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Occupational Therapy

The Master of Occupational Therapy degree is an entry-level, full-time (two-year) program. It is designed for students with a Bachelor's degree in any field who desire to pursue a career in the field of occupational therapy. 

The program requires 85 credits of graduate level work. Following completion of coursework, students are required to complete 24 weeks of full-time fieldwork. 

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
OTP500 Introduction 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 semester only

OTP502 Integrated Anatomy 4

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 $200 per student lab fee for this course. Prerequisite: Permission of the department. Offered fall semester only

OTP503 Models of Practice in Occupational Therapy 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 semester 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 Behaviors & Leadership Competencies 1

OTP509 Professional Development III 3

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop self-directed learning skills while facilitating clinical and documentation skills for occupational therapy practice. Students engage in self-assessment and self-directed learning activities to prepare them for the type of learning required on level II fieldwork. Through self-directed and faculty-supported learning activities, students also review and solidify knowledge developed over the first year of OT coursework through review and application to clinical scenarios. Prerequisites: OTP 541, 531, 550 and permission of department. Offered summer semester I only.

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.

OTP513 Professional Development IV 3

This class is the last of the professional development series and is designed for students to focus on administration and management issues. Topics addressed include organizational management from a healthcare perspective, marketing, supervising, training and development, communicating, and budgeting. Issues are discussed to facilitate the student‘s transition from the classroom to the fieldwork setting, and to approach management from a variety of perspectives. Students complete a cumulative portfolio that summarizes their progress through the didactic portion of their occupational therapy education. Prerequisites: Semester prior to level II fieldwork or permission of department. Offered fall semester only.

OTP520 Occupation, Purpose, and Meaningfulness 2

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 ad 503. Offered summer semester only.

OTP521 Level I Fieldwork: Psychosocial Health & Wellness 2

Students will enrich their OT coursework through directed observation and interaction with individuals within a variety of community psychosocial settings. Students will have the opportunity to practice professional behaviors, communication, and leadership skills. Students will engage in reflective activities to support further learning and development of OT clinical reasoning. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

OTP522 Level I Fieldwork: Pediatric Occupations 2

Students will enrich their coursework through directed observation and interaction with clients in a variety of pediatric settings. Students will have the opportunity to practice professional behaviors, communication, and leadership skills. Students will engage in reflective activities to support further learning and development of OT clinical reasoning. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

OTP523 Level I Fieldwork: Adult Occupations 2

Students will enrich their coursework through directed observation and interaction with adult populations in a variety of clinical and community settings. Students will have the opportunity to practice professional behaviors, communication, and leadership skills. Students will engage in reflective activities to support further learning and development of OT clinical reasoning. Students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

OTP530 Psychological/Social/Cognitive Components of Living I 4

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. There is a $50 Materials Fee for this course. Prerequisites: OTP 500, 503, 520 and permission of department. Offered fall semester only.

OTP531 Psychological/Social/Cognitive Components of Living II 4

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. There is a $50 Materials Fee for this course. Prerequisites: OTP 530 and permission of the department. Offered spring semester only.

OTP540 Sensorimotor Components of Living I 4

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. There is a $50 Materials Fee for this course.
Prerequisites: OTP 500, 503, 520 and permission of department. Co-requisite: OTP 502. Offered fall semester only.

OTP541 Sensorimotor Components of Living II 4

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.
There is a $50 Materials Fee for this course. Prerequisites: OTP 504, 540 and permission of the department. Offered spring semester only.

OTP542 Sensorimotor Components of Living III 4

The third course in the sensorimotor series focuses on assessment and treatment of the geriatric population. Theories of aging are introduced and used to adapt occupational therapy interventions learned in OTP 540 and 541 to the unique needs of older adults. Additional issues unique to the again population are addressed, including Medicare, aging in place, falls, driving and community mobility, and end-of-life issues. The etiology, signs, symptoms, and medical management of disorders typically seen in a geriatric population will also be covered. The use of client-centered practice and meaningful occupation will be emphasized.
There is a $50 Materials Fee for this course. Prerequisites: OTP 531, 541 and permission of the department. Co-requisite: OTP 523. Offered fall semester only.

OTP550 Developmental Components of Living I 4

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. There is a $50 Materials Fee for this course. Prerequisites: OTP 500, 503, 504, 520, and permission of the department. Co-requisite: OTP 522. Offered spring semester only.

OTP551 Developmental Components of Living II 4

The content covered in this course, along with the preceding course, Developmental Components I, 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. Instruction builds on a cumulative knowledge base to effectively address typical and atypical development throughout childhood. Building on previous coursework in assessment and data collection, students will learn the outcome measures and assessment methods that are appropriate for children and families. Integration of previous coursework is embedded within the curriculum to develop appropriate occupation based intervention for the pediatric population. Common diagnoses of the children are included in case-based approaches. Emphasis is on the functional needs of the child within the family and community. There is a $50 Materials Fee for this course. Prerequisites: OTP 550 and permission of the department. Offered fall semester only.

OTP560 Occupation and Technology 2

Uses of high to low technologies are covered, with a focus on using various technologies to support participation in meaningful activities. Students will become familiar with assistive devices, adaptive equipment, computer hardware/software, and other electronic devices that support participation of people with a range of disabilities. Students will also develop and/or adapt the tools of everyday living to support therapeutic and occupation-based activities for a range of client needs. This course will utilize both lecture and lab formats to enhance critical thinking and creativity with a variety of media in a fun and informative way. There is a $100 Materials Fee for this course. Prerequisites: OTP 500, 503, 520; OTP 550 recommended, but not required; permission of department. Offered fall semester only.

OTP562 Current Issues in Occupational Therapy 1

Healthcare is constantly changing and occupational therapy practice is continually evolving to meet the needs of both traditional healthcare settings and non-traditional areas of practice. This course is designed as a capstone course, enabling students to explore new areas of occupational therapy practice, healthcare issues that impact the profession of occupational therapy and/or the clients they serve, or to delve more deeply into a specialty area. Topics and focus of the class will vary each year. Prerequisites: Semester prior to level II fieldwork or permission of department. Offered fall semester only.

OTP563 Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention 2

OTP564 Psychosocial Evaluation and Intervention 2

OTP565 Geriatric Evaluation and Intervention 2

OTP570 Advanced Seminar in Occupational Therapy 1

This advanced seminar studies occupational therapy treatment principles and applications in the context of Level ll fieldwork. Situation-based personal, professional, and ethical issues 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 academic fieldwork coordinator. Co-requisites: OTP 590 & 591, or permission of the department. Offered spring semester only.

OTP590 Level II Fieldwork 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. OTP 590 and 591 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 fulltime fieldwork. Both fieldwork experiences (OTP 590 and 591 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 OTP course requirements (except OTP 570) 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.

OTP591 Level II Fieldwork 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. OTP 590 and 591 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 fulltime fieldwork. Both fieldwork experiences (OTP 590 and 591 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 OTP course requirements (except OTP 570) 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.