Occupational Therapy

Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Health Professions
801B Clark Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211
(573) 882-3988

Advising Contact
MUOT@health.missouri.edu

Scholarship Information Contact
MUOT@health.missouri.edu

Occupational therapists are skilled health professionals who provide services to infants, children, adults and older persons experiencing physical, emotional or mental limitations in performing everyday activities. The department’s philosophy supports a holistic model that emphasizes empowerment and the mind, body, spirit. The curriculum focuses on the value of occupation in relationship to health and wellness. The department’s mission is to produce competent practitioners who can meet the challenges and changes occurring in institutions, community-based programs and educational settings in both urban and rural areas of Missouri.

Occupational therapists are employed in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, mental health facilities, nursing homes, home health agencies, community health programs and industry. As independent health practitioners, they are also involved in business, working with disability claims, in work-hardening programs and wellness/health promotion, or as proprietors of their own therapy services. Occupational therapists also work as educators, administrators, consultants and researchers.

The department offers a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy (BHS) followed by the entry level master degree (MOT). To become a registered therapist the master degree is required.

Department accreditation is granted by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-3425, (301) 652-2682.

Assistant Professor K. Hebert**, D. Smith**, A. Bonsall**
Associate Clinical Professor G. Krug, L. Lowery
Assistant Teaching Professor C. Gateley, S. Chakraborty**
Clinical Instructor B. Stevenson, W. Henderson
Instructor T. Bolton

*

Graduate Faculty Member - membership is required to teach graduate-level courses, chair master's thesis committees, and serve on doctoral examination and dissertation committees.

**

Doctoral Faculty Member - membership is required to chair doctoral examination or dissertation committees.  Graduate faculty membership is a prerequisite for Doctoral faculty membership.

Department of Occupational Therapy
School of Health Professions
801B Clark Hall, Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-3988; FAX 573-884-2610
http://shp.missouri.edu/ot/

The School of Health Professions offers an entry level master’s degree in occupational therapy. Students apply to the Department of Occupational Therapy as an undergraduate, receive a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Therapy (BHS-OT) and continue on to graduate level courses. Student with completed bachelor degree at time of application to the program may opt to take all program courses at graduate level. Graduate courses are only offered to students enrolled in the program. The degree program is approved to meet accreditation requirements requiring a graduate degree. Contact the Department of Occupational Therapy for more information regarding the degree.

Accreditation & Certification

The Department of Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3425, (301) 652-2682.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), Inc. 12 South Summit Ave., Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150, telephone (301) 990-7979; Fax (301) 869-8492.

Financial Aid from the Program

Check the School of Health Professions website at http://shp.missouri.edu for scholarship information.

OC_THR 1000: Introduction to Occupational Therapy

Introductory course to provide students information about the occupational therapy profession. Registered therapists lecture on clinical aspects. Students participate in discussions on program requirements, placement, and trends in the profession.

Credit Hour: 1


OC_THR 2001: Topics in Occupational Therapy

Organized study of selective topics in occupational therapy. Particular topics and credit hours may vary from semester to semester. Repeatable upon consent of department.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: freshman or sophomore standing; instructor's consent


OC_THR 2085: Problems in Occupational Therapy

Independent investigation leading to the completion of a project or paper.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: freshman or sophomore standing; instructor's consent


OC_THR 4001: Topics in Occupational Therapy

Organized study of selective topics in occupational therapy. Particular topics and credit hours may vary from semester to semester. Repeatable upon consent of department.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: junior standing; instructor's consent


OC_THR 4060: Professional Issues

Introduction to the structures of the profession including professional association, philosophical and ethical perspectives and preparation for client contact. Includes experiential instruction in infection control.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: acceptance into the occupational therapy program. Graded on A-F basis only


OC_THR 4085: Problems in Occupational Therapy

Independent investigation leading to the completion of a project or paper. Repeatable upon consent of department.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: junior standing; instructor's consent


OC_THR 4220: Clinical Kinesiology

(same as PH_THR 4250). This course for occupational therapy students examines the musculoskeletal system with special emphasis in body movements and the application of laws and biomechanical principles that govern movement in order to select and perform effective occupation-based treatment. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: acceptance into the occupational therapy program


