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Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies program at Bay Path is a full-time entry-level program that combines a strong liberal arts foundation with professional courses in the theory and practice of occupational therapy. After completion of the undergraduate requirements, a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher, and prerequisites students are able to enter the Master’s of Occupational Therapy program.

The program follows the traditional two-semester academic year with an additional three weeks of classes during the summer break prior to the first graduate years. The program includes a total of 24 weeks of full-time fieldwork in active clinics at the graduate level. Bay Path University’s Occupational Therapy graduates will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). The Occupational Therapy M.O.T. degree program has been granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). 

This is an active program with strong community ties, OT students will be prepared for level I and II fieldwork experiences in their Senior and graduate years, which may need special requirements, such as: personal transportation, background checks, health screenings such as TB, and/or professional dress codes.

 At Bay Path University preconceived ideas are constantly challenged by topics and problems that do not have simplistic solutions. My classes are challenging, in the sense that I am required to think in ways that I am not normally accustomed to. The mix of students is very diverse, so our discussions bring out many different perspectives. It’s an amazing feeling to realize that with my degree I am going to have the opportunity to make a difference in the world, not just academically, but also as a volunteer in the global community." - Alina,  Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies Major

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO110 Biology for Science Majors 4

This course will examine in depth concepts of cellular biology, mitosis, meiosis, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, gene expression, recombinant DNA technology, and evolutionary mechanisms. (Lab fee)

BIO111L Biology Lab 0

Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee)

BIO150 Anatomy & Physiology 1 3

This course provides an overview of tissue types and their identification and function, as well as the integument, skeletal and muscular human body systems. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 lecture or NEU 100 lecture

BIO150L Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1

Laboratory topics include microscopic examination of histological slides of body tissues, gross skeletal morphology, and dissection of a mammal. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 150

BIO151 Anatomy & Physiology 2 3

This course involves a study of the structural anatomy and physiological functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, nervous, and urinary systems. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in BIO 150 lecture

BIO151L Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lab 1

Laboratory topics include the dissection of neurological organs to study gross and histological structure as well as the evaluation of selected physiological, clinical, and diagnostic tests. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 151

BIO316 Muscularskeletal Anatomy 3

This course emphasizes the detailed form and function of the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Pathology from an anatomical and physiological perspective is discussed. Origins, insertions, innervations, and actions of human muscles are studied in detail. Basic biomechanics are addressed. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO 150 lecture and BIO 150 lab and BIO 151 lecture and BIO 151 lab.

BIO316L Muscularskeletal Anatomy Lab 1

Laboratory sessions involve regional dissection and study of a mammal. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 316

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research & Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

HHS304 Communicating/ Helping Prof 3

Communicating in the Helping Professions This course builds a bridge from students general education to the work they do in the helping professions, which are in the fields of education and occupational therapy. With the aim of preparing students for both professional life and graduate work, this writing-intensive course introduces disciplinary strategies for investigating provocative issues and for communicating to others about them. In this way, the course offers students time to learn and to practice more advanced skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening; in using appropriate software support in presentations; and in mastering information literacy in fields of human service that students intend to enter as graduates. The course emphasizes fundamental principles of communication with time-on-task and real world, discipline-specific models for communication tasks. Prerequisites: ENG 114, ENG 122, and ENG 124

HHS401 Play/Leisure/Health/Human Serv 3

Occupational therapy consumers find meaning in many activities of daily living, including play and leisure. Throughout this course, students will explore the roles play and leisure have in cognitive, physical, and social development in childhood, and health and wellness in adulthood. Students will learn play and leisure concepts, understand methods to use play and leisure activities for rehabilitation, and develop client centered play and leisure activities to meet client goals. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status. Offered fall semester only.

