2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Rehabilitation Sciences

501 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Ph: 716-829-3141
F: 716-829-3217
W: www.sphhp.buffalo.edu
Susan E. Bennett
Interim Chair
Janice Tona
Program Director
Kimberley Persons
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Jo Schweitzer
Associate Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
MaryAnn Venezia
Program Coordinator

Rehabilitation Sciences

501 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Ph: 716-829-3141
F: 716-829-3217
W: www.sphhp.buffalo.edu
Susan E. Bennett
Interim Chair
Kirkwood Personius
Program Director
Juli Wylegala
Director of Clinical Education
Douglas Frye
Associate Director of Clinical Education
MaryAnn Venezia
Program Coordinator

The Learning Environment

Our students engage in learning activities designed to meet varying learning styles. We combine classroom lecture with hands-on laboratory experiences, clinical observations, and field training to optimize student learning. Our position in the School of Public Health and Health Professions offers a unique perspective on the role of occupation in promoting health for individuals and communities. Our position in the Academic Health Center allows interprofessional learning experiences with students from other programs, promoting interaction with all members of the healthcare team. The diverse Buffalo, NY region allows opportunities to develop OT interventions for individuals from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Our students benefit from an environment with an emphasis on research and evidence-based intervention, access to a world-class library system, and experienced faculty with a broad array of specialty areas with the field of occupational therapy.

About Our Facilities

Occupational therapy space includes large and small lecture rooms, a small lab space, and a large, multi-purpose lab space. Our large multifunctional lab allows students to experience OT evaluation and intervention techniques including plinths and mat tables for whole –body interventions, swings, scooter boards and other equipment for sensory interventions, moveable tables for table top interventions, and multiple stations for orthotic fabrication. Plans are currently underway for updated space and we anticipate our lab to change over the next few years.

About Our Faculty

We currently have 8.5 full-time core faculty dedicated to occupational therapy and approximately 8 adjunct faculty. Our dedicated core faculty have, on average, 18 years experience in teaching at the college level and bring a broad range of specializations to our program including assistive technology, adult physical disabilities, geriatric intervention, mental health intervention, and pediatric intervention. Research interests for our faculty include studying usability of a variety of assistive devices; effectiveness of falls prevention programs; telerehab constraint-induced movement therapy; modifying dental office environments for individuals with developmental disabilities; assisting refugees to develop activities, occupations, and daily routines; effectiveness of classroom-based sensory and cognitive interventions for children with behavior problems; and development of a functional evaluation of upper extremity skills in individuals with multiple sclerosis.

Faculty List Directory

Each faculty member is committed to teaching, research, and community service as part of his/her responsibilities to fulfill the mission of the department, school, and university.

Please visit the Rehabilitation Science department website for additional information about our faculty.

OT Courses


  • OT 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • OT 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • OT 201LEC Introduction to OT
    Lecture

    Provides an overview of philosophy, theory, and occupational therapy practice.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • OT 217TUT Medical Terminology
    Tutorial

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • OT 333LAB Occup Across Lifespan
    Laboratory

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: OT 201 and PSY 336 or NSG 250
    Corequisites: Student must register for OT 333LEC, OT 333LAB, and OT 366LEC in the same term.
  • OT 333LEC Occup Across Lifespan
    Lecture

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: OT 201 and PSY 336 or NSG 250
    Corequisites: Student must register for OT 333LEC, OT 333LAB, and OT 366LEC in the same term.
  • OT 341DIS Analyzing and Writing Scientific Literature
    Discussion

    This course introduces OT students to the principles of research and critical analysis of scientific literature and the process of writing a literature review. Completion of this class will enable students to access, interpret, analyze and apply research articles and information pertinent to clinical practice and rehabilitation. Students will learn to use a written format to communicate their analyses of research articles and to begin to develop research questions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: STA 119 or PSY 207
  • OT 341LD Critical Analysis and Writing of Scientific Literature
    Lecture

    Enables students to access, interpret and analyze research articles and oral presentations, and apply the findings to clinical practice, rehabilitation and/or exercise training.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: STA 119 or PSY 207
  • OT 342LEC Neuroscience I
    Lecture

