Program Overview



The Program in Occupational Therapy at LSU Health Shreveport subscribes to a three-fold mission:

  • First, empower students to become transformative practitioners who apply current research evidence to occupation based, client-centered practice in diverse settings, locally and across the country;
  • Second, foster scholarly development;
  • Third, provide service to the people of Louisiana to enhance occupational participation.

Program Outcomes

The LSU Health Shreveport Master of Occupational Therapy program has had a 100% pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy for the past ten years. Visit National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy website for program performance data on the certification examination by state and program level.

According to our graduate surveys, 100% of graduates who are seeking employment are employed within 6 months of graduation. The total number of graduates from the LSU Health Shreveport Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2016-2018 was 73 with an overall graduation rate of 95%.

Graduation Year Students Enter/Graduating Graduation Rate
2016 25/23 92%
2017 26/25 96%
2018 26/25 96%
Total 77/73 95%



Completion of the Master of Occupational Therapy program prepares a graduate to practice occupational therapy. Twenty-seven months is needed to complete a total of 91 semester hours of coursework on-campus at the LSU Health Shreveport, and off-campus at practice sites within and out of the state. Included in these semester hours are six months of Level II Fieldwork. All Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 24 months following completion of didactic course work.

Summer Semester (First Year) Credit Hours
ANT 6522 Human Anatomy                                                 5
OCCT 6525 Applied Anatomy 2
OCCT 6523 Medical Conditions 3
Total 10
Fall Semester (First Year) Credit Hours
OCCT 6513 Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan 3
OCCT 6511 Concepts of Occupation 3
OCCT 6519 Interactive Reasoning 3
OCCT 6526 Fieldwork A 0.5
OCCT 6535 Therapeutic Occupations and Activities 3
OCCT 6567 Neurological Conditions and Occupation 3
OCCT 6613 Occupational Therapy for Orthopedics 3
Total 18.5
Spring Semester (First Year) Credit Hours
OCCT 6625 Occupation-Based Practice I: Pediatrics 6
OCCT 6527 Fieldwork B 0.5
OCCT 6632 Occupation-Based Practice II: Mental Health 5
OCCT 6641 Clinical Reasoning I 5
OCCT 6661 Scholarly Inquiry I 2
Total 18.5
Summer Semester (Second Year) Credit Hours
OCCT 6733 Clinical Reasoning II 3
OCCT 6741 Occupation-Based Practice III: Adult Neuro 4
OCCT 6761 Scholarly Inquiry II 3
OCCT 6771 Clinical Evaluation and Assessment 2
Total 12
Fall Semester (Second Year) Credit Hours
OCCT 6817 Management in Occupational Therapy 3
OCCT 6819 Community-Based and Specialized Practice 3
OCCT 6841 Occupation-Based Practice IV: Older Adult 5
OCCT 6833 Clinical Reasoning III 2
OCCT 6861 Scholarly Inquiry III 3
Total 16
Spring Semester (Second Year) Credit Hours
OCCT 6911 Fieldwork Experience Level II 9
Summer Semester (Third Year) Credit Hours
OCCT 6913 Fieldwork Experience Level II 6
Optional Independent Study Credit Hours
OCCT 6413 Independent Study 3


Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ANAT 6522 Human Anatomy (5 credits)

Lectures of cell, tissue, organ and body-systems structure, and dissection of human cadaver with emphasis on structure and function of neuromuscular and skeletal systems.

OCCT 6523 Medical Conditions (3 credits)

This course consists of lectures by therapists and physicians on the etiology, symptomology and medical management of selected medical conditions including the respective role of occupational therapy.

OCCT 6525 Applied Anatomy (2 credits)

Lectures, demonstrations and labs are designed to complement Allied Health Human Anatomy. Fundamental concepts involving surface anatomy; identification of anatomical landmarks, manual muscle testing, and palpation of joints and muscles, human movement analysis, and conditions that influence the functions of movements will be emphasized.

