Occupational Therapy – Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation (OT Doctorate)

Online Occupational Therapy Degree

 

Overview:

Students in the Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation track explore current techniques, technologies, and treatment methods used in clinical OT work environments. Curriculum focuses on the anatomy and kinesiology of the upper extremity, as well as conditions and treatment methods. Graduates will have the ability to diagnose ailments, creating a comprehensive evaluation and intervention for them. A benefit for working professionals: Occupational Therapists with three years of OT experience can earn their Clinical OTD in as few as two years.

Area of Study Health Services
Next Start Date Varies
Credits

34

Cost/Credit

$662

Total Cost

$22,508

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Goals / Objectives

  • Provide a beneficial education to your clients about a recent or upcoming operation, and help them adapt to the ramifications
  • Establish an evidence-based intervention planning for clients with multiple diagnoses
  • In-depth knowledge of the biomechanical factors influencing musculoskeletal balance, efficiency, and dysfunction
  • Working understanding of research methodology and statistics in the appraisal of scientific literature, and the ability to apply this information to clinical decisions

Career Outlook

  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation Center
  • Nursing Home
  • Hospice Centers
  • Community Agency
  • Mental Health Agency
  • Wellness Clinic

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Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Professional Writing for Occupational Therapy (OT 901) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Introduction to Sociology is an introduction to the study of social groups and social relationships. The course analyzes basic sociological concepts to acquaint the student with the fundamental laws governing human relationships. Problems of social structure, social processes and social motivations will be considered.
Advanced Evidence-Based Practice (OT 911) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will help students develop advanced skills in evidence-based occupational therapy practice. Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of research methodology and statistics to continue to hone their skills in critical appraisal of scientific literature. Students will search for scientific evidence, read and critically appraise the evidence, and apply this information to clinical decision making. Students will consider topics in this course that may develop into their capstone project.
Occupational Therapy Theory and Concepts in the Current Healthcare Environment (OT 910) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will introduce students to current policy influencing the future direction of the profession of occupational therapy. Students will investigate these changes as they relate to the theoretical underpinnings of the profession and analyze changes and trends in occupational therapy over time.
Occupational Science (OT 915) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will examine the relationship of occupation to health and well-being. Students will investigate how theories of occupation bring about change in their client populations through application of client-centered, occupation-based clinical practices. Occupational science will also be studied as a theoretical, foundational construct influencing the profession of occupational therapy.
Mentoring and Clinical Education (OT 916) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will provide students the opportunity to learn how to educate health professionals by reviewing learning theories and teaching strategies. Students will be introduced to models of mentorship while exploring the characteristics of an effective mentor. The course will develop skills in conflict resolution and communication in a community setting.

Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Track Courses

Advanced Anatomy and Kinesiology of the Upper Extremity (OT 920) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will analyze purposeful human movement through a combination of advanced cadaveric dissection and an in-depth look at structure and function. Biomechanical factors influencing musculoskeletal balance, efficiency, and dysfunction will be studied throughout the continuum from anatomic foundations to kinesthetic and proprioceptive movement. Peer-reviewed literature in the areas of biomechanics and foundational science will be used to complement course topics and guide advanced dissection.
Conditions and Evaluation of the Upper Extremity (OT 921) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will investigate comprehensive evaluative strategies of the upper extremity and relate proper subjective and objective measures to common clinical diagnoses. With the intent of data driven interventions and outcomes measurements, students will use current literature to establish a repertoire of evaluative tools which will guide their clinical decision making.
Surgical Procedures informing Clinical Decision-Making (OT 922) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will analyze common surgical procedures as a means to facilitate client-centered clinical decision making post-operatively. Attention will be paid to a comprehensive understanding of the indications, precautions, and contraindications associated with surgical procedures so that the therapist not only can rationalize chosen interventions, but provide in-depth education to their clients. Current literature and surgical demonstrations will be included as learning tools in this course.
Evidence-based Upper Extremity Rehabilitation (OT 923) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will employ previous learning, including anatomy, kinesiology, diagnoses, evaluations, and surgical procedures to establish evidence-based intervention planning for clients with multiple diagnoses. Students will be expected to identify diagnoses of personal interest and come prepared with current peer-reviewed literature which will facilitate the creation of comprehensive evaluation, intervention, education, and outcome planning. Specific attention will be paid to modalities and orthotic fabrication and the evidence which supports these adjunctive methods.

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