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Occupational Therapy Program

Program Description

The program provides an opportunity for students to gain a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy that will meet the demands of related national and international employment fields. The BSc Occupational Therapy program is a nationally recognized award, approved by the Ministry of Health and internationally by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists [W.F.O.T]. This is essential as it means students will receive both national and international recognition as an occupational therapist.

The program aims to prepare students for the diverse landscape of practice. This includes developing capabilities to work with a variety of people (including all ages, genders and ethnicity) across a range of domains (including physical, cognitive, psychological, social, environmental, economic, creative and spiritual).

The program facilitates development as competent occupational therapists, eligible to apply for registration with the Ministry of Health. It develops academic capabilities, specifically to develop student appreciation of theoretical concepts and evidence within the occupational therapy arena, so that students are able to critically reflect upon, evaluate and make decisions within practice.

The program will equip students with the skills to critically review, evaluate and apply theoretical knowledge to a range of occupational therapy practice scenarios and settings. Students will be able to consolidate theory and practice skills which are transferable to a range of situations. This will be supported by critical evaluation of relevant scholarly material and research and students are expected to adopt responsibility for your academic decisions.

The program promotes the capacity for and commitment to lifelong learning, so that students enhanced academic knowledge and skills are constructively used to progress their own career, the occupational therapy profession and evolving areas of practice in health and social care.

 

Programs in Health Sciences

Description of the Programs in Health Sciences

The faculty offers programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. The Faculty also offers a part time program for physiotherapists with a two-year diploma to upgrade to baccalaureate level. The aim of these programs is to graduate therapists who are competent, reflective practitioners, aware of the needs of the whole community, and able to fulfill the role of health and disability educator and researcher in addition to the role of therapist.

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

Credits needed for the Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy

A student majoring in occupational therapy needs to earn a total of 131 credits distributed as follows:

Category

Credits

Major

95

Department Requirements

36

Total

131

 

Required Occupational Therapy Major Courses (95 Cr)

OCTH 110

Intro. Occupational Therapy (3)

OCTH 311

Occupat. Therapy Theory IV (3)

OCTH 112

Principles and Practice of OT (4)

OCTH 312

Occupat. Therapy Skills IV (4)

OCTH 120

Introduction to Health Care (3)

OCTH 313

Community Based Rehab.(4)

OCTH 121

Intro. Anatomy & Physiology (4)

OCTH 314

Adaptive Equipment Wkshop (3)

OCTH 122

Introduction to Neuroanatomy (2)

OCTH 330

Teaching, Presentation Skills (3)

OCTH 123

Therapeutic Skill - Typing(2)

OCTH 353

Health Services Management (3)

OCTH 210

Occupat. Therapy Theory I (4)

OCTH 355

Research and Evaluation (5)

OCTH 211

Occupat. Therapy Skills I (4)

OCTH 401

Clinical Fieldwork I (2)

OCTH 212

Occupat. Therapy Skills II (4)

OCTH 402

Clinical Fieldwork II (3)

OCTH 220

Human Growth and Develop. (4)

OCTH 403

Clinical Fieldwork III (4)

OCTH 221

General Pathology (3)

OCTH 404

Clinical Fieldwork IV (4)

OCTH 308

Occupat. Therapy Theory III (3)

OCTH 405

Clinical Fieldwork V (5)

OCTH 309

Occupat. Therapy Skills III (4)

OCTH 406

Clinical Fieldwork VI (5)

OCTH 310

Occupat. Therapy Theory II (3)

 

 

 

Department Requirements (36 Cr)

ENGL 120

English Language Skill I (3)

EDUC 250

Learning Theories (3)

ENGL 121

English Language Skill II (3)

EDUC 301

Counseling (2)

ENGL 213

English Language Skill III (3)

PSED 101

Physical Education (1)

PSYC 232

Psychology for Health Care (3)

PHIL 104

Medical Ethics (2)

PSYC 234

Social Psychology for H. Care (3)

CAIS 252

Computer use for Health Care (2)

SOCI 131

Introduction to Sociology (3)

ARTS 110

Creative Arts (2)

SOCI 231

Sociology of the Family (3)

THEA 301

Theatre for Special Purposes (3)

Special criteria

Students must obtain a grade of C in the following courses: Clinical fieldwork Courses: OCTH 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406. Failure to obtain a C will mean repeating the course.

