursework, including fieldwork experiences. Students enroll in a 1-credit January term (J term) Level 1 fieldwork course in between the first and second semesters of the first year of the professional program. There are no summer course requirements.

Required OT courses include: 

First Year:  OT 810, OT 841, OT 851, OT 852, OT 852L, OT 892 (J term),  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 also take 3 credits of graduate-level elective course(s), which are 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, Occupational Therapy Practice and Professional Reasoning, include a capstone experience in which students synthesize knowledge from academic coursework and fieldwork experiences to develop an innovative occupational therapy program that addresses the needs of a specific population or program. 

 


Academic Standards and Policies

In order to be awarded an M.S. in occupational therapy from UNH, students must earn a minimum of B- in all required occupational therapy courses and receive a passing criterion score on the American Occupational Therapy Association Fieldwork Evaluation for the Occupational Therapist in both 12-week Level II fieldwork experiences. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and meet professional behavioral standards, which are explained in detail in the OT Department Policy and Procedure Manual

Because curriculum review and revision is undertaken annually, occupational therapy faculty work closely with students during academic advising sessions and share information about any policy and requirement changes during registration periods as well as throughout the academic year. Students are expected to take an active role in verifying expectations and requirements 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; students are provided a hard copy or a digital copy of the manual when they enter the program.

Students will participate in a variety of off-campus and fieldwork experiences throughout the course of study. Students are responsible for transportation to fieldwork sites and other off-campus learning experiences and are covered with basic personal liability insurance through UNH for all practical components of the curriculum. Students are responsible for meeting the health and criminal record clearances established by their fieldwork sites and off-campus learning experiences. Proof of immunization such as poliomyelitis, rubella, H1N1, and hepatitis B may also be required. For Level II fieldwork, health insurance and a physical examination, including a tuberculin test, are required. All fieldwork experiences are scheduled in centers approved by the Department of Occupational Therapy and with whom active Memoranda of Understanding with UNH exist. 

After successfully completing all Level II fieldwork requirements and 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 and schedule: Most classes will be scheduled during weekdays during the day and into early evening. Some courses require experiential, off-campus learning: Level I and II fieldwork experiences are two- and twelve-weeks, respectively. These full-time experiences are planned collaboratively with the fieldwork coordinators.


Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology

The graduate certificate in assistive technology is a 15-credit program, available to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, designed to provide practical, hands-on training in the application of AT for individuals of all ages who experience physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments that affect participation at home, school, or work. Coursework includes basic principles of assessment, selection, fabrication, and training in the use of AT. Graduates of the program are prepared to provide a wide variety of AT services including: conducting AT evaluations and consultations; designing, fabricating, modifying, customizing, and maintaining devices; and AT service coordination. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in collaborative teams and to become leaders in assistive technology. This certificate program is appropriate for individuals pursuing or engaged in the following careers: occupational, physical, speech, or recreation therapy; rehabilitation counseling; engineering; education; special education; or nursing. A weekend format accommodates those who are employed full-time.

Certificate Requirements

OT 822, Introduction to Assistive Technology (4 credits)

Or

*OT 830, Enhancing Occupational Performance through Assistive Technology (3credits) with co-requisite Lab, OT 830 (2 credits)

And

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

And one of:

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

And one of the following electives:

Any course not selected above, or any course below

EDUC 850, Introduction to Exceptionality (4 credits)
*OT 852 with 852 L, Human Movement and Environmental Effects on Everyday Occupations (4 credits)
OT 895, Readings and Research in Occupational Therapy (4 credits – Variable credits)
SW 812, Social Work and Developmental Disabilities (3 credits)
SW 992, Special Projects and Independent Study (3 credits)
COMM 895, Special Topics (3 credits)
EDUC 851C, Educating Exceptional Learners: Related Services (4 credits)
EDUC 854, Contemporary Issues of Developmental Disabilities (4 credits)

Note:

*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 Management for Occupational Therapy Practice   3  
OT   860   Occupational Therapy Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention   3  
OT   860L   Occupational Therapy 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   Occupational Therapy 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, 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 of Practice   3  
OT   886   Engagement in Research   3