PhilaU’s OT program is set apart from other university’s OT programs because of its blended-learning delivery system that includes both face-to-face and distance learning methods, its distinctive curriculum that incorporates innovation through collaboration, and by its opportunities for faculty support. Read on to learn more about the PhilaU OT program.
Blended Learning Format
MS in OT students at PhilaU attend graduate OT classes on eight weekends each semester (Fridays, Saturdays and occasional Thursday evenings). Generally on-campus sessions are scheduled two times per month. While off-campus, students complete projects and other learning activities online, through distance technology.
Innovation through Collaboration
Perhaps the most distinctive element of the PhilaU program is its focus on innovation through collaboration. PhilaU OT students regularly collaborate not only with other OT students, but students from a variety of programs throughout the University, current OT professionals and various other interdisciplinary industry professionals.
Over several semesters, students are guided through the process of innovation by working alongside their design, textile, fashion, and architecture peers to create assistive devices, adaptive clothing, and livable environments to support a person’s full participation. As a result of inter-professional projects, OT students learn the role of advocate and help their colleagues to better understand issues related to the world of individuals living with educational challenges, health conditions or disabilities. These experiences support the development of advocacy skills both for the profession and individual clients.
To learn about one collaborative project between Occupational Therapy and Industrial Design students, watch the video below.
Capstone Project – Practice Platforms
At the core of the PhilaU program is the perspective that the goal of occupational therapy is to assist individuals to participate as fully as possible in all the occupations that are important to them, regardless of their health condition or developmental status.
At the start of the first semester, OT students identify a client with whom they will work throughout the program. Students complete client-based assignments each semester and develop a relationship that is both supportive and educational. These as well as other activities embedded in coursework provide the content for students to build their portfolios and generate their unique practice platforms. Students integrate OT concepts with their experiences, and present their practice platforms in a culminating capstone presentation.