Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The Department of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (HERS) offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) is an entry-level professional degree program designed specifically for students who have not obtained the national Board of Certification in athletic training.  This degree is for students who have completed a bachelor degree in Kinesiology or a related field, and now wish to pursue a degree in athletic training.  The major objectives of the MSAT are to prepare students to make impactful contributions in the global healthcare community, develop decision-making skills through critical analysis, and prepare students for successful completion of the national Board of Certification exam.
  • Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) is currently pending SACSCOC accreditation. 

Information for the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT)

Students must be accepted into the MSAT and the graduate school prior to beginning coursework.  All students start coursework during the summer session.  The program follows a healthcare cohort model, and the designated course sequence must be followed.  The degree requires a combination of coursework and clinical rotations.  Students must make a “C” or better in all coursework.  Refer to the MSAT website for more information.

ATRN 5351Athletic Training Techniques3
ATRN 5452Therapeutic Interventions4
ATRN 5453Orthopedic Assessment I4
ATRN 5454Orthopedic Assessment II4
ATRN 5455Therapeutic Exercise4
ATRN 5356Evidence Based Practice & Research3
ATRN 5458General Medical Assessment4
ATRN 5363Orthopedic Assessment III3
ATRN 5359Trends in Athletic Training3
ATRN 5360Healthcare Administration3
ATRN 5361Empowering Success3
ATRN 5362Cultural Experiences in Global Healthcare3
KINE 5383 Fitness and Wellness Applications in Athletic Training 3
ATRN 5191Clinical I1
ATRN 5192Clinical II1
ATRN 5194Clinical IV1
ATRN 5293Clinical III2
ATRN 5353Emergency Assessment and Care3
ATRN 5358Pharmacology in Athletic Training3
Total Hours55

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

The entry level doctorate in occupational therapy (O.T.D.) degree is a professional degree that prepares students with baccalaureate degrees in other fields to become occupational therapists. The curriculum is taught in Stephenville location and clinical experiences are scheduled in various locations locally, statewide and nationally, depending on offerings. Graduates from Tarleton State University’s OTD program will be uniquely and intentionally prepared, by their experiences at an interdisciplinary facility within the College of Health Sciences, to practice within interdisciplinary teams as leaders and innovators in current and emerging practice settings with a strong focus evidenced-based occupational therapy with rural and underrepresented populations within the community.

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

This program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

OTHS 6100Introduction to OT Practice and Science of Occupation1
OTHS 6101Medical Terminology1
OTHS 6102Lifespan Occupations1
OTHS 6303Biomechanics in OT Practice3
OTHS 6304Abnormal Psychology in OT Practice3
OTHS 6305Neuroscience in OT Practice3
OTHS 6210Occupations, Foundations and Activity Analysis2
OTHS 6311Occupations and Rehabilitation for the Adult Population3
OTHS 6312Assistive Technology and Accessibility for the Adult Population3
OTHS 6213Evidence Based Practice and Scholarship 1: Evidence Synthesis2
OTHS 6114Interdisciplinary Practice 11
OTHS 6115Rural Practice: Population and Context1
OTHS 6220Advanced Occupations, Foundations and Activity Analysis2
OTHS 6321Occupations and Rehabilitation for the Pediatric Population3
OTHS 6322Advanced Assistive Technology and Accessibility for the Pediatric Population3
OTHS 6223Evidence Based Practice and Scholarship 2: Qualitative Studies2
OTHS 6124Interdisciplinary Practice 21
OTHS 6125Rural Practice: Delivery and Access 1
OTHS 6330Occupations and Rehabilitation in Mental Health and Community3
OTHS 6231Occupational Therapy Specialty Practice2
OTHS 6232Evidence Based Practice and Scholarship 3: Quantitative Studies 2
OTHS 6233Mental Health Professional Practice and Level 12
OTHS 6135Rural Practice: Groups and Innovations1
OTHS 6240OT Entrepreneurship and Business2
OTHS 6241Program Development, Prevention and Wellness in OT Practice 2
OTHS 6242Teaching and Learning in OT Practice2
OTHS 6243OT Leadership, Policy and Advocacy2
OTHS 6244Fieldwork Preparation and Clinical Competencies2
OTHS 6145Rural Practice: Outcomes and Funding1
OTHS 6146Capstone Prep 1: Needs Assessment 1
OTHS 6251Capstone Prep 2: Literature Review2
OTHS 6691Fieldwork A 6
OTHS 6692Fieldwork B6
OTHS 6261Capstone Prep 3: Project Design and Experimental Plan2
OTHS 6880Capstone Experience8
OTHS 6280Capstone 4: Project Implementation and Evaluation2
One Approved OTHS Elective2
Total Hours86

