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Curriculum Goals

The academic program enables the graduate to:

  1. Demonstrate professional knowledge behaviors and work habits appropriate to the setting and the graduate’s level of professional development.
  2. Demonstrate values and attitudes that are consistent with the occupational therapy profession, its standards and ethics.
  3. Establish and maintain rapport and helping relationships with patients, clients and, as appropriate, families, significant others and caregivers. Students demonstrate occupation-based, client-oriented and culturally competent practices.
  4. Demonstrate competence in professional relationships with staff, peers, supervisors and supervisees, students, team members, representatives of clinical and community settings and the public.
  5. Demonstrate competence in patient/client observation, basic reporting skills, and an ability to effectively use oral, nonverbal and written communication skills.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to develop and implement evidence-based practice skills. Specifically, demonstrate basic screening, assessment, treatment, reassessment and discharge planning skills.
  7. Relate recommendations for treatment goals, activities and practice approaches based on the use of meaningful occupation relevant to patient/client needs, level of life span development, through theoretical principals, clinical reasoning, and effective practice skills.
  8. Apply principles of health promotion and disease prevention in practice and consultation.
  9. Effectively present the role of occupational therapy intervention and consultation in traditional and emerging areas of practice in the urban environment and the community.
  10. Identify themselves as members of the occupational therapy profession with a commitment to continuing development in practice, clinical and community involvement, advocacy, management, evidence-based practice and research.