318 • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Occupational Therapy Students applying to the University must meet with an advisor as
early as possible. Students are expected to work closely with their
School of Health advisor. This usually means an intensive advising session prior to
Division of Health Sciences the beginning of each semester. Students in Fieldwork I and II
usually meet at scheduled intervals with the Fieldwork Coordinator.
Careful and comprehensive advising is a key to student success in
Bachelor of Science the University and entails student, faculty and University support
services. Occupational Therapy majors are required to consult with
an advisor each semester before registration. Each student should
Faculty purchase the University Catalog and become familiar with the
Claudia G. Peyton, Program Coordinator academic program and relevant policies and procedures before his/
her advising session.
Marilyn Masunaka-Noriega, Fieldwork Coordinator
Students must provide the Program with copies of transcripts
Regular and adjunct fieldwork faculty teach in the program.
from all institutions attended. Each student is expected to obtain a
This provides a good balance and mix of expertise. Each
copy of the University Catalog and become familiar with the
possessing the appropriate terminal degree, professional
academic program and relevant policies and procedures before his/
certification and experience. In addition to the program's
her advising session.
excellent faculty, the fieldwork sites provide state-of-art care.
Program Office Accreditation
WH A-330 (310) 243-2726 The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accredi-
tation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the
Faculty Offices and Activity Centers:
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at
WH A-320F, WH A-320H
4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD, 20824-1220.
AOTA's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. Graduates are eligible to
sit for the national certification examination for the occupational
The program is structured as a 2 + 2. All of the prerequisites to therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in
the upper division professional OTR course work must be taken Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of
before formal application to the major. Students apply for formal this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist,
admission to the University as "pre-OT" majors for the first two Registered (OTR). California will require licensure in order to
years. Once the prerequisites have been completed, the student practice. State license is based on the results of the NBCOT
applies for admission to the major and will begin taking the Certification Examination.
professional OTR courses which comprise the second half of the
program. This second phase of the program is based upon Admission to the Major in Occupational Therapy
"Supplemental Admission Criteria". Not everyone who applies will
(Second half of the 2 + 2, professional OTR curriculum)
Applicants must submit two separate applications, with supporting
The Profession Of Occupational Therapy documents to the OT program and to CSU Dominguez Hills.
Occupational therapy is a health care discipline focusing upon Applications for admission to the OT program may be obtained by
"occupational" function as well as quality of life; not just upon writing or calling the OT program office. Applications and
disease and its pathology associated with disabling conditions. supporting documents must be received no later than September15
Occupational therapists use activities as primary assessment and for admission to the spring BSOT program. Applications received
intervention strategies. By using meaningful occupation, the after September15 will be considered until the class is filled.
relevance, motivational set and applicability of the intervention for Ongoing advisement is available to assist those interested in
the individual are measurably increased. applying to the program. Completed applications, along with the
supporting documents may be returned to:
Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings, some of
which are traditional rehabilitation settings. Other settings may be Occupational Therapy Program
neonatal intensive care units, schools, community based/social School of Health - Division of Health Science
service agencies, home health care, hand clinics, skilled nursing WH A-330
facilities and wellness/prevention settings. Occupational therapists CSU Dominguez Hills
work with the entire spectrum of ages and levels of function, e.g., 1000 E. Victoria Street
prevention to chronic disabling disorders. Carson, CA 90747 (310) 243-2726
Applications for admission to the CSU Dominguez Hills may be
obtained by writing or calling the Office of Admission, with
completed applications returned to:
Office of Admission
CSU Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747 (310) 243-2726
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY • 319
Supplemental Admission Criteria Transportation
to the Major in Occupational Therapy Students will be required to furnish their own transportation to
1. Academic success as reflected by: and from the fieldwork sites and in some prerequisite courses that
a. GPA in designated required prerequisite course work require field trips.
(minimum 3.00 on a 4.00 scale).
b. Desirable “pattern” of academic performance (i.e. consistency
and/or improvement); and Uniforms or laboratory coats are required in some fieldwork
c. Completion of all University requirements for the degree settings. Purchase of a lab coat and school patch are the responsibil-
(with the exception of the professional junior and ity of the student.
senior occupational therapy courses), including but not
limited to the General Education Requirements,
Student health and accident insurance is required during the
statutory, GWAR, and OTR prerequisites;
fieldwork. It is the responsibility of the student to secure acceptable
2. Interview and evaluation by the Occupational Therapy Admis- malpractice insurance and present evidence of such before enrolling
sions Committee (OTAC) of the student's potential to succeed in in fieldwork. For additional information, contact the Program Office.
