Occupational Therapy Programs in Albany, NY

The Maria College Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Occupational Sciences (HOSC) is designed for students who wish to work in a variety of health services settings, or who wish to pursue a pathway to a profession in occupational therapy. The program will provide students completing an associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) the option to pursue a bachelor’s degree, which will prepare them for graduate study in Occupational Therapy (OT). Other students who will find this four-year degree program of interest and value are those who wish to work in health services and will thus deal with health-related issues through their workplace.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the health care and health services industry is expected to grow with a resultant increase in demand for appropriately- prepared professionals. This is due in large part to an aging population, advances in medical technologies, continuing the shift from inpatient to outpatient services, and growing emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and the integration of technology into all aspects of the healthcare industry.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


  • The program includes two groups of core requirements for a total of 35 credits.

Group I consists of six required courses that create a mix of foundation, introductory level courses and advanced practitioner-oriented subject matter. In addition, students will choose one research methodology course.

Group II lends significant program flexibility by offering students the opportunity to choose any four of eleven courses which collectively present a balanced mix of applied science, policy and management applications.

Note:  sample curriculum in "Fact Sheet" under "Downloads". 

  • The program provides a solid natural science foundation (20 credits) with required courses in anatomy and physiology, plus electives (3 semester-long courses) in biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • This program is flexible and transfer-friendly as it includes a broad array of choices in the liberal arts (39 credits) and free electives (24 credits).

COURSE OVERVIEW

Major Field Requirements (36 credits)

Group I – all courses required (27 credits):
Course   Credits
SCI 100 Medical Terminology and Conditions 3
HOS 150 Introduction to Health Professions  2
HOS 300 Fundamentals of Occupational Science 3
BIO 300 Applied Kinesiology 3
BIO 330 Gross Anatomy 4
PSY 350 Research Methods I 3
HOS 400 Internship in Health and Occupational Sciences 6
HOS 450 Topics in Evidence-Based Practice 3

 

Group II – select any three courses from the following (9 credits*):
Course   Credits
BIO 310 Pathophysiology  3
BIO 320 Neurobiology 4
BIO 340 Genetics  3
CUL 320 Culture, Health and Healing 3
NUR 410 Pharmacology 3
HCM 350 Healthcare Law and Policy 3
HCM 330 Healthcare Quality Management 3
HOS 410 Epidemiology  3

Natural Science Requirements (20 credits):

Group I – all courses required (8 credits):
Course   Credits
BIO 209 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology II 4

 

Group II - select any three courses from the following (12 credits):
Course   Credits
BIO 101 General Biology I 4
BIO 102 General Biology II 4
BIO 103 Introduction to Human Biology* 4
CHM 100 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 101 General Chemistry II 4
CHM 211 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM 212 Organic Chemistry II 4
BIO 203 Microbiology 4
PHY 101 General Physics I 4
PHY 102 General Physics II 4

* cannot be taken after other higher level biology courses

Liberal Arts Courses (36 Credits):

Cultural Studies/History (3 credits): CUL or HIS elective
English (9 credits): ENG 111, ENG 211, ENG 300 or 400 level elective
Mathematics (3 credits): MAT 200
Psychology (6 credits): PSY 100, PSY elective
Religious Studies/Philosophy (9 credits): RES 201, PHI 300, RES or PHI elective
Sociology (6 credits): SOC 101, SOC 300

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

The overarching objective of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Occupational Sciences program is to provide graduates with the relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to succeed in their chosen profession and/or graduate level study. 
In the area of knowledge base and life-long learning skills, graduates will:
  • Have a strong foundation in the natural, clinical and behavioral sciences.
  • Develop the skills and professional and personal habits to acquire and apply new knowledge.
  • Develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and will apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  • Have the necessary entry requirements for graduate level study in occupational therapy.

In the area of professional values and ethics, graduates will:

  • Understand and accept their duties and responsibilities required of their chosen career, advanced study, and to society in general, and are expected to have developed value systems and ethical standards that guide their behavior.
  • Gain an enhanced understanding of the social and ethical issues that may be encountered and have an impact on health care services.  
  • Recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • Pursue realistic ideas about how to implement their knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.

In the area of critical and creative thinking skills, graduates will:

  • Use critical and creating thinking and an evidence-based approach to identify, analyze and solve problems.
  • Understand and apply scientific techniques, skills, and tools to define, formulate and solve basic problems.
  • Integrate knowledge from general education courses and will synthesize knowledge from the natural, clinical and behavioral sciences.

In the area of communication and collaborative skills, graduates will:

  • Be able to communicate effectively with stakeholders in the healthcare industry and agencies, and function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrate effective oral, written and visual communication skills.

