Mission + Philosophy
The mission of the occupational Therapy Program is to prepare students to be knowledgeable, ethical and competent therapists. The OT Program is based on a framework that considers how biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors influence occupational behavior. Faculty believes the study and practice of occupational therapy encompasses philosophical principles that:
- affirm the inherent value of occupation to support participation in life;
- link occupational engagement to achieving self-actualization and quality of life;
- reinforce the individual’s right to self-determination;
- support a broad definition of independence; and
- acknowledge the multifaceted needs of a diverse society.
Faculty views education as a process, where students progress in their abilities to become client-centered and evidence-based practitioners. Students are assisted in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and judgment needed for skilled and ethical practice in traditional and emerging settings through experiences that:
- incrementally challenge and expand their belief systems;
- reinforce their role and responsibility to actively engage in the learning process;
- provide multiple opportunities to practice and obtain feedback and reinforcement; and
- illustrate the dynamic relationship among health, well-being and occupational engagement through a variety of learning activities and experiences.