Main Content:

Pitt’s online post-professional CScD in Occupational Therapy degree program is designed to prepare advanced practitioners to lead the field in evidence-based occupational therapy practice, education, advocacy and system change.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Engage Stakeholders: Engage stakeholders at the level of the client, program, population and system
  • Proactively Identify Needs: Identify a need for change and opportunities for improvement in areas of specialization
  • Use Evidence and Data: Appraise, interpret, synthesize and apply evidence and data-driven strategies
  • Influence Change: Understand trends, identify barriers to and facilitators of change and influence change
  • Communicate Effectively: Apply effective negotiation, communication, advocacy and conflict management strategies
  • Lead and Educate: Implement, evaluate and disseminate evidence-based practice

Students enrolled in the CScD in Occupational Therapy degree program will also receive an Advanced Practice Certificate in Implementation of Evidence in Clinical Practice

Courses:

Through the first phase of the program, you will complete the following 34 credits of coursework.

OT 3010 Evidence Interpretation for Implementation (3 credits)*

This course provides a basic understanding of methods to interpret research in the context of evidence-based practice. Content includes critical appraisal and interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics (including univariate and multivariate parametric and nonparametric tests) that are commonly used in published clinical research studies.
*Required course for Advanced Practice Certificate in Implementation of Evidence in Clinical Practice.

OT 3020 Foundations in Implementation (3 credits)*

This course introduces opportunities and barriers for implementing changes designed to improve clinical practice processes and outcomes. Content will include definitions, distinctions and applications of key concepts including evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, implementation and dissemination.
*Required course for Advanced Practice Certificate in Implementation of Evidence in Clinical Practice.

OT 3030 The Business of Implementation (3 credits)*

This course shares effective techniques for negotiating, facilitating and leading change in clinical contexts. Topics will include establishing new or renewing old relationships, changing behaviors and expectations, resolving disputes and interpersonal effectiveness.
*Required course for Advanced Practice Certificate in Implementation of Evidence in Clinical Practice.

OT 3040 Advocacy for Implementation (3 credits)*

This course will provide a framework for understanding and analyzing legislative and regulatory processes that have an impact on clinical services delivery and implementation of processes across contexts to improve clinical practice.
*Required course for Advanced Practice Certificate in Implementation of Evidence in Clinical Practice.

OT 3000 Advanced Assessment (4 credits)

This course focuses on building foundational knowledge in classical test and item response theories to identify assessments for improving outcomes at the patient, program, system and population levels. Students will learn to differentiate between levels of assessments; examine the uses of various assessment methods (e.g., self-report, proxy report, clinical judgment, performance assessment and survey) and analyze the impact of measurement issues on outcomes. Additionally, students will utilize knowledge gained in this course to create a program proposal showcasing the utility of assessments in improving outcomes at a facility.

OT 3100 Evidence Analysis and Synthesis (4 credits)

This course uses systematic methods (e.g., PRISMA, Pedro, Consort, Strobe, Trend, CASP) to critically appraise and synthesize research to inform design and implementation of clinical protocols and best practice guidelines to improve clinical practices and outcomes.

OT 3200 Evidence-Based Protocols and Practice Guidelines (4 credits)

This course focuses on the use of evidence checklists for evaluating and developing practice guidelines (e.g., AGREEII). Current professional practice guidelines will be evaluated, generated, implemented and assessed for adoption and sustainability.

OT 3300 Conceptualizing and Assessing Quality Improvement (4 credits)

This course focuses on the application of data analytic strategies (e.g., descriptive, correlational, comparative, predictive and qualitative strategies) that practitioners can use to analyze clinical data related to patient, program, population or health system level outcomes.

OT 3400 Theories of Change (3 credits)

This seminar focuses on analysis and synthesis of health, behavior and organizational change theories and application to clinical practice, program development and adult learning.

OT 3500 Implementation Evidence (3 credits)

This seminar focuses on evidence-based practices to support implementation, with particular attention on approaches to support stakeholder engagement, knowledge translation and dissemination.

Capstone Project:

Following completion of the 34 credits of online courses, CScD in Occupational Therapy students will culminate their matriculation through the program with an eight-credit capstone project. With the support of a faculty mentor, students will individually design and complete a capstone project that demonstrates their advanced knowledge for implementing evidence into practice.

OT 3600 Capstone Phase I (3 credits)

Students will design and initiate a project to implement evidence-based knowledge in partnership with stakeholders and an academic mentor to improve occupational therapy outcomes. This phase of the capstone project includes project development and approval, stakeholder engagement, faculty guidance and feedback, project implementation and data collection.

OT 3700 Capstone Phase II (5 credits)

Students will complete and analyze the results of their project implementation to demonstrate the synthesis of integrated learnings. This phase of the capstone project includes the delivery of findings through both an oral presentation to and collegial discussion with an audience of academic peers, faculty and professional colleagues, as well as a written defense.

*Required courses for the Advanced Practice Certificate in Implementation of Evidence in Clinical Practice