MSOT Contacts  

 
Neil Penny
 

Neil Penny, Ed.D, M.S., OTR/L
Associate Professor
Chair, Occupational Therapy Department
Occupational Therapy Program Director

   Bernardine Hall, Room 1107
   neil.penny@alvernia.edu

Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
School of Graduate and Adult Education

   540 Upland Avenue
   Reading, PA 19611
   Phone: 610-796-8296
   Fax: 610-796-8367
   kelly.burr@alvernia.edu

Course Descriptions

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OT 101: Introduction to Occupational Therapy (3 credits)
This course is designed for all students interested in occupational therapy. It provides an overview of the history, philosophical base, values, standards, and ethics of the occupational therapy profession and its personnel. It introduces professional organizations, terminology, concepts and regulatory requirements of the profession. Observation of service settings occurs through scheduled off-site fieldtrips. Required for freshmen and sophomore admit occupational therapy students. For transfer students, a course from a moajor or discipline related to occupational therapy may be accepted to meet the degree.

OT 321: Activity Analysis (3 credits)
Examines the theories underlying the use of occupation and purposeful activity in occupational therapy. Students will examine the principles of activity analysis within the scope of the occupational therapy process. They will identify how to analyze, grade, adapt, and teach activities to enable an individual to engage in chosen occupations to fulfill life roles and will learn how to integrate adaptive devices to promote individual occupational functioning. Laboratory sessions will provide students with the opportunity to practice and apply classroom learned concepts. OT majors only. Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or permission of the Program Director, PSY 101, SOC 111. OT 101 Prerequisite/Co-requisite.

OT 323: Paradigms and Theories in OT (3 credits)
The historical and philosophical foundations, paradigms, theories, and practice models that guide occupational therapy practice are examined as well as emerging models in response to a growing knowledge base. The historical and theoretical base for professional attitudes, values, and standards of behavior are explored as they provide a foundation for service to clients and the profession. OT majors only. Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or permission of the Program Director, OT 101 Prerequisite/Co-requisite.

OT 325: Pathology for OT Practitioners (3 credits)
Within the context of this course, students will examine pathophysiological dysfunctions that interfere with an individual’s ability to engage and participate in meaningful occupation. Conditions will be framed within the context of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Function, and the effects of such conditions on an individual’s occupational performance, performance skills, and performance factors. Additional emphasis will be placed on diagnostics, etiology, progression, performance deficits, intervention, prognosis and functional outcomes. OT majors only. Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, BIO 107 (Grade of C or higher), BIO 117 (Grade of C or higher), BIO 108 (Grade of C or higher), BIO 118 (Grade of C or higher) and BIO 211 (Grade of C or higher).

OT 327: Occupational Therapy Process (3 credits)
Focuses on understanding and implementing the occupational therapy process, including evaluation (occupational profile and analysis of occupational performance), intervention (planning, implementing and reviewing), and outcomes (engagement in occupations) as a foundation to clinical reasoning.  Concepts will be reinforced during weekly laboratory sessions. OT majors only. Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 101 Prerequisite/Co-requisite for Freshmen and Sophomore Admits, Co-requisite:  OT 381.

OT 332: Grading & Adapting with Low Technology (3 credits)
This course will provide students will build on the concepts identified in Activity Analysis. Advances the use of occupation as the basis of practice for the occupational therapy profession. Actively utilizes the process of activity analysis for the selection, grading, and adaptation of occupations as a means of evaluation and intervention within the intervention process. Introduces students to the use of adaptive equipment as a means of promotion of independence in occupational performance, including; orthotics, prosthetics, and splinting.  Techniques and strategies for the teaching and practicing of the therapeutic utilization of occupations will be practiced in weekly lab sessions. OT majors only. Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 321 (Grade of C or higher), OT 323 (Grade of C or higher), OT 325 (Grade of C or higher) and OT 327 (Grade of C or higher).

OT 334: Occupational Performance I: Pediatrics (4 credits)
This course will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors to implement occupation based practice in current and emerging areas of service delivery in the area of pediatric occupational therapy. Best practice will be emphasized through critical thinking skills and the use of scientific inquiry and research. Techniques, strategies and practical skills for the promotion of health and participation utilizing engagement in occupations that are meaningful to clients will be reinforced during weekly lab sessions and refined during concurrent level I fieldwork experience. OT majors only.  Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permissions of the Program Director, OT 321 (Grade of C or higher), OT 323 (Grade of C or higher), OT 325 (Grade of C or higher), and OT 327 (Grade of C or higher).  Co-requisite OT 382.