    Explores the fundamental neurophysiology and clinical neuroanatomy of sensory systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ANA 407
    Corequisites: Student must register for OT 342LEC and OT 344LEC in the same term.
  • OT 344LEC Neuroanatomy I
    Lecture

    Exposes students to anatomical structures associated with neurophysiological concepts discussed in OT 342 and OT 343.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ANA 407
    Corequisites: Student must register for OT 342LEC and OT 344LEC in the same term.
  • OT 346LEC Introduction to Scientific Writing for Health and Rehabilitation Professionals
    Lecture

    Introduces BS/MS OT students to the process of writing a literature review. Completion of this course will enable students to use a written format to communicate their analyses of research articles and begin to develop research questions. Course is designed for OT students, but is open to any student taking or who has taken ES/OT 341.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: OT 341
  • OT 351LAB OT Practice Skills I
    Laboratory

    Explores the use of various media and activity analysis as therapeutic resources for occupational therapists. Provides students with principles and procedures necessary to restore occupational roles and daily living skills with persons experiencing dysfunction.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Summer
  • OT 352LEC Assistive Technology
    Lecture

    Focuses on assistive technology and environmental adaptations to meet individual occupational performance needs.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: OT 366 and ANA 407
  • OT 353LAB OT Practice Skills III
    Laboratory

    Addresses activities related to adult life roles, including occupation-based activity, wheelchair evaluations, driver evaluations, environmental assessment and adaptation, aquatic therapy, physical agent modalities, and community access.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • OT 355LEC Medical Conditions I
    Lecture

    The course covers topics in the medical sciences relevant to rehabilitation professionals. The intent of this course is to provide students with knowledge of medical disorders commonly encountered by occupational therapists and to provide an understanding of the management of these disorders. Emphasis is placed on the pathology, etiology, symptomatology, prognosis, and contraindications of cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, endocrine, immunologic and other selected medical conditions across the lifespan. The ways in which these diseases and disabilities can affect the development, functioning, and occupation of individuals within their various contexts will be reviewed and examined. Implications for occupational therapy interventions and precautions for practice will be addressed.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: OT 201 and ANA 407 and OT 217.
  • OT 356LEC Medical Conditions II
    Lecture

    The course covers topics in the medical sciences relevant to rehabilitation professionals. The intent of this course is to provide students with knowledge of medical disorders commonly encountered by occupational therapists and to provide an understanding of the management of these disorders. Emphasis is placed on the pathology, etiology, symptomatology, prognosis, and contraindications of musculoskeletal, sensory (vision and hearing), developmental, sensory processing, and other selected medical conditions across the lifespan. The ways in which these diseases and disabilities can affect the development, functioning, and occupation of individuals within their various contexts will be reviewed and examined. Implications for occupational therapy interventions and precautions for practice will be addressed.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: OT 355 and 366.
  • OT 361LBR Functional Anatomy Lab
    Laboratory

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ANA 407 and OT 201 or OT 301.OT 361 LEC and LAB must be taken in the same term.
  • OT 361LEC Functional Anatomy
    Lecture

    Examines kinesiology, biomechanics, and ergonomics for occupational therapy students.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: ANA 407 and OT 201 or OT 301.OT 361 LEC and LAB must be taken in the same term.
  • OT 366LAB Occupational Therapy Process
    Laboratory

    This course introduces students to the process of occupational therapy intervention from initial interview through screening, evaluation, goal writing, intervention planning, and discharge -planning as students are exposed to the clinical reasoning used by therapists when making decisions about intervention. Students will also gain skills in administering, scoring, and interpreting standardized assessments, writing goals and objectives, and documenting intervention. The role of the OT and OTA in assessment and intervention will also be discussed.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: OT 201 and ANA 407.
    Corequisites: OT 333LEC and OT 366LEC.
  • OT 366LEC Occupational Therapy Process
    Lecture

