OT 3760: Functional Assessment

Course description

This course develops competence in the use of professional assessment, which measure the performance components that underlay human function, including neuromuscular, neuromotor, sensori motor, and cognitive. 

Relationship to curriculum design

Discovery of targeted information will be facilitated through structured didactic content and lab activities.  Students will have the opportunity to apply information, techniques, and procedures of targeted assessment. Finally, students will integrate knowledge of assessment data and its relationship to an intervention plan. The students will be evaluated on the Screen, Evaluate and Refer Competency as follows: The competent occupational therapy graduate selects and uses relevant screening and assessment methods, obtains sufficient and necessary information from relevant sources, interprets evaluation results, and refers to specialists (both internal and external to the profession) for consultation and intervention.

Learning outcomes

  1. The learner will begin to define and explore the components of the interview process, considering factors that might bias assessment results, e.g. culture, disability status, and situational variables related to the individual and context.  B.4.7.
  2. The learner will use appropriate procedures and protocols (including standardized formats) when administering assessments.B.4.3.
  3. The learner will list and compare assessments relevant to each frame of reference and model of practice.
  4. The learner will demonstrate entry-level knowledge of assessment concepts in the following areas:
    • Cognition
    • Functional vision
    • Range of motion
    • Sensory assessment
    • Manual muscle/motor testing
    • Visual-motor/perception
    • Cranial nerve function
    • Developmental reflexes
    • Cerebellar/basal ganglia function
    • Neuropathy
    • Dysphagia
  5. The learner will demonstrate the ability to accurately perform assessments in each of the above areas, measured by instructor documentation of lab performance during standardized client assessment.
  6. The learner will acquire proficiency in the following areas as a result of demonstrating entry-level skills in:
    • Goniometry
    • Manual muscle testing
    • Sensory testing
  7. The learner will have the opportunity to interpret criterion-referenced and norm-referenced standardized test scores based on their understanding of sampling, normative data, standard and criterion scores, reliability, and validity. B.4.6.