The curriculum has been designed to provide an education that begins with a strong foundation in anatomical and social sciences. The first year includes intensive study related to occupational therapy and psychosocial issues. After this sequence of coursework, the student begins to apply the knowledge base to practice during the first Level II Fieldwork placement in a psychosocial setting.
The second year of the curriculum builds on prior knowledge. In addition, it fosters critical thinking skills and clinical practice in pediatrics and adult physical disabilities. Coursework is designed to add information on pathological processes. Fieldwork Level II in a Physical Disability setting follows successful completion of the second year of coursework.
The final year incorporates graduate-level courses involving advanced theory and treatment interventions that reflect the vast diversity of present-day occupational therapy practice. Other concepts and skills emphasized in the final year include the completion of a research project, the refinement of administrative and diagnostic skills, and the enhancement of skills in analyzing and synthesizing theory and practice. All are essential for professional practice in the field of occupational therapy. A third and final Fieldwork Level II completes the third year sequence of coursework.
Throughout the curriculum, there is a close correlation between theory and practical application in the classrooms, laboratories, and clinics. The program includes a variety of teaching methods, including lectures and discussions, laboratory practice, seminars, student presentations, and conferences. Competency and proficiency are determined by written, oral, and practical examinations, as well as by student presentations and projects.
Upon successful completion of the third year and a research project, the student is awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences combined with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.