UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018


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. The efficient degree program is in concert with the University mission “to further academic and professional opportunities at all levels for women, minority, part-time, and financially or educationally disadvantaged students.” Students have the flexibility to complete the revised curriculum in a reasonable (4 year) period of time.

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.

Students Entering the OS Program Fall 2017

Admission to the Major:
Students will automatically be admitted to the major after completion of 57 credits. Within those 57 credits, students must have a B- or better in BIOSCI 202, OCCTHPY 151 and 201, PSYCH 101, and THERREC 202. At the time of admission to the major, students must declare at least one track that they will complete.

Upon admission to the occupational studies major, students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA. Failure to attain a semester GPA of 2.75 or higher will result in the student being placed on academic probation for one semester. A second semester GPA below 2.75 will result in dismissal from the program. Any given course may be repeated 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 or many other health-related fields, 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 free elective courses. The undergraduate program requires 120 credits for graduation. All students admitted to the professional program must satisfy University-wide General Education Requirements (GER), (except second-degree candidates who are exempt). 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 foundation and core courses, GER requirements, at least one program track, and sufficient free elective credits. A number of GER courses are part of the degree requirements. Recommended free electives and certificate/minor programs are listed to assist the student in creating an individualized area of study.

Requirements are subject to change as of the publication date of the catalog. 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

Bio Sci 203

Anatomy and Physiology II (GER NS)

4

Communication

 

Commun 103

Public Speaking

3

English

 

 

English 205 or

Business Writing (OWC-B)

3

English 207

Health Science Writing (OWC-B)

3

Healthcare Administration

 

HCA 203

Human Life Cycle (GER SS)

3

Kinesiology

 

 

Kin 270

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

3

Occupational Therapy

 

OccThpy 151

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

3

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 412

Psychopathology

3

Total Foundation

34

Program Core Courses

 

OccThpy 201

Introduction to Occupational Science

3

OccThpy 202

Disability - Society and the Person (GER SS)

3

OccThpy 220

Gizmos and Gadgets: Introduction to Assistive Technology

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 320

Introduction to Ergonomics for the Heatlh Professions

3

OccThpy 340

Evidence for Practice I: Applications of Biostatistics

3

OccThpy 341

Evidence for Practice II: Appraising Evidence

3

OccThpy 401

Overview of Medical Conditions

3

OccThpy 530

Contemporary Issues in Occupational Studies

3

Total Core

30

Tracks (Complete at least one)

 

Disability and Occupation

 

TherRec 202

Disability: Society and the Person (GER SS)

3

OccThpy 250

Concepts of Time and Occupation

3

TherRec 303

Inclusive and Disability Programs in the Community

3

OccThpy 315

Group Process in Rehabilitation

3

OccThpy 401

Overview of Medical Conditions in Occupation

3

OccThpy 505

Work and Disability

3

OccThpy 625

Design and Disability

3

Track Credits

 

21

Applications of Assistive Technology

 

OccThpy 220

Gizmos and Gadgets: Introduction to Assistive Technology

3

OccThpy 250

Concepts of Time and Occupation

3

OccThpy 420

Principles of Human Factors and Usability

3

OccThpy 595

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

3

OccThpy 593

Introduction to Biomedical and Rehabilitation Instrumentation (U/G)

3

OccThpy 521

Essentials of Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology

3

OccThpy 625

Design and Disability (U/G)

3

Track Credits  
21
   
Therapeutic Recreation
     
TherRec 103 Introduction to Leisure
3
     
TherRec 203 Therapeutic Recreation Process
3
     
TherRec 300 Therapeutic Recreation Assessment and Documentation
4
     
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
     
Track Credits  
21
   
Free electives from campus and GER courses (minimum of 9 cr at 400 level or higher) See below
35-41
   

Total Credits Undergraduate Degree

120

 

Recommended Free Electives (not inclusive):

 

College of Health Sciences

 

BMS 260

Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine

3

COMSDIS 250

Interprofessional Communication in the Health Sciences

3

HCA 220

Leading Healthcare Professionals

 

HS 105

Survey of Health Professions

3

HS  222

Language of Medicine

3

KIN 241

Why We Eat What We Eat: An Ecological Approach

3

NUTR 235

Introduction to Nutrition for Health Professionals

3

SPT&REC 112, 113

Yoga I and Yoga II

1

SPT&REC 298

Meditation, Relaxation and Wellness

1-3

UWM    
     

ANTHRO 101

Introduction to Anthropology: Human Origins

3

BME 101

Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering

3

BUS ADM 200

Business and Society

3

EXCEDUC 300

Exceptional Individual

3

EXCEDUC 330

Deaf History

3

EXCEDUC 352

American Deaf Culture

3

MATH 211

Survey in Calculus and Analytical Geometry

4

PH 101

Introduction to Public Health

3

Psych 205

Personality

3

Psych 254

Physiological Psychology

3

Psych 260

Child Psychology

3

Psych 433

Neuropsychology

3

Sociol 101

Introduction to Sociology

3

Sociol 331

Sociology of Health  Care

3

Sociol 341

Sociology of Deviant Behavior

3

Theatre 111

Theatre Games

3

Theatre 260

Storytelling

3

 

Recommended Minors/Certificates (not inclusive):  
     

College of Health Sciences

 

 

Certificate in the Study of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

5 total courses

15

Certificate in Healthy Aging

6 total courses

18

Minor in Health Care Administration

6 total courses

17

Minor in Kinesiology

8 total courses

18

Minor in Nutritional Sciences

7 courses

21

UWM

 

 

College of Letters and Science

 

 

Certificate in Childhood and Adolescence Studies

6 total courses

18

Certificate in Global Health

7 courses

21

Certificate in Spanish for Health Professionals

6 courses

18

Minor in Anthropology

6 courses

18

Minor in Communication

6 courses

18

Minor in Psychology

6 courses

18

Minor in Sociology

6 courses

18

Lubar School of Business

 

 

Minor in Business

Varies depending on student plan

29

School of Education

 

 

Autism Spectrum Disorders

5-6 total courses

15-18

Community Engagement

6-7 courses

21

 

Students entering the OS Program prior to Fall 2017

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

Bio Sci 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

 

 

English 205

Business Writing (OWC-B)

3

English 207

Health Science Writing (OWC-B)

3

Healthcare 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 151

Foundations of Scientific Inquiry

3

OccThpy 201

Introduction to Occupational Science and Technology

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 315

Group Process in Rehabilitation

3

OccThpy 340

Evidence for Practice I: Applications of Biostatistics                          

 3

OccThpy 341

Evidence for Practice II: Appraising Evidence

 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 625

Design and Disability (U/G)

3

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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