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MOT Bridge: Track One

Track 1: 101 Credits - For those students with an associate's degree and at least one year of full-time work experience as an OTA or PTA. The first two semesters consist of 31 credits at the undergraduate level that will prepare you for the master's degree. 

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
BIO151 Anatomy & Physiology 2 W/ Lab 4

This course involves a study of the structural anatomy and physiological functioning of the senses, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
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.

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.

OTB301 Social Policy in Health Care 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 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.
Course is a requirement of the 3-Year M.O.T. Bridge program.
Prerequisites: Permission of the department
Offered spring semester only

OTB302 Research & Writing in Health Care 3

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 will engage with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) guidelines to writing and reporting evidence-based literature. Research types and levels (per AOTA) will be explored. Students write a research proposal supported by an extensive literature review on a topic related to occupational therapy.
Course is a requirement of the 3-Year M.O.T. Bridge program.
Prerequisites: Permission of the department
Offered spring semester only

OTB303 Communicating in Health Care Systems 3

This course builds a bridge from a students' general education to the work done in the health-care system. With the aim of preparing students for both professional life and graduate work, this course introduces interdisciplinary 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. Cultural awareness, health care literacy, collaboration, and communication will all be addressed with a health care systems focus. The course emphasizes fundamental principles of communication with time-on-task and real world, discipline-specific models for communication tasks. Appropriate forms of communication in a health care setting and clinical expectations for professionalism will be addressed.
Course is a requirement of the 3-Year M.O.T. Bridge program.
Prerequisites: Permission of the department
Offered fall semester only

OTB304 Play and Leisure 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.
Course is a requirement of the 3-Year M.O.T. Bridge program.
Prerequisites: Permission of the department
Offered fall semester only

OTB500 Theory, History, and Foundations of Occupational Therapy 3

The content covered in this course addresses the 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. In addition, students will be introduced to the history of occupational therapy and explore daily occupations of individuals across the lifespan. Using the 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. The constructs of client centered practice and the person-occupation-environment interaction will be woven throughout the course to highlight connections between human occupation in supporting purpose and meaning through the lifespan. The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, professional behaviors, ethical issues, assessment, and roles of occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants are introduced.
Prerequisites: Permission of the department
Co-requisite: OTB 508, OTB 502, OTB 505
Offered spring semester only

OTB502 Occupational Behaviors: Pediatric and Adolescent Development 3

The content covered in this course addresses the practice of occupational therapy related to infants, children, and youth. The course covers the developmental sequence from birth through adolescence and addresses 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. Students will complete presentations covering diagnoses commonly seen by occupational therapists. Creating a foundation for assessment and data collection for the second course, OTB 514, 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: Permission of the department
Co-requisite: OTB 508, OTB 500, OTB 505
Offered spring semester only

OTB505 Functional Anatomy with Lab 4

This course examines musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous system anatomy in the context of human movement and function, through lecture and lab. The lecture component expands on students’ prior knowledge of basic anatomical language and structures by exploring the function of the musculoskeletal, integumentary and lymphatic systems. This includes learning the detailed anatomical landmarks and organization of these systems to support assessment of joint mobility and function, muscle testing, and neuromuscular functioning. Selected pathologies are examined to enhance students’ application of anatomy concepts to clinically relevant knowledge. In the lab, students will use plasticized cadaveric sections, computer models, and physical models to further develop a working knowledge of the human anatomy and the application of this knowledge within the context of Occupational Therapy.
Prerequisites: Permission of the department
Co-requisite: OTB 508, OTB 502, OTB 500
Offered spring semester only

OTB508 Professional Development: Advocacy, Cultural Competence, Ethics, and Legislative Issues 3

This course addresses professional issues in the delivery of healthcare services. Policies and systems impacting the delivery of healthcare are reviewed. Students are introduced to theories of healthcare ethics, reimbursement, ethical decision making, legal and professional standards, and institutional policies facing today's practitioners. Global healthcare and sociocultural competence are addressed with an emphasis on advocacy for clients and the occupational therapy profession.
Prerequisites: Permission of the department
Co-requisite: OTB 500, OTB 502, OTB 505
Offered Spring semester only

