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Ability-Based Outcomes

The curriculum objectives are designed to produce powerful, competent, leading, entry-level practice scholars who innovatively and skillfully use occupation as the mediating influence and integrating energy between the person and environment to:


  • Address the needs of underserved populations with an appreciation of the influence of the social, cultural, political, economic, physical, organizational and systemic environments on opportunities for full participation in meaningful occupations.
  • Collaborate with persons, other professionals, and organizations to advocate for full participation for persons who may experience limitations in their ability to select and engage fully in meaningful occupational roles, tasks, and activities.
  • Educate, motivate and collaborate with persons to empower their participation in health promotion and disease prevention activities.
  • Establish culturally responsive therapeutic relationships with individuals with diverse persons, communities, and populations.
  • Influence occupational therapy practice through service to the community and profession.


  • Conduct and utilize research relevant to the practice of occupational therapy.
  • Critically evaluate and utilize a variety of treatment frames of reference relevant to consumer goals, resources, and intervention efficacy expectations.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the research process and how evidence is developed, critiqued and applied in occupational therapy practice.
  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge and skills to effectively participate as a collaborative member of a research team.
  • Incorporate clinical reasoning and continuous self-reflection in pursuit of life-long, goal-oriented professional development.
  • Actively participate in the reflective process


  • Demonstrate and use their broad knowledge of the role of occupation as therapy to facilitate health, well-being and quality of life.
  • Demonstrate entry-level professional skills in evaluation, intervention design, and implementation.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of pathophysiology and impairment, and analyze their impact on occupational performance throughout the life-span.
  • Practice as educated, moral, ethical citizens who promote their own state of health and the health of local and global communities.
  • Provide knowledge-based, innovative, quality services, which address occupational health needs and utilize current technologies.


  • Articulate the interaction between physical, psychological, spiritual, social, moral, and ethical issues to guide health care choices, delivery systems, and professional behaviors.
  • Assume leadership roles at the local, state, national and international levels within their profession and in their own communities. 
  • Cooperate and collaborate