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Advanced General Practice Track

The Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Advanced General Practice Track, is made up of 8 core courses and 4 elective courses for a total of 36 credits. This track allows students that are interested in more than one area to create a program that is tailored to best meet their professional needs. Students can choose from elective courses, listed below, that will help them grow in their current positions and in their future careers. Students completing this track will have the credentials to teach in most OT and OTA programs. The courses are offered completely online. Please see below for descriptions of the courses.

Core Courses (8 Required, descriptions below): OTD701, OTD702, OTD703, OTD704, OTD705, OTD797, OTD798, OTD799
Electives (choose 4, descriptions below): aba501, hcm502, hcm510, hcm511, hcm513, mhe500, mhe505, mhe610, mhe620, psy620, psy654, psy657, psy660, spe546, spe552, spe556

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
ABA501 The Science of ABA: Concepts and Principles 3

This course introduces the philosophical assumptions and dimensions of the science of applied behavior analysis, including determinism, empiricism, parsimony, selectionism, pragmatism, and lawfulness of behavior. Students define key terms related to applied behavior analysis, the scientific principles of behavior, and behavioral technologies. Students differentiate between environmental and mentalistic explanations of behavior, and between conceptual, experimental, and applied analyses of behavior. This course provides students with a basic understanding of the application of behavior analysis to a wide variety of human conditions and severely disabling conditions. Students will learn the history of ABA and be introduced to the use of behavioral principles to increase and decrease behavior. The science of ABA can provide a framework for assessing a variety of children and adolescents, for designing, implementing, and evaluating IEP’s, for maintaining children in general education settings, and for assuring generalization and maintenance. Examples of educational strategies relying on behavioral principles for effective implementation will be discussed including reinforcement procedures, token economy procedures, stimulus control procedures, such as modeling and other forms of prompting, self-management procedures, and augmentative and assistive technologies.

HCM502 Managing Healthcare Delivery Systems 3

This course discusses the complex organizational dynamics and structures that dictate the interactions among the major components of the US. Healthcare System.

HCM510 Six Sigma Lean Methodology in Healthcare 3

As a member of a Six Sigma project team, students will learn how to lead and executive process-level improvement projects. They will develop process flow charts, collect and analyze data, develop hypotheses, and use basic statistical tools to determine optimum ways to reduce cost, improve processes and increase customer/client satisfaction. Where applicable, students will design simple experiments to validate theories. This hands-on class will focus on projects to eliminate waste and defects by applying lean and Six Sigma methodology. In-class studies will focus on Healthcare issues.

HCM511 Continuous Improvement Tools and Techniques 3

To remain competitive, organizations must continuously seek new ways to be efficient and efficient and effective in their work processes. The tools and techniques taught in this course can be applied to any type of organization including: for-profit organization, nonprofit organization or government agency. In this course students will learn the following continuous improvement Tools: Cause and Effect Diagrams, Flow Charts, Check Lists, Pareto Charts, SWOT Analysis, Brainstorming Techniques, the 5 Ys, Root Cause Analysis, and Corrective Action Techniques.

HCM513 Economics and Finance in Healthcare 3

This course will provide an overview of the key factors affecting the economic and financial management of healthcare organizations in today’s environment and provide the knowledge necessary for health service managers to apply financial management theory and principles to help make decisions to promote the financial well-being of the organization.

MHE500 Introduction to Higher Education Administration 3

This course provides a basic introduction to the administration of colleges and universities in modern-day America, including the role and purpose of various functions and departments and major organizational participants (e.g., faculty, students, administration/staff, board). Current topics affecting college and university operation are reviewed.

Introductory courses on higher education most often focus on structure (i.e., how institutions are governed internally and controlled externally) or critical issues (e.g., access, tenure, affirmative action). This course will combine the two. Most of the course will entail examining critical issues from the perspectives of key stakeholders such as presidents, faculty and students.

MHE505 Organization and Governance of Higher Education 3

This course provides an overview of the organizational characteristics and processes of colleges and universities with an emphasis upon the governance structures that is, the process for making major policy decisions. Additionally, students will be introduced to the sources of power and influence typically found in academic organizations, along with the primary issues related to organizations and governance of higher education.

MHE610 Higher Education Curriculum Development 3

This course requires a comprehensive understanding of curricula found in higher education. It briefly examines the historical and philosophical foundations from which current curricular models developed. MHE 610 covers current practices in curriculum development in colleges and universities and engages students in the practices of curriculum planning, design, and implementation. Students focus their specific attention on the practices and impact of assessment and accreditation as related to curriculum development.

MHE620 The Contemporary College Student 3

This course provides an overview of characteristics, experiences and outcomes of increasingly diverse students (including traditional and non-traditional students) in higher education today. The course examines varied higher education campus environments and their impact on student learning, and various cultural contexts which shape and influence student life. Specific attention will be given to the implications for areas of administrative practice within colleges and universities, e.g. student affairs, enrollment management, academic affairs, and marketing.

