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Occupational Therapy

School/College: College of Health Sciences

Degrees Conferred:

  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy

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Overview

The Department of Occupational Science and Technology offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy that prepares students to become occupational therapists. During the program, students engage in graduate-level instruction embedded in the theory, research, and clinical underpinnings required to become evidence-based occupational therapy practitioners. Students may select a thesis option or project option in pursuing this degree. Students who are interested can choose to combine elective courses from the OT program with other courses on campus to receive the transcript-designated concentration in assistive technology and accessible design and/or ergonomics.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the occupational therapist certification examination offered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA (2682) and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

All students admitted to the M.S. in Occupational Therapy degree program will be required to complete a Background Information Disclosure form (HFS64). A background check, which identifies a past criminal record, does not necessarily preclude an individual from pursuing studies in occupational therapy or becoming a successful practitioner. Should there be a discrepancy between the information reported by the student on HFS-64 and the reports issued by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Family Services, the student will be subject to dismissal from the occupational therapy program and reported to DHFS per HFS 12.20 (1)(c), Wis. Adm. Code

Graduates of the master's program 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, most states require licensure to practice; however state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Candidates for the NBCOT Certification Examination will be asked to answer questions related to the topic of felonies when applying for the exam. For further information on these limitations and other certification requirements, contact NBCOT at www.nbcot.org or The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (301) 990-7979. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Students applying to enter in Fall 2015 to the M.S. OT Professional Entry Program (MS in Occupational Therapy) must complete the Application to the M.S. OT Professional Entry Program and follow instructions related to admissions criteria and process indicated below.

Graduate Faculty

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Distinguished Professor
Garg, Arun, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Professors
Engel, Joyce M., Ph.D., University of Kansas
Haertlein Sells, Carol, Ph.D., Marquette University
Johnston, Mark, Ph.D., Claremont University, Chair
King, Phyllis, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Smith, Roger O., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professors
Barnekow, Kris, Ph.D., Unversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Sindhu, Bhagwant, Ph.D., University of Florida
Stoffel, Virginia, Ph.D., Cardinal Stritch University
Assistant Professors
Kapellusch, Jay, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Seo, Na Jin, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Slavens, Brooke, Ph.D., Marquette University
Wang, Ying-Chih, Ph.D., University of Florida

Clinical Professors
Clough, Cindy, M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Nelson, Nancy, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Plach, Heidi, M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

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Admission and Application

The M.S. in Occupational Therapy Program admits students on the basis of a competitive application process. Students are accepted into the program once per year in Spring and begin professional coursework in the following Fall.

In addtion to Graduate School requirements, applicants must meet these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program.

  1. An undergraduate degree completed by the end of the 2014-2015 Spring semester from an accredited institution with an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  2. Six prerequisite courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale):
    1. Human Anatomy (3-4 cr)*
    2. Human Physiology (3-4 cr)*
    3. Human Development (3 cr)
    4. Introduction to Psychology (3cr)
    5. Statistics (3cr)
    6. One of the following natural science courses:
        i.  Physics**
        ii.  Biology**
        iii.  Chemistry**
        iv.  Psychology**
    * Courses requiring a lab component
    ** Courses with laboratory-based data analysis required
  3. Submission of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years
  4. Completed OTCAS application.
  5. Three letters of recommendation: One letter must be from an academic source and one from a clinical/health-related source. The third letter can be either from an academic or clinical / health-related source. All three letters must use the OTCAS form.
  6. Reasons Statement: This is the same as the OTCAS essay. Students must submit statements of intent with regards to their academic and professional goals, reflecting on the diverse background and/or experiences they bring to the program that they believe are important to supporting their future contributions as occupational therapists. The statement will be reviewed for content and quality of writing.
Application Process

Applications for the M.S.OT, including submission of the six required items above, are handled annually using the OT Centralized Application Service (OTCAS): https://portal.otcas.org/. OTCAS provides a full-service, Web-based application and admissions process for prospective occupational therapy program applicants.

Following are important dates for the 2014-2015 OTCAS application cycle, i.e. those applying to start the OT Program in Fall 2015.

  • July 17, 2014: Applications open.
  • January 15, 2015 (December 1 if international): Deadline for submission of all application materials to OTCAS.

Once accepted to UWM's M.S. in Occupational Therapy Program, students need to apply to and be accepted by UWM's Graduate School.

Major Professor as Advisor

The Graduate School requires that each student have a major professor to advise, supervise, and approve the program of study. Students are assigned faculty advisors in the M.S. in OT program upon acceptance into the program.

