The title of the program I want to design is Pre-Occupational Therapy. This program will be full of classes that will prepare me to go on to a graduate program in Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapy can be defined as a form of therapy that uses daily activities to help people get back into normal life. Occupational Therapy deals is both physical and mental issues. The majority of the classes I chose are pulled from the Psychology Department and the Health and Human Performance Department, and all of them are geared towards building my understanding of Occupational Therapy and the key skills that will help me be successful. This program is designed to cover all the prerequisite courses for Occupational Therapy graduate school, and give me a strong foundation for my future studies. No other PSU major meets my needs because no other major has the combination of disciplines that would allow me to reach my goals. My program is different from any other current major at PSU because it enables me to take all my prerequisite courses to apply to graduate school during my undergraduate years, and combines courses from both the Phycology Department and the Health and Human Performance Departments.
As I stated above, my goal is to get into a graduate program for Occupational Therapy, and the following courses in my program are Prerequisites for graduate school: PS2010 General Psychology, I chose to include this class in my program because it is the foundation to all the other psychology classes I will take and it covers the different methods in psychology. Occupational Therapy deals with both physical and mental issues, so this class is essential to have a strong understanding of the mental side. PS2050 Lifespan Development, I chose to include this class because it covers life through death from a psychological perspective, the two most popular populations for Occupational Therapy are children and geriatrics, so understanding changes that happen life through death is important. PS4320 Abnormal Psychology, I chose this course because it covers forms of psychopathology. Occupational Therapy deals with mental issues such as the ones covered in this course. PE3570 Kinesiology, I chose to include this class in my program because it covers concepts of human movements and motion. This will benefit me in Occupational therapy because I must understand how the body moves to be able to affectively give people therapy. BI2120 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, I chose to include this class in my program because it covers the functions of the human body. Having knowledge of this is so important in Occupational therapy when speaking about the physical aspect of therapy. PS3140 Statistics in Psychology, I included this course in my program because it covers basic statistics and application of statistics in psychology. Having knowledge in statistics will enable me to apply those skills in my future graduate studies, especially when speaking about research. There are several other prerequisite courses I have plans to take, but are not included in my contract: BI2110 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, PS3150 Research Methods in Psychology, BI1110 Biological Science. All the classes I stated above are classes are pulled from the Psychology department, the Health and Human Performance department, and the Biological Sciences department. These classes will enable me to apply to graduate school and will give me the skills I need to be successful.
Outside of the Prerequisite courses, I have included several courses in my contract within the Psychology department which are as follows: PS3560 Adulthood and Aging, I chose this class covers adolescence through the end of life. One of the largest populations that Occupational Therapy works with is geriatrics, so having knowledge on adulthood and aging processes is crucial. PS3170 Child Development, I chose this class because it covers infancy to adolescence which is the age group I hope to work with. The other largest population aside from geriatrics that Occupational Therapy works with is children, so learning about the details of child development with be beneficial. These two courses are essential to my program because they focus on infancy to adolescence, and adolescence to adulthood and death.
The next concentration in my program is within the Health and Human Performance Department. I pulled classes from the Physical Education major, and the Health Education and Promotion major. The classes I included are as follows: PE2550 Foundations of Physical Education, I chose this course because it discusses the different career options related to physical education. Being aware of the different related fields related to Occupational Therapy is important because I could be working with other fields, for example, Physical Therapy. PE2730 Motor Development, I chose this class because it covers motor development across the lifespan and influences that affect them. Motor development covers the development of bones, muscles, and the ability to move, which are all concepts I will use in Occupational Therapy. PE3580 Physiology of Exercise, I chose to include this course in my program because it covers human functions when talking about muscular activity and showcases links between theory and practice. Occupational Therapy uses daily activities to practice therapy, and as exercise is a common daily activity, it is important to understand how exercise affects the body and what is appreciate for each age group. PE3750 Physiology of Exercise Lab, I chose to include this course in my program because it includes the procedures that go along with Physiology of Exercise. PE4780 Exercise Prescription, I am including this course in my contract because it covers physical fitness programs for the adult population. This is a skill I will use in Occupational Therapy because a part of getting people back into their normal life through therapy could be getting them into an exercise plan. HE2300 Principles of Health, I decided to include this course in my program because it covers the different dimensions of health and covers applicable skills in any health-related field, like Occupational Therapy. PE4020 Exercise and Health Psychology, I included this course in my contract because it is a multidimensional course that covers both physical and psychological aspects of health, which are the two biggest areas in Occupational Therapy. In addition to these courses, I am also including SW3500 Health and Society, which is within the Social Work department. I am taking this course because it gives a different perspective on health as the course focuses on social aspects of health and touches on global health.
My program is Interdisciplinary because it is exercising more than one focus of study to create a program. My program is pulling mainly classes from the Psychology department, and the Health and Human department, which will create a strong foundation for my future studies. My program will prepare me for a future in Occupational Therapy because it covers all of the prerequisite courses to enable me to get into a graduate program, and because it is giving me the background I need to be successful.
I created my Pre-Occupational Therapy Program when I first entered the IDS program the second semester of my sophomore year. I changed my major from Psychology to IDS with the goals of creating a program that would enable me to apply to occupational therapy school directly after my graduation from Plymouth State University. Needless to say, Things have changed. I have changed my program title to “Integrated Health Sciences” and revised my goal of OT school right after graduation to taking a year to work in a related field in health and gaining more experience, and then applying to graduate school. I thought I had it all figured out sophomore year when I first started my IDS journey, but since then I have realized that this is a time of constant change, and the best way to continue to be productive, successful and happy is to roll with the punches and be flexible. That is something that this program has taught me. Change is good and necessary for progress.