OCCT 6511 Concepts of Occupation (3 credits)

This course focuses on the history, philosophy, and sociopolitical influences on the profession to provide foundational concepts and tools for occupational therapy practice. Occupation-based theoretical frameworks will be presented as well as common models for practice. Guidelines for occupational therapy practice will be addressed to assist students in integrating core concepts with the occupational therapy process.

OCCT 6513 Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan (3 credits)

This course provides students with an in-depth inquiry into the essential principle of the occupational therapy profession: occupation. All areas of occupation are explored ADL, IADL, education, work, play, leisure, social participation, rest and sleep. Critical analysis of occupational choices, habits, routines, and lifestyles as they influence the health and well-being of individuals is emphasized.

OCCT 6519 Interactive Reasoning (3 credits)

An intense study of the client-centered collaborative relationship. Therapeutic use of self, interview skills, communication styles, professional/personal values, family systems, sociocultural influences, and group process will be explored through group discussion, experiential learning and client interviews.

OCCT 6526 Fieldwork A (0.5 credits)

This course introduces students to the purpose and process of fieldwork.

OCCT 6527 Fieldwork B (0.5 credits)

This course focuses on the Fieldwork Policies and Procedures.

OCCT 6535 Therapeutic Occupations and Activities. (3 credits)

This course explores the meaning and use of occupations and activities as therapeutic media. The analysis of activity, according to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 3rd ed. is covered as a basis for the appropriate selection, grading, and adaptation of therapeutic occupations in relationship to treatment goals throughout the lifespan. Lecture, experiential teaching methods and case study formats are used to enhance the student’s understanding and practical application of therapeutic occupations and activities.

OCCT 6567 Neurological Conditions and Occupation (3 credits)

A lecture and laboratory course that introduces selected neurological disorders including the underlying neuropathology, diagnostic criteria, etiology, epidemiology, prognosis and clinical presentation. Emphasis will be placed on clinical presentation and correlating neuroanatomical structures and functions. Lab experiences will provide inter-professional collaboration between occupational therapy and physical therapy students and implications for occupational therapy and physical therapy practice will be explored.

OCCT 6613 Occupational Therapy for Orthopedics (3 credits)

Orthopedic conditions across the lifespan will be addressed. Specific orthopedic evaluations, treatment techniques, splinting procedures and modalities will be emphasized. Occupational performance for activities of daily living in work, play/leisure, and self-care across the lifespan is the focus of lectures and labs.

OCCT 6625 Occupation Based Practice I: Pediatrics (6 credits)

This course covers major theoretical frameworks, concepts, and models of practice used in occupational therapy evaluation and treatment of infants/children. The effects of disease or disorder on occupational performance will be introduced. An emphasis will be placed on the use of occupation as a therapeutic medium, patient/family education and training, analysis of abnormal movement patterns, and examination of atypical sensory patterns. Students will apply treatment interventions that will address impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions as they relate to occupational performance. Clinical reasoning skills will be utilized to make educated decisions regarding appropriate treatment methods using a client centered approach. Case studies, laboratory experiences and Fieldwork I will provide opportunities for students to enhance their understanding of these concepts.

OCCT 6632 Occupation Based Practice II: Mental Health (5 credits)

An examination of the influence of physical and psychosocial well-being on occupational performance across practice settings. Review of evidence and theories regarding etiology, assessment, and treatment of mental health dysfunction in occupational therapy. Clinical learning experiences will provide opportunities for students to apply course content.

OCCT 6641 Clinical Reasoning I (5 credits)

This course focuses on the development of professional and clinical reasoning skills needed to make client-centered and evidence-based decisions in occupational therapy. Emphasis is on students' ability to critically analyze clinical experiences.

OCCT 6661 Scholarly Inquiry I (2 credits)

This course covers concepts of inferential statistics including standard error, tests of significance, type I and II errors, and selection of appropriate statistical tests. Students will develop skills needed to design basic clinical research and to critically interpret professional literature.

