NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Occupational Therapy 385 OCT 7010—Theory Development for Models of Practice Presents occupational therapy frames of reference, models of practice, their theoretical development, research, and application. Includes study of historical antecedents, sociopolitical context, and key theorists, researchers, and developers. (3 credits) OCT 7101—The Health Professional as Academic Educator This course examines the role of health professionals as academic educators in an entry-level occupational therapy program from the perspectives of faculty, higher education institutions, and professional organizations. Required for Ph.D. students (3 credits) OCT 7103—Occupation-Centered Practice This course further develops the student’s knowledge and practice with core concepts of meaningful occupations and health and wellbeing. Students will examine meaningful occupation and health and wellbeing from historical roots through present-day works in occupational therapy and occupational science literature. (3 credits) OCT 7104—Occupational Science This course, required for Ph.D. students, presents an overview of conceptual frameworks, literature, taxomies, and research strategies of occupational science. Topics will be examined from multidisciplinary perspectives on work, play, leisure, occupation, and contexts for occupation. Students will select an area for in-depth study. (3 credits) OCT 7133—Advanced Policy Issues In this course, students will analyze the effect public policy has on the practice of occupational therapy and consumers of occupational therapy services. Students will examine the various ways in which the occupational therapy professional can influence federal, state, and local policy throughout the various stages of policy development and implementation. Students will assume an advocacy role by meeting with state and/or federal elected representatives to increase andmaintain the viability of the profession, promote the relevance of the profession, and/or assure consumer access to occupational therapy practitioners. (3 credits) OCT 7160—Special Topics in Occupational Therapy This seminar for doctoral students only investigates timely topics of critical interest to health care providers. (3 credits) Elective OCT 7180—Neurosciences Foundations of Occupational Performance Focuses on the link between neuroscience and human occupational behavior. Current neuroscience research and hypotheses are compared and contrasted with current theoretical work in occupational therapy. Presents material from the clinical practice viewpoint so students learn to use the knowledge gained to enhance their clinical reasoning and occupation-centered practice. (3 credits) Elective OCT 7211—Sensory Processing Basis of Occupational Performance This course includes an examination of the theory and practice of sensory processing in occupational therapy in seminal literature, current research in neuroscience, and current practice-related research across the life span. Students will apply this knowledge in developing a project related to a specific age, diagnosis, or population. Prior knowledge and experience in this area of practice is helpful. (3 credits) Elective OCT 7241—Infant and Child Mental Health The course will provide framework for understanding the complex processes involved in mental health for infants and children, and how this relates to occupational performance. Clinical application of theoretical approaches and contextual influences will be considered for specific diagnostic classifications. (3 credits) Elective OCT 7242—Occupational Therapy Practice with Autistic SpectrumDisorders This course focuses on current findings regarding autistic spectrum disorders and how they affect occupational performance. Includes a review of relevant research and readings from multiple related fields. Specific programs for working with children and adolescents with autism will be examined. (3 credits) Elective OCT 7244—Low Vision Across the Life Span The course focuses on vision deficits throughout the life span and their impact on the occupations of individuals and caregivers. Students will review relevant anatomy, neuroanatomy, and various visual disorders. They will then explore and learn about evaluation of vision deficits and treatment implications through current practice and research findings. (3 credits) Elective OCT 7302—Contextual Aspects of Occupational Performance This course is a study of contexts as related to occupational performance for advanced practitioners. Concepts and theories related to the use of context as an enabler of participation are explored. Specifically, cultural, personal, temporal, virtual, physical, and social contexts are examined. (3 credits) OCT 7420—Mixed Methods Research This course provides an overview of mixed methods research. Students must have completed an overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods courses (see prerequisites). Students are first introduced to the nature and foundations of mixed methods. From these theoretical and philosophical perspectives, various mixed methods designs are discussed. Understanding of mixed design is accomplished by reading

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