OT 336: Occupational Performance II: Adult (4 credits)
This course will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors to implement occupation based practice in current and emerging areas of service delivery in the area of adult occupational therapy. Best practice will be emphasized through critical thinking skills and the use of scientific inquiry and research. Techniques, strategies, and practical skills for the promotion of health and participation utilizing engagement in occupations that are meaningful to clients will be reinforced during weekly lab sessions and refined during concurrent level I fieldwork experience. OT majors only. Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 321 (Grade of C or higher), OT 323 (Grade of C or higher), OT 325 (Grade of C or higher), and OT 327 (Grade of C or higher). Co-requisite OT 382.

OT 381: Fieldwork I Seminar I (1 credit)
Students will apply knowledge gained in concurrent OT courses to practice settings. With supervision, students will be provided the opportunity to observe and carry out professional responsibilities. Students will be guided in the process of developing the reflective skills needed for professional development.  Students can expect to spend all or part of one day per week at a clinical site during the duration of the course. OT majors only. Prerequisites: formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, Certification in CPR and First Aid; current health and immunization status reports. Where applicable: Child Abuse History Clearance, State Criminal Record Check, FBI Background Check, and/or other site required clearances.  Please refer to the Alvernia University OT Student Handbook for full FW I requirements. Students will be required to meet all requirements as outlined.  The student is responsible for travel arrangements and costs.  Co-requisite OT 327.

OT 382: Fieldwork I Seminar II (1 credit)
Students will apply knowledge gained in concurrent OT courses to practice settings. With supervision, students will be provided the opportunity to observe and carry out professional responsibilities. Students will be guided in the process of developing the reflective skills needed for professional development.  Students can expect to spend all or part of one day per week at a clinical site during the duration of the course. OT majors only. Prerequisites: formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, Certification in CPR and First Aid; current health and immunization status reports. Where applicable: Child Abuse History Clearance, State Criminal Record Check, FBI Background Check, and/or other site required clearances.  Please refer to the Alvernia University OT Student Handbook for full FW I requirements. The student is responsible for travel arrangements and costs.   Co-requisite OT 334, and or OT 336 or permission of the OT Program Director.

OT 421: Occupational Performance III: Behavioral Health (4 credits)
This course will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors to implement occupation based practice in current and emerging areas of service delivery in the area of behavioral health occupational therapy. Best practice will be emphasized through critical thinking skills and the use of scientific inquiry and research. Techniques, strategies, and practical skills for the promotion of health and participation utilizing engagement in occupations that are meaningful to clients will be reinforced during weekly lab sessions and refined during concurrent level I fieldwork experience.  OT majors only.  Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 321 (Grade C or higher), OT 323 (Grade C or higher), OT 325 (Grade C or higher), and OT 327 (Grade C or higher). Co-requisite OT 481.

OT 423: Occupational Performance IV: Geriatric (4 credits)
This course will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors to implement occupation-based practice in current and emerging areas of service delivery in the area of geriatric occupational therapy. Best practice will be emphasized through critical thinking skills and the use of scientific inquiry and research. Techniques, strategies and practical skills for the promotion of health and participation utilizing engagement in occupations that are meaningful to clients will be reinforced during weekly lab sessions and refined during concurrent level I fieldwork experience. OT majors only.  Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 321 (Grade C or higher), OT 323 (Grade C or higher), OT 325 (Grade C or higher), and OT 327 (Grade C or higher). Co-requisite OT 481.

OT 427: Adapting and Grading-High Technology (3 credits)
Explores the expanding use of technology as it relates to all aspects of occupational therapy service deliver. Students build upon concepts learned in Grading and Adapting with Low Technology to the application of technology to increase function and improve quality of life for individuals. Students will explore the use of emergent technology in both client care and professional promotion capacities. Techniques and strategies for the teaching and practicing of occupational performance promotion will be completed in weekly lab sessions. OT majors only. Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 332 (Grade C or higher).