For Acceptance to Major Criteria refer to #9 under Academic Regulations.

Paradigm of courses

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

First Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

 SPRING SEMESTER

CR

OCTH 110

Intro. to Occupat. Therapy

3

OCTH 112

Principles & Practice of OT

4

OCTH 120

Intro. to Health Care

3

OCTH 122

Intro. to Neuroanatomy

2

OCTH 121

Intro. to Anatomy & Physiology

4

OCTH 221

General Pathology

3

ENGL 120

English Language Skills I

3

ENGL 121

English Language Skills II

3

CAIS 252

Intro. to Data Processing

2

PSYC 232

Psychology for Health Care

3

 

 

 

PSED 101

Physical Education

1

 

 

15

 

 

16

 

Second Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

 CR

OCTH 220

Human Growth & Develop.

4

OCTH 210

Occupat. Therapy Theory 1

4

OCTH 311

Occupat. Therapy Theory IV

3

OCTH 211

Occupat. Therapy Skills 1

4

OCTH 312

Occupat. Therapy Skills IV

4

EDUC 301

Counseling

2

ENGL 213

Communication Skills

3

PSYC 234

Social Psych. for Health Care

3

SOCI 131

Intro. To Sociology

3

PHIL 104

Medical Ethics

2

 

 

17

 

 

15

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

 CR

OCTH 402

Clinical Field Work II

3

 

Third Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

 CR

OCTH 308

Occupat. Therapy Theory III

3

OCTH 313

Community-based Rehab.

4

OCTH 309

Occupat. Therapy Skills III

4

OCTH 314

Adaptive Equip. Workshop

3

EDUC 250

Learning Theories

3

OCTH 403

Clinical Fieldwork III

4

SOCI 231

Sociology of the Family

3

OCTH 404

Clinical Fieldwork IV

4

THEA 301

Drama for Occupat.Therapists

3

 

 

 

 

 

16

 

 

15

 

Fourth Year

FALL SEMESTER

CR

SPRING SEMESTER

 CR

OCTH 123

Therapeutic Skill Typing

2

OCTH 355

Research and Evaluation

5

OCTH 212

Occupat. Therapy Skills II

4

OCTH 405

Clinical Fieldwork V

5

OCTH 310

Occupat. Therapy Theory II

3

OCTH 406

Clinical Fieldwork VI

5

OCTH 330

Teach. & Presentation Skills

3

 

 

 

OCTH 353

Health Services Mgnt.

3

 

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

15

Description of courses

OCTH 110 Introduction to Occupational Therapy  (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the core of occupational therapy, its history and development. The focus of the course is on human occupation as a health need and means of promoting and restoring health.

OCTH 112 Principles and Practice of Occupational Therapy (Cr. 4)

This course provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in basic tools of the profession: activity analysis and adaptation teaching and learning, the therapeutic relationship, and assessment of occupational function and dysfunction. A client centered approach is stressed. (Previously OCTH 111 (Cr.3)
Prerequisite: OCTH 110 and ENGL 120

OCTH 120 Introduction to Health Care  (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the concepts of health and healthcare and the factors influencing health and healthcare delivery in Palestine. Local health care systems are studied.

OCTH 121 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology  (Cr. 4)

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of normal movement and function. Students are introduced to the study of the musculo-skeletal, circulatory, and respiratory systems. Laboratory sessions in living anatomy are included.

OCTH 122 Introduction to Neuroanatomy (Cr. 2)

This course introduces students to the structure and function of the nervous system. Central, peripheral, and autonomic systems are studied and the material integrated with OCTH 121.

OCTH 123 Therapeutic Skills, Typing (Cr. 2)

This course aims to develop students typing skills while at the same time introducing them to basic computer modifications for people with disabilities.

OCTH 210 Occupational Therapy Theory I (Cr. 4)

This course aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge to assess and plan occupational therapy intervention within a biomechanical framework. Topics include biomechanics, kinesiology of daily activities, biomechanical disorders, and orthotics.

