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The faculty members in the Occupational Therapy Program believe that:

  • people define their humanity and are enabled to achieve health and wellness through occupation, i.e. the performance of valued tasks, meaningful activities and life span roles. Although human beings seek active involvement in occupation naturally, disruptions in a personís health and life patterns that are brought on by disability may negatively affect his/her occupational performance and ability to interact productively with others. Occupational therapy facilitates health, well being and quality of life by increasing functional performance in day-to-day occupations, thereby restoring opportunities for purposeful participation in life activities and roles;
  • academic professional programs must demonstrate a commitment to maintaining the accountability, integrity and long-term viability of the profession. By providing a curriculum that combines an in-depth understanding of an evidence-based occupational therapy process and knowledge of service delivery systems, program management, and issues regarding controlling costs, the fiscal realities of varied service delivery systems and settings can be addressed;
  • occupational therapists must assess the occupational impact of disease and injury and provide occupation-based intervention using ethical, scientific, economic, and legal knowledge. By having students examine the biological, psychological, cultural and socio-environmental factors that contribute to the maintenance or recovery of function, they come to understand how to facilitate client-centered and occupation-based outcomes through evidence-driven practice;
  • students should be engaged in the investigation of "best practice" through didactic coursework, literature searches, simulated laboratory activities, research projects and real world fieldwork experiences in current and emerging occupational therapy practice areas. By providing students with their first step on a professional career path they will grow personally by developing a concern for humanity, a sense of social responsibility, and an interest in the business of health care. Students will grow professionally by embracing collaboration with organizational administrators and managers, and other health professionals as they work toward the mutual goal of effectively assisting individuals with disabilities to live more productive and meaningful lives.
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