Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Anne M. Haskins


Heart Diseases -- rehabilitation; Occupational Therapy -- methods


There is limited information regarding the occupational therapists role in the cardiac rehabilitation setting. This lack of information may contribute to a limited amount of therapists working in this setting. Through the identification of this problem, the need for a course on cardiac rehabilitation for occupational therapy students was identified. The course was intended to expand the students’ knowledge of cardiac rehabilitation and the position of an occupational therapist within this setting.

A literature review was conducted utilizing several research databases which include PubMed, ERIC, and SCOPUS in order to determine the depth of information available regarding educational theories, educational strategies, occupational therapy and cardiac rehabilitation. Information was also gathered from journals, textbooks and faculty knowledge. The information for the course was developed from the research on educational concepts but the content of the course was developed from Hoff’s (2007) scholarly project: provide title.

The course, which was developed, is intended for occupational therapy students who are interested in further developing their knowledge in cardiac rehabilitation. The course is intended to be an elective study which spans over the period of one semester. There are a total of two quizzes, one treatment plan, fieldwork experience, and other assignment which are projected to expand and assess the knowledge of the students. This course consists of four educational modules which contain 13 units regarding information on cardiac rehabilitation.

In conclusion, the occupational therapist has the ability to provide high quality services to various areas of practice. An area of practice which receives little attention in research in relation to occupational therapy is cardiac rehabilitation. Through the implementation of courses such as the one developed, occupational therapy will be able to expand its scope of practice to areas which can be complimented by the skills of an occupational therapists. The cardiac rehabilitation course is intended to provide occupational therapy students with additional information about this specialty, allowing for entrance into the cardiac rehabilitation clinic as an entry-level therapist