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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2002-2003

Chair: Marjorie E. Scaffa (251-434-3939)
Associate Professors: Scaffa, Van Slyke
Assistant Professors: Lemcool, Wooster
Instructor: Smith
Department of Occupational Therapy web site
Occupational Therapy is a health care profession devoted to providing service to persons with acute and chronic physical, emotional, mental and developmental disabilities. The occupational therapist helps individuals achieve independence in their daily lives and activities. An occupational therapist may aid in the growth and development of premature babies; create a learning environment for physically and mentally challenged children; adapt home environments for persons with stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury and other disabilities; and create activities that are designed to restore mental health for persons with emotional, mental, and substance abuse problems.
The Master of Science degree program in Occupational Therapy is an entry-level professional program designed to enable the student to develop advanced critical reasoning skills and to prepare the graduate for professional practice in a variety of settings. Graduates will also have the capability of assuming responsibilities in the areas of administration, program development, consultation and research in occupational therapy.
The program consists of 98 semester hours and is eight consecutive semesters in length. This includes two semesters of full-time Level II Fieldwork as required by accreditation standards. Level II Fieldwork is available in a variety of medical and community sites representing a diverse range of learning opportunities for students.
The program is designed to accommodate applicants who have either a baccalaureate degree in another field or advanced undergraduates who have completed three years (96 semester hours) of prescribed and elective undergraduate course work.
A new class of Master’s students begins each year in Summer Semester. To be considered for admission to the program, students must submit a special application to the Occupational Therapy Department by November 1 of the year prior to beginning the program.
The following are the minimum criteria to be considered for admission:
1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution prior to the starting date of the program or completion of a minimum of 96 semester (144 quarter) hours. Students with 96 semester (144 quarter) hours of course work with a minimum 3.0 GPA may be admitted as Advanced Undergraduates.
2. Completion of the prerequisite course work listed below with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All prerequisite course work must be completed prior to or during the Fall semester/quarter in which the application is submitted.
3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the past 5 years. Official scores must be submitted directly to the University before the application deadline. Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical components will be considered for admission purposes.
4. A limited number of applicants will be invited for interviews to determine each candidate’s suitability to enter the program and the profession.
Admission will be offered to students after both academic and interview scores are considered. Core Performance Standards, which are fundamental tasks that must be performed to successfully complete the program, have been outlined and are available upon request from the program.
Baccalaurete Degree Holders (Category I)
The student must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university including prerequisites listed below for students who hold the baccalaureate degree. They must also meet the minimum requirements for admission.
Advanced Undergraduates (Category II)
The student must have completed a minimum of 96 semester (144 quarter) hours of prerequisite work as stated below for Advanced Undergraduate students and must meet the minimum requirements for admission.
Applicants interested in this category of admission should review the Additional Information for Advanced Undergraduate Applicants section.
Baccalaureate Degree Holders (Category I) and Advanced Undergraduate Applicants (Category II) must complete these prerequisites:
English Composition I, II 6  
General Biology with lab 4  
Anatomy and Physiology* 6  
Kinesiology* 3  
College Algebra (or higher level mathematics) 3  
Statistics or Research Methods* 3  
General Psychology 3  
Developmental Psychology 3  
Abnormal Psychology 3  
Cultural Anthropology 3  
(one of the following: Public Speaking, Ethics, Logic, Small Group Discussion, Group Dynamics)
Computer Competency*
(as demonstrated by course credit,
 continuing education or other  documentation)