OTB510 Neuroscience 3

Topics covered include the major structures and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems. This course will build on previous learnings and focus on the application of the anatomy and functions of the human nervous systems and its role in development, movement, sensation, cognition, perception, and behavior to support the understanding of neurorehabilitative practice. Normal function and dysfunction of the peripheral and central nervous systems will be reviewed including the spinal cord, brainstem, cerebrum, auditory, visual, and vestibular systems. Concepts and knowledge will be linked to selected neurological disorders, clinical problems, and case studies. A heavy emphasis on application and assessment within occupational therapy practice will be used throughout this course.
Prerequisites: OTB 505, Permission of the department
Offered Summer II semester only

OTB513 Occupational Behaviors: Adult Physical Disabilities 3

This course 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 and reference. The occupational therapy process will be reviewed and students will begin to develop clinical reasoning skills through assessment and treatment planning assignments.
Prerequisites: OTB 505, Permission of the department
Offered Summer I semester only

OTB514 OT Assessment and Interventions: Pediatrics 4

Students will learn how to assess occupational performance of children from birth to young adult. Standardized and non-standardized assessments will identify performance skills, performance patterns, context or contexts, activity demands, and client factors that can interfere with a client’s ability to function in an age appropriate manner. The ability to perceive, plan and engage in roles, routines, and tasks for the purpose of self-maintenance, education, work, play, leisure, and social participation will be explored. Intervention of performance deficits will be examined based on best practice and evidence-based practice.
Prerequisites: OTB 502, Permission of the department
Offered Summer I semester only

OTB515 Level I Fieldwork and Seminar: Pediatrics 2

The content covered in this course is designed to supplement student’s knowledge gained in pediatric courses by further examining the role of occupational therapy within a pediatric population. Students will demonstrate this understanding by observing and/or engaging children and adolescents in a variety of occupations, planning intervention activities, and completing documentation. Students will apply knowledge of typical and atypical development to design 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. On-site and online content will also be utilized to support clinical experiences.
Please note if taking this course to meet the Portfolio requirements during Level I fieldwork the course is designed to have a strong focus on the reflective process to illustrate growth and knowledge based on student’s clinical experiences. Due to this design, students will demonstrate this growth utilizing methods which may include but are not limited only to methods specified above.
Prerequisites: OTB 502, Permission of the department
Co-requisite: OTB 514

OTB520 OT Assessment and Interventions: Physical Disabilities 4

This second course in the physical disabilities series and focuses on occupational therapy evaluation and treatment of adults with neurological disorders, both from traumatic and physiologic causes. The etiology, signs, symptoms, medical management, and occupational concerns of various neurological conditions will be reviewed. The emphasis will be on occupational performance evaluation and intervention using neurophysiological frames of reference. Compensatory and remedial approaches introduced in prerequisite course OTB 513 will be further applied to populations with neurological impairment. Students will continue to develop occupational therapy clinical reasoning skills through assessment and treatment planning assignments.
Prerequisites: OTB 505, OTB 513, Permission of the department
Offered fall semester only

OTB522 Therapeutic Modalities: Physical Agent Modalities and Splinting 1

Appropriate application of physical agent modalities is introduced and reviewed along with the opportunity to practice application of selected modalities. Orthotic fabrication and application is taught via traditional classroom format as well as lab experience. Safety, precautions and contraindications for specified procedures is emphasized during instruction of physical agent modalities, infection control and wound care, and use of orthoses.