HHS410 Social Policy/Health/Human/Ser 3

This course focuses on current and historical factors influencing the development of social and health care policies to promote overall awareness of the health care delivery system and processes as well as selected health issues important to us as individual consumers and health care professionals. There will be special emphasis on the influence of political, economic, social, and cultural factors in the development of health and social policy. Themes that run throughout the course include the importance of understanding the interrelationships between politics, culture, socioeconomic status, health status and health care delivery; cross-cultural comparisons; issues of quality, access and cost; ethical dilemmas; legal concerns; and the need for health professionals to serve as activists within the wider social system. Discussions are particularly encouraged which relate to current health events and news and have direct or indirect association with the need to develop social and health policies for our nation during the early 21st Century. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status. Offered fall semester only.

HHS415 Research Skills/Health/Human 3

Research Skills in Health/Human Services Effective health and human services professionals use evidence from research to plan effective programs. This class introduces the theory of evidence-based practice and basic research principles. Students write a research proposal supported by an extensive literature review on a topic of interest related to health and human studies. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status and HHS 304 Offered spring semester only.

MAT112 Applied College Mathematics 3

This course is designed for diverse students to acquire a solid foundation in non-calculus mathematics. It uses practical mathematics to develop problem solving and analytical skills. Topics include linear equations, linear inequalities, matrix and its application, linear programming, and the simplex method. Prerequisite: MAT 104 or appropriate placement test score

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

MAT450 Methods of Applied Statistics 3

This is an applied statistics course for students to understand and use statistical methods in research and applications. Topics include estimation and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, simple and multiple linear regression, correlation, model building, analysis of categorical data, and nonparametric statistics. The course has a large data-analytic component using a statistical computing software package. Prerequisites: MAT 120 or the equivalent

OTP100 Exploring Occupational Therapy 1

This course is comprised of two units; what is occupational therapy and what are occupational therapy practitioners. It includes an overview of the current status of the profession, a look at its historical roots, an understanding of its philosophical principles, the roles and responsibilities of OT practitioners, ethical and legal practice, professional organizations, and practice settings. Offered spring semester only.

OTP101 Medical Terminology 1

Medical Terminology is a specialized language that allows for communication between health care professionals, learing to apply correct medical terminology will positively affect the student's understanding of future health classes. Increasing the student's knowledge of medical terminology will be accomplished by reducing medical words into simple word parts, combining suffixes and prefixes, and word applications for specific medical domains.

OTP500 Intro to Occupational Therapy 2

Basic concepts important to occupational therapy are addressed. National, state, and local organizations important to the occupational therapist are covered. Foundations for teaching and learning, ethics, and clinical skills are introduced. Students will practice teaching and learning concepts using media common in occupational therapy. The history of occupational therapy, the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, and activity analysis are covered. Students participate in analyzing activities across the lifespan for therapeutic value. Medical terminology, observation, interview, health history, and Occupational Profile are also addressed. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Offered Summer only.

OTP502 Integrated Anatomy 3

This course examines musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous system anatomy in the context of human movement and function, through lecture and lab. In the lab, students develop a working knowledge of anatomical structures with the use of computer models, bones, and prosected cadavers. The lecture component expands on students knowledge of structures by exploring the function of the musculoskeletal system, including movement analysis, joint mobility and function. Anatomy and function of the integumentary and lymphatic systems is also reviewed. Selected pathology related to the musculoskeletal, integumentary system, and lymphatic systems are examined to support students application of anatomy concepts to clinically relevant knowledge. Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus cadaver labs. There is a lab fee for OTP502L. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Offered fall semester only.

OTP502L Integrated Anatomy Lab 1

OTP503 Models of Practice in OTP 2

The content covered in this course addresses theory, models, and frames of reference used throughout occupational therapy practice across the lifespan. Students will learn to differentiate theory, models, and frames of reference; learn to apply specific theories in treatment planning and intervention; and integrate theoretical frames to address occupational performance limitations for people of all ages. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Co-requisite: OTP 500 Offered summer only.