    This course introduces students to the process of occupational therapy intervention from initial interview through screening, evaluation, goal writing, intervention planning, and discharge -planning as students are exposed to the clinical reasoning used by therapists when making decisions about intervention. Students will also gain skills in administering, scoring, and interpreting standardized assessments, writing goals and objectives, and documenting intervention. The role of the OT and OTA in assessment and intervention will also be discussed.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: OT 201 and ANA 407.
    Corequisites: OT 333LEC and OT 366LAB.
  • OT 371LLB Human Development I
    Lecture

    Considers human development from the prenatal period of life through adolescence. Also examines factors affecting growth and development during this time span and their significance in evaluation and treatment.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • OT 372LEC Human Development II
    Lecture

    Explores human development from young adult to aged. Also considers factors affecting growth and development during this time span and their significance in evaluation and treatment.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: OT 301
  • OT 382LEC Issues in Occupational Therapy Service Delivery
    Lecture

    Gives an overview of current issues impacting the roles, functions, and provision of OT service in diverse areas of occupational therapy practice, from clinical and management perspectives.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: OT 366
  • OT 402LAB Group Process Skills and Interpersonal Skills Lab
    Laboratory

    Reviews the medical management of psychiatric disorders and occupational therapy intervention strategies in treating the mentally ill, and introduces group process theory. Must be taken with OT 402LEC.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Summer
    Corequisites: OT 402LEC
  • OT 402LEC Group Process Skills and Interpersonal Skills
    Lecture

    Reviews the medical management of psychiatric disorders and occupational therapy intervention strategies in treating the mentally ill, and introduces group process theory.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Summer
    Prerequisites: OT 366 and OT 333
    Corequisites: OT 402LAB
  • OT 403LAB Psychosocial Practice II
    Laboratory

    Incorporates an in-depth study of practice issues in mental health with a group process lab. Includes one-week, full time Level I fieldwork.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Summer
    Corequisites: Student must register for OT 402LEC, OT 403LAB, and OT 403LEC in the same term.
  • OT 403LEC Psychosocial Practice II
    Lecture

    Incorporates an in-depth study of practice issues in mental health with a group process lab. Includes one-week, full time Level I fieldwork.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Summer
    Corequisites: Student must register for OT 402LEC, OT 403LAB, and OT 403LEC in the same term.
  • OT 405LAB Physical Disabilities Practice
    Laboratory

    Applies occupational theory and techniques in the treatment of persons with a physical disability. Includes one week full-time Level I fieldwork.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: Students need to enroll in OT 405LAB and OT 405LEC in the same term
  • OT 405LEC Physical Disabilities Practice
    Lecture

    Applies occupational theory and techniques in the treatment of persons with a physical disability. Includes one week full-time Level I fieldwork.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: Students need to enroll in OT 405LAB and OT 405LEC in the same term
  • OT 410LAB Applied Neurophysiology
    Laboratory

    Considers the basic concepts underlying neurophysiological control of motor behavior, and applies these concepts in the treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: Students must enroll in OT 410LEC and OT 410LAB in the same term.
  • OT 410LEC Applied Neurophysiology
    Lecture

    Considers the basic concepts underlying neurophysiological control of motor behavior, and applies these concepts in the treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Corequisites: Students must enroll in OT 410LEC and OT 410LAB in the same term.
  • OT 412LEC Rehabilitation Medicine I
    Lecture

    Examines various orthopedic conditions, their clinical management, and their impact on occupational performance.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • OT 417LAB Neurorehabilitation Across the Lifespan
    Laboratory

    This course expands on previously-taught neuroscience information and introduces students to clinical theories and techniques that utilize neurophysiological concepts in the treatment of occupational dysfunction. Application to occupational therapy utilizing selected activities of work, play, and self-care are included. A life-span approach that emphasizes treatment for neurological conditions affecting pediatric, adult, and aging populations is incorporated into teaching and practice modules.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: OT 342 and OT 366
    Corequisites: OT 417LEC
  • OT 417LEC Neurorehabilitation Across the Lifespan
    Lecture

