Courses

The Master of Occupational Therapy program can be completed by a full-time student within two years (six semesters).

Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.

A student must earn a minimum of 76 total credit hours to be eligible for the Master of Occupational Therapy degree.

Please note that Fieldwork II experiences may cross over semester timelines.

Description of the hybrid format of NMC's MOT program

While it is difficult to pinpoint an exact definition of hybrid course design, most definitions include a discussion of "blending" face-to-face instruction with online activity. The difference lies in how this division occurs, and to what extent. The purpose of this material is to more effectively describe what hybrid means in relation to the MOT program at Nebraska Methodist College.

There are many benefits to hybrid courses. Hybrid courses blend the best of both worlds, engaging learners in the active, autonomous learning that occurs in the online environment. In addition to the regularly scheduled learning activities in the online environment, students also continue to have the benefit of regular face-to-face interaction with instructors and peers on campus.

Hybrid courses in NMC's MOT program are not self-paced. Assignments and due dates are detailed in each syllabus, and students are expected to complete all online activity before attending a face-to-face session. Face-to-face sessions do not "re-teach" online concepts; rather they further advance the learner's application of course content to occupational therapy practice.

Hybrid courses come with extra expectations of the graduate learner's ability to time manage. Students are able to enjoy the flexibility of the class structure and how it may fit into their busy lives, but must be committed to the self-direction required for hybrid program success.

The format of each course is specifically detailed in the course descriptions below. 

 

Semester 1

OTH 500

Occupational Therapy: Occupation, Participation and Engagement

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The course examines Occupational Therapy theory, practice models and frames of reference. The influence of history, sociopolitical issues, healthcare policies, and ethical practice guidelines are examined. The delineation of professional roles in various practice settings is explored. The application of evidence based critical reasoning and occupation based services for diverse populations are applied.

This course meets face-to-face weekly to promote the achievement of learning objectives, acclimate students to the college and develop faculty and peer relationships that are necessary for success in a cohort-based program.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Admission into NMC's MOT program.

OTH 510

Evidence-Based Practice for Health and Wellness

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A cultural awareness of health and the significance of the loss of independence are analyzed. Content includes a critical review of existing evidence for assessing and providing evidence based interventions for physiological, psychosocial, cognitive and behavioral concepts for health and wellness. Global health care trends and public health needs are explored. This course meets online only. 

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Admission into NMC's MOT program.

OTH 530

Research I: Evidence-Based Implications for Scholarship

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The scholarship process for advancing professional theory, practice and application are examined. Critiques of existing research, use of literature to make evidence based decisions, and the understanding of descriptive, correlational, and inferential quantitative and qualitative studies are included.  Research designs, methodologies, interpretation of statistics and the implications for practice are addressed. Expectations for conducting a graduate research capstone and a written scholarly report are initiated. This course meets online only. 

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Admission into NMC's MOT program.

OTH 520

Outreach Experience I: Health and Wellness

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This course is the first of two that address the mission of Nebraska Methodist College and the MOT program through service to the community. Learners will have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community in which they serve through completing a needs analysis and program development for a selected organization, focusing on the health and wellness needs of a selected population within a healthcare or community setting. This course meets online, and students are also required to meet with their assigned group members as well as work with an assigned community partner. 

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Admission into NMC's MOT program.

OTH 505

Advanced Anatomy and Applied Physiology

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The course includes critical examination of anatomical structures and physiological functions of the human body as it relates to homeostasis. The course will emphasize a regional anatomical approach to provide clinical application of integrative physiology concepts pertaining to neuroanatomy. A guided cadaveric study will be a component to the course. This course meets face-to-face and includes an integrated face-to-face lab. 

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Admission into NMC's MOT program.

OTH 528

Level IA Fieldwork: General Practice Areas

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This course is the first in a series of five Level I fieldwork experiences.  This course sets the foundation for preparing the student for success in the fieldwork environment. The student will have the opportunity to use evidence to select assessments and choose occupation-based interventions at their assigned site.  The roles of various health care team members within practice settings are analyzed within the course. Beginning therapeutic documentation skills are addressed. This course meets face-to-face. Students complete 24 hours of fieldwork at their assigned site. 

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Admission into NMC's MOT program.