Prerequisites: OTB 505, OTB 513, Permission of the department
Offered fall semester only

OTB525 Occupational Behaviors: Psychosocial 3

Students will be introduced to diagnoses typically encountered within the psychosocial setting. Pathology, assessment media, and general treatment approaches in mental health and cognitive settings are addressed. Students also learn about guiding occupational therapy models and frameworks, as well as typical assessment tools utilized. Safety and suicide precautions are highlighted. Using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework as the foundation, students learn several treatment modalities through onsite presentations.
Prerequisites: OTB 500, Permission of the department
Offered fall semester only

OTB526 Level I Fieldwork and Seminar: Physical Disabilities 2

The content covered in this course is designed to supplement student’s knowledge gained in physical disability courses by further examining the role of occupational therapy within an adult/physical disabilities setting. Students will demonstrate this understanding by observing and/or engaging adults in a variety of occupations, planning intervention activities, and completing documentation. Students will apply knowledge of typical and atypical development to design appropriate activities to meet the diverse needs of the adults in the fieldwork setting. In addition, students will begin to document therapeutic services and engage in reflective activities to support the development of clinical reasoning. On site and online content will also be utilized to support clinical experiences.

Please note if taking this course to meet the Portfolio requirements during Level I fieldwork the course is designed to have a strong focus on the reflective process to illustrate growth and knowledge based on student’s clinical experiences. Due to this design, students will demonstrate this growth utilizing methods which may include but are not limited only to methods specified above.
Prerequisites: OTB 505, OTB 513, Permission of the department

OTB529 Research I: Utilization of Research for Evidence-Based Practice 3

Examination of the research process, statistical analysis, and evidence based practice with applicability to occupational therapy practice. Attention is given to critical research methods, analysis, and ethical aspects of scholarly inquiry. Emphasis on how research contributes to the development of occupational therapy knowledge, improves practice, supports the design of occupational therapy support systems, and enhances the education and professional accountability of occupational therapists.
Prerequisites: OTB 500, Permission of the department
Offered fall semester only

OTB530 OT Assessment and Interventions: Geriatrics 4

This course focuses on assessment and treatment of the older adult population. Theories of aging are introduced and used to adapt occupational therapy interventions to the unique needs of older adults. Additional issues unique to the population are addressed including: Medicare, aging in place, falls, driving and community mobility, and end-of-life. The etiology, signs, symptoms, and medical management of disorders typically seen in the aging adult population will be covered. The use of client-centered practice and meaningful occupation will be emphasized for client-centered care and treatment.
Prerequisites: OTB 505, OTB 513, OTB 520, Permission of the department
Offered spring semester only

OTB533 Occupational Therapy Management and Supervision 3

Students learn the management functions of an occupational therapy department or business including planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. The course integrates students' knowledge of interventions with information related to the delivery of occupational therapy services. Topics include managed care, quality assurance, leadership, regulatory agencies, third party reimbursement, models of service delivery, supervision and consultation. Students gain a practical understanding of strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, program evaluation and ethical problem- solving in administration.
Prerequisites: OTB 520, OTB 522, OTB 525, OTB 526, OTB 529, Permission of the department
Offered spring semester only

OTB535 OT Assessment and Interventions: Psychosocial 4

Group and individual treatments in mental health and cognitive settings are covered in detail. Using the OT Practice Framework as the foundation, students learn several treatment methods, including assertiveness training, social skills, projective arts, relaxation, sensory integrative techniques, and cognitive approaches. Interventions techniques are considered in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and community-based settings.
Prerequisites: OTB 525, Permission of the department
Offered spring semester only

OTB536 Level I Fieldwork and Seminar: Psychosocial 2

The content covered in this course is designed to supplement student’s knowledge gained in psychosocial courses by further examining the role of occupational therapy within the setting. Students will demonstrate this understanding by observing and/or engaging clients across the lifespan in a variety of occupations, planning intervention activities, and completing documentation. Students will apply knowledge of typical and atypical development to design and implement appropriate activities to meet the diverse needs of the adults in the fieldwork setting. In addition, students will begin to document therapeutic services and engage in reflective activities to support the development of clinical reasoning. On site and online content will also be utilized to support clinical experiences.