Athletic Training Courses

ATRN 5191. Clinical I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Clinical I is designed to allow integration and evaluation of athletic training competencies and proficiencies in a clinical environment under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Clinical settings for hands on, supervised experience might include (but is not limited to) university, high school, clinic/outreach, hospital, industrial, or military. Prerequisite: ATRN 5351.

ATRN 5192. Clinical II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Clinical II is designed to allow integration and evaluation of athletic training competencies and proficiencies in a clinical environment under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Clinical settings for hands on, supervised experience might include (but is not limited to) university, high school, clinic/outreach, hospital, industrial, or military. Prerequisite: ATRN 5191.

ATRN 5194. Clinical IV. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 9 Hours).

Clinical IV is designed to allow integration and evaluation of athletic training competencies and proficiencies in a clinical environment under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Clinical settings for hands on, supervised experience might include (but is not limited to) university, high school, clinic/outreach, hospital, industrial, or military. Prerequisite: ATRN 5293.

ATRN 5293. Clinical III. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 18 Hours).

Clinical III is designed to allow integration and evaluation of athletic training competencies and proficiencies in a clinical environment under the supervision of an approved preceptor. Clinical settings for hands on, supervised experience might include (but is not limited to) university, high school, clinic/outreach, hospital, industrial, or military. This course provides students the opportunity to experience fall two-a-day workouts with an assigned setting. Prerequisite: ATRN 5192.

ATRN 5351. Athletic Training Techniques. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An overview and practice of basic athletic training techniques used for the prevention and care of injuries to the physically active patient. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT degree program.

ATRN 5353. Emergency Assessment and Care. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course will teach the athletic training knowledge and skills required to evaluated and manage traumatic injuries and illnesses found among the physically active. It is a comprehensive course for the athletic trainer who must initially evaluate and stabilize the patient in an emergent situation. The course teaches rapid assessment, intervention, resuscitation, packaging, and transportation of injured and ill patients. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT degree program.

ATRN 5356. Evidence Based Practice & Research. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course addresses the role of research in the athletic training profession including conducting research, research sources utilization and dissemination, and principles of evidence based practice. This class will help you learn to take challenging clinical issues and apply a step by step process of evidence based practice in order to find solutions. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT degree program.

ATRN 5358. Pharmacology in Athletic Training. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course will provide the instruction on principles and issues of the physiological and psychological response to pharmacological use along with possible abuse of substances with an emphasis placed on the basic principles of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. This course is intended to provide the student with the expanded theoretical background required for the use and regulation of medications and their therapeutic usage with an active population. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT degree program.

ATRN 5359. Trends in Athletic Training. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Students will learn about and discuss current trends and issues within the athletic training profession. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT degree program.

ATRN 5360. Healthcare Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Overview of administrative principles related to the operation of an athletic training program and healthcare facility. Prerequisite: Co or pre-requisite of ATRN 5356.

ATRN 5361. Empowering Success. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is an integrative learning experience drawing on all previous coursework in order to complete a project that is impactful in the healthcare community. Additionally, students are required to register and prepare for their BOC certification exam as part of this course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT program.

ATRN 5362. Cultural Experiences in Global Healthcare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to allow a cultural healthcare experience abroad. Students may be exposed to non-traditional medical techniques as well as assist in teaching prevention and care techniques to active individuals while participating in educational activities while abroad. Locations and experiences will vary by year. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT program.