OC_THR 4240: Applied Neurophysiology for Allied Health Students

(same as C_S_D 4430 and PH_THR 4240). Principles of basic neurophysiology, emphasizing correlation of structure and function of the nervous system. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3


OC_THR 4270: Clinical Pathophysiology

(same as PH_THR 4270). Interdisciplinary and case-based examination of the pathophysiology, prevention and general health management of disease/injury across the lifespan encountered in occupational and physical therapy practice. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: successful completion of prior professional coursework


OC_THR 4310: Foundations of Occupational Therapy

History, contemporary practice, conceptual foundations, professional organizations and official documents of the OT profession are presented. Activity analysis, adaptation, and assistive technology are introduced in the context of promoting health and occupational participation. Graded on A-F only basis.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: PTH_AS 4222 with a grade of "C" or better. Admission to the Occupational Therapy professional program required


OC_THR 4350: Rehabilitation Practice

Analysis of major disability areas from an occupational perspective. Administration and interpretation of assessments and application of treatment theories and approaches for deficits in movement, sensation, cognition and perception. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: Must be admitted to the Occupational Therapy Professional Program


OC_THR 4390: Lifespan Assessment

Introduction to occupational therapy evaluation: interviewing, screening, assessment, and documentation. Overview of the characteristics of instruments and interpretation of data. Basic evaluation skills in occupational therapy across the lifespan are introduced. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3


OC_THR 4420: Lifespan Occupations I

Overview of typical development from infancy through adolescence from an occupational perspective. Emphasis on the impact of personal and contextual factors on occupational development in children and adolescents. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Admission to Occupational Therapy professional program and satisfactory completion of all previous professional program coursework (C or better for Undergraduates)


OC_THR 4422: Fieldwork I - Children

Development of clinical observation skills via on-site observation of children with typical and atypical development. Opportunities to gather and organize data, plan and implement activities, and develop therapeutic relationships with children and their care providers. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Admission to Occupational Therapy professional program and satisfactory completion of all previous professional program coursework (C or better for undergraduates)


OC_THR 4450: Pediatric Practice

Lecture and laboratory course designed which addresses Occupational Therapypediatric frames of reference and theories. Common conditions seen in Occupational Therapy practice as well as interventions such as feeding, positioning, facilitation of movement and sensory strategies are also addressed. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy professional program


OC_THR 4520: Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy

This course will provide an overview of disability across the lifespan, including personal and professional interactions. Professional values, ethics and advocacy are also emphasized.Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: Restricted to students currently enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Program


OC_THR 4620: Lifespan Occupations II

Overview of biopsychosocial development and the aging process from young adulthood through older adulthood from an occupational perspective. Emphasis on the impact of client and contextual factors on occupational development and loss of occupations throughout the adult lifespan. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy professional program and satisfactory completion of all previous professional program coursework (C or better for undergraduate; B or better for graduate)


OC_THR 4622: Fieldwork I Older Adults

Development of evaluation and intervention skills via on-site interaction with older adults in a residential facility. Opportunities to gather data, plan/implement activities, document client performance, and develop therapeutic relationships with older adults and care providers. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy professional program and satisfactory completion of all previous professional program coursework (C or better for undergraduate; B or better for graduate)


OC_THR 4650: Lifespan Interventions

This course provides a foundational overview of common treatment theories and frames of reference that guide intervention planning across the lifespan. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: OC_THR 4310 and OC_THR 4520. Restricted to students who are currently enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Program


OC_THR 4670: Hand and Upper Extremity Intervention

To gain entry level skills needed to evaluate and treat common upper extremity conditions, including acute injuries and cumulative trauma disorders. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: PTH_AS 4222 or PTH_AS 7222, OC_THR 4220 or OC_THR 7220, OC_THR 4390 or OC_THR 7390


OC_THR 4740: Neurophysiology II

This course provides an introduction to basic concepts in neurophysiology and neuropsychology that are needed to understand disorders of cognition and psychopathology encountered by occupational therapists. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Restricted to Occupational Therapy students only


OC_THR 4750: Cognition Across the Lifespan

This course introduces students to theoretical models, assessment, and treatment in cognitive rehabilitation. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Restricted to Occupational Therapy Majors


