Why OT at PhilaU

OT students

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.   

Weekend & Blended Learning Format
MS in OT students attend graduate OT classes on eight weekends each semester (Fridays & Saturdays).  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 also with students from a variety of programs throughout the University, current OT professionals, and various other interprofessional partners.

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 students' 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. 

Professional Identity

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-educator with whom they will work during the first two semesters of the program. Students complete client-based assignments during these semesters and develop a relationship that is both supportive and educational. These as well as other activities embedded in courses, fieldwork, and volunteer activities within and outside the University provide the content for students to build their professional identity portfolios.