the program and the profession ( attitude, interest, poise,
motivation, expectations, career planning, maturity, social Fingerprinting and Background Check
understanding and involvement, flexibility and stability);
Students are required to obtain fingerprinting and background
3. Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one of check as required by all pediatric fieldwork I and II settings. It is
these letters should validate relevant work experience or knowledge the student's responsibility to check with the Fieldwork Coordinator
of the field. The other two should comment on potential to regarding procedures.
succeed in the fieldwork and in the profession. Accordingly, it is
recommended that one be from an OTR, practicing in the Physical Examination
community and the others from faculty teaching the pre-
Successful applicants will be required to obtain a physical examina-
occupational therapy courses at CSU Dominguez Hills. Recom-
tion. Additional information on these procedures may be obtained
mendations shall address activities within the past year;
by contacting the Program. It is the students’ responsibility to check
4. Clarity of expression (oral and written) and relevant extracur-
with the Fieldwork Coordinator for all requirements including immuniza-
ricular activities; (officer of a student club, e.g. active member or
tions. The physical examination may be performed by the student’s
officer of a student club, e.g. Occupational Therapy Club;
family physician or, if enrolled physical exam could be scheduled, at
participation in student governance) and as revealed by an
the Student Health Center. An appointment is advised well in advance.
extemporaneous essay and in the application form;
5. Completion of 80 hours of documented volunteer experience in Program Objectives for Occupational Therapy
a variety of settings observing the roles and responsibilities of an
The goal of the program, in addition to preparing clinical
occupational therapist; and
practitioners, is to produce professionals who can research, develop,
6. Other factors which will be considered, but which will not implement and evaluate procedures utilizing a high degree of
guarantee selection are: prior qualified application and California independent judgment; and to consult when appropriate with other
veteran status. members of the health care team.
The OTAC is composed of a minimum of three program faculty.
Upon completion of the Occupational Therapy Program,
One or more oral interviews will be required on campus.
graduates will be able to:
The Program Coordinator will notify the applicant of the
1. Provide culturally competent care to consumers from diverse
admission decision in consultation with the Occupational Therapy
faculty. Students must communicate their agreement to the terms
and conditions stated in the admissions notification letter within 15 2. Synthesize principles from biology and the behavioral sciences
working days following notification. into occupational therapy practice.
3. Demonstrate ability to apply logic and rational thinking to
Students admitted to the major (last two years) are admitted as a
inquiry in Occupational Therapy research practice.
cohort and progress through the professional curriculum as a
group, i.e., all students take all of the courses offered each semester 4. Design occupational therapy programs that demonstrate the
or session. Any exceptions must be approved in advance and can integration of multi-dimensional concepts of health and wellness
be approved only under exceptional circumstances. 5. Serve as a community resource utilizing principles in the
occupational therapy education and practice.
Academic Regulations 6. Integrate the concept of lifelong learning.
A grade of “C” is the minimum grade acceptable in the major.
Students who receive a grade or grades below the acceptable
minimum or who show lack of reasonable progress, may be
requested to appear before the faculty. The faculty also considers
disciplinary cases. Continued lack of progress, in the opinion of the
faculty (and with the approval of the Program Coordinator) may
result in Administrative or Academic Dismissal from the Program.
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Graduation With Honors The bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy requires
An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with the completion of a minimum of 74 semester units selected from the
Honors in Occupational Therapy provided he or she meets the following listing.
following criteria: A. Lower Division Prerequisite Requirements (18 units)
1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills; BIO 250. Elements of Human Anatomy & Physiology (3)
2. A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses BIO 251. Elements of Human Anatomy
used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the & Physiology Laboratory (1)
Occupational Therapy major; CSC 101. Computer Applications (2)
3. Recommendation by the Occupational Therapy faculty. MAT 131. Elementary Statistics and Probability (3)
Students who achieve Honors in Occupational Therapy will have OTR 101. Introduction to Occupational Therapy (3)
the information recorded on their transcripts and diplomas. OTR 205. Occupational Therapy Activities
Across the Lifespan (3)
OTR 206. Human Growth and Development (3)
Bachelor of Science in B. Bilingual/Multicultural Component (0-6 units)
Occupational Therapy Proficiency at the level of six units of foreign language instruc-
tion or equivalent as certified by the foreign language depart-
ment is required. For students who are certified as competent,
Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree
the requirement would be 0 units.
