OT 5800: Advanced Application of OT Clinical Reasoning

Course description

This course will provide advanced knowledge on clinical evaluation tools and techniques. Students will be given additional training on the most commonly used and the state-of-the-art clinical evaluation tools. Advanced use of guidelines for practice and the integration of knowledge for clinical reasoning will be emphasized. Students will develop treatment plans for people with a variety of conditions and diagnoses. Evidence-based practice in OT will be used for analysis of evaluation tools and guidelines for practice.

Relationship to curriculum design

This course focuses on the application and the reflection tasks within the curriculum design as the students will be taking information from previous semesters and their fieldwork level experiences and applying it to the occupational therapy process from beginning to end. Throughout the semester, students will be reflecting on their ability to creatively and critically meet client need. Competency addressed in this course: intervention formulation and implementation the competent occupational therapy graduate uses evaluation findings which are culturally relevant and reflective of current occupational therapy practice, based on available evidence and appropriate frames of reference to develop occupation-based intervention and moral reasoning and clinical ethics. 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. The graduate combines a willingness to recognize the nature of the value system of clients and others with commitment to his/her own system and the ethical choices necessary to maintain his/her own ethical integrity. This course focuses on the Application and the Reflection tasks within the curriculum design as the students will be taking information from previous semesters and their Fieldwork Level experiences and applying it to the OT process from beginning to end. Throughout the semester, students will be reflecting on their ability to creatively and critically meet client need. Competencies addressed in this course: intervention formulation and implementation and moral reasoning and ethics.