OT 2020: Orientation to Occupational Therapy

Course description

This course provides an introduction to the profession of occupational therapy. The course will include the history of the profession, current professional roles, issues and trends in the field. Included in this course are self-instructional modules in medical terminology as well as professional behaviors specific to occupational therapy.

Relationship to curriculum design

This is an introductory course to the profession. Discovery of targeted information will be facilitated through structured didactic content, class discussion and small group work.  Students will have the opportunity to apply information discovered through experiential lab activities. Students will reflect on readings as they complete assignments. Reflection on professional development will occur during the midterm and final evaluation of their personal professional development plan. Integration of targeted content will be facilitated through written assignments and in particular the case study project. The students will be evaluated on the Basic Tenets Competency (2a) as follows: The competent occupational therapy graduate can effectively communicate to others the unique nature and value of occupation and the Moral Reasoning and Clinical Ethics Competency as follows: The competent occupational therapy graduate recognizes the ethical dimensions of practice and health policy, identifies alternatives in difficult ethical choices, analyze systematically the conflicting considerations supporting different alternatives, and formulates, defends and effectively carries out a course of action that takes account of this ethical complexity.

Learning outcomes

  1. The student will understand the basic concepts of occupational therapy:
    1. Define occupational therapy.
    2. Recognize basic tools of occupational therapy.
    3. Define occupation, activity, and purposeful activity as it relates to the profession.
    4. Define terms associated with occupational therapy (Occupational Therapy Practice Framework)
    5. Explain the domain of concern of the profession as it relates to health and wellness.
    6. Explain the role of occupational therapy in health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. The student will develop a historical awareness of occupational therapy:
    1. Summarize the history and philosophy base of the profession.
    2. Summarize the history of Western Michigan University's occupational therapy program.
    3. Demonstrate awareness of trends of the profession.
  3. The student will demonstrate understanding of occupational therapy service delivery:
    1. Demonstrate awareness of goal development and selection of purposeful activities to support goals.
    2. Explain steps involved in occupational therapy process.
    3. Understand roles of occupational therapy personnel, including OTR, COTA, and OT Aides as they relate to service delivery.
    4. Explain the COTA/OTR relationship, including supervision requirements and service competency.
    5. Identify various practice areas and services provided by occupational therapy professionals.
    6. Discuss and justify the varied roles of the occupational therapist as a practitioner, educator, researcher, consultant, and entrepreneur.
  4. The student will demonstrate understanding of occupational therapy as a profession:
    1. Identify international occupational therapy organizations, programs, and contributions.
    2. Discuss political issues related to occupational therapy and their influence on the profession.
    3. Understand the roles of occupational therapy professional organizations on local, state, and national levels.
    4. Explain the concept of interdisciplinary teams and identify the roles of the team members.
    5. Identify current issues related to occupational therapy.
  5. The student will demonstrate understanding of the profession's ethics and values:
    1. Apply the code of ethics stated by AOTA to work and classroom situations.