OTP504 Foundations of Neuroscience 2

This course will focus on the application of anatomy and function of the human nervous systems and its role in development, movement, sensation, cognition, perception and behavior to support the understanding of neurorehabilitation practice. Normal function and dysfunction of the peripheral and central nervous systems will be reviewed including the spinal cord, brainstem, cerebrum and auditory, visual and vestibular systems. Concepts and knowledge will be linked to selected neurological disorders, clinical problems and case studies. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Offered fall semester only.

OTP505 Professional Dev&Ldrshp Competencie 1

OTP510 Professional Development I 3

This course addresses professional issues in the delivery of healthcare services. Students will gain an understanding of the roles of occupational therapy practitioners in advocating for consumers and for the profession, as well as the community role of occupational therapy educators. In addition, students gain knowledge and skill in clinical reasoning, the effects of health and disability on individuals, family, and society. Social, economic, political, and demographic influences in healthcare will also be analyzed. Reimbursement in managed care, medical models, community models, health promotion, and wellness models are introduced. Evidence based practice is woven through the course, with a focus on identifying practice-related problem, generating research questions, and conducting literature searches. Developing research proposals and the role of the Institutional Review Board will be introduced in preparation for OTP 511. Prerequisites: OTP 500, 503, 520 and permission of department. Offered fall semester only.

OTP511 Professional Development II 3

This Professional Development course focuses on the research process, with a focus on clinical research in occupational therapy practice. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods are explored. Students will revise and focus their literature reviews from Professional Development I (OTP 510), formulate a researchable question, and conduct a small research project including data collection, analysis, written report, and poster presentation. Students submit proposals to a state professional conference, which may result in the opportunity to make a professional presentation. Prerequisites: OTP 510 and permission of department. Offered spring semester only.

OTP520 Occupation,Purpose&Meaningfull 2

Occupation, Purpose, and Meaningfulness This course will explore daily occupations of individuals across the lifespan. Using the language of the AOTA OT Practice Framework and a variety of OT models of practice, students will explore components of basic and instrumental activities of daily living, work, play and leisure. Analysis and clinical assessment of occupational performance will be explored as well as treatment utilizing a modify/adapt approach. The constructs of client-centered practice and the person-occupation-environment interaction will be woven through the course to highlight connections between human occupation in supporting purpose and meaning through the lifespan. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Co-requisites: OTP 500 and OTP 503 Offered Summer only.

OTP522 Level I FW: Childhood Occup. 2

Level I Fieldwork: Childhood Occupations Students spend a minimum of 25 hours in a pediatric setting observing and engaging children and/or adolescents in a variety of occupations. Students will apply knowledge of typical and atypical development to design and implement appropriate activities to meet the diverse needs of the children in the fieldwork setting. In addition, students will begin to document pediatric services and engage in reflective activities to support the development of clinical reasoning. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites. Co-requisite: OTP 550 Offered spring semester only.

OTP530 Psych/Soc/Cog Comp of Living 3

Psychological/Social/Cognitive Components of Living I Pathology, assessment media, and general treatment approaches in mental health and cognitive settings are addressed. Students learn several assessments from different frames of reference and are introduced to the documentation of evaluations. Safety and suicide precautions are highlighted. Using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework as the foundation, students learn several treatment modalities. Prerequisites: OTP 500, 503, 520 and permission of department. Offered fall semester only. Materials fee applies.

OTP530L Psych/Soc/Cog Comp/Living Lab 1

OTP531 Psych/Soc/Cog Comp of Live II 3

Psychological/Social/Cognitive Components of Living II Group and individual treatments in mental health and cognitive settings are covered in detail. Using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework as the foundation, students learn several treatment modalities, including assertiveness training, social skills, projective arts, relaxation, sensory integrative techniques, and cognitive approaches. Interventions techniques, treatment planning, and documentation are considered in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and community-based settings. Prerequisites: OTP 530 and permission of the department. Offered spring semester only. Materials fee applies.

