Mission and Goals

The Occupational Therapy (OT) program’s mission is to develop competent, reflective and ethical occupational therapists who possess a commitment to professionalism and lifelong learning.  

In keeping with the University mission to prepare graduates for successful careers in an evolving and interconnected world, the OT program incorporates interdisciplinary learning and collaboration to enable graduates to practice in diverse environments and changing service-delivery contexts.

The MS in OT program is offered in a blended learning format consisting of on-campus and online course delivery. Students attend classes two weekends per month (Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday) with supplemental content and projects delivered through distance technology.

The curriculum is organized around three themes that reflect the program’s philosophy:

  1. Enabling Participation by being client-centered and grounded in the person-environment-occupation fit
  2. Applying Evidence and Clinical Reasoning to enhance practice
  3. Fostering Collaboration and Innovation in order to contribute to our clients’ well-being and quality of life

 Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Provide occupation-based and client-centered care by competently adapting and applying the occupational therapy process
  • Demonstrate the attitudes, behaviors and responsibilities associated with being a health professional
  • Locate, evaluate and apply research findings to build knowledge and support occupational therapy practice
  • Work collaboratively with clients, caregivers and members of the professional team to implement programs and services that enable health and participation
  • Develop innovative tools, programs or services to promote participation and well-being