OCTH 211 Occupational Therapy Skills I (Cr. 4)

This course involves the practical implementation of the concepts introduced in OCTH 210. Students develop skills in assessment and use of ADL, work, play, and leisure activities and begin to use the problem solving process with clients with physical dysfunction in practical laboratory sessions.

OCTH 212 Occupational Therapy Skills II  (Cr. 4)

This course involves the practical implementation of the concepts studied in OCTH 310. Students learn skills in the assessment and treatment of neurological disorders with an emphasis on cerebral-vascular accidents, head injuries, and degenerative disorders.

OCTH 220 Human Growth and Development  (Cr. 4)

This course aims to introduce students to a broad concept of the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of human growth and development from conception to death. It considers the normal milestones of development and the combination of influences which aid or hinder individuals achieving these goals.

OCTH 221 General Pathology  (Cr. 3)

This course provides an understanding of the basic pathological processes and clinical conditions treated by occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Topics covered include infection, inflammation, degeneration, immunity, and carcinogenesis.

OCTH 308 Occupational Therapy Theory III (Cr. 3)

The focus of this course is on pediatrics. Occupational therapy theory related to neurological, developmental, sensory integrative, and learning disorders are covered. The function and importance of play in normal development and treatment are explored.

OCTH 309 Occupational Therapy Skills III  (Cr. 4)

This course develops practical skills in the areas covered in OCTH 308. Students learn skills in the assessment and treatment of children with neurological, developmental, sensory integration, and learning difficulties in the home and school environment. Students learn to identify “at risk” infants and children.

OCTH 310 Occupational Therapy Theory II  (Cr. 3)

This course provides students with the theoretical knowledge to assess and treat adults with neurological disorders. Topics include remediation of motor control, and assessment and treatment of cognitive, perceptual, and sensori-motor problems.

OCTH 311 Occupational Therapy Theory IV  (Cr. 3)

This course provides students with the theoretical knowledge to assess and treat occupational performance problems related to mental illness, personality and relationship problems, trauma, and institutionalization. The roles of the environment and social networks are emphasized.

OCTH 312 Occupational Therapy Skills IV  (Cr. 4)

This course develops skills in the therapeutic use of activities to address psychological problems. Topics include use of creative activities, stress management, work, leisure and ADL. Both group and individual work are explored.

OCTH 313 Community-based Rehabilitation  (Cr. 4)

This course emphasizes that rehabilitation can best take place in the work and home environment. Students become aware of community needs and multi-disciplinary care for the whole person.

OCTH 314 Adaptive Equipment Workshop  (Cr. 3)

This course enables students to learn how to design and make appropriate furniture, toys and everyday living aids appropriate to the individual needs of persons with disability and to the local situation.

OCTH 330 Teaching and Presentation Skills  (Cr. 3)

Students learn practical skills in the use of media and programs such as PowerPoint and Photoshop in order to produce material for teaching, publishing, and health education and promotion.

OCTH 353 Health Services Management (Cr. 3)

This course gives students an appreciation of the principles of management related to planning and organization of health services. Topics covered include management of personnel and resources, setting objectives, and policymaking.

OCTH 355 Research and Evaluation  (Cr. 5)

This course develops an understanding of the evaluation process and different research methodologies. Students develop skills in information retrieval, critical analysis, and application of research studies to the health sciences. Students will develop a research proposal related to occupational therapy.

OCTH 401 Clinical Field Work I : Introduction and Observation (Cr. 2)

This fieldwork is an introduction to clinical practice and emphasizes observation of Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment. Students learn to interact with people of all ages and abilities.

OCTH 402 Clinical Field Work II: Observation and limited practice under supervision  (Cr. 3)

During this fieldwork students continue observation and practice specific procedures under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist.

OCTH 403, 404 Clinical Field Work III, IV  (Cr. 4,4)

Students will complete two eight-week periods of supervised practice, three days per week. Assessment of specific problems, setting objectives, and treatment planning are done under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

OCTH 405, 406 Clinical Field Work V, VI  (Cr. 5,5)

Students complete two eight-week periods of clinical practice, four days per week. Students are guided by an occupational therapist but expected to take more responsibility for assessment and treatment.

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