The Occupational Therapy curriculum is predicated on adult learning theories. Students are regarded as active agents in their own learning and are expected to articulate their needs and understanding, initiate learning activities which meet their own needs and collaborate with peers and faculty to develop the clinical reasoning skills and resources which support competent occupational therapy practice. Students will be exposed to a broad variety of teaching/learning strategies that comport with academic goals and clinical competencies. As adult learners, students will build on past experiences, connect those with activities in the present and apply insights to the practice of occupational therapy.
- Apply the philosophy of occupational therapy to clinical practice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of human function and its impact on occupational performance.
- Understand the importance and demonstrate entry-level professional reasoning in all aspects of occupational therapy service delivery.
- Evaluate the needs and priorities for intervention based on an appreciation and understanding of the occupational needs of clients within the context of their physical, social, temporal, and cultural environments.
- Identify and design theoretically based interventions that address the individual’s occupational needs.
- Implement evidence-based practice in clinical care.
- Evaluate and report effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions.
- Demonstrate professionalism and leadership in occupational therapy services within the complex health care environment.
- Discover, interpret, and disseminate new knowledge to promote occupation therapy as a powerful, widely-recognized, science-driven and evidence-based profession.
- Articulate the value of interprofessional collaboration in patient care.
Photo caption: The OT Class of 2013.