Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy

Curriculum

The curriculum consists of four graduate-level courses (a total of 12 credits) that can be used toward a Doctoral degree.

Course Title Credits

OT 778 Advanced Evidence-Based Practice

3

OT 751 Foundations of Neuroscience

3

OT 753 Advanced Concepts in Neuroscience I

3

OT 754 Advanced Concepts in Neuroscience II

3

Course Descriptions

OT 778 Advanced Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) (3 credits–14 weeks)

  • Generate relevant clinical questions derived from current evidence-based practice arena
  • Learn to conduct in-depth literature reviews, critical analysis and synthesis of the best current evidence to facilitate and promote EBP
  • Apply evidence to your practice setting
  • Develop an action plan to promote EBP in your practice arena

OT 751 Foundations of Neuroscience (3 credits—8 weeks)

  • Update your knowledge in neuroscience
  • Participate in a virtual neuroscience laboratory that includes an overview of functional and structural neuroscience
  • Apply this knowledge to your specialized area of practice
  • Learn key concepts of neuroplasticity and their implications for your practice

OT 753 Advanced Concepts in Neuroscience I (3 credits–8 weeks)

  • Study foundational neuroscience knowledge that guides practice
  • Explore concepts such as motor learning, motor control, cognition, memory, learning and perception
  • Learn to use assessment data for evidence-based interventions
  • Apply new concepts to your practice through class activities

OT 754 Advanced Concepts in Neuroscience II (3 credits–8 weeks)

  • Apply neuroscience principles to your specialized area of practice
  • Learn strategies to identify, plan and document neuro-based strategies
  • Apply data driven decision making process to practice
  • Identify and measure outcomes to evaluate practice
  • Apply these skills to practice through development of an in-depth case report for publication