Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online
Post-Professional Degree Program
A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (AMOT) Program advances students in their occupational therapy practice, making a difference in their professional development as well as in the lives of the people they impact. Offered through ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, this post-professional Masters degree program in Occupational Therapy is designed for practicing occupational therapists already holding an entry-level degree in occupational therapy. The AMOT Program can be completed entirely online providing optimal flexibility to accommodate busy schedules.
Program of Study
A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Post-Professional Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree requires a minimum of 42 quarter credit hours. The AMOT Program’s flexible design makes it possible to complete the degree in two years, on average. The program of study is divided into four areas:
- Professional Practice (9 credits required)
- Critical Inquiry (12 credits required)
- Electives (12 credits)
- Capstone Experience (9 credits)
Through the Arizona School of Health Science’s AMOT degree program, working professionals have the freedom to complete their didactic studies at their convenience in the place of their choice – including the comfort of their homes. They also have the added convenience of a year-round academic calendar on the quarter system, providing more opportunities to complete coursework not only during the fall, winter and spring quarters (12 weeks each) but also during the summer quarter (6-8 weeks).
ATSU’s post-professional AMOT Program fosters valuable interaction among students and faculty by providing access to a virtual community of practicing occupational therapists from across the country and around the globe. Connecting with a virtual community of one’s professional peers paves the way for collaboration and empowers AMOT students and alumni to further build their professional networks.
Although faculty and students “meet” in online classroom environments, clinical (practice related) experiences are required to complete several of the core “Professional Practice” courses. AMOT students are encouraged to use their current practice settings to meet this requirement. In the event that a student is not employed/practicing at the time of a particular course requiring a clinical experience, the student is responsible for identifying and gaining access to a clinical practice setting applicable to the assignments required in the course.
AMOT Program requirements also include completion of a Capstone Project designed to promote students’ development of practice-based scholarship. Through a series of three Capstone courses students have the opportunity to develop, implement and document a project related to their professional interests while participating in this experience along with a cohort group of their peers and the tutelage and support of faculty.
With a strong practice-based curriculum and built-in support throughout the program of study, ATSU’s Advanced Master of Occupational Therapy Online Program empowers its students and alumni to become advanced evidence-based practitioners who are more competitive and current in practice standards.
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AMOT graduates will impact lives and gain the career edge with a renewed confidence in their abilities, knowledge, and comfort with current trends, while enhancing their profession with the support of a top health sciences university.
Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online Curriculum Guide+
A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 S. LaSalle Street; Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604, Phone: 800.621.7440.
Degree-granting authority for ASHS has been given by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 West Washington Rd., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Phone: 602.542.5709.
ATSU’s AMOT Program allows the working clinician to build upon existing experience, strengthen academic foundations, improve clinical reasoning and critical analysis skills, and increase the ability to practice in varied clinical and administrative settings.
Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online Degree Faculty
Throughout ATSU’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (AMOT) Program, the faculty foster peer connections and provide superior levels of support.
Dedicated to your success, faculty members provide expert online instruction to AMOT degree students. Interaction with a variety of instructors offers students exposure to a variety of teaching styles, healthcare- and education-related backgrounds and experiences that contribute to a well-rounded education fostering personal and professional growth.
Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Dr. Danielsen is Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.
Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.
- Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Vice Dean +
Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dr. Burch is Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean. In addition, she leads several University or School wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.
Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Burch received her BA is in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.
- Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Program Director +
Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L
Professor and Director
Online Post-Professional Programs
Department of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Mineo has been an ATSU faculty member since 2005. She has extensive clinical experience in the areas of early intervention and developmental disabilities. She received her PhD in Media Ecology from the Department of Culture and Communication from New York University School of Education. She received her Masters in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association Academic Leadership Council and a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Mentor. She has completed coach training with Erickson College and participated in a Courage to Lead Program (based upon the work of Parker Palmer). Her research interests are in the area of teaching, on-line education, and health promotion and wellness.
- Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L
Program Administration +
Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L
Professor and Director, Online Post-Professional Programs, Department of Occupational Therapy
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Dr. Mineo has been an ATSU faculty member since 2005. She has extensive clinical experience in the area of pediatrics and developmental disabilities. She teaches in the area of professional development and the Capstone Project for the AMOT Program. Dr. Mineo received her PhD in Media Ecology from the Department of Culture and Communications from New York University School of Education. She received her Masters in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She is currently a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association Professional Program Directors Educational Council. Her research interests are in the area of teaching, on-line education, and positive psychology.
- Bernadette Mineo, PhD, OTR/L
Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online Degree Admissions
Application requirements for the Advanced Master of Occupational Therapy degree online program include:
- Initial certification as an Occupational Therapist from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. International applicants are eligible to apply, but must show proof of certification or eligibility to practice as an occupational therapist that is equivalent to OT certification and licensure in the United States and have earned an OT degree from an OT Program recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.
- A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants who have graduated from a non-US college or university must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency and must have foreign transcripts evaluated by an evaluation service specializing in foreign transcript evaluation. The evaluation must state that the transcript(s) reflect an equivalency of a U.S. degree.
- Minimum overall undergraduate 2.75 GPA and minimum Occupational Therapy Program 2.75 GPA on a 4.00 scale.
- Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended.
- No GRE is required.
- Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:
Option 1 - English is your first language.
Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS).
Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores from International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Acceptable minimal scores for ASHS applications are:
IELTS: 6.5—More information can be found at: www.ielts.org
Paper based total score = 550
- Minimum of 56 on Reading Skills section
- Minimum of 61 - 62 on Writing Skills section
Computer based total score = 213
- Minimum of 22 on Reading Skills section
- Minimum of 26 on Writing Skills section
Internet based total score = 80
- Minimum of 21 on Reading Skills section
- Minimum of 24 on Writing Skills section
The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA 609.771.7100. Information is available at www.toefl.org. A.T. Still University’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 609.771.7100.
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The student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) or a Renewal FAFSA by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov and following the instructions on the website. ATSU’s school code is G02477.
The Central Processing System (CPS) performs matches and edits, calculates a student contribution, and sends the data back to the processor.
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If by EFT, all funds will be applied to the student’s account. The refund will be directly deposited to the student’s bank account if so desired by the student and proper documentation is on file.
Eligibility for Financial Assistance
Eligibility or unmet financial need is determined by subtracting a student’s expected contribution from the student budget. The student’s expected contribution is listed on the Student Aid Report (SAR) and is based on the student’s financial strength. Students may choose to receive financial assistance up to their unmet financial need. For example, if a student’s budget is $9,000 and the expected contribution is $5,000, the student’s unmet financial need is $4,000. The student may receive financial aid through scholarships, loans, etc., to arrive at this figure. (Note: Students may use the Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan or any private loan to replace their expected contribution.) Every effort will be made to meet the student’s need, but in some instances, the student may have to rely on other outside resources. It is of critical importance to be creditworthy, as most private loans require a credit check.
Satisfactory Academic Progress for Federal Financial Aid
According to the United States Department of Education regulations, (34CRF 668/16 and 668.34 and October 29, 2010 Final Federal Register), all students receiving federal financial assistance must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Student Financial Services will review the academic progress of financial aid recipients after each payment period. Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is measured in terms of qualitative and quantitative standards.
The qualitative measure of a student’s progress is measured by cumulative grade point average. The minimum cumulative GPA students must maintain for financial aid is as follows:
Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences 2.0 for all programs on 4.0 scale 70% for all programs on 100% scale
Maximum Time Frame
Financial aid recipients must complete an educational program within a time frame no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program. All attempted withdrawn, failed, repeated, and/or transferred credits that apply to a student’s program count toward this maximum time limit. For example, a student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 120 credit hours may attempt up to 180 credit hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (120 x 150% = 180). A student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 5100 contact hours may attempt up to 7650 contact hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (5100 x 150% = 7650).
Pace of Progression
Pace of progression is required to ensure students complete within a maximum time frame and that the pace is measured at each standard review time. Financial aid recipients must maintain a 67% minimum completion rate for attempted credit hours or contact hours. For example, a student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 120 credit hours may attempt up to 180 hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (120 divided by 180 = 67%). A student pursuing a doctorate degree requiring 5100 contact hours may attempt up to 7650 contact hours before financial aid eligibility is suspended (5100 divided by 7650 = 67%).
