Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Tufts University 2017 Courses

  • 24 May 2017
  • 11 Aug 2017
  • Medford Campus

Summer 2017 Courses

Occupational Therapy Department

Tufts University, Medford Campus

Registration:  or 617-627-2000.

First Session:  May 24 June 30
Second Session:  July 5
August 11

OTS 102A Gross Anatomy

Description: A systemic approach to human anatomy, including the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, genital, urinary, and nervous systems. Detailed study of the upper and lower extremities, emphasizing normal function. Laboratory sessions weekly.
Instructor: Monica Pessina, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
(First Session), Room:  TBA. Prerequisite: Biology.


OTS 104AB Kinesiology

Description: Introduction to normal human movement. The basic anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical principles that underpin normal movement and function. Includes the assessment of muscle and joint function through manual muscle testing and goniometry. Emphasis on the biomechanics of everyday activities.
Instructor: Janet Brooks, Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
(First Session), Room TBA, Prerequisite: Gross Anatomy


OTS 193A Working with Children with Autism

This is an online course that will not meet on campus. Most course activities and interactions will occur asynchronously and online through TRUNK, Tufts’ learning management system. You can take this course from anywhere as long as you have a reliable internet connection (broadband highly recommended). Online course are held to the same academic standards as campus-based courses and students can expect high levels of interaction with faculty and classmates. Tufts undergraduate students may enroll in this course, but cannot enroll online.  To register for this course, undergraduate students must have the course added manually with an add/drop form at Student Services in Dowling Hall.


Description:  The most current estimate from the CDC is that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum; in recent years the increase in incidence has risen 10% to 17% annually. In this course, we will pursue knowledge through two parallel lines of inquiry.  Students will become immersed in a case-based assignment, identify an area of interest related to the case, evaluate evidence related to the case, design and create intervention tools, and produce and upload a final presentation.  A second line of inquiry will broaden our lens as we examine the history of autism as a diagnosis and hopefully challenge, broaden, and refine our lens as we work with and for children and adolescents with autism and their families.  Instructor: Margaret Morris (First Session)


OTS 193AB Working with Children with Self-Regulation Issues in Schools

Description:  This course will discuss the foundations of sensory, attentional, and emotional regulation for children and adolescents, evaluation and intervention in these areas, as well as applications and implementation of strategies within the educational model of school-based services.

Undergraduate students may enroll in this course, but cannot enroll online.  To register for this course, undergraduate students must have the course added manually with an add/drop form at Student Services in Dowling Hall.

Margaret Morris, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM (First Session), Room TBA.

OTS 276A Topics in Hand & Upper Extremity Rehabilitation III
Description: This graduate level course, geared toward occupational therapy practitioners and students, will be team taught by Department of OT faculty and specialists in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation from the Massachusetts General Hospital. This course will serve as a capstone class in a three class series introducing the participant to the specialization of hand therapy within the field of occupational therapy. Participants must have taken either the fall or spring offering to participate. Lecture format will be used to cover diagnostic topics. The remainder of the term will be conducted using problem-based learning to integrate and further develop concepts introduced in the prerequisite courses.
Janet Brooks, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 PM – 9:15 PM
(First Session), Room TBA.


OTS 101B Physiology

Description: Normal function of the human body based on fundamental biophysical and biomechanical principles. Systems covered will include cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, neuroendocrine, muscular, and skeletal. Emphasis will be placed on how these systems contribute to neuromuscular control, muscular strength, and endurance.

Paul Leavis, Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
(Second Session), Room TBA.


OTS 103B Neuroanatomy

Description: The structure and basic function of the nervous system both central and peripheral nerves analyzed as to functional components, course, and action. Basic tracts of the central nervous system outlined and traced.
Laboratory sessions weekly.

Elizabeth Whitney, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:30 PM – 12:30 PM
(Second Session), Room TBA,


OTS 194BA Adaptive Sports for Individuals with Disabilities

Description: This course is designed to engage students at both the undergraduate and graduate level of study. Students from a wide variety of concentrations are encouraged to register for the class and participate in this inter-professional dialogue and learning opportunity.


Lectures will focus on content information around adaptive sports from conceptual frameworks to disability awareness, community impact, and program development. Labs each week will be active learning through participation in selected adaptive sports. Participation in lab will include learning how to adapt and engineer equipment for the individual client.


Occupational Therapy, Education, Community Health and Science students will all benefit from the public health message that adaptive sport participation delivers for persons with intellectual or physical disabilities and their families. Students will learn how to educate their respective clients on adaptive sport participation as well as advocate for their ability to participate.


Engineering students, as well as the students mentioned above will benefit from learning about the mechanical science of adaptive equipment, how it is designed, and how it operates to ensure safe participation.

Instructor: Jessica Harney, Mondays (lecture) 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM & Wednesdays (lab), 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
(Second Session), Room TBA.

OTS 0194BB Sexuality in the Context of Aging

Description: This seminar-style course will introduce students from a variety of disciplines to the complex factors related to sexuality for the growing older adult population in the United States. Grounded in a theoretical and developmental perspective, issues and opportunities for engaging older adults around sexuality will be explored. Populations of concern, including LGBTQ adults and persons with dementia, as well as the role of the health care system in intervening to address issues of sexuality for older adults, will be examined from an interdisciplinary.

Instructor: Megan Gately, Wednesday & Fridays, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Wednesday, July 5 to Friday Aug 11

(Second Session), Room TBA.

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