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

The five-year Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy sample curriculum is listed below. With 124 credits of undergraduate courses, you’ll build the necessary background for your graduate study in occupational therapy.

After an extensive process involving the review of the latest trends in occupational therapy education, guiding documents published by the profession, and after consulting with external experts, the occupational therapy curriculum was revised to meet the challenges of a changing profession. The curriculum adopted has a two plus three format and includes course work in the major areas of occupational therapy practice. The curriculum emphasizes the use of occupational as a means of therapeutic intervention, critical thinking to solve problems in living, and ethical values as the core of professional development.

The Occupational Therapy faculty uses various course formats to help you learn, including case studies, lecture/discussion, group projects and simulation exercises to ensure what you gain in one course will reinforce and build on what you learn in others.

Curriculum

Semester 1 cr.  
Semester 2 cr.  
COL 110/160: First Year Seminar
COM 101: Composition & Research
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
THE 105: Foundations of Theology
OT 101: Introduction to OT



                                    TOTAL
3
3
3
3
3



14
PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology
PHI 105: Introduction to Philosophy
SOC 111: Principles of Sociology
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
BIO 107: Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 117: Anatomy & Physiology I Lab


                                    TOTAL
3
3
3
3
3
1


14

Semester 3

cr.

Semester 4

cr.
BIO 108: Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 118: Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
BIO 208: Neuroscience for Rehabilitation
MAT 208: Introductory Statistics
PSY 208: Human Dev. Across Lifespan
COR ART/MUSIC

                                              TOTAL
3
1
3
4
3
3

17
COR LITERATURE
THE/PHI (200-400 LEVEL)
CORE HISTORY
AREA II CORE
BIO 211: Kinesiology


                                              TOTAL
3
3
3
3
4


16

Semester 5

cr.    

Semester 6

cr.    

PED 304: Wellness for Life
OT 321: Activity Analysis
OT 323: Paradigms/Theory
OT 325: OT Pathology
OT 327: OT Process
OT 381: Fieldwork I (FW & Seminar)
                                             




TOTAL      

3
3
3
3
3
1






17

CORE COMMUNICATION
PSY 403: Psychopathology
OT 332: Adapting & Grading -Low Tech
OT 334: Occupational Performance I (Pediatric)
OT 335: Occupational Performance II (Adult)
OT 382: Fieldwork II (FW & Seminar)


                                              TOTAL
3
3
3
4

4

1


18

Semester 7

cr.

Semester 8

cr.
THE/PHI (200-400 Level)
OT 421: Occupational Performance III  (Beh. Health)
OT 423: Occupational Performance IV (Geriatric)
OT 427: Adapting & Grading -High Tech
COR 510: Moral Leadership
OT 481: Fieldwork I/Seminar III


                                              TOTAL
3
4

4

3
3
1


18
OT 482: Level II Fieldwork Practicum I
OT 483: Level II Fieldwork Practicum II
COR 600: Professional Ethics







                                              TOTAL
6
6
3







15


Semester 9


cr.

 

Semester 10


cr.
OT 605: Research Design
OT 607: Data Analysis for OTs
OT 513: Advocacy & Public Policy
OT 517: Advanced Interventions



                                              TOTAL
3
3
3
4



13
OT 620: Research Report
OT 622: Research Seminar
OT 624: Best Ethical Practice in OT
OT 522: Leadership & Management
OT 526: Current Trends in OT: Wellness 
            & Public Health

                                              TOTAL
3
1
3
3
3


13