Dropped, failed, and remedial courses for which no credit is received do not count towards credit hours earned. Credit hours for a course are earned by completing and passing the class.
Financial Aid Warning
Failure to meet the minimum academic progress requirements will result in a student being issued a financial aid warning. Students issued a financial aid warning will have one payment period to correct a progress problem due to qualitative or quantitative standards. Students will be notified of their status in writing via ATSU email. Students issued a financial aid warning will have an opportunity to file an appeal to request financial aid probation prior to the upcoming standard review time, which is at the end of each payment period.
Financial Aid Probation
If a student appeals their financial aid probation status and the appeal is approved, that student is put on financial aid probation for one payment period. Students may receive federal financial aid while on financial aid probation if he/she meets the terms of his/her appeal decision. If a student fails to meet SAP standards during the term of financial aid probation, he/she may request an additional appeal.
Financial Aid Suspension
Students who fail to meet the requirements of the financial aid warning or do not appeal their financial aid probation status are placed on financial aid suspension and are not eligible for federal financial aid. These students will receive written notification to their ATSU email account of their failure to comply and that future federal aid will be canceled.
Students who have been issued a financial aid warning may submit a written appeal for reinstatement of eligibility prior to the start of the next payment period. Occasionally, extenuating circumstances contribute to their inability to meet the requirements for satisfactory progress. Extenuating circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Death of an immediate family member
- Severe injury or illness of the student or an immediate family member
- Emergency situations such as fire or flood
- Legal separation from spouse or divorce
- Military reassignment or required job transfers or shift changes
Students whose appeal is denied must establish eligibility by completing courses without federal aid in one or more payment periods at ATSU until the cumulative GPA and/or completion rate meet the required standard before any additional federal aid will be disbursed.
Students who have extenuating circumstances may appeal by submitting a completed Appeal form. They will be notified if additional supporting documentation is required.
The Appeal packet is presented to the SAP Committee for consideration. Students are notified via ATSU email of the SAP Committee’s decision and recommendations.
Federal financial aid may be reinstated when one of the following conditions has been met:
The student completes courses without federal aid in one or more payment periods at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences until the cumulative GPA and/or completion rate meet the required standard. - OR -
The student files an appeal and the SAP Committee approves the appeal. It is the student’s responsibility to notify Student Financial Services when reinstatement conditions have been met.
Enrollment Status Policy
Full-time enrollment definition
Students enrolled in the Doctor of Dental Medicine and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine are always defined as full-time.
Full-time enrollment requires enrollment in a minimum of nine (9) quarter credit hours, or six (6) semester hours.
Half-time enrollment definition
Half-time enrollment is defined by enrollment in a minimum of five (5) quarter credit hours or three (3) semester hours.
Enrollment Status Definitions 1 Quarter Credit = .67 semester credit Program Minimum # of Credit Hours Minimum # of Credit Hours Full-Time Half-Time Osteopathic Medicine and Dental Enrollment is always full-time All other programs 9/quarter, 6/semester 5/quarter, 3/semester
Student Budget Determination
The student expense budget is determined each year by the director of Student Financial Services. Every effort is made to ensure that allowances in each category are realistic and fair. Although the director determines the average student budget, students having credit history difficulties may not be able to borrow the full budgeted amount, due to the private loans being based on creditworthiness.
Verification is the process by which Student Financial Services checks the accuracy of the information submitted by the student when applying for federal financial aid. It is intended to reduce errors in the financial information that students submit so eligible applicants can receive the correct amount of financial assistance.
ATSU will verify all applicants who are selected for verification from the federally approved edits. If selected, students will need to submit a signed copy of their federal income tax return from the prior calendar year along with a verification worksheet. ATSU will compare the tax return and the verification worksheet to the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) to verify required items. Financial aid will not be awarded until the verification is complete.
Professional judgment allows the Director and Assistant Director the flexibility to handle individual students with extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis. This authority is clearly stated in the regulations and is used as needed. The adjustments may be made in the cost of attendance, expected family contribution, or satisfactory academic progress.