Semester 2

OTH 515

Evidence-Based Practice for Mental Health

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This course examines private, community-based, and health care mental health settings and occupational therapy services in these environments. Individual and group leadership skills are developed for use in practice settings. The implications of illness for the individual within various cultures and society are analyzed.  Skills for effective evaluation and intervention planning and safe management of complex behaviors are included. The lecture for this course is online only. The lab meets face-to-face on selected weeks.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester one coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 585

Neurorehabilitation: Cognition, Behavior and Neuromotor Applications

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The course analyzes current neuroscience evidence and implications for occupational therapy assessment and interventions.  Classroom and laboratory experiences critically examine principles of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurosenory systems, neurobehaviors, cognition, and motor control approaches.  Applications of evidence based neurorehabilitation models are included. The lecture for this course is online only. The lab meets face-to-face each week.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester one coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 525

Outreach Experience II: Neurobehavioral Populations

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This course is the second of two that address the mission of Nebraska Methodist College and the MOT program through service to the community. Students will have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community in which they serve through completing a needs analysis and program development for a selected organization, focusing on the needs of a neurobehavioral population.This course meets online, and students are also required to meet with their assigned group members as well as work with an assigned community partner.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester one coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 529

Level IB Fieldwork: Community-Based Mental, Behavioral, and Social Health Needs

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This course is the second in a series of five Level I fieldwork experiences. This course addresses mental health, cognition, and behavioral management needs of a community-based population. The student will have the opportunity to use evidence to select assessments and choose occupation-based interventions at their assigned site. Learners will articulate to external audiences and/or other professionals the role and value of OT mental health services.  Therapeutic documentations skills will continue to be developed. This course meets face-to-face. Students complete 4+ hours of fieldwork at their assigned site.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester one coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 535

Research Capstone I

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The Research Capstone process will be implemented in this course. Learners will evaluate existing evidence and relevant literature to establish research questions relevant to the OT profession. Learners will further explore research design and statistical models and methodologies for a research capstone that promotes the OT profession, and addresses professional practice, service delivery and/or professional issues.  The course includes methods for conducting scholarship of integration, application, and teaching and learning. This course meets online, and students are also required to meet with their research group as necessary to complete course objectives.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester one coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 610

Evidence-Based Practice for Productive Aging

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The course includes a critical application of current evidence relevant to evidence based assessment and intervention strategies for productive agingAssessment techniques include evaluation of movement, functional mobility, and task analysis. A continuum of care model to determine the effectiveness of delivered services is implemented.  Legislation, liability, documentation, billing and reimbursement, advocacy, and ethical issues related to the aging population are critically examined. Lab experiences include assessment competence related to movement and task analysis. The lecture for this course is online. The lab meets face-to-face each week. 

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester one coursework and fieldwork.

Semester 3

OTH 565

Occupational Therapy Critical Reasoning: Life Span Assessments and Interventions

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The course critically examines the use of models of reasoning for effective screening, assessment, goal setting, intervention processes and discharge planning across the lifespan and varied cultures. Standardized and non-standardized assessments are utilized to address occupational needs. Case based scenarios are used to explore critical thinking models to effectively address complex health care needs The role of OT related to occupational performance, access to care issues, language barriers, and ethical and cultural considerations are explored. Health care needs of various cultures are analyzed. This course meets in blended format; some weeks are online, and some are face-to-face.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester two coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 640

Contemporary Practice Models

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This course addresses occupational therapy's role within contemporary practice settings. Settings include but are not limited to Work and Industry, Cancer Rehabilitation, Lymphadema, Driver Rehabilitation, Feeding, Eating and Swallowing, Vestibular Rehabilitation, and Transition Planning. This course meets in a blended format; some weeks are online, and some are face-to-face.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester two coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 538

Research Capstone II

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The Research Capstone process is expanded in this course.  Learning experiences include critical reviews of related international and national evidence, and data collection and analysis methods appropriate for the study's design. Learners will analyze the outcomes of their data collection to determine implications for OT.  The course expands the learners' comprehension of the profession's focus and value of research and scholarship to advance practice and professional contributions. This course meets online, and students are also required to meet with their research group as necessary to complete course objectives.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester two coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 628

Level IC Fieldwork: Aged Populations

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This course is the third in a series of five Level I fieldwork experiences. This course explores a continuum of care model for effective OT service delivery.   Services include promotion of relevant models of occupational intervention as well as the wellness, physical, mental, and neurocognitive aspects of aging.  Fieldwork settings may include but are not limited to private practice, adult day care centers, assistive living, long term care, home health care, private practice, rehabilitation settings, and hospice settings. This course meets online only. Students complete 24 hours of fieldwork at their assigned site. 

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester two coursework and fieldwork.