OT 481: Fieldwork I Seminar III (1 credit)
Students will apply knowledge gained in concurrent OT courses to practice settings. With supervision, students will be provided the opportunity to observe and carry out professional responsibilities. Students will be guided in the process of developing the reflective skills needed for professional development.  Students can expect to spend all or part of one day per week at a clinical site during the duration of the course. OT majors only. Prerequisites: formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, Certification in CPR and First Aid; current health and immunization status reports. Where applicable: Child Abuse History Clearance, State Criminal Record Check, FBI Background Check, and/or other site required clearances.  Please refer to the Alvernia University OT Student Handbook for full FW I requirements. The student is responsible for travel arrangements and costs.  Co-requisite OT 421, and or OT 423 or permisssion of the OT Program Director.

OT 482: Occupational Therapy Fieldwork: Practicum I (6 credits)
This is the first in a sequence of two full-time (approximately 32-40 hours per week depending on the site), 12-week or the equivalent, educational experiences at an approved fieldwork site off-campus. It includes 1-2 seminars on campus.  Under the supervision of a qualified practitioner, the student integrates undergraduate academic course work by focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation in the administration and management of occupational therapy services. The fieldwork experience promotes clinical reasoning and reflective practice; and develops professionalism, competence, and compassion as career responsibilities. This in-depth experience in delivery of occupational therapy interventions is an essential foundation for graduate studies. At the completion of this fieldwork students will demonstrate significant progress toward competency for entry-level practice. OT majors only.  Prerequisites: All undergraduate OT courses and all other related required courses with a “C” or better; completion of all undergraduate program requirements including satisfactory completion of all level I fieldwork; approval of academic fieldwork coordinator, the site clinical fieldwork educator, and/or the Program Director; current certification in CPR and first aid; and current health and immunization status reports. Child abuse clearance, State Criminal Record Check, FBI background, and any other certification or testing that the fieldwork site requires. The student is responsible for maintaining current health insurance, travel, and accommodation expenses. Please refer to the Alvernia University OT Student Handbook for full FW II Practicum requirements. This course is graded pass/fail.

OT 483: Occupational Therapy Fieldwork - Practicum II (6 credits)
This is the second in a sequence of two full-time (approximately 32-40 hours per week depending on the site), 12-week or the equivalent, educational experiences at an approved fieldwork site off-campus.  It includes 1-2 seminars on campus.  Under the supervision of a qualified practitioner, the student integrates undergraduate academic course work by focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation in the administration and management of occupational therapy services. The fieldwork experience promotes clinical reasoning and reflective practice; and develops professionalism, competence, and compassion as career responsibilities. This in-depth experience in delivery of occupational therapy interventions in an essential foundation for graduate studies. At the completion of this fieldwork students will demonstrate beginning competency for entry-level, generalist, professional practice. OT majors only.  Prerequisites: Grade of “P” in OT 482. Where applicable: current certification in CPR and first aid; and current health and immunization status reports. Child abuse clearance, State Criminal Record Check, FBI background, and any other certification or testing that the fieldwork site requires. The student is responsible for maintaining current health insurance, travel, and accommodation expenses.  Please refer to the Alvernia University OT Student Handbook for full FW II Practicum requirements. This course is graded Pass/Fail

OT 513: Advocacy and Public Policy (3 credits)
This course focuses on the identification and analysis of those factors influencing the change within the profession and the promotion and development of leaders within the profession. Examines the needs, resources, policies and legislation affecting occupational therapy profession at the regional, national, and global levels. Issues of financing services, reimbursement, measuring outcomes, developing partnerships, grant writing, the development of business and marketing plans are presented.  The role of the practitioner as an educator, advocate, and consultant with a central focus on occupation and its relationship to health are examined. OT majors only.  Prerequisites: formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 482, OT 483.

OT 517: Advanced Interventions (4 credits)
Continuation of the use of knowledge gained during undergraduate studies and fieldwork experiences to study problems in clinical reasoning. Students refine critical thinking skills and actively direct their own learning to explore client-centered, evidence based occupational therapy practice in selected case studies.  All phases of the occupational therapy process are experienced through collaborative exercises, integrated lecture/laboratory classes, and field trips. The potential case studies represent persons with disorders and/or health conditions from birth through the end of life. OT majors only. Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the MS OT degree or Permission of the Program Director, OT 482 and 483.

