Course Information



Fall – OT513 Analysis and Adaptation of Occupation

This course will introduce students to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (AOTA), a foundation document for the profession. Through lecture and participatory activities, students will be introduced to the concepts of the domain of occupational therapy as described in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. Students will learn general skills of activity analysis, adaptation, and application of occupation. Students will also complete several environmental assessments and learn to understand how environments impact on participation and ways to modify the environment. The history of occupational therapy and the roles of occupational therapy practitioners will be studied. The application sessions of this course are designed to introduce the student to various aspects of occupation as they relate to the generic practice of occupational therapy, e.g., activity analysis, application, and adaptation.  Acquisition of skills in performing and analyzing activities will be stressed.  Activities include crafts, toys, games, cardboard carpentry, environmental surveys, and occupational functioning.

Spring – OT586 Professional Service Management

This course will introduce students to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process (OTPF-)4th edition (AOTA, 2020), an official document for the profession. Through lecture and participatory activities, students will investigate aspects of the domain of occupational therapy and “achieving health, well-being, and participation in life through engagement in occupation” (AOTA, pg. S4).  Employing logical thinking, critical analysis, problem solving, and creativity students will learn how to analyze and adapt occupations and activities. Students will be able to explain the meaning and dynamics of occupation and activity, including the interaction of areas of occupation, performance skills, performance patterns, activity demands, context(s), and client factors.  Through community service projects, students will articulate the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) 2025 vision that, “As an inclusive profession, occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living” (Retrieved 8-17-19 at vision-2025.aspx). By creating small team presentations, students will gain an understanding of the importance of the historical and philosophical base of occupational therapy.


Summer –  OT 911: Practicum in Social Policy and Disability

Students engage in the critical analysis of policy and disability theory in their major area of practice (e.g., medical rehabilitation, early intervention, mental health services). They must complete critical reviews of additional reading related to their specific field of application as well as a sequence of analyses of the impact of relevant policies on resource allocation, service delivery methods, and reimbursement. (3 credits)

All semesters – OT 930KJ: Doctoral Project

Concurrent with each full semester (fall, spring, summer), students register for one credit of the Doctoral Project. In the fourth semester of the program, students register for 3 credits of the Doctoral Project course. The Doctoral Project is organized around the student’s proposed innovation in practice. It is in the form of a series of qualifying tasks, each of which represents a critical phase of the proposal.

All semesters – OT 925: Capstone

This is the final course of the OTD program.  The capstone has pre-, on- and post-campus tasks including a  two-day, on-campus stay at Boston University.