First Aid and CPR Competency*
(as demonstrated by course credit, or by documentation of certification by the American Red Cross or the
 American Heart Association)
*Must be taken no more than five years prior to application.  
Additional Prerequisites for Advanced Undergraduate Applicants
Laboratory Science Elective (4 semester hours)
Fine Arts Elective (3 semester hours)
Literature I & II sequence (World Lit, American  Lit, or British Lit - 6 semester hours)
Applied Art (3 semester hours)
History Elective (3 semester hours)
Introduction to Sociology (3 semester hours)
One of the following: Public Speaking, Ethics,  Logic, Small Group Discussion or Group  Dynamics (3 semester hours)
Electives (25 semester hours)
**Electives should be concentrated in a major of the student’s choice.
Extra points will be given to applicants who have completed any of the following additional courses with a grade of “B” or higher: anatomy (300 level or higher), physiology (300 level or higher), chemistry, pathophysiology, physics, infectious disease or microbiology, medical terminology, and any additional anthropology or sociology courses (300 level or higher).
Additional Information for Advanced Undergraduate Applicants:
Students not holding a baccalaureate degree must complete additional prescribed and elective courses including 21 semester hours in a major of their choice. This will ensure that students who fail to gain admission to the Occupational Therapy program or who elect not to apply will be able to complete an undergraduate degree within the normal time frame. A list of these courses is available from the Academic Advising Office (UCOM 1550, Mobile, AL 36688, 251-380-2772).
Advanced undergraduates who are admitted to the graduate program will officially be classified as undergraduates for the first 12 months of the program but will be taking graduate courses in the program and will be held to the same standards of performance as the graduate students with bachelor’s degrees.
Upon satisfactory completion (minimum GPA of 3.0) of all course work during the first 12 months of the program, the student will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Professional Health Sciences. The student will complete all necessary paperwork for reclassification as a graduate student and will continue through the remainder of the program.
The academic program for students with bachelor’s degrees and advanced undergraduates is identical in its entirety. Tuition will be assessed at the graduate level for the entire eight semesters of the Master’s degree program.
In the first 12 months of the program while classified as an undergraduate student, any financial aid awarded is restricted to the types and amounts for which an undergraduate student is eligible.
The Master of Science degree program consists of the following courses:
OT 500 Occupation in Context 3
OT 502 Occupational Development I 3
OT 503 History and Philosophy of OT 3
OT 505 Scientific Inquiry I 3
OT 510 Theoretical Foundations of OT 3
OT 512 Occupational Development II 3
OT 514 Neuromuscskel Dimens of Occup Perf 3
OT 517 Occupational Evaluation I 3
OT 519 Professional Dev Seminar I 1
OT 520 Occupational Intervention I 5
OT 521 Practicum I 1
OT 524 Biomed & Phenomenol Persp on Disability I 3
OT 525 Documentation 2
OT 527 Occupational Evaluation II 3
OT 529 Professional Dev Seminar II 1
OT 530 Occupational Intervention II 5
OT 531 Practicum II 1
OT 534 Biomed & Phenomenol Persp on Disability II 3
OT 536 Management 3
OT 539 Professional Dev Seminar III 1
OT 540 Occupational Intervention III 5
OT 541 Practicum III 1
OT 545 Scientific Inquiry II 2
OT 546 Supervision 2
OT 548 Advanced Tech in OT 2
OT 549 Professional Dev Seminar IV 2
OT 550 Level II Fieldwork (A) 8
OT 555 Level II Fieldwork (B) 4
OT 560 Professional Issues 3
OT 565 Scientific Inquiry III 3
OT 566 Leadership 3
OT 570 Community-Based Intervention 3
OT 575 Advanced Professional Writing 3
OT 580 Level II Fieldwork (C) 4
During the Spring and Fall semesters of the last year students participate in fieldwork education at special fieldwork sites affiliated with the program. Students should plan on relocation to two different out-of-town fieldwork centers during these two semesters.
Students should be prepared for extra expenses associated with professional studies including books, local travel to and from fieldwork sites and out-of-town travel and living expenses during Level II Fieldwork assignments. Special lab fees are assessed for the following courses:
OT 510 Theoretical Foundations of OT $
OT 514 Neuromuscskel Dimens of Occup Perf  
OT 520 Occupational Intervention I  
OT 527 Occupational Evaluation II  
OT 530 Occupational Intervention II  
OT 540 Occupational Intervention III  
OT 548 Advanced Technology in OT  
OT 565 Scientific Inquiry III  
OT 570 Community-Based Intervention  
The 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, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA’s phone number is (301)652-AOTA. Graduates of the program will be able 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). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of NBCOT Certification Examination.

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