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College of Health Sciences > Department of Occupational Therapy > Master of Science in Occupational Therapy > Educational Philosophy and Outcomes
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Educational Philosophy

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.

Occupational Therapy Program Outcomes

Graduates of the OT program will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Provide occupational therapy services for individuals within the performance contexts of their lives.
  • Determine needs and priorities for intervention, based on an appreciation and understanding of the individual as an occupational being.
  • Identify and/or design theoretically based interventions that address the individual's occupational needs.
  • Implementing intervention, using contemporary practices and emerging knowledge.
  • Report and evaluate effectiveness of interventions.
  • Provide occupational therapy services that address the occupational needs of populations within the context of their physical, social, temporal and cultural environments.
  • Manage the delivery of occupational therapy services.
  • Advance the effectiveness of the profession of occupational therapy.
Photo caption: The OT Class of 2013.


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