ATRN 5363. Orthopedic Assessment III. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

The study and integration of orthopedic assessment techniques to distinguish axial skeletal injuries common to the physically active patient. Posture and gait analysis are also applied to the assessment process. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT program.

ATRN 5383. Fitness and Wellness Applications in Athletic Training. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is designed to teach students how to instruct clients/patients in the basic principles of ergodynamics and their relationship to the prevention of illness and injury.

ATRN 5452. Therapeutic Interventions. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Investigation of the scientific principles and the application of therapeutic modalities and pharmacological agents in athletic training. Includes therapeutic purposes, indications, contraindications, and adverse effects. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT program.

ATRN 5453. Orthopedic Assessment I. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

The study and integration of orthopedic assessment techniques to distinguish lower extremity injuries common to the physically active patient. Posture and gait analysis are also applied to the assessment process. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT program.

ATRN 5454. Orthopedic Assessment II. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

The study and integration of orthopedic assessment techniques to distinguish upper extremity injuries common to the physically active patient Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT program.

ATRN 5455. Therapeutic Exercise. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

The theory and application of therapeutic exercise tools and techniques in the rehabilitation of injuries to the physically active patient. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT program.

ATRN 5458. General Medical Assessment. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 4 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

This course provides an understanding of injury, illness and/or disease of various body systems (including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, dermatological, neurological, etc). The course includes discussion of diagnostics and interventions, as well as participation considerations for physically active patients. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the MSAT program.

Occupational Therapy Courses

OTHS 6100. Introduction to OT Practice and Science of Occupation. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Provides introduction to occupation science, occupations, and occupational therapy practice. Discussion of history of OT, OT theories and philosophies. Introduce patient and lab safety measures: OSHA, HIPPA, blood borne pathogens, universal precautions. Review procedures obtaining and reading patient basic vitals. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Related to Program Outcomes: This course prepares students for courses occupational therapy practice with an intentional focus on introductory components. This content is essential to understand occupational therapy practice foundations. This course is completed the first semester of the OTD program to ensure foundational knowledge is attained. Prerequisite: Admission into OTD program.

OTHS 6101. Medical Terminology. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduce students to the language of medicine. Gain an understanding of basic elements, rules of building and analyzing medical words, and medical terms associated with the body as a whole. Utilizing a systems-approach, define, interpret, and pronounce medical terms relating to structure and function, pathology, diagnosis, clinical procedures, oncology, and pharmacology. In addition to medical terms, common abbreviations applicable to each system will be interpreted. This course provides a foundation for medical documentation in occupational therapy practice and in healthcare systems. Emphasis is placed on the components of medical terminology, diagnosis and medical abbreviations. Online delivery using an open education resource. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Related to Program Outcomes: This course prepares students for courses occupational therapy practice, specifically documentation expectations in practice settings. This is course is a precursor for OT practice and related to Thread 1. This course is completed the first semester of the OTD program to ensure foundational knowledge is attained. Prerequisite: Admission into OTD program.

OTHS 6102. Lifespan Occupations. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Provides foundational instruction on human development across the life span including age-appropriate occupations, and the role of context and culture in shaping how and what people do throughout their life span. Focus on sociocultural, socioeconomic, diversity and lifestyle choices. Experiential learning and observations may be part of class activities and assignments. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Related to Program Outcomes: This course provides foundational knowledge regarding lifespan development and related occupations. Additionally, it introduces how occupations can be impacted by changes in development, environmental access or change. This course is completed the first semester of the OTD program to ensure foundational knowledge is attained. Prerequisite: Admission into OTD program.