Although every effort is made to meet a student’s financial need, financial assistance is not an entitlement and, in some instances, not all of a student’s need will be met.
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A simple financial plan begins with the establishment of a long-term goal. As an APA, MI, HM or AOT student, for example, your long-term goal might be to set up a private practice in your home town. As you plan your strategies to reach this end, keep in mind that your short- and mid-term goals should be consistent with and built upon this long-term goal. To help keep you on track, it is important to develop a budget.
A budget lists all sources of income, as well as all estimated expenditures. To make a budget work for you, keep the following points in mind:Have a written planSet realistic goalsEstablish prioritiesKeep expenditures below incomeStick to your game plan
It is important for you to determine your needs so that you will borrow only the amount necessary, rather than the amount for which you are eligible. In the end, you may pay back 2-3 times the amount you borrowed. Therefore, the less debt you accrue in school, the more financially secure you will be later.
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Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Policy
The Department of Education is encouraging and, at times, requiring educational institutions to become paperless. Therefore, funds received through federal and private loans will normally be transferred electronically to a student’s account at ATSU. Students will receive a receipt itemizing the type of loan and amount credited to their account at the institution. Funds electronically transferred above what is owed for tuition and fees will promptly be refunded to the student by check or deposited directly to the student’s bank account. (Students that have lenders that do not wire money to ATSU will receive their financial aid through a co-payable check.) Generally, funds are available when tuition is due.
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Advanced Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Online Curriculum Overview
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: 9 Credits
The Professional Practice core courses provide the student with a firm foundation in the practice of Occupational Therapy and the issues and concerns of a graduate health profession.
The following courses are required:
OT 802 Advanced Theory and Philosophy in Occupational Therapy+
This course is a review, discussion, and analysis of the current theoretical and philosophical basis for occupational therapy practice. (3 credits)
OT 803 Trends in Occupational Therapy+
Current practice issues and trends within the occupational therapy profession are studied. (3 credits)
HP 814 Issues in Diverse Populations and Settings+
The role of culture in health care will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on learning to recognize and negotiate cultural differences and assessing intercultural interactions and interventions in their own practice. (3 credits)
CRITICAL INQUIRY: 12 credits
The Critical Inquiry courses provide the student with formal skills in critical inquiry and decision-making. Students learn to use the research literature and technology resources to establish interventions based on scientific-evidence and best professional practices.
OT 807 Research Methodology+
A survey of basic quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods used in research relevant to the practice of occupational therapy. Emphasis is placed on learning how to critically evaluate research and become a better consumer of it. (3 credits)
OT 808 Statistics+
Through this course students become acquainted with, and develop a better understanding of, the statistical methods and techniques most commonly utilized in health care and education research. Interpretation of results of statistical analyses and assessment of the appropriateness of test selection are presented. (3 credits)
OT 811 Evidence-Based Practice I for OT Clinicians+
First course in a series of two on the topic of evidence-based practice (EBP). This first EBP course provides an introduction to the concept of EBP, discusses the fundamental need to structure EBP within the framework of Occupational Therapy practice, and introduces students to the key underlying components and stages of EBP. The course provides students with the opportunity to, not only gain theoretical knowledge about the stages, but also engenders skills that will allow them to begin to implement these in their practice. (3 credits)
OT 812 Evidence-Based Practice II for OT Clinicians+
This course is the second in the series of two evidence-based practice (EBP) courses. Building on the EBP skills learned during OT 811, this course follows an evidence-based journal club format, involving small group work in a specific clinical area, offering students the opportunity to further enhance their EBP skills through implementation of the EBP process in additional exploration of clinical questions. Emphasis is also placed on reflecting upon and examining how the clinical reasoning processes underlying EBP influence one’s clinical decision-making and practice. (3 credits)
ELECTIVES: 12 Credits
Electives may be chosen from the courses listed below (when offered):
OT 833 Holistic School-Based Practice+
This course holistically addresses OT practice in school systems settings. Topics include, but are not limited to, IDEA, ADA 504, psychosocial intervention, and transition planning. (3 credits)