OTD701 Utilization of Research in Evidence Based Practice 3

Examination of the research process, statistical analysis, and evidence based practice with applicability to advanced 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, and enhances the education and professional accountability of occupational therapy practitioners.

OTD702 Application of Occupational Science 3

This course explores advanced clinical applications of the occupational therapy practice framework as well as descriptive, relational, predictive, and prescriptive aspects of occupational science with a focus on application to advanced occupational therapy clinical practice.

OTD703 Community Practice, Program Development, and Entrepreneurship 3

This course discusses the foundation, theoretical framework, and role of occupational therapy in community practice. This course also thoroughly explores the program development process, entrepreneurship, and business fundamentals in occupational therapy.

OTD704 Bioethics 3

This course provides an opportunity for students to assess ethical and legal issues confronting occupational therapy practitioners and other healthcare providers in a variety of practice settings, focusing on the identification and analysis of legal and ethical concepts and principles underlying occupational therapy and health care. The course focuses on ethical concepts, theories, and values applied in ethical decision-making that are related to a variety of ethical dilemmas in health and social settings.

OTD705 Leadership and Advocacy 3

This course explores leadership theory and application to current and future practice. Students also examine advocacy in the occupational therapy profession. Current issues and trends in the occupational therapy field are discussed.

OTD797 Capstone Professional Writing and Proposal 3

Students focus on professional writing skills and clinical reasoning to develop a proposal for their capstone project. Through participation in this course, students will identify relevant issues impacting occupational therapy in their specialty area. A literature review into a specific area of inquiry and a detailed proposal for implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of the capstone project will be completed.

OTD798 Capstone Project Implementation and Evaluation 3

The purpose of this course is to demonstrate advanced skills in evidence-based occupational therapy practice. Students will implement and evaluate a project that reflects an identified area of need. The course is conducted in a seminar format with students working independently, but engaging in online discussions with faculty and students.

OTD799 Capstone Project Dissemination 3

Students further synthesize outcomes of the capstone project and will demonstrate their understanding of advanced occupational therapy concepts. Dissemination of findings from the capstone project will be completed with a focus on demonstrating skills as a clinical scholar.

PSY620 Psychopathology 3

This course provides students with an advanced understanding of relevant nomenclature and psychopathology from a developmental, biological, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and family systems perspective. Students will learn how to interpret the system of assessment and understand coding and reporting procedures outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 that are utilized in making a diagnosis of a mental disorder. Students will incorporate relevant research and case studies throughout the course to integrate the various perspectives within a clinical context. Students will also learn how to write a Clinical Write Up based on industry standards.

PSY654 Drugs, Medication and Society 3

This course will help the student understand the most commonly prescribed medications that are used in connection with behavioral health today. Current trends in psychopharmacological intervention will be studied and how such drugs will impact cognition, judgment, emotions, and motivation in the developing brain. In addition to commonly prescribed behavioral health medications, the use and abuse of mood altering chemicals will be discussed along with the nature and process of addictive drug seeking.

PSY657 Counseling and Co-Occurring Disorders 3

This course will enable the student to learn those counseling techniques and skills that are essential for working with clients who suffer from co-occurring disorders such as addiction and mental health problems. Students will develop an understanding of how clients can self-medicate underlying mental health and emotional problems by means of illicit drug use and abuse. With this understanding, the student will learn how to develop effective treatment plans for clients with co-occurring disorders.

PSY660 Social and Cultural Foundations 3

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the various theories, issues and trends of providing counseling in a multi-cultural and diverse society. Foundational knowledge and skills needed to provide mental health counseling services to diverse populations in a culturally diverse manner will be the core structure of this course of study. Such theorists as Monica McGoldrick will be reviewed for impact on current thinking and implications for mental health counseling.

SPE546 Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3

This course focuses on children with autism and examines the variety of exceptionalities and special needs of these children, emphasizing the development of collaborative partnerships among educators, clinicians, and (especially) parents and families. Neurobiological, psychological, educational, social, and emotional factors will be addressed. Specialized teaching strategies, techniques, and environmental/curriculum modifications for children with autism will be studied, including strategies for successful inclusion.

SPE552 Problem Solving and Program Analysis in Autism 3

This course will provide students with in depth knowledge of research-based teaching programs. Participants will learn the scientific cycle of assessment- planning-implementation-evaluation, acquire tools to participate effectively in cross-disciplinary teams and to collaborate with families of students with autism, and have the opportunity to reflect about collaborating with families when developing and implementing teaching programs. Established programs and professional resources will be presented to increase the knowledge of available educational options.

SPE556 Supporting Communication and Social Development for Students with Autism 3

This course will explore various research-based strategies for developing and increasing communicative outputs and socialization for students with Autism. Students will become familiar with the theoretical foundations of socialization and communication. Students will engage in techniques for developing social communication for students with Autism, including the use of augmentative communication, as well as assistive technology options, and social skills curriculums.