OC_THR 4770: Community-Based Practice

Focus on role of occupational therapy in prevention, health and wellness. Program development and evaluation completed through community needs assessment and completion of health promotion project. Graded on A-F only basis.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: acceptance into major and completion of program year 1


OC_THR 4920: Clinical Documentation

Development of observation and assessment skills related to effective documentation of occupational therapy services. Emphasizes exposure to various clinical settings, and third party payers, and legislative policies impacting documentation. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Restricted to students admitted to the professional program


OC_THR 4943: Fieldwork: Clinical

Clinical experience in occupational therapy settings. Emphasis on classroom to clinical transition. Exposure to the occupational therapy process; assessment, planning, implementation. Emphasis on professional communication and observational skills. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: completion of 1st semester in major in professional curriculum; junior standing


OC_THR 4960: Readings in Occupational Therapy

Directed readings of the literature and research in occupational therapy. Repeatable upon consent of department.

Credit Hour: 1-99
Prerequisites: junior standing, instructor's consent


OC_THR 4970: Research Methods

This course will use writing to explore basic concepts in research design and analysis. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Restricted to Occupational Therapy Majors


OC_THR 7000: Research Project

Supervised experience in scientific investigation. In this course students will develop hypotheses, establish protocols/procedures, collect/analyze data, and interpret results.

Credit Hours: 2


OC_THR 7001: Topics in Occupational Therapy

Organized study of selected topics in occupational therapy. Particular topics and credit hours may vary from semester to semester. Repeatable upon consent of department. Course may be offered on S/U or A-F basis.

Credit Hour: 1-99


OC_THR 7005: Research Project-Mentor Hours

Hours spent working with research mentor on research proposal. Emphasis on understanding project, designing project and collecting data for project. May be repeated for credit. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Corequisites: OC_THR 7000


OC_THR 7060: Professional Issues

Introduction to the structures of the profession including professional associations, philosophical and ethical perspectives, the meaning of occupation and preparation for client contact. Includes experiential instruction in surface anatomy and infection control. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the occupational therapy program


OC_THR 7085: Problems in Occupational Therapy

Independent investigation leading to the completion of a project or paper. Repeatable upon consent of department. May be offered on S/U or A-F basis.

Credit Hour: 1-99


OC_THR 7220: Clinical Kinesiology

(same as PH_THR 7250). This course for occupational therapy students examines the musculoskeletal system with special emphasis in body movement and the application of laws and biomechanical principles that govern movement in order to select and perform effective occupation-based treatment. Acceptance into the occupational therapy program. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3


OC_THR 7240: Applied Neurophysiology for the Allied Health Student

(same as PH_THR 7240). Principles of basic neurophysiology, emphasizing correlation of structure and function of the nervous system. Graded on A-F basis only

Credit Hours: 3


OC_THR 7270: Clinical Pathophysiology

(same as PH_THR 7270). Interdisciplinary and case-based examination of the pathophysiology, prevention and general health management of disease/injury across the lifespan encountered in occupational and physical therapy practice. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Professional Program required


OC_THR 7310: Foundations of Occupational Therapy

History, contemporary practice, conceptual foundations, professional organizations and official documents of the OT profession are presented. Activity analysis, adaptation, and assistive technology are introduced in the context of promoting health and occupational participation. Graded on A-F only basis.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: PTH_AS 4222 with a grade of "C" or better. Admission to the Occupational Therapy professional program required


OC_THR 7350: Rehabilitation Practice

Analysis of major disability areas from an occupational perspective. Administration and interpretation of assessments and application of treatment theories and approached for deficits in movement, sensation, cognition, and perception. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy professional program


OC_THR 7390: Lifespan Assessment

Introduction to occupational therapy evaluation: interviewing, screening, assessment, and documentation. Overview of the characteristics of instruments and interpretation of data. Basic evaluation skills in occupational therapy across the lifespan are introduced. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3


OC_THR 7420: Lifespan Occupations I

Overview of typical development from infancy through adolescence from an occupational perspective. Emphasis on the impact of personal and contextual factors on occupational development in children and adolescents. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Admission to Occupational Therapy professional program and satisfactory completion of all previous professional program coursework (B or better for graduate students)