Please note if taking this course to meet the Portfolio requirements during Level I fieldwork the course is designed to have a strong focus on the reflective process to illustrate growth and knowledge based on student’s clinical experiences. Due to this design, students will demonstrate this growth utilizing methods which may include but are not limited only to methods specified above.
Prerequisites: OTB 525, Permission of the department
Corequisite OTB 535

OTB537 Research II: Systematic Review 2

Occupational Therapy students will learn how to conduct a systematic literature review and develop the skills to develop a research proposal built on a framework of evidence-based practice. This course combines didactic sessions with substantial literature research work to create a research proposal. Students will be taught how to perform each step in a proposal, will be expected to apply to a topic of their choosing, and present their findings to OT faculty and students.
Prerequisites: OTB 529, Permission of the department
Offered spring semester only

OTB540 Level II Fieldwork I 8

Supervised field experiences provide the student therapist with an opportunity to apply theory and clinical reasoning skills to the evaluation and treatment of people or populations across the lifespan, with a range of disabilities, in a variety of settings. OTB 540 and 550 are designed to provide students with in-depth experiences in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on meaningful occupation. Students will engage in reflective practice to embrace professional values as lifelong responsibilities of the occupational therapist, such as engaging in ethical practice, professional behaviors, and continued competence. The goal of level II fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists. The fieldwork experiences are arranged and coordinated by the academic fieldwork coordinator according to the requirements of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and the Bay Path University Occupational Therapy Department. Attempts are made to meet students’ requests regarding practice setting and geographic location, however, student requests are not guaranteed. The sequence and dates of each level II fieldwork placement may be altered, depending on the availability of placement sites or the requirements of federal financial aid. Each course requires 12-weeks of full time fieldwork. Both fieldwork experiences (OTB 540 and OTB 550 for a total of 24 weeks) must be completed within 24 months of the completion of coursework.
These courses are graded Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites: Completion of all OTB course requirements (except OTB 541 OTB 551) or permission of department. In addition, students must meet all level II fieldwork requirements stated in the most recent Bay Path University OT Student Handbook and requested by a student’s fieldwork site.

OTB541/551 Models of Practice in Occupational Therapy 1

This advanced seminar studies occupational therapy treatment principles and applications in the context of level II fieldwork. Situation based personal, professional, and ethical situations will be incorporated into discussion based problem-solving experiences. Study methods for the NBCOT examination are addressed, as well as licensure procedures. Fieldwork supervision models are applied to clinical practice. This class meets online with the Director of Clinical Education/ Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. Co-requisite: OTB 540 (OTB 541 0.5 credits) & OTB 550 (OTB 551 0.5 credits)

OTB550 Level II Fieldwork II 8

Supervised field experiences provide the student therapist with an opportunity to apply theory and clinical reasoning skills to the evaluation and treatment of people or populations across the lifespan, with a range of disabilities, in a variety of settings. OTB 540 and 550 are designed to provide students with in-depth experiences in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on meaningful occupation. Students will engage in reflective practice to embrace professional values as lifelong responsibilities of the occupational therapist, such as engaging in ethical practice, professional behaviors, and continued competence. The goal of level II fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists. The fieldwork experiences are arranged and coordinated by the academic fieldwork coordinator according to the requirements of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) and the Bay Path University Occupational Therapy Department. Attempts are made to meet students’ requests regarding practice setting and geographic location, however, student requests are not guaranteed. The sequence and dates of each level II fieldwork placement may be altered, depending on the availability of placement sites or the requirements of federal financial aid. Each course requires 12-weeks of full time fieldwork. Both fieldwork experiences (OTB 540 and OTB 550 for a total of 24 weeks) must be completed within 24 months of the completion of coursework.

These courses are graded Pass/Fail.

Prerequisites: Completion of all OTB course requirements (except OTB 541 OTB 551) or permission of department. In addition, students must meet all level II fieldwork requirements stated in the most recent Bay Path University OT Student Handbook and requested by a student’s fieldwork site.

PHS101 Physics 3

This is a non-calculus based introduction to the principles of physics and their applications. The topics covered include kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work energy, momentum, and rotational motion.

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 is explored at each age. The dominant theories of development are examined, as well as contemporary issues relating to childhood and parenting.

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.

SOC100 Principles of Sociology 3

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.