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Bachelor's to OTD Option

The Bachelor's to post-professional OTD option requires that a student complete six courses at the graduate level for 18 credits prior to completing the 36-credit OTD program. This would mean that a student completing the Bachelor's to post-professional OTD option would take a total of 54 credits. After completing the six courses the student starts the OTD course sequence in a specific track. 

The six courses that must be completed before starting the 36-credit OTD are: PHE510, HCM501, OTD505, OTD510, OTD515, and one elective as follows (CEI580, CEI582, CEI583, CIM634, CIM501, COM600, HCM500, HCM503, MFA660, MFA667, MLN500, MLN505, NMP500, NMP605, PHE500, PHE502, PHE517, PSY500, PSY515, PSY530, PSY550, PSY552, or PSY662)

Once these courses are complete students can choose one of the five OTD tracks available: AdministrationAdvanced General PracticeAutism Spectrum DisordersEducation, or Mental Health (click on the track for curriculum and course schedule)

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
CEI580 Infant/Toddler Development 3

Major theories of development and their implications for intervention are discussed. Infant/toddler development, risk, and disability in the areas of cognition, communication, motor, social/emotional, and self-care areas are presented and variations in development as a result of multiple factors are discussed. Assessments in these areas are introduced, including an evaluation of development through children’s play activities. Development and risk are evaluated in relation to culturally diverse beliefs and practices. The course is interdisciplinary; students from diverse programs participate, and faculty from diverse backgrounds provides learning support.

CEI582 Assessment & Intervention 3

Content includes assessment models and multi-domain tests used in early intervention, informal and formal instruments used in different areas including cognition, language and communication, perceptual/motor, personal/social, and self-care domains. Intervention models, methods and strategies to be implemented in natural environments will be presented.

CEI583 Planning/Evaluating Early Intervention Services 3

A systematic, family-centered, team approach to service delivery is emphasized. Cases are used as focal points for learning how to plan and evaluate individualized family services and group service plans. Teamwork and leadership in early intervention are covered with respect to service coordination. Practical approaches to assessing needs for group programs and evaluating the implementation and outcomes of programs are addressed, as are the impact of legal and financial issues on service coordination and approaches to service delivery.

CIM501 Principles of Communications 3

In the spirit of understanding that sound theoretical foundations lead to good professional practices, this course studies the theories of human communications and information systems. It provides frameworks defining both the scope and history of both fields, the former dating back almost 3000 years and the latter an emerging field with roots stemming to the 1950s. Through a series of frameworks and traditions in human communications and information systems, students engage in the analysis and evaluation of the nature and role of the communications and information management theories, the myriad approaches to understanding language and communication, and the relationship between human and technological channels of communications. Students pay special attention to theories of communications and information management as related to systems theory and the relationships among and between communications, information management, business, and other professional organizations such as health, education, and government.

COM600 Emerging Media 3

Web 2.0 technology has enabled the development of a wide variety of social media; including, but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SnapChat, Linked-In and a myriad of topical blog sites. Communications professionals must understand the nature and scope of these media as well as the strong likelihood that these media will soon morph into new forms as the Internet continues to evolve. This course allows students to understand the strengths and weaknesses of all forms of emerging media as well as the need for next generation capabilities.

HCM500 Principles of Healthcare Service Excellence 3

This course discusses ways for healthcare management personnel to provide service in a competitive marketplace. Students will analyze theories, methods, and techniques with regard to strategy, staffing, and systems. Topics discussed will include areas such as building a customer service culture; training, motivating, and empowering staff; measuring service quality; managing service waits; and recovering from a service failure.

HCM501 Healthcare Law, Policy, and Ethics 3

This course addresses the legal issues that are most prevalent in the delivery of healthcare. Emphasis will be on the common issues that healthcare professionals encounter. The student will be introduced to various legal terms, policy and statutes and their relationship to the healthcare system process. Additionally the student will be provided with foundational knowledge regarding healthcare law and ethics and the effect on healthcare policy.

HCM503 Strategic Planning in Healthcare 3

This course provides information on the importance and process of strategic planning in response to the rapid transformation in healthcare delivery. Students will examine and formulate strategies to assist in analyzing their organizational factors critical to strategic planning in order to achieve the organization’s mission.

MFA660 Creative Nonfiction Writing I: Form & Theory 3

This introductory seminar course is aimed at intensive study of and experimentation with the forms and techniques of nonfiction. Reading assignments will be delivered online and original work might include a braided essay, a memory told in second person, an in-depth interview. Discussion of reading assignments will occur online via the Bay Path University online educational delivery system.

MLN500 Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Negotiation 3

This is the introductory course to the theory and practice of negotiations and will serve as one of the foundational classes for the degree. Students will learn the history, development and evolution, core theories, and varying frameworks in the field. They will also have the opportunity to engage in experiential activities that will provide them with practice developing their skills.

MLN505 Introduction to Models & Concepts in Leadership 3

This is the introductory course to the theory and models of leadership and will serve as one of the foundational classes for the degree. Students will learn the history, development, core theories, and varying models of leadership found in the field. They will also have the opportunity to engage in experiential activities that will provide them with practice developing their skills. Finally, they will grapple with real world case studies where they are put in the role of leader and decision maker.