    This course expands on previously-taught neuroscience information and introduces students to clinical theories and techniques that utilize neurophysiological concepts in the treatment of occupational dysfunction. Application to occupational therapy utilizing selected activities of work, play, and self-care are included. A life-span approach that emphasizes treatment for neurological conditions affecting pediatric, adult, and aging populations is incorporated into teaching and practice modules.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: OT 342 and OT 366
    Corequisites: OT 417LAB
  • OT 420SEM Fieldwork Seminar I
    Seminar

    This course is designed to prepare students for successful completion of Level I and Level II Fieldwork. This seminar will familiarize students with fieldwork requirements, expectations, and policies and procedures. Students will complete the fieldwork selection process including individual meetings with instructor and fieldwork lottery.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: OT 366
  • OT 440LAB Applied Treatment in Pediatrics
    Laboratory

    Presents techniques used by occupational therapists in pediatrics. Includes one week of full-time Level I fieldwork, as well as a lab.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: OT 314 Or OT 371
    Corequisites: Student must enroll in OT 440LAB and OT 440LEC in the same term
  • OT 440LEC Applied Treatment in Pediatrics
    Lecture

    Presents techniques used by occupational therapists in pediatrics. Includes one week of full-time Level I fieldwork, as well as a lab.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: OT 314 Or OT 371
    Corequisites: Student must enroll in OT 440LAB and OT 440LEC in the same term
  • OT 445LEC Neuroanatomy II: Case Studies in Abnormal Neuroanatomy
    Lecture

    This 1 credit course will complement and enhance material students have learned in Neuroanatomy I (ES/OT 344) and provide a real life context to anatomy. The course will use a variety of formats (books, movies, documentaries, popular TV shows) to explore the underlying anomalies in neurological cases. A thorough review of normal neuroanatomy and function will lead to a discussion of how these are disrupted in the particular case. Case studies will be selected to cover a broad range of neurological systems. By integrating illnesses/injures concurrent to learning the physiology/anatomy, students will not only gain an appreciation and understanding of normal neurological function, but more importantly, an appreciation of the resiliency and adaptability of the neurological system and of the human spirit. This class is a valuable complement to the ES/OT 342 Neuroscience I lecture course. This course is an elective for students in the ES, OT, and DPT programs. This course can also be taken for graduate credit. Students in the Biomedical Sciences or Psychology programs are welcome to register.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Winter
    Prerequisites: OT 344 or Permission of Instructor
  • OT 450LAB Prosthetics and Orthotics
    Laboratory

    Examines the knowledge and skills required for manufacturing splints and orthotic devices, and for fitting and operating orthoses and prostheses.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: OT 361 and OT 366.Student must take OT 450LAB and OT 450LEC in the same term.
  • OT 450LEC Prosthetics and Orthotics
    Lecture

    Examines the knowledge and skills required for manufacturing splints and orthotic devices, and for fitting and operating orthoses and prostheses.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: OT 361 and OT 366.Student must take OT 450LAB and OT 450LEC in the same term.
  • OT 472LAB Level 1 Fieldwork A
    Laboratory

    Level I Fieldwork A provides students with the opportunity to observe occupational therapy in a clinical setting. Students will spend approximately 40 hours at an assigned clinical site observing occupational therapy evaluation and interventions, and will reflect on these observations within the context of the OT process.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Summer
    Prerequisites: OT 356 and OT 366 and OT 420.
    Corequisites: OT 402.
  • OT 499TUT Undergrad Indep Study
    Tutorial

    Credits: 1 - 4
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Rehabilitation Sciences

501 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Ph: 716-829-3141
F: 716-829-3217
W: www.sphhp.buffalo.edu
Susan E. Bennett
Interim Chair
Janice Tona
Program Director
Kimberley Persons
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Jo Schweitzer
Associate Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
MaryAnn Venezia
Program Coordinator

Rehabilitation Sciences

501 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
Ph: 716-829-3141
F: 716-829-3217
W: www.sphhp.buffalo.edu
Susan E. Bennett
Interim Chair
Kirkwood Personius
Program Director
Juli Wylegala
Director of Clinical Education
Douglas Frye
Associate Director of Clinical Education
MaryAnn Venezia
Program Coordinator
Published: November 16, 2017 08:33:06 AM