See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University
Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A C. Upper Division Prerequisite Requirements (6 units)
minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must PED 301. Kinesiology (3)
be upper division. PSY 363. Abnormal Psychology (3)
Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed D. Upper Division Requirements (39 units)
below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 or a maximum of 132 HSC 491. Management Skills in Health Sciences (3)
units. HSC 492. Research Methods in Health Sciences (3)
OTR 301. Individual and Group Therapeutic Skills (2)
General Education Requirements (54-60 units)
See the "General Education" requirements in the University OTR 314. Conditions of Human Dysfunction I (3)
Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on OTR 317. Neuroanatomy & Physiology for OT (3)
General Education requirements and course offerings. OTR 319. Problems and Issues Related
to Pediatrics and Adolescents I (3)
United States History, Constitution OTR 320. Problems and Issues Related
and American Ideals Requirement (6 units) to Pediatrics and Adolescents II (3)
See the "United States History, Constitution, and American Ideals"
OTR 414. Conditions of Human Dysfunction II (3)
requirements in the University Catalog. Courses used to satisfy this
requirement do not apply to General Education. OTR 422. Problems and Issues Related
to Adults and Geriatrics I (3)
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement OTR 424. Problems and Issues Related
See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the to Adults and Geriatrics II (3)
University Catalog. OTR 430. Fieldwork I: Practicum and Seminar I (3)
OTR 432. Fieldwork I: Practicum and Seminar II (3)
Single field major, no minor required.
OTR 461. Applied Occupational Therapy Research (1)
OTR 462. Management of Occupational Therapy Services (3)
Major Requirements (65-77 units) E. Field Work (8 units)
The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are OTR 480. Field Work Level Two I (4)
required of all candidates for this degree. OTR 482. Field Work Level Two II (4)
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OTR 206 Human Growth OTR 317 Neuroanatomy and
and Development (3) S. Physiology for OT (3) F.
Course Offerings Prerequisite: OTR 101. Gross and microscopic structure and
function of the human nervous system.
The credit value for each course in Exploration of the stages of development Introduction to experimental and clinical
semester units is indicated for each term by from birth through geriatrics, including techniques. Two hours of lecture, three
a number in parentheses following the title. biological, psychological, cognitive, and hours of laboratory.
Departments may indicate the term in social aspects. Emphasis on analysis of
occupational of performance areas and OTR 319 Problems and Issues Related to
which they expect to offer the course by the their relationship to the health-illness Pediatrics and Adolescents I (3)
use of: “F” (fall), “S” (spring) or “EOY” continuum. Two hours of lecture and two S.
(every other year). hours of activity per week. Prerequisite: OTR 301, OTR 314, OTR 317, PED
NOTE: Prerequisite for continuing enroll- 301.
OTR 295 Special Topics in
ment in OTR courses is forty documented Occupational Therapy (3). Commonly observed occupational perfor-
hours of volunteer or paid work experience An examination of a specific topic and/or mance dysfunctions secondary to medical,
in the health care field, subject to the subject area in Occupational Therapy. Re- biophysical and psychosocial conditions in
approval of the Department Chair. peatable for credit. Topic will be announced children, ages 0-12 years old. Conceptual
in the Class Schedule. One hour of lecture models, evaluation, treatment planning,
Course descriptions for HSC courses can
and four hours of activity per week. intervention, reassessment, termination of
be found in the Health Sciences section of intervention, and documentation. Two
this catalog. Upper Division hours of lecture and two hours of activity
NOTE: Prerequisite for enrollment in per week.
Lower Division professional upper division OTR courses is OTR 320 Problems and Issues Related to
OTR 101 Introduction to Occupational completion of all lower division course Pediatrics and Adolescents II
Therapy (3) work. (3) S.
Examination of occupational therapy’s Requirements for Enrolling in Upper Prerequisites: OTR 319.
foundations, historical and philosophical Division Courses Commonly observed occupational perfor-
approaches. Review of current practices,
mance dysfunctions secondary to medical,
their origins and trends. Professional ethics, 1. Students must apply to the Major in biophysical and psychosocial conditions in
qualifications, certification, rights and Occupation Therapy. Only those who children, ages 13-21 years old. Conceptual
responsibilities. have completed all prerequisites, models, evaluation, treatment planning,
OTR 194 Independent Study in Occupa- including General Education; Statutory; intervention, reassessment, termination of
tional Therapy (1-3) FS. and the GWAR are eligible to apply. intervention, and documentation. Two
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and Program hours of lecture and two hours of activity
2. Because there are fewer positions
Director. per week.
available than qualified applicants, the
In-depth study of a topic in occupational program is impacted. Only a limited OTR 395 Special Topics in Occupational
therapy under the supervision of an number of qualified students may be Therapy (1-3).
occupational therapy faculty member. An examination of a specific topic and/or
admitted to the major in occupational
Requires a directed study contract. subject area in Occupational Therapy.
Repeatable course. therapy. Admission is competitive and
applicants are selected using the Repeatable for credit. Topic will be
OTR 195 Special Topics in announced in the Class Schedule.