OTHS 6114. Interdisciplinary Practice 1. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Interdisciplinary engagement with various professional students, instructors and providers. Focus on care coordination, case management, transitions, referrals, and intra and interprofessional collaborations among team members. Introduction and practice in team dynamics, professional communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, critical thinking and clinical reasoning among teams. Understanding interdisciplinary team member roles to support appropriate care referral discussed. Highlight and communicate the distinct value of occupational therapy practice in interdisciplinary teams. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6115. Rural Practice: Population and Context. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus on rural communities and contexts in occupational therapy service delivery and practice. Focus on social determinants of health, community and population needs. Introduction to rural populations and accessibility to health services. May include observations and engagement in local community. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6124. Interdisciplinary Practice 2. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Interdisciplinary engagement with various professional students, instructors and providers. Focus on care coordination, case management, transitions, referrals, and intra and interprofessional collaborations among team members. Introduction and practice in team dynamics, professional communication, conflict resolution, problem solving, critical thinking and clinical reasoning among teams. Understanding interdisciplinary team member roles to support appropriate care referral discussed. Highlight and communicate the distinct value of occupational therapy practice in interdisciplinary teams. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6125. Rural Practice: Delivery and Access. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus on local rural communities and contexts as it impacts occupational therapy practice, service, and accessibility. Focus on social determinants of health, community and diverse population needs. Introduction to contexts, public health, welfare and accessibility to health services. May include observations and engagement in local community. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6135. Rural Practice: Groups and Innovations. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus on rural communities and contexts as it impacts occupational therapy practice, service, and accessibility.  Focus on social determinants of health, community and diverse population needs. Application of gradation, adaptation, consultation and innovative interventions based on community/population/group needs. May include observations and engagement in local community.  This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6145. Rural Practice: Outcomes and Funding. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus on rural communities and contexts as it impacts occupational therapy practice, service, and accessibility.  Focus on wellness and prevention outcomes in rural community, primary care and community programs, evolving services delivery models and quality management and improvement. Investigation of local and supportive grant options for programs. May include observations and engagement in local community.  This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6146. Capstone Prep 1: Needs Assessment. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

First course in capstone series, focus on needs assessment for community served in capstone project. Special focus on rural and underserved community needs. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6210. Occupations, Foundations and Activity Analysis. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Overview of OT history, philosophies, theories, models of practice and frames of reference. Comprehensive application of the occupational therapy practice framework (areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, contents, environments, and client factors) through activity and occupational analysis in a variety of practice contexts and environments. Lab and practice safety reviewed. Experiential learning and observations may be a part of class activities and assignments. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6213. Evidence Based Practice and Scholarship 1: Evidence Synthesis. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to literature appraisal through evidence synthesis. Locate, select, critique and synthesize quantitative and qualitative studies as part of clinical reasoning and evidence-based decision making. Critically appraised topics are developed using a PICO question related to occupational therapy practice. Review IRB process and ethical considerations. Consideration of various factors that impact occupational therapy services, including political and social systems. Dissemination of topics researched. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6220. Advanced Occupations, Foundations and Activity Analysis. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Advanced activity and occupation-based analysis based on clinical or practice case study or experience. Discussion of OT Frames of Reference in practice. Advanced application of the occupational therapy practice framework through activity and occupational analysis. Introduction to therapeutic use of self and group process. Integration of evidence to support wellness and prevention in OT practice. Focus on task gradation and adapted environments. Experiential learning and observations may be a part of class activities and assignments. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6223. Evidence Based Practice and Scholarship 2: Qualitative Studies. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Application and evaluation of qualitative studies in occupational therapy practice with a focus on skills, techniques, and knowledge necessary to independently engage in this methodology.  Review IRB process and ethical considerations. Dissemination of topics presented after conclusion of study completed in course. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6231. Occupational Therapy Specialty Practice. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Focus on specialty areas in occupational therapy practice which may include: brain injury, CVA, spinal cord injury, equine therapy, school based, early intervention, work hardening, ergonomics, hands, ortho, telehealth and virtual environments. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6232. Evidence Based Practice and Scholarship 3: Quantitative Studies. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Application and evaluation of quantitative studies in occupational therapy practice with a focus on skills, techniques, and knowledge necessary to independently engage in this methodology. Review IRB process and ethical considerations. Consideration of various factors that impact occupational therapy services, including political and social systems. Dissemination of topics presented after conclusion of study completed in course. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6233. Mental Health Professional Practice and Level 1. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focus on group process and interventions in occupational therapy practice in mental health settings. Application of therapeutic use of self and group facilitation practice. Engage in Level 1 experiences with a focus on mental health and group practice. Assignments focus on engagement in occupation, group participation and engagement. Preparation in clinical work is completed through introductory instruction in occupational therapy practice credentialing, license, supervision, professional development, professional responsibilities and engagement. Investigate funding for groups in communities. Fieldwork experience required. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6234. Occupational Therapy Practice: School Based. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Specialized focused on occupational therapy practice, population, or systems. School Based practice. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Related to Program Outcomes: Elective courses are provided to allow students the opportunity to engage in populations or settings for which they have specific interest to practice. Students self-select, based on offerings. The content in this course indirectly corresponds with Curriculum Thread 1 in that students engage in a deeper understanding of specific populations or settings as it relates to occupational therapy practice. This course is taught in the fourth semester of the OTD program. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6235. Occupational Therapy Practice: Acute Care. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Specialized focused on occupational therapy practice, population or systems. Acute Care. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Related to Program Outcomes: Elective courses are provided to allow students the opportunity to engage in populations or settings for which they have specific interest to practice. Students self-select, based on offerings. The content in this course indirectly corresponds with Curriculum Thread 1 in that students engage in a deeper understanding of specific populations or settings as it relates to occupational therapy practice. This course is taught in the fourth semester of the OTD program. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6236. Occupational Therapy Practice: Hands & Ortho. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Specialized focused on occupational therapy practice, population or systems. Hands and Ortho. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Related to Program Outcomes: Elective courses are provided to allow students the opportunity to engage in populations or settings for which they have specific interest to practice. Students self-select, based on offerings. The content in this course indirectly corresponds with Curriculum Thread 1 in that students engage in a deeper understanding of specific populations or settings as it relates to occupational therapy practice. This course is taught in the fourth semester of the OTD program. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6237. Occupational Therapy Practice: NICU. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

Specialized focused on occupational therapy practice, population or systems. NICU. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Related to Program Outcomes: Elective courses are provided to allow students the opportunity to engage in populations or settings for which they have specific interest to practice. Students self-select, based on offerings. The content in this course indirectly corresponds with Curriculum Thread 1 in that students engage in a deeper understanding of specific populations or settings as it relates to occupational therapy practice. This course is taught in the fourth semester of the OTD program. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6240. OT Entrepreneurship and Business. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Overview of issues related to management in varied occupational therapy practice settings.  Topics include, but not limited to: management functions, service provisions, reimbursement, business aspects of practice, marketing, accounting, quality management and entrepreneurship.  Business plan completed and shared at end of course.  This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6241. Program Development, Prevention and Wellness in OT Practice. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Overview of issues related to program planning and evaluation in varied occupational therapy practice settings with a focus on wellness and prevention.  Topics include, but not limited to: Communicating distinct value of OT to stakeholders, prevention and wellness, therapeutic use of self, health literacy and teaching and learning with clients and stakeholders, advocacy for services, marketing, grant writing. Special focus on rural community needs. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6242. Teaching and Learning in OT Practice. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Overview of teaching philosophies and strategies, learning theories and instructional design.  Design, deliver and evaluation effective teaching and learning in contexts.  Other topics include: health literacy, teaching and learning with stakeholders and learners. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6243. OT Leadership, Policy and Advocacy. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Overview of status and challenges in the US healthcare system, health care disparities, impact of regulation on health care accessibility, delivery, cost and quality. Discuss and reflect on leadership styles.  Investigate occupational therapy practitioner’s role in advocacy and leadership towards change and healthcare outcomes. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6244. Fieldwork Preparation and Clinical Competencies. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Preparatory course for fieldwork experiences. Review of safety, OSHA, universal precautions. Competencies completed on targeted areas for fieldwork preparation. Review of professional requirements, responsibilities, and behaviors. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Completion of this course determines readiness for fieldwork internships. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6251. Capstone Prep 2: Literature Review. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Second course in capstone series, focus on literature review for capstone project. Special focus on rural and underserved community needs. Online course. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6261. Capstone Prep 3: Project Design and Experimental Plan. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Third course in capstone series, focus on project design for community served in capstone project. Experimental plan developed with expert mentor and faculty guidance.  Special focus on rural and underserved community needs. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6280. Capstone 4: Project Implementation and Evaluation. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Final course in capstone series, focus on project delivery, completion, evaluation and dissemination for capstone project. Require dissemination in community setting and on campus. Special focus on rural and underserved community needs. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6303. Biomechanics in OT Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

Advanced study of the musculoskeletal system and movement in lab setting. Biomechanical perspectives used to provide emphasis on functional understanding of bones, muscles and their innervation and action, as well as on common injuries to bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Discussion of musculoskeletal function, disease advancement and related to occupational function and participation. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Related to Program Outcomes: This course provides foundational knowledge regarding structure and function of the human body, specific to musculoskeletal components and occupational performance. This course is completed the first semester of the OTD program to ensure foundational knowledge is attained. Prerequisite: Admission into OTD program.

OTHS 6304. Abnormal Psychology in OT Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Fundamental principles, concepts, and techniques of psychological diagnosis with emphasis on mental health issues including theories, etiology, disease process and treatment interventions. Focus on sociocultural, socioeconomics and diversity. Occupational therapy practice in mental health introduced. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Related to Program Outcomes: This course provides foundational knowledge regarding psychology, abnormal psychology and behaviors that impact occupational performance. This course is completed the first semester of the OTD program to ensure foundational knowledge is attained. Prerequisite: Admission into OTD program.

OTHS 6305. Neuroscience in OT Practice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Involves the study of development, structure, and function of the human nervous system. Provides introduction to understanding neuroscience and participation in occupation. Emphasis is placed on human neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and disorders of the human nervous system as it relates to occupation. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Related to Program Outcomes: This course provides foundational knowledge regarding neuroscience and the connection to human occupation. This course is completed the first semester of the OTD program to ensure foundational knowledge is attained. Prerequisite: Admission into OTD program.

OTHS 6311. Occupations and Rehabilitation for the Adult Population. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

Apply theories, assessments, and interventions and the occupational therapy practitioner’s roles related to adult practice. Design and implement evaluations, interventions, modifications, and discharge plans based on the occupational therapy practice framework with adult and older adult populations and environments. Consider effects of disease process and impact on occupation and the use of occupation-based interventions. Integration of intraprofessional roles and teamwork discussed. Simulated documentation of practice, services, and medical necessity appeals, including EMR simulations. Introduction to applicable reimbursement systems in adult practice. Experiential learning and observations may be a part of class activities and assignments. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6312. Assistive Technology and Accessibility for the Adult Population. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

Apply theories, assessments, and interventions and the occupational therapy practitioner’s roles in using technology and adapting environments for the adult population. Develop evaluation, intervention and outcome plans using assistive technology and environmental adaptations. Focus on the observation, modification, and skill development on interventions relevant to the adult population in areas such as cognitive, motor, communication, and environmental access. Content includes: orthoses, prosthetics, functional mobility, community mobility, technology and self-cares related to adults and community practice. Experiential learning and observations may be a part of class activities and assignments. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6321. Occupations and Rehabilitation for the Pediatric Population. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

Apply theories, assessments, and interventions and the occupational therapy practitioner’s roles related to pediatric practice. Design and implement evaluations, interventions, modifications, and discharge plans based on the occupational therapy practice framework with pediatric populations and environments. Consider effects of disease process and impact on occupation and the use of occupation-based interventions. Integration of intraprofessional roles and teamwork discussed. Simulated documentation of practice, services, and medical necessity appeals, including EMR simulations. Introduction to applicable reimbursement systems in pediatric practice. Experiential learning and observations may be a part of class activities and assignments. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6322. Advanced Assistive Technology and Accessibility for the Pediatric Population. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

Apply theories, assessments, and interventions and the occupational therapy practitioner’s roles in using technology and adapting environments for the pediatric population. Develop evaluation, intervention and outcome plans using assistive technology and environmental adaptations. Focus on the observation, modification, and skill development on interventions relevant to the pediatric population with disabilities in areas such as cognitive, motor, communication, and environmental access. Content includes: orthoses, prosthetics, functional mobility, community mobility and self cares related to pediatrics and community practice. Experiential learning and observations may be a part of class activities and assignments This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6330. Occupations and Rehabilitation in Mental Health and Community. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

Apply theories, assessments, and interventions and the occupational therapy practitioner’s roles related to mental health and community practice. Using clinical reasoning, design and implement evaluations, interventions, modifications and discharge based on the occupational therapy practice framework with populations with mental illness and related environments. Consider effects of disease process and impact on occupation and the use of occupation-based interventions. Documentation of practice and services, including EMR simulations. Introduction to applicable reimbursement systems in mental health practice. Experiential learning and observations may be a part of class activities and assignments. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6691. Fieldwork A. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Engage in on site practice experience with an occupational therapist supervisor. Application of academic knowledge and skills learned in didactic courses in various fieldwork settings. Practice experience reflect a focus to foster growth into an entry-level generalist occupational therapy practitioner. 12 weeks of full-time equivalent practice on site required. Repeatable one time with PD approval; must pass successfully to advance to Fieldwork B. Two failed attempts result in termination from program. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prior to enrollment: All OTD coursework and Level 1 fieldwork must be completed successfully; All immunizations must be up to date and accurately inputted into clinical database, inclusive of COVID-19, if applicable; Private, personal or family insurance policy must be up to date and inputted into the clinical database, medshare type of plans not accepted by clinical internships; BLS Healthcare Provider CPR & First Aid up to date & inputted into clinical database; Completed all safety related trainings and onboarding. Additional requirements may be essential for the internship; those items must be completed in a timely and accurate manner. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6692. Fieldwork B. 6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Engage in on site practice experience with an occupational therapist supervisor. Application of academic knowledge and skills learned in didactic courses in various fieldwork settings. Practice experience reflect a focus to foster growth into an entry-level generalist occupational therapy practitioner. 12 weeks of full-time equivalent practice on site required. Repeatable one time with PD approval if FW A is passed; must pass successfully to advance to Capstone Experience and Project. Two failed attempts result in termination from program. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Prior to enrollment: All OTD coursework, Level 1 fieldwork and Fieldwork A must be completed successfully; All immunizations must be up to date and accurately inputted into clinical database, inclusive of COVID-19, if applicable; Private, personal or family insurance policy must be up to date and inputted into the clinical database, medshare type of plans not accepted by clinical internships; BLS Healthcare Provider CPR & First Aid up to date & inputted into clinical database; Completed all safety related trainings and onboarding. Additional requirements may be essential for the internship; those items must be completed in a timely and accurate manner. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

OTHS 6880. Capstone Experience. 8 Credit Hours (Lecture: 8 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Demonstrate integrated advanced knowledge, skill, and competence in a specialty area in occupational therapy practice through implementation of the doctoral capstone project through the experience. Independently complete individualized capstone project under the guidance of mentors and faculty. 14 weeks experience required. This course is part of the OTD program. Acceptance and good standing in the OTD program is required to register. This course is offered once yearly. This course meets general education requirements for the OTD program. Successful completion must occur prior to progression to next semester. Concurrent Course: OTHS 6271 Connection to Student Outcomes The final course in the capstone series, this course pairs alongside the capstone project to guide the project’s completion and dissemination. As the final course of the OTD program, this course is the final culmination of the student’s capstone project. Curriculum Thread 3 is reflected in the project’s design and focus. Curriculum Thread 4 is demonstrated through the final scholarly dissemination of work completed during capstone with the community to advance the profession of occupational therapy. This course is taught in the final semester of the OTD program. Prerequisite: Successfully passing all prior courses required by the cohort.

Andi Johnston Green, DAT, LAT, ATC
Head - Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences/MSAT Program Director
254-918-7673
agreen@tarleton.edu