Semester 4

OTH 710

Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Youth Populations

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Occupational performance related to congenital, developmental, and acquired disability within the children and youth population will be analyzed within this course.  Learners will continue to develop their ability to critically reason through selection and delivery of related assessment and intervention skills appropriate for the population and practice setting.  Practice settings include school systems, health care agencies, private practice and community based services. An analysis of the influence of participation, rehabilitation and disability concerns with attention to culture, diversity, social, political and economic considerations in service provision are included. The lecture for this course is online only. The lab meets face-to-face each week.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester three coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 720

Evidence-Based Practice for Adults

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This course includes analysis of evidence-based models of practice addressing rehabilitation, disability and participation needs for the adult population.  Major topics include but are not limited to orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary, burns, general medicine,  and general surgery and their impact on occupational performance.  This course will continue to develop the student's ability to critically reason through the occupational therapy process for the adult client. The lecture for this course is online only. The lab meets face-to-face each week.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester three coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 730

Orthotics, Prosthetics and Physical Agent Modalities

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The therapeutic use of orthosis, prosthesis and physical agent modalities to address clients' needs to enhance participation and engagement in valued occupations are addressed. Current evidence and use of the adjunctive methods are analyzed including application protocols, contraindications, and safety procedures.  Skills in the design, fabrication, application, and prescriptions are addressed. This course meets face-to-face.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester three coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 630

Research Capstone III

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The final research capstone includes an oral defense of the study. A final presentation of findings and the implications for the profession are included.   The search for applicable grants and funding support are included. This course meets online, and students are also required to meet with their research group as necessary to complete course objectives.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester three coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 620

Assistive Technology, Environmental Modifications and Adaptations

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Occupational Therapy's role in the design and use of assistive technologies, adaptations, and environmental modifications to enhance safety and occupational performance, participation and engagement across the life span is addressed. Learning experiences includes the assessment, design, selection, and use of technologies, adaptations and modifications.  Client's needs, personal environments, communities, organizations, and practice settings are analyzed for accessibility, needed modifications, and compliance for accessibility regulations. This course meets online only.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester three coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 638

Level ID Fieldwork: Children and Youth Populations

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This course is the fourth in a series of five Level I fieldwork experiences. This course includes the application of OT values, knowledge and skills to address the needs of children, youth, and transitional populations. Learners will integrate their knowledge of the occupational therapy process to deliver skilled services to enhance clients' occupational performance, participation and engagement. This course meets online only. Students complete 24 hours of fieldwork at their assigned site.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester three coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 639

Level IE Fieldwork: Community-based Adult Populations

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This course is the fifth in a series of five Level I fieldwork experiences. This course includes adult practice experiences in a community-based setting to evaluate and implement OT services for adults. Students are to select the appropriate assessments, establish client centered goals and evidence based interventions.  The roles of OT and the OTA, and other health providers are analyzed.  Documentation, reimbursement, ethics, advocacy, referrals and liability issues are critically examined. This course meets face-to-face. Students complete 6+ hours of fieldwork at their assigned site.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester three coursework and fieldwork.

Semester 5

OTH 740

Leadership and Ethical Management in Practice and Healthcare Policy

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The development and management of applied advocacy, supervision, marketing and leadership skills are included. A professional practice will be initiated including a mission, vision, strategic and business plans, budget, policies and procedures, job descriptions, performance benchmarks and appraisal methods.  Supervision and leadership models are addressed. Emerging trends in health care systems, policies, management expectations, promotion and marketing, liability, consultation, advocacy, and consulting roles are addressed. This course meets in blended format; some weeks are online, and some are face-to-face. This course runs over a 5-week term, prior to Level II fieldwork.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester four coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 750

Occupational Therapy Practice Competencies

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The course explores professional practice competencies needed for the occupational therapist.  Professional memberships, licensure, certifications, and advancing professional competencies are explored. The knowledge, skills, and values to successfully pursue life long professional development are explored. This course meets in blended format; some weeks are online, and some are face-to-face. This course runs over a 5-week term, prior to Level II fieldwork.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all semester four coursework and fieldwork.

OTH 780

Level IIA Fieldwork

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This course is Level II fieldwork experience involving the full time application of the curriculum's didactic knowledge, skills, and values.  Service delivery of professional and client services are supervised and evaluated within a variety of practice settings.  Experiences are selected for the quality and compatibility with the institution's curriculum design. Students complete 480+ hours of fieldwork at their assigned site. Communication with the course instructor is online.

  • Credits: 9.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all didactic coursework, Level I fieldwork.

Semester 6

OTH 785

Level IIB Fieldwork

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This course is the second in a series of two Level II fieldwork experiences involving the full time application of the curriculum's didactic knowledge, skills, and values.  Service delivery of professional and client services are supervised and evaluated within a variety of practice settings.  Experiences are selected for the quality and compatibility with the institution's curriculum design. Students complete 480+ hours of fieldwork at their assigned site. Communication with the course instructor is online.

  • Credits: 9.0
  • Prerequisites:

    Successful completion of all didactic coursework and fieldwork Level I and IIA requirements.