OCCT 6741 Occupation Based Practice III: Adult Neuro (4 credits)

This 3 credit course teaches the student learner how to use the occupational therapy process to evaluate, plan, and implement occupation-based practice in order to address the ADL, IADL, education, work, play, rest, sleep, leisure, and social participation occupational performance needs of young and middle aged adults with neurological impairment. Laboratory experiences and Level I Fieldwork will provide opportunities for students to use knowledge and demonstrate skills learned in the classroom.

OCCT 6733 Clinical Reasoning II (3 credits)

This course focuses on clinical documentation to ensure accountability and reimbursement of services. Documentation of OT services includes: assessment, treatment planning, intervention, discharge, general reports, and home programs.

OCCT 6761 Scholarly Inquiry II (3 credits)

An examination of quantitative and qualitative research methods used to advance the body of knowledge in occupational therapy. Topics include, but are not limited to, hypothesis generation, sampling, research design, measurement, data analysis, IRB procedures, and funding.

OCCT 6771 Clinical Evaluation and Assessment (2 credits)

This 2 credit course provides a foundation for selecting and administering Occupational Therapy assessment tools to evaluate occupational performance and participation in diverse populations across the lifespan. Students will develop a basic understanding of how to select, administer, and interpret an Occupational Therapy evaluation based on the needs of the client and relate the results to treatment planning.

OCCT 6817 Management in Occupational Therapy (3 credits)

Information will be presented on current health care policy issues, factors that influence the issues, and the resultant effect on the provision of occupational therapy services. Other topics will include: regulatory systems, reimbursement mechanisms & appeals, professionalism, supervision, career development, occupational therapy roles, ethical resolution of conflict, client advocacy, quality assurance and program evaluation.

OCCT 6819 Community-Based and Specialized Practice (3 credits)

The focus of this course is on specialized areas of practice and community-based practice. Students investigate an occupational therapy practice that is considered specialized and design a plan for implementing the service. Students learn various models of community practice; participate in program development and implementation of a service in a community-based practice setting.

OCCT 6841 Occupation Based Practice IV: Older Adult (5 credits)

This course provides an occupation-based theoretical foundation for the mid-adult through older adult with physical and psychosocial problems that interfere with occupational performance. Classes in Occupational Based Practice IV relate to occupational and social functioning in activities and societal roles of the older adult. Students will use clinical reasoning skills to make decisions regarding the selection of appropriate treatment methods and use of effective clinical techniques. Laboratory experiences will provide opportunities for students to practice selected evaluation and treatment methods.

OCCT 6833 Clinical Reasoning III (2 credits)

This course completes the trilogy of clinical reasoning courses by building on foundational clinical reasoning and practice concepts taught in previous semesters. Development of professional leadership and advocacy skills is the central focus of the course. Additional topics of inter-professional collaboration and teamwork, changes in healthcare, and preparation for level II fieldwork are included.

OCCT 6861 Scholarly Inquiry III (3 credits)

Development of skills needed to a) locate, analyze, synthesize and apply evidence in response to a specific clinical question; and b) write a scholarly research proposal.

OCCT 6911 Fieldwork Experience Level II (9 credits)

An in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients. Students are supervised in a practice setting full time (40 hrs. per week) for 1-4 months.

OCCT 6913 Fieldwork Experience Level II (6 credits)

An in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients. Students are supervised in a practice setting full time (40 hrs. per week) for 1-4 months.

OCCT 6413 Independent Study (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Consent of the department. The course credit, content, written objectives, and evaluation criteria will be jointly established by the student and instructor. These may be documented in writing and placed in the student’s file by the tenth day of the semester or summer term. This course can be retaken for maximum of six semester hour credits.

Occupational Therapy


Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education 

4720 Montgomery Lane
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-AOTA


Student Admissions Office
(318) 813-2908

Occupational Therapy 
Department Office

Angie Collins, OT Coordinator
(318) 813-2950