COURSE SEQUENCE: TRACK 1

Health and Occupational Sciences, BS

First Year: First Semester
Course   Credits
BIO, CHE or PHY Science Requirement 4
ENG 111 Composition I 3
HOS 150 Intro. to Health Professions 2
SCI 100 Med Terms and Conditions 3
  Free Elective 3
    15
First Year: Second Semester    
BIO, CHE or PHY Science Requirement 4
CUL/HIS Cultural Studies/His. Elective 3
ENG 211 Critical Inquiry and Writing  3
MAT 200 Statistics 3
  Free Elective 3
    16
Second Year: First Semester
BIO 209 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PSY 101 General Psychology  3
RES 201 Found. in Social Justice 3
SOC 101 Intro. to Sociology 3
  Free Elective 3
    16
Second Year: Second Semester
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSY Psychology Elective 3
RES/PHI Religious Studies/Phil. Elective. 3
  Group II Major Field Req. 3
  Free Elective 3
    16
Third Year: First Semester
BIO, CHE or PHY Science Requirement 4
BIO 330 Gross Anatomy 4
PHI 300 Healthcare Ethics 3
  Free Electives 6
    17
Third Year: Second Semester
BIO 300 Applied Kinesiology 3
HOS 300 Fund. Of Occupational Science 3
SOC 300 Medical Sociology 3
  Group II Major Field Req. 3
  Free Elective 3
    15
Fourth Year: First Semester
ENG English 300/400 Elective  3
PSY 350 Research Methods I 3
  Group II Major Field Req. 3
  Free Electives 4
    13
Fourth Year: Second Semester
HOS 400 Internship  6
HOS 450 Topics in Evidence-Based Practice 3
  Free Elective 3
    12

COURSE SEQUENCE: TRACK 2

BS in Health and Occupational Sciences and AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant

First Year: First Semester
Course   Credits
BIO, CHE or PHY Science Requirement 4
ENG 111 Composition I 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
SCI 100 Med Terms and Conditions 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    16
First Year: Second Semester
BIO, CHE or PHY Science Requirement 4
CUL/HIS Cultural Studies/ His. Elective 3
ENG 211 Critical Inquiry and Writing 3
MAT 200 Statistics 3
RES/PHI Religious Studies/Phil. Elect 3
    16
Second Year: First Semester
BIO 209 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
OCT 111 Introduction to OT 2
OCT 112 OT Skills and Application I 1
OCT 114 Foundations of OT I 1
PSY Psychology Elective 3
RES 201 Found. in Social Justice 3
    14
Second Year: Second Semester
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 300 Applied Kinesiology 3
OCT 116 OT Skills and Application II 1
OCT 117 Fieldwork I – Service Learning 1
OCT 120 Occ. Perform. Across Lifespan  
or PSY 200 or Developmental Psychology 3
OCT 121 Foundations of OT II 3
    15
Third Year: First Semester
BIO, CHE or PHY Science Requirement 4
OCT 210 Fieldwork I – Psychosocial 1
OCT 211 Preparing for Practice 1
OCT 213 OT in Develop. Disabilities 3
OCT 214 OT in Physical Dysfunction 3
OCT 215 OT in Psychosocial Dys. 4
    16
Third Year: Second Semester
OCT 216 Fieldwork II, 1st rotation 6
OCT 217 Fieldwork II, 2nd rotation 6
SOC 300 Medical Sociology 3
    15
Fourth Year: First Semester
BIO 330 Gross Anatomy 4
ENG English 300/400 Elective 3
PHI 300 Healthcare Ethics 3
PSY 350 Research Methods I 3
  Group II Major Field Req. 3
    16
Fourth Year: Second Semester
HOS 300 Fund. Of Occupational Sci. 3
HOS 450 Topics in Evidence-Based Practice  3
  Group II Major Field Req. 3
  Group II Major Field Req. 3
    12

COURSE SEQUENCE: TRACK 3

AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant transfer into BS in Health and Occupational Sciences

Third Year: First Semester
BIO, CHE or PHY Science Requirement 4
ENG 211 Critical Inq. and Writing 3
MAT 200 Statistics  3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Group II Major Field Req. 3
    16
Third Year: Second Semester
BIO 300 Applied Kinesiology 3
BIO, CHE or PHY Science Requirement 4
CUL/HIS Cultural Studies/His. Elect 3
HOS 300 Fund. Of Occupational Science 3
SOC 300 Medical Sociology 3
    16
Fourth Year: First Semester
BIO, CHE or PHY Science Requirement 4
BIO 330 Gross Anatomy 4
PHI 300 Healthcare Ethics 3
PSY 350 Research Methods I 3
    14
Fourth Year: Second Semester
ENG English 300/400  3
HOS 450 Topics in Evidence-Based Practice  3
  Group II Major Field Req. 3
  Group II Major Field Req. 3
  Free Elective 2
    14