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Program Goals and Outcomes

  1. To provide in-depth knowledge of developmental and acquired physical and mental disorders across the life-span. Students will be able to:
    • describe the functional consequences of developmental and acquired physical and mental disorders
    • apply knowledge of the human mind, body and spirit and their interrelationships to clinical practice
  2. To develop critical reasoning for clinical and research applications. Students will be able to:
    • apply inquiry and research skills to support evidence-based practice
    • design and execute research under the direction of faculty and/or program- approved principal investigators
    • critically analyze concepts, methods, and systems as they relate to client diagnoses, intervention strategies and outcome measures
  3. To foster professional written and oral communication skills and information literacy. Students will be able to:
    • apply inquiry and research skills to support evidence-based practice
    • formulate written treatment plans with objectives and goals that, when implemented, are likely to facilitate functional and occupational performance
    • articulate the role of each level of occupational therapy practitioner
  4. To provide the theoretical basis for the design and implementation of client-centered occupation-focused intervention. Students will be able to:
    • provide intervention strategies that promote, restore, prevent loss, and/or maintain performance skills that meet activity demands
    • analyze and adapt activities to optimize the therapeutic intervention
    • apply the use of purposeful occupation as well as therapeutic use of self to enhance the therapeutic relationship and effectiveness of intervention
  5. To prepare students for the national examination for certification as an occupational therapy practitioner. Students will be able to demonstrate:
    • familiarity with local, state, federal and professional regulations and guidelines regarding the practice of occupational therapy
    • the ability to take computer-based examinations
    • competency on national exam practice tests
  6. To prepare students for careers in occupational therapy. Students will be able to:
    • operate as a generalist with broad exposure to the delivery models and systems utilized in settings where occupational therapy is currently practiced and where it is emerging as a practice area
    • recognize the necessity to be a life-long learner and to keep current with occupational therapy theory and practice
    • demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of the impact that socio-cultural, socioeconomic, diversity factors, and lifestyle choices have on clients served in all practice areas
  7. To foster an understanding and appreciation of ethics and values of the profession of occupational therapy. Students will be able to:
    • judge personal responsibility for ongoing professional development to ensure a level of practice consistent with current and accepted standards, including the ability to reflect on the quality of all aspects of one's practice
    • understand and apply professional ethical principles related to occupational therapy practice