OT 522: Leadership and Management (3 credits)
This course investigates the role of an occupational therapist as a supervisor, manager, and leader. Models of supervision and leadership are presented.  Students will identify the major organizational structures within the profession, their organizations, and further examine the contexts of service delivery including professional, federal, state, and local laws and accrediting agencies (i.e. NBCOT, AOTA, state licensing boards, CARF, JCAHO, etc.) as they relate to managing services and leading organizations. Students will explore the operational functions required within multiple practice settings, and consider different models for ethical leadership. OT majors only. Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 482 (Grade of “P”) and OT 483 (Grade of “P”).

OT 526: Current Trends In OT - Wellness & Public Health (3 credits)
This course will investigate timely topics of critical interest to occupational therapy professionals. The current focus will examine the role of the occupational therapist in the promotion of wellness & health, disability postponement, and prevention through the use of the public health and social models of disability. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between chronic disease, disability, occupational performance, and wellness from the societal perspective and of those living with disabilities. Presentation of historical analysis, healthcare discourse, cultural critique, evaluation and application of occupational therapy theories and philosophies will expand opportunities for service delivery to disadvantaged, underserved and/or nontraditional populations both in the Unites States and internationally. OT majors only. Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 482 (Grade of “P”) and OT 483 Grade of “P”). 

OT 605: Research Design (3 credits)
Exploration of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies used in occupational therapy, and critical evaluation of published research in the field.  Students will define an area of interest, identify an appropriate research design, and develop a research proposal.  By the end of the course students will have obtained approval for their research project from their research advisor and, if appropriate, have submitted a complete application with the Institutional Review Board.  OT majors only.  Prerequisites:  Matriculation into the MS OT degree program or Permission of the Program Director, MAT 208 or equivalent, Pre or Co-requisite OT 607.

OT 607: Data Analysis for the Occupational Therapist (3 credits)
This course is designed to familiarize students with the tools used to analyze data in the social sciences. In the quantitative tradition students will use mathematical and statistical tools including descriptive statistics, parametric and non-parametric inferential statistics to describe and analyze data. In the qualitative tradition students will use techniques to analyze artifacts to discover the meaning within the data. Issues of validity and reliability central to all research methodologies will be explored.  In preparation for their own graduate research projects, students will learn how to use computer software such as SPSS and ATLAS.ti to describe, analyze, and present data. OT majors only.  Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, MAT 208 or the equivalent (Grade “C” or higher).

OT 620: Research Report (3 credits)
Students will continue their learning about research in Occupational Therapy.  Critical review of professional literature will prepare students to be users of research in clinical practice.  Seminar discussions with faculty and fellow graduate students will provide opportunities to share and critique work.  Students will participate in a mentored research project.  For research work involving human subjects, no data collection will begin before approval for the project has been received from all necessary Institutional Review Boards (IRB).  Completion of the project initiated in the Research Design course will expand the understanding of the research process at the graduate level.  The capstone activity of this course is a written report.  OT majors only.  Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the MS OT degree program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 503 or OT 605, OT 607. Students must have earned a grade of B or higher in OT 503 or OT 605. Co-requisite OT 622.

OT 622: Research Seminar (1 credit)
Together with OT 620, this course includes the capstone activity for Masters of Occupational Therapy degree program and as such must reflect a high degree of scholarly competence by the student. Students working with a research faculty mentor will develop their research project in preparation for critical review.  For research work involving human subjects, no data collection will begin before approval for the project has been received from all necessary Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).  The culminating activity of this course will be an oral defense and then a presentation of the project to the public. OT majors only.  Prerequisites: Formal acceptance into the MS OT degree or Permission of the Program Director, OT 503 or OT 605, OT 607. *Students must have earned a grade of B or higher in OT 503 or OT 605. Co-requisite OT 620.

OT 624: Best Ethical Practice in Occupational Therapy (3 credits)
The role of the occupational therapist as an ethical professional will be examined and expanded upon in this course. Professional roles, values, ethics, and behaviors will be explored as these relate to respecting self, peers, colleagues, clients, and supervisors. Within the context of this course, students will become critical consumers of information, through the identification, examination and analysis of information relative to the profession.  Ethical and legal issues of malpractice and liability will be discussed. OT majors only.  Prerequisite: Formal acceptance into the OT Program or Permission of the Program Director, OT 482 (Grade of “P”) and OT 483 (Grade of “P”).

*Level I fieldwork requires a minimum of 40 hours for each of the designated courses.  Students are responsible for required health status, insurance, special clothing, travel expenses, and other designated prerequisites for each fieldwork experience.