This online course is an introductory neuroscience course for the occupational therapy assistant. It is a study of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as it relates to neurological conditions commonly treated in occupational therapy. This class expands upon the students’ knowledge base acquired in Anatomy and Physiology and Kinesiology. Topics include principles of neuroscience at the cellular level, development of the nervous system, neuroscience at the system level, neuroscience at the regional level and support systems. Concepts of neurological development and functioning, motor learning, reflex development and integration and the impact of illness and disease related to neurological deficits are covered.
This course provides the student with a foundation for advanced fundamental courses; physical dysfunction and rehabilitation, life-span development and behavioral health. Students will expand upon knowledge obtained in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology by adding the principles of neuroscience. Case studies will concentrate on the relationship of neuroscience to occupations, client roles and function. Professional excellence and social responsibility will be emphasized through research, students will review and report on current medical literature regarding neurological pathologies and current treatment interventions.