OTP531L Psych/Soc/Cog Comp Living Lab 1

OTP540 Sensorimotor Comp of Living 3

Sensorimotor Components of Living I The first course in the sensorimotor series focuses on occupational therapy evaluation and treatment of adults with orthopedic, systemic, and traumatic disorders. The etiology, signs, symptoms, medical management of common medical and orthopedic disorders will be reviewed and their impact on occupational performance will be explored. Assessment and treatment approaches will focus on biomechanical and rehabilitation frames of reference. The occupational therapy process will be reviewed and students will begin to develop clinical reasoning skills through assessment and treatment planning assignments. Prerequisites: OTP 500, 503, 520 and permission of department. Co-requisite: OTP 502 Offered fall semester only. Materials fee applies.

OTP540L Sensorimotor Comp/living Lab 1

OTP541 Sensorimotor Comp of Living II 3

Sensorimotor Components of Living II The second course in the sensorimotor series focuses on occupational therapy evaluation and treatment of adults with neurological disorders. The etiology, signs, symptoms, medical management of common neurological disorders will be reviewed and their impact on occupational performance will be explored. Assessment and treatment approaches will focus on neurophysiological frames of reference. Compensatory methods (covered in OTP 540) will be applied to individuals and populations with neurological disorders. Students will build on clinical reasoning skills introduced in OTP 540 through additional assessment and treatment planning assignments. Prerequisites: OTP 504, 540 and permission of the department. Offered spring semester only. Materials fee applies.

OTP541L Sensorimotor Comp 2 Lab 1

OTP550 Developmental Comp of Living I 3

Developmental Components of Living I The content covered in this course, along with the subsequent course, Developmental Components II, addresses the practice of occupational therapy related to infants, children, and youth. The two courses span the developmental sequence from birth through adolescence and address the typical occupations at each stage. In this course, instruction is designed to establish a knowledge base to effectively address typical and atypical development throughout childhood and adolescence. Students will gain an understanding of the roles of OT practitioners when working with families, within medical settings, and in the community (schools, day care centers, neighborhoods, etc.) to address the functional needs of children and families. Creating a foundation for assessment and data collection for the second course, students will learn about basic screening tools and methods that are appropriate for this population. Content also includes methods to identify meaningful activities for children and families and planning intervention to meet these needs. Prerequisites: OTP 500, 503, 504, 520, and permission of the department. Co-requisite: OTP 522 Offered spring semester only.

OTP550L Developmental Comp/Living Lab 1

PHS101 College Physics 1 3

This is a non-calculus based introduction to the principles of physics and their applications. The topics covered include kinematics, Newtons laws of motion, work energy, momentum, and rotational motion. Prerequisite: MAT 112

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 1 3

This course provides a basic foundation in psychology by introducing numerous psychological perspectives as explanations for human behavior and mental processes. Basic neurophysiology, consciousness, learning, personality theories, psychological disorders, and current interventions are discussed. This course is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses

PSY205 Child Development 3

This course is a study of developmental changes from birth through 12 years old. Prenatal and neonatal issues are also discussed. Physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth are explored at each age. The dominant theories of development are examined, as well as contemporary issues relating to childhood and parenting. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Offered in the spring semester only

PSY206 Adolescent & Adult Development 3

This course surveys how people develop and change from the onset of adolescence through late adulthood. Different theoretical perspectives and contemporary information relating to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive realms are examined. Prerequisite: PSY 101 Offered in the fall semester only

SOC100 Principles of Sociology 3

SOC 100 (3 credits) Principles of Sociology This course introduces students to the major concepts and methods of sociology. Emphasis will be on the components of culture, the structure and institutions of society, the elements of social organization and differentiation, and sociological approaches to the analysis of groups.

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) In their junior year before the opening of the spring semester, baccalaureate degree students will be offered a special opportunity to learn up-to-date information about the current work world in an intensive two-and-a-half-day workshop format. Students will meet successful professionals who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of their respective fields and help students prepare for interviews as well as learn how to navigate the early stages of their new careers.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.