OC_THR 7422: Fieldwork I - Children

Development of clinical observation skills via on-site observation of children with typical and atypical development. Opportunities to gather and organize data, plan and implement activities, and develop therapeutic relationships with children and their care providers. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Admission to Occupational Therapy professional program and satisfactory completion of all previous professional program coursework (C or better for undergrad; B or better for graduates)


OC_THR 7450: Pediatric Practice

Lecture and laboratory course designed which addresses Occupational Therapy pediatric frames of reference and theories. Common conditions seen in Occupational Therapy practice as well as interventions such as feeding, positioning, facilitation of movement and sensory strategies are also addressed. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy professional program required


OC_THR 7510: Professional Perspectives

The course will provide an understanding of personal and professional communication through experiential activities and team learning. The focus will be on the formation of professional and therapeutic relationships and development of leadership skills. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Professional Program required


OC_THR 7520: Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy

This course will provide an overview of disability across the lifespan, including personal and professional interactions. Professional values, ethics and advocacy are also emphasized. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: Restricted to students who are currently enrolled in to the Occupational Therapy program


OC_THR 7590: Disability In Context

Community experiences are provided for observation, interview, assessment, and relational skills with persons experiencing disabilities throughout the lifespan. Professional and therapeutic relationships encompassing holism are discussed. Seminar weekly. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2


OC_THR 7620: Lifespan Occupations II

Overview of biopsychosocial development and the aging process from young adulthood through older adulthood from an occupational perspective. Emphasis on the impact of client and contextual factors on occupational development and loss of occupations throughout the adult lifespan. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy professional program and satisfactory completion of all previous professional program coursework (C or better for undergraduate; B or better for graduate)


OC_THR 7622: Fieldwork I Older Adults

Development of evaluation and intervention skills via on-site interaction with older adults in a residential facility. Opportunities to gather data, plan/implement activities, document client performance, and develop therapeutic relationships with older adults and care providers. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy professional program and satisfactory completion of all previous professional program coursework (C or better for undergraduate; B or better for graduate)


OC_THR 7650: Lifespan Interventions

This course provides a foundational overview of common treatment theories and frames of reference that guide intervention planning across the lifespan. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 4
Prerequisites: OC_THR 4310 or OC_THR 7310 and OC_THR 4520 or OC_THR 7520. Restricted to students who are currently enrolled in the Occupational Therapy Program


OC_THR 7670: Hand and Upper Extremity Intervention

To gain entry level skills needed to evaluate and treat common upper extremity conditions, including acute injuries and cumulative trauma disorders. Graded on A-F basis only .

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: PTH_AS 4222 or PTH_AS 7222, OC_THR 4220 or OC_THR 7220, OC_THR 4390 or OC_THR 7390


OC_THR 7740: Neurophysiology II

This course provides an introduction to basic concepts in neurophysiology and neuropsychology that are needed to understand disorders of cognition and psychopathology encountered by occupational therapists. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Restricted to Occupational Therapy students only


OC_THR 7750: Cognition Across the Lifespan

This course introduces students to theoretical models, assessment, and treatment in cognitive rehabilitation. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: restricted to Occupational Therapy Majors


OC_THR 7770: Community-Based Practice

Focus on role of occupational therapy in prevention, health and wellness. Program development and evaluation completed through community needs assessment and completion of health promotion project. Graded on A-F only basis.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Admission to the Occupational Therapy Professional Program


OC_THR 7920: Fieldwork I Application of Clinical Skills

Application of clinical reasoning. Integration of theory into clinical practice. Emphasis on treatment planning and implementation, outcome based intervention and professional communication. Includes lecture, seminar, and field experience. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hours: 2


OC_THR 7921: Clinical Documentation

Development of observation and assessment skills related to effective documentation of occupational therapy services. Emphasizes exposure to various clinical settings, third party payers, and legislative policies impacting documentation. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2
Prerequisites: Admission to the professional program


OC_THR 7960: Readings in Occupational Therapy

Directed readings and critical evaluation of the literature and research in occupational therapy. Repeatable upon consent of department. May be offered on A-F or S/U basis.