NMP500 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector 3

This course examines the theoretical, philosophical, practical and ethical perspectives related to the effective management and leadership of nonprofit organizations in the twenty-first century. Upon completion of the course, the student will possess an understanding of the historical development of the nonprofit sector; the multiple rationales for the existence of the nonprofit sector; the distinctive characteristics of nonprofit organizations; the structures, processes and complexities of organizational governance shared by volunteer board members and professional staff; the dynamic environment of the contemporary nonprofit organization; and the current issues of importance to nonprofit decision makers.

NMP605 Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector 3

This course provides a foundation for effective financial nonprofit decision making to promote the financial sustainability of nonprofit organizations in these challenging times. Upon completion of the course the student will: possess an understanding of financial systems as they apply to nonprofit organization; be able to analyze and evaluate the financial health of a nonprofit organization and determine its financial strengths and weaknesses; and use a variety of strategies to improve the financial condition of a nonprofit organization including “quick analysis”, budgeting and cost controls, understanding the nonprofit’s “economic engine,” and developing “unrestricted” funding streams.

OTD505 Advanced Academic Writing and Finding Evidence 3

This course focuses on academic literacy and the fundamentals of academic writing in American Psychological Association (APA) Style. Topics include ethics in publishing, manuscript formatting, stylistic guidelines, graphic elements, and citing sources. Students will be introduced to developing a search strategy, defining concepts and key words, conducting data base searches, and refining the results.

OTD510 Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice 3

Fundamental information for research appraisal focusing on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods designs is presented. Emphasis on formulation of clear clinical questions then finding, evaluating, and applying evidence to a clinical problem.

OTD515 Occupational Therapy Theory 3

Theoretical perspectives and models that guide the occupational therapy profession are presented. Focus is on application of theory and frameworks to occupational therapy practice at individual and population levels. The importance of occupation for the promotion of health and the prevention of disease and disability is discussed.

PHE500 Foundations in Public Health Practice 3

Students are introduced to public health concepts and practice. This course provides a broad overview of the field of public health and a focused look at the core areas of epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion, environmental health, and health care administration in the public health arena. It is designed to lay the groundwork for all future coursework and introduce students to specialty areas within public health.

PHE502 Biostatistics and Epidemiology 3

Students explore epidemiological investigation of diseases with special emphasis on the distribution and dynamic behavior of disease in a population. Topics to be covered include epidemics and the spread of infectious disease, epidemiological aspects of non-infectious disease; rates of morbidity and mortality, sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values' strategies used in epidemiological studies to include measures of disease effect, validity, reliability; sampling methods and computer-based bio statistical analysis.

PHE510 Clinical Competency in Healthcare 3

This course will examine both analytical and practical approaches to cultural competency in public health. Concepts, models, frameworks, and communication that occur in cross-cultural health situations will be discussed, but also the application of these concepts in real interventions and programs.

PHE517 Health Behavior Theory and Practice for Public Health 3

Students will explore the history and current applications of social and behavioral sciences as they are applied to public health practice and research. The course analyzes social and behavioral science models, theories, and approaches that inform public health and their philosophical roots. The course also examines social and behavioral determinants of health equity across the ecological spectrum.

PSY500 Infant & Toddler Development 3

Current and relevant topics related to infant and toddler development will be discussed which include but are not limited to theories of social, cognitive, and personality development, societal and cultural variations in the infant experience, the importance of early intervention, and the impact of environmental influences.

PSY515 Childhood & Adolescent Development 3

This course will focus on issues that affect continued growth and development during early, middle and late adolescence. Theoretical perspectives on adolescence help students to appreciate various conditions that influence both the mind and the body. For example, concepts such as identity, sexuality, puberty, autonomy, friendship, and family will be addressed.

PSY530 Adult Development & Aging 3

This course provides students with an understanding of quantitative and qualitative changes that occur as a result of the aging process. Normative and non-normative factors will be explored in light of how these situations affect successful aging. Biology, ethnicity, cognition, cultural, and societal norms and mores will be addressed.

PSY550 Family Systems 3

This course will focus on family dynamics and family systems. Various family systems theorists such as Minuchin, Satir, and Haley will be reviewed and discussed. Specific attention will be given to issues of substance use within the family, including both working with someone with primary substance use and the effects of substance use on family structure. Students will be given the opportunity to practice various systemic interventions that promote healthy psychological development within the family system. The impact of culture, gender, and sexual identity will be examined.

PSY552 Bullying & Coercive Behavior 3

This course will examine the overwhelming evidence of how this anti-social behavior impacts the youth of today at home, in school, and in the community. Students will investigate the causes and kinds of bullying as well as how parenting styles either contribute to or empower the child against bullying. Strategies for the educator, psychology professional, and parent will be studied.

PSY662 Counseling Theories & Practice 3

This course is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the theory and application of contrasting theoretical models of counseling and forming helping relationships. Students will examine the theory and application of various counseling models through lecture, presentations, group discussion, experiential activities, readings and reflection. This course will address the therapeutic process and practical elements of the counseling interaction, and assist students in strengthening their own personal approach to the helping relationship. In addition, it will challenge students to conceptualize their own qualities that support and hinder the therapeutic helping relationship.