"Supplemental Admission Criteria."
Occupational Therapy (1-3). One to three hours of lecture per week.
An examination of a specific topic and/or OTR 301 Individual and Group
Therapeutic Skills (2) F. OTR 414 Conditions of Human Dysfunc-
subject area in Occupational Therapy. tion II (3) F.
Repeatable for credit. Topic will be Life tasks and activity related to occupa- Prerequisites: OTR 314.
announced in the Class Schedule. tional therapy practice. Development of
One to three hours of lecture per week. entry-level competencies in group and Major medical entities, such as, degenera-
individual therapeutic skills. Student reports tive, trauma, organic mental disorders, and
OTR 205 Occupational Therapy Activi- and projects. One hour of lecture and two social conditions which affect occupational
ties Across the Life Span (3) F. hours of activity per week. performance. Neurological, musculo-
Prerequisite: OTR 101. skeletal, cognitive, sensory and contextually
OTR 314 Conditions of Human relevant issues from adulthood through
Introduction to activities across the lifespan. Dysfunction I (3) F. geriatrics. Two hours of lecture and two
Emphasis on task analysis and age appro- hours of activity per week.
priateness. Activities that use toys, games, Prerequisite: OTR 317, PED 301, and PSY 363.
computers, creative tasks and activities of Major medical entities, such as, degenera- OTR 422 Problems and Issues Related to
daily living, leisure, etc. explored for use in tive, genetic, traumatic, organic, emotional Adults and Geriatrics I (3) S.
occupational therapy. Two hours of lecture and behavioral disorders and social Prerequisite: OTR 301, OTR 317, OTR 414, PED
and two hours of activity per week. conditions which affect occupational 301, PSY 363
performance. Covers neurological, skeletal,
sensory and contextually relevant issues Commonly observed occupational perfor-
from birth to adolescence. Two hours of mance dysfunctions secondary to medical
lecture and two hours of activity per week. biophysical and psychosocial conditions in
geriatrics. Conceptual models, evaluation,
treatment planning, intervention, reassess-
ment, termination of intervention, and
documentation. Two hours of lecture and
two hours of activity per week.
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OTR 424 Problems and Issues Related to OTR 461 Applied Occupational OTR 497 Directed Study in
Adults and Geriatrics II (3) S. Therapy Research (1) Occupational Therapy (1-3) FS.
Prerequisite: OTR 422. Prerequisite: HSC 492, OTR 498 Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and Program
Preparation for and completion of an oral Director.
Commonly observed occupational perfor-
and/or written presentation of completed Project study. Selected topic of student
mance dysfunctions secondary to medical
research projects at a state occupational interest in occupational therapy. Requires
biophysical and psychosocial conditions in
therapy conference or campus event or for directed study contract. Repeatable course.
geriatrics. Conceptual models, evaluation,
treatment planning, intervention, reassess- publication.
OTR 498 Directed Research (3) FS.
ment, termination of intervention, and OTR 462 Management of Occupational Prerequisites: HSC 492
documentation. Two hours of lecture and Therapy Services (3)
two hours of activity per week. Conduct a significant research project
Prerequisites: OTR 440 required; completion of under faculty supervision; IRB proposal and
OTR 430 Fieldwork I: Practicum OTR 300 level courses or concurrent enrollment. approval; data collection and analysis with
and Seminar I (3) S. Application of principles including: application to occupational therapy
Prerequisite: OTR 301, OTR 314, OTR 317, planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating practice; written research report.
PSY 363. or directing and controlling; environmental
and policy issues impacting the provision of
Basic occupational therapy principles and occupational therapy services; information
practices with emphasis on recognition and competence; use of technology in service
evaluation of human conditions of wellness, delivery.
prevention and disorder in children and
adolescents. Issues and problems encoun- OTR 480 Field Work Level Two I (4) FS.
tered in the practicum. One hour seminar, Prerequisite: Completion of upper division
80 hours of Fieldwork I. requirements listed under “D”. CR/NC grading
OTR 432 Fieldwork I: Practicum and
Seminar II (3) F. Supervised fieldwork at one approved
Prerequisite: OTR 301, OTR 317, OTR 414, clinical site. Minimum of 470 hour block.
OTR 482 Field Work Level Two II (4) FS.
Basic occupational therapy principles and Prerequisite: OTR 480.
practices with emphasis on recognition and
evaluation of human conditions of wellness, Supervised fieldwork at one approved
prevention and disorder in adults and clinical site. Minimum of 470 hour block.
geriatrics. Issues and problems encountered CR/NC grading only.
in the practicum. One hour seminar, 80
hours of Fieldwork I.