Credit Hour: 1-99


OC_THR 7970: Research Methods

This course will use writing to explore basic concepts in research design and analysis. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Restricted to Occupational Therapy Majors


OC_THR 7983: Fieldwork Level II-A

Advanced practicum in various community settings such as the school system, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and residential facilities. Emphasis on hands-on experiences and translation of theory into practice. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 3-9


OC_THR 7993: Fieldwork Level II-B

Advanced practicum in rehabilitation and various community settings for application of more specialized practice in community based settings. Emphasis on critical analysis of human occupation, clinical reasoning, synthesis, and evidence based practice. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 3-9


OC_THR 8000: Field Work 1 - Mental Health Practice

Fieldwork experience in a mental health setting requiring integration of learned concepts in mental health practice as evidenced thru observation and intervention in individual and group psychosocial treatments. Course may be repeated. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: Restricted to Occupational Therapy students
Corequisites: OC_THR 8003


OC_THR 8002: Leadership, Management and Policy

Management perspectives and organizational structure of occupational therapy services programs and the profession. Includes inter- and intra departmental relationships, management and supervision, standards, regulations, and ethical guidelines are emphasized.

Credit Hour: 2-3


OC_THR 8003: Mental Health Practice

This graduate course will examine the practice of occupational therapy in treating emotional and mental illnesses and related psychosocial dysfunction in the context of a variety of mental health treatment settings. The course will cover advanced frames of reference, treatment strategies, assessments, service delivery, program planning and group facilitation. In conjunction with didactic content students will actively explore these areas through hands on and practical learning experiences such as planning and leading groups, selecting and administering assessments, and developing a service delivery plan. The student will be required to complete an assigned field experience and write a reflection paper to insight and new perspectives on mental illness.

Credit Hours: 3


OC_THR 8005: Advanced Adult Strategies

Analysis of major disability areas from an occupational perspective, focusing on advanced rehabilitative practice techniques. Facilitates critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills utilizing a student-centered model.

Credit Hours: 3


OC_THR 8006: Advanced Pediatric Strategies

Explore topics related to occupational therapy pediatric practice in medical and educational settings and advanced topics such as assistive technology, working with special populations and evidence based practice. Course graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: OC_THR 4420 or OC_THR 7420 and OC_THR 4450 or OC_THR 7450; Restricted to students in the Department of Occupational Therapy


OC_THR 8087: Problem-Based Cases

Synthesizes occupational therapy approaches to clinical scenarios across the lifespan and practice domains. Integrates clinical reasoning, patient values and evidence-based decision making into the occupational therapy process. Problem-based methodology emphasizes small group learning, problem solving, self/peer evaluation, and self-directed learning.

Credit Hours: 4


OC_THR 8090: Synthesis Project

Write up scholarly manuscript for publication based on research conducted with research mentor. Emphasis on writing: introduction, literature review, analysis and interpretation of findings, and implication for field. Presentation and dissemination of acquired information through poster session and manuscript. Graded on A-F basis only.

Credit Hours: 2


OC_THR 8095: Synthesis Project - Mentor Hours

Hours spent working with research mentor. Emphasis on data collection and analysis to complete synthesis project. Must be taken in conjunction with Synthesis Project course.

Credit Hour: 1
Corequisites: OC_THR 8090. Graded on S/U basis only


OC_THR 8900: Adult Clinical Practice

This is a clinical course in which the student will engage in the occupational therapy process with an adult client from evaluation through discharge under the direct supervision of a licensed occupational therapist. Seminars will be used for clinical discussion. Course may be repeated. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: OC_THR 4350 and OC_THR 4390 or OC_THR 7390 and OC_THR 4650 or OC_THR 7650; Students must be enrolled in the Department of Occupational Therapy


OC_THR 8950: Pediatric Clinical Practice

Clinical course providing students with opportunities to provide assessment, treatment planning and other aspects of client care in a supervised setting. Course may be repeated. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: OC_THR 4450 and OC_THR 4650 or OC_THR 7650; students must be enrolled in the Department of Occupational Therapy


OC_THR 8999: Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice

This course provides to provide students with opportunities to participate in adult or pediatric clinical Occupational Therapy practice. Students will be assigned a client who is seeking Occupational Therapy services. With supervision students will provide evaluation, and develop treatment goals. Graded on S/U basis only.

Credit Hour: 1
Prerequisites: OC_THR 4390 or OC_THR 7390 and OC_THR 4650 or OC_THR 7650. Restricted to students who are currently enrolled into the Occupational Therapy Program