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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


College of Health Sciences


Occupational Studies


The Department of Occupational Science and Technology (OST) offers a 120-credit undergraduate program in the area of occupational studies (OS). The OS undergraduate degree offers a flexible educational path. Combined with a blend of elective courses, a degree in the area of occupational studies may prepare the student to work in different health and human service settings. The OS degree combined with the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) courses offers a viable career path. There is a steady need for Recreational Therapists to assist in the care and prevention of age-related illness and injuries and provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities. It is recommended that students pursue employment under a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) to be eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam to obtain the professional credential. Additionally, graduates will be particularly well prepared for further graduate study in occupational therapy and other disability-related disciplines.

Admission:
Students interested in the OS undergraduate program are encouraged to contact the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs. Students with bachelor's degrees in other areas are welcome and encouraged to contact Student Affairs for a credit evaluation.

Admission to the Major:
Upon admission to the occupational studies major, students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Students may repeat a departmental required course only one time.

Degree Requirements:
Students must achieve the following to complete an undergraduate degree in occupational studies:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 120 credits with a cumulative 2.75 GPA or better in all credits earned at UWM. Because a master’s degree is required for professional practice as an occupational therapist, it is recommended that students maintain a GPA greater than 3.0 to be competitive with other Graduate School applicants;
  2. Satisfactory completion of the University General Education Requirements; and
  3. Completion of the last 30 credits in residence at UWM.

Course of Study:
The program is divided into foundation, core or required, and elective courses. The undergraduate program requires 120 credits for graduation. All students, except second-degree candidates, admitted to the professional program must satisfy University-wide General Education Requirements (GER). English and mathematics competency requirements must also be met.

With 120 credits required to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies, students need to take responsibility to complete all required courses, GER requirements, and elective credits. A number of GER courses are part of the degree requirements. Some GER courses are available within the Occupational Science and Technology Department programs. See listing below for delineation of GER courses.

Requirements are subject to change. Please check with the Office of Student Affairs for the most current information.

Course Number

Title

Credit

Foundation Courses

 

Biological Sciences

 

BIO SCI 202

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOSCI 203

Anatomy and Physiology II (GER NS)

4

Biomedical Sciences

 

BMS 260

Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (GER SS)

3

Communication

 

COMMUN 103

Public Speaking

3

English

 

 

ENG 205 or

Business Writing (OWC-B)

3

ENG 207

Health Science Writing (OWC-B)

3

Health Care Administration

 

HCA 203

Human Life Cycle (GER SS)

3

Health Sciences

 

HS 105

Survey of Health Professions

3

HS 222

Language of Medicine

3

Kinesiology

 

 

KIN 270

Statistics in Health Professions: Theory and Practice (QL-B)

3

Mathematical Sciences

 

MATH 211

Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry (QL-B)

4

Physics

 

 

PHYSICS 120

General Physics (GER NS)

4

PHYSICS 121

General Physics Lab (GER NS)

1

Psychology

 

 

PSYCH 101

Introduction to Psychology (GER SS)

3

PSYCH 205

Personality (GER SS)

3

PSYCH 412

Psychopathology

3

Total Foundation

47

Program Core Courses

 

     

OCCTHPY 290

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

3

OCCTHPY 201

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

3

OCCTHPY 245 or THERREC 245

Client Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (GER CD and SS)

3

OCCTHPY 260

Enhancing Health Through Activity, Occupation, and Technology

3

OCCTHPY 401

Overview of Medical Conditions

3

OCCTHPY 519

Therapeutic Communication (U/G)

3

OCCTHPY 540

Evidence for Practice I (U/G)

3

OCCTHPY 542

Evidence for Practice II (U/G)

3

Total Core

24

Department Elective Courses

 

     

OCCTHPY 593

Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation (U/G)

3

OCCTHPY 595

Vision I: Introduction to Low Vision and Visual Impairment (U/G)

3

OCCTHPY 596

Vision II: Practical Aspects of Visual Impairments and Low Vision Intervention (U/G)

3

OCCTHPY 620

Introduction to Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (U/G)

3

OCCTHPY 625

Design and Disability (U/G)

3

OCCTHPY 660

Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (U/G)

3

OCCTHPY 670

Assessment in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design (U/G)

3

OCCTHPY 677

Fieldwork in Assistive Technology (U/G)

3

THERREC 102

Field Experience in Therapeutic Recreation

2

THERREC 103

Introduction to Leisure (GER HU)

3

THERREC 203

Therapeutic Recreation Process

3

THERREC 300

Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Documentation

4

THERREC 303

Inclusive and Disability Programs in the Community

3

THERREC 308

Therapeutic Recreation in Physical Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health

4

THERREC 310

Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation

4

THERREC 400

Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation

3

Total Department Electives

Minimum  21

Free Electives from Campus and GER Courses

28

Total Credits Undergraduate Degree

120

 

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