Mission and Goals

The Occupational Therapy (OT) Program’s mission is to prepare competent, reflective, and ethical occupational therapists whose practice philosophy is client-centered, occupation-based, and grounded in evidence. In keeping with the University mission to prepare graduates for successful careers in an evolving and interconnected world, the OT Program incorporates interprofessional learning to enable graduates to practice in diverse environments and changing service-delivery contexts.

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

Participation encompasses client-centered practice and is framed by the person-environment-occupation perspective. 

Evidence and Professional Reasoning inform practice decisions and contribute to the profession’s distinct value.

Collaboration and Innovation reflect the University and Program’s unique teaching-learning philosophy that engages students in creative partnerships to enhance clients’ well-being and quality of life.

It is further enriched through a curricular thread, Professional Identity, which is integrated within the student’s program of study. Students are supported in the development of a professional identity through a series of regular processes that are grounded in advocacy, responsibility, and leadership.

Graduates will demonstrate the ability 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 (e.g. effective communication, respect for diversity, ethical practice)
  • Apply and integrate evidence-based methods to facilitate outcomes, build knowledge, and inform occupational therapy practice.
  • Partner with stakeholders to address the health and participation needs of individuals, groups, and populations.
  • Develop innovative tools, programs, and services to promote participation and well-being.