OT 842 Advances in Sensory Integration Theory and Practice+
Focus of study will be the theoretical foundation, research, and current treatment methods of Sensory Integration Theory and Practice. (3 credits)
OT 843 Early Intervention: Working With Children 0-3 and Their Families+
Overview of federal legislation involving the role of OT in early intervention will be discussed. Study will focus on OT programming in natural environments, family-centered practice, goal writing for the IFSP, and transition planning to preschool. (3 credits)
OT 844 Critical Thinking in Pediatric Intervention+
This course will explore in depth the foundation, research efficacy, similarities, and differences among the theoretical frameworks commonly employed by occupational and physical therapists working with children in a variety of contexts. Students will evaluate best practice in clinical application with a variety of diagnoses. (3 credits)
OT 845 Application of Technology to OT Practice+
Current technology utilized for occupational therapy practice and treatment of dysfunction. Use of computers, switches, software programs, adaptive equipment, diagnostic, medical, and environmental controls are explored. (3 credits)
OT 847 Issues in Geriatric Practice+
This course holistically addresses issues and intervention practices with geriatric populations. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, occupations of the elderly, adaptations for healthy living, and mental health issues. (3 credits)
OT 850 Independent Study+
Independent investigation of a topic of interest. Approval of independent study option is by the faculty and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy. (1-4 credits)
OT875 Special Topics in OT+
This course covers special topics that arise in the OT Profession. The topics of the course will change, pending the quarter that it offers. The topic is announced four weeks prior to the course beginning. (3 credits)
PT 806 Pharmacology+
This course covers the administration, physiologic response, and adverse effects of drugs under normal and pathophysiologic conditions. Topics focus on the influence of drugs on therapy patient/client management. (3 credits) (with PT Department permission)
HP 815 Health and Wellness+
This course includes discussion on the theories of health and wellness, including motivational theory, locus of control, public health initiatives, and psycho-social, spiritual, and cultural considerations. Health risks, screening, and assessment considering epidemiological principles are emphasized. Risk reduction strategies for primary and secondary prevention, including programs for special populations are covered. (2 credits)
HP 834 Delivery Systems, Legislation and Regulation+
This course includes discussion of delivery systems, legislation, and regulation, including measuring access to and outcomes of different healthcare delivery models, public health policy, political systems, reimbursement models, ethical issues, and advocacy to improve healthcare policy. (2 credits)
HP 835 Reimbursement Systems, Issues and Strategies+
This course includes a review of different reimbursement systems in healthcare to include Medicare, Medicaid, fee-for-service, capitation, workers’ compensation and contractual care. Issues in reimbursement and strategies for overcoming challenges of reimbursement in rehabilitation will be covered. (2 credits)
HP 836 Business Planning+
This course includes discussions on business planning, including strategic planning, financial management, personnel management, and physical resource management as it relates to the healthcare industry. (2 credits)
In addition to the above courses, students in the AMOT program may be able to use their elective credits to take courses in the College of Graduate Health Studies. See College of Graduate Health Studies for additional elective offerings.
CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE: 9 Credits
The capstone project is an integrating and culminating experience that allows the student to explore an area of professional interest. Under supervision of AMOT faculty, students develop a project that demonstrates scholarship and furthers the profession’s body of knowledge.
OT 880: AMOT Program Capstone Experience, Part I+
First course in a series of three for the AMOT Program capstone experience. During the first half of this course, students identify, develop, and articulate their ideas for their capstone terminal projects. During the second half of the course, students identify, locate, and review literature and other sources of information pertinent to their projects (that will provide a foundation for proceeding with the work they propose to do as their actual capstone project). (3 credits)
OT 881: AMOT Program Capstone Experience – Part II+
Second course in a series of three for the AMOT Program capstone experience. During this second part of the course sequence, students develop proposals for their capstone projects. Students also serve as advisors and reviewers of their peers’ project proposals. (3 credits)
OT 882: AMOT Program Capstone Experience, Part III+
Third course in a series of three for the AMOT Program capstone experience. During this third part of the course sequence, students implement their capstone projects, document their project experiences, produce final “products” or “artifacts” associated with their projects, write a paper about their project using OT Practice Author Guidelines and consider potential venues for future dissemination and publication. (3 credits)
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