Credits and Courses

The program is a tracked curriculum of 66 credits over 28 months, including a minimum of 24 weeks of full-time fieldwork during the program. OccThpy 810 serves as the capstone requirement for the degree. Students will enroll as full time students for each term of study (Summer, Fall, Spring). There is no part-time option for students in the M.S. in OT program. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and a grade of B- or better in all required courses. Students who do not maintain this will be placed on probation.

Time Limit

The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.

Transcript-Designated Concentrations

Through judicious use of electives, students may also choose one of the following transcript-designated concentrations. This may require completion of more than the minimum 66 credits.

Assistive Technology and Accessible Design

The Concentration in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design is an interdisciplinary program designed to meet the demand for assistive technology and accessible design specialists. The College of Health Science's Departments of Occupational Science & Technology and Communication Sciences Disorders, along with the School of Education's Department of Exceptional Education, collaborate on the course offerings. The concentration emphasizes technologies for disability.

Required Courses (9 credits)
OccThpy 593 Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation (3 cr.)
OccThpy 620 Introduction to Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (3 cr.)
OccThpy 625 Design and Disability (3 cr.)
Elective Courses (minimum of 6 credits)
OccThpy 595 Vision I: Introduction to Low Vision and Vision Impairment (3 cr.)
OccThpy 596 Vision II: Practical Aspects of Visual Impairment & Low Vision Intervention (3 cr.)
OccThpy 760 Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (online) (3 cr.)
OccThpy 770 Assessment in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design (3 cr.)
OccThpy 777 Fieldwork in Assistive Technology (3 cr.)
OccThpy 999 Advanced Independent Study (3cr.)
ComSDis 717 Special Populations in Communication Disorders (2 cr.)
Ind Eng 580 Ergonomics of Workplace (3cr.)
Ergonomics

This concentration provides the skills and experience needed to practice ergonomics in work environments. Students learn theoretical concepts of occupational biomechanics, physiology, psychophysics, and human factors as well as numerous job analysis techniques. Students are taught how to synthesize and apply these theories and tools to reduce injuries, improve productivity and increase quality of service/goods in industry. Emphasis is placed on practical applications and solutions.

Required Courses (9 credits)
Ind Eng 580 Ergonomics of Workplace (3 cr.)
Ind Eng 780 Advanced Ergonomics: Low Back (3 cr.)
Ind Eng 783 Advanced Ergonomics: Upper Extremity (3 cr.)
Elective Courses (minimum of 6 credits)
Ind Eng 470 Methods Engineering (3 cr.)
OccThpy 625 Design and Disability (3 cr.)
OccThpy 786 Applied Biostatistics in Ergonomics (3 cr.)
OccThpy 788 Legal Issues and Regulatory Agencies in Ergonomics (1 cr.)
OccThpy 790 Design Project (2-3 cr.)

Courses

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Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

329 Occupational Therapy in Gerontology. 3 cr. U/G.
In-depth study of occupational therapy principles and practice in working with the elderly in institutions and the community. Prereq: jr st in OccThpy Prog.
427 Essentials of Splinting. 3 cr. U/G.
Evaluation and splint fabrication of upper and lower extremity and trunk. Hands-on lab experience in splint design using various patterns, applications, and materials. Prereq: Bio Sci 203(P); Hum Kin 320(P) or cons instr.
497 Study Abroad - Occupational Therapy: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance to Study Abroad Prog.
519 Therapeutic Communication. 3 cr. U/G.
Development of therapeutic communication skills necessary for all occupational therapy practice settings. Prereq: sr st or grad st in OT prog; or cons instr.
540 Evidence for Practice I. 3 cr. U/G.
Introduction to research methods and measurement in occupational therapy with a focus on the scientific process and evidence. Prereq: sr st or grad st in OT prog.
541 Evidence for Practice III: Creating Evidence. 3 cr. U/G.
Seminar to study the research process, review of relevant research literature and use of basic research tools necessary for thesis/project development. Prereq: sr st in OccThpy & OccThpy 341(P); or grad st in OccThpy; or cons instr.
542 Evidence for Practice II. 3 cr. U/G.
Study of the research process, review of relevant research literature and use of basic research tools necessary for thesis/project development. Prereq: sr st or grad st in OT; or cons instr.
550 (327) Upper Extremity Evaluation and Treatment in Hand Therapy. 3 cr. G.
Evaluation and treatment of the upper extremity. Techniques of patient evaluation, pertinent anatomy, and recovery. Prereq: grad st in OccThpy prog or DPT prog; or cons instr.
590 Topics in Occupational Therapy: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. U/G.
Topics of current interest in O.T. see Schedule of Classes for course offerings. May be retaken with change in topic to max of 9 cr. Prereq: jr st in OccThpy prog or cons instr.
593 Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation. 3 cr. U/G.
Familiarizes students with medical instrumentation in post acute care settings. Basic electrical, electronic and mechanical terminologies. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
595 Vision I: Introduction to Low Vision & Visual Impairment. 3 cr. U/G.
Introduces student to visual impairment including blindness and 'low vision'. Structure and function of the visual system and most common types of pathology. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
596 Vision II: Practical Aspects of Visual Impairment & Low Vision Intervention. 3 cr. U/G.
Functional implications of visual system pathology; focus on practical aspects of adapting to visual impairment, low vision evaluation and access to service/resources. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
610 Advances in Occupational Science. 3 cr. U/G.
Explores origins and recent developments in occupational science. Examines the multidimensional nature of occupation; the dynamics of person, environment, occupation interaction; applications to practice. Prereq: sr st in Baccalaureate OccThpy prog or grad st.
620 Introduction to Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology. 3 cr. U/G.
Principles of assistive and rehabilitation technology application and foundation skills for professionals working with people with disabilities to evaluate products and strategies for their use. Prereq: jr st; OccThpy 401(P) or cons instr.
625 Design and Disability. 3 cr. U/G.
Universal design principles/theories related to creating access for individuals with disabilities. Enables professionals to evaluate and provide recommendations for product and environment universal design. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
634 Collaborative Consultation/Teaming-Serving Young Children with Disabilities. 3 cr. U/G.
Focus on development of collaboration and consultation skills for professionals employed in interdisciplinary and interagency settings. ExcEduc 634, Occthpy 634, & ComSDis 634 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.
701 Advanced Measurement and Instrumentation in Health Care. 3 cr. G.
Reviews and critiques measurement theories and instruments used by health related researchers and professionals. Includes traditional, outcome and contemporary methods differing from classical psychometric theory. Prereq: grad st.
702 Research in Occupational Therapy. 3 cr. G.
Study of research design pertinent to various areas of clinical practice in occupational therapy. Development of literature review and hypothesis for project/thesis. Prereq: grad st; Occthpy 701(P); Quantitative & Qualitative Research courses or equiv; cons instr.
703 Applied Neuroscience. 3 cr. G.
Emphasizes neurophysiology, neuroanatomy and disorders of the nervous system. Focus on relationship between structure and function of the nervous system as applied to OT. Prereq: grad st in OT prog
704 Musculoskeletal Analysis and Occupational Function. 3 cr. G.
The origin, nature, and course of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders and their relationship to clinical biomechanics and occupational performance. Prereq: grad st in OT prog
705 Occupational Therapy in Physical Rehabilitation I. 3 cr. G.
Development of assessment skills for common medical conditions that occupational therapists encounter in physical rehabilitation settings. Prereq: grad st in OT prog
706 Occupational Therapy in Physical Rehabilitation II. 5 cr. G.
Clinical application of occupational therapy interventions in a variety of rehabilitation settings. Prereq: grad st in OT program
710 Community Models of Occupational Therapy Practice. 2 cr. G.
Evaluation and application of occupational therapy knowledge to a wide array of community settings. Prereq: grad st in OccThpy prgrm or cons instr
711 (effective 05/18/2015) Professional Leadership for Occupational Therapists. 3 cr. G.
Critical analysis of trends, practice issues and strategies in the field of occupational therapy. Prereq: grad st in OT program
719 Occupational Therapy in Psychosocial Practice. 3 cr. G.
The nature of human occupation, areas of occupation, performance skills, and performance patterns within varied contexts for persons with behavioral and psychiatric disorders. Prereq: grad st in OT program
720 Application of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Theory. 3 cr. G.
Critical analysis of occupational science and occupational therapy theories as they relate to practice issues, strategies, and research. Prereq: grad st.
721 Foundations of Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy. 2 cr. G.
Foundations for successful professional practice in the field of occupational therapy. Prereq: grad st in OT program
725 (510) Occupational Therapy Field Service I. 6 cr. G.
Provides students with opportunity to apply knowledge and practice in clinical setting through participation in therapy under supervision; integrates academic with professional knowledge. Prereq: grad st; successful completion of required prof. entry courses
735 (515) Occupational Therapy Field Service II. 6 cr. G.
Provides students with opportunity to apply knowledge and practice in clinical setting through participation in therapy under supervision; development of advanced knowledge and skills. Prereq: grad st; OccThpy 725 (C)
740 Occupational Therapy with Children and Families. 4 cr. G.
Examines current practices and future trends for evaluation and treatment of occupational performance between birth and 21 years of age within family and community contexts. Prereq: grad st.
741 Research Seminar. 1 cr. G.
Scholarly discussion forum for graduate students completing their thesis/project. Prereq: grad st; OccThpy 890(C) or 990(C) or cons instr.
745 (520) Occupational Therapy Field Service III. 1-6 cr. G.
Additional, optional field placement beyond ACOTE requirements to accommodate special interests in treatment, health care systems and other professional settings. Prereq: grad st; OccThpy 735 (C)
750 Computer Applications in Occupational Therapy Practice. 3 cr. G.
Exploration of the current and future uses of computer technology in the field of occupational therapy. Completion of a student-designed software application. Prereq: grad st.
760 Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology. 3 cr. G.
Surveys the use of assistive technology devices and applications for people with motor, sensory, and cognitive impairments. Prereq: grad st; college-level computer course or equiv or cons instr.
770 Assessment in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design. 3 cr. G.
Background theory, principles of selection, application in practice, and procedures for applying assistive technology (AT) and universal design (UD) assessment and instrumentation. Prereq: grad st; OccThpy 620(P) or cons instr
774 Trauma Counseling I: Theory and Research. 3 cr. G.
Seminar examining impact of trauma experience on individuals, groups and communities following a catastrophic event. Explores traumatic events, mental injuries and impact on memory, learning, physical health and dysfunctional behavior. Couns 774, Nurs 774, OccThpy 774, and Soc Wrk 774 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st
775 Trauma Counseling II: Diagnosis and Treatment. 3 cr. G.
Seminar on diagnosis and assessment instruments as well as intervention and therapeutic techniques used to address trauma issues in counseling acute and chronic traumatized clients. Couns 775, Nurs 775, OccThpy 775, and Soc Wrk 775 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: grad st; Couns 774, Nurs 774 , OccThpy 774 or Soc Wrk 774(P), or cons instr
777 Fieldwork in Assistive Technology. 1-6 cr. G.
Provides students with a school- or clinic-based experience in the delivery of assistive technology services. ExcEduc 777 & OccThpy 777 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. May be retaken for 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st & cons instr.
780 Physical Agents in Rehabilitation. 3 cr. G.
Application fo physical agents to restore functional abilities in a rehabilitation setting; includes review of research literature and competency testing. Prereq: grad st
786 Applied Biostatistics in Ergonomics. 3 cr. G.
Statistical methods used in ergonomic studies to analyze, summarize, and report measurements and data. 2 hr lec & 2 hr lab/week. Jointly offered with & counts as repeat of Ind Eng 786. Prereq: grad st; Ind Eng 580; a course in statistics or cons instr.
788 Legal Issues and Regulatory Agencies in Ergonomics. 1 cr. G.
Understanding of ergonomic regulations, regulatory sets, and agencies' and workers' compensations laws. Jointly offered with & counts as repeat of Ind Eng 788. Prereq: grad st; Ind Eng 580(P); a course in statistics or cons instr.
790 Design Project. 2-3 cr. G.
Integration and application of concepts learned in other ergonomic courses to analyze and abate ergonomic hazards in a scientific manner. Jointly offered with & counts as repeat of Ind Eng 790. Prereq: grad st; Ind Eng 780(P), 783(P), 786(P), 788(P) or cons instr.
810 Critical Evaluation of Theory, Research and Practice. 3 cr. G.
Appraisal and application of knowledge and concepts acquried in academic and fieldwork education to occupational therapy practice. Prereq: grad st; OccThpy 510(P) and 515(P) or cons instr
810 (effective 09/02/2015) Critical Evaluation of Theory, Research and Practice. 2 cr. G.
Appraisal and application of knowledge and concepts acquried in academic and fieldwork education to occupational therapy practice. Prereq: grad st in OT program or cons instr
880 Master's Project. 1-6 cr. G.
Preparation of an individual project under the supervision of the student's major advisor. Prereq: grad st; cons advisor.
890 Research and Thesis. 1-6 cr. G.
Production of a thesis under the supervision of the student's major professor with the consultation of the degree committee. Prereq: grad st; cons advisor
900 Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership in the Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
Overview of higher education in the health sciences and the responsibilities of the professoriate in fulfilling the missions of research, teaching, and service. Prereq: grad st.
909 Guided Teaching Experience in Health Sciences. 3 cr. G.
This course provides the student, under the supervision of a faculty member, with the opportunity to design, deliver, and evaluate an undergraduate course. Jointly offered w/ and counts as a repeat of CLSci909, HCA909, HMS909, and ComSDis909. Prereq: grad st; OccThpy900 (P); cons instr
990 Research and Dissertation. 1-6 cr. G.
Production of a dissertation under the supervision of the student's major professor with the consultation of the degree committee. Prereq: grad st; cons advisor.
999 Advanced Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G.
Supervised investigation of particular topic area either not covered by other occupational therapy courses or at a level of sopistication beyond that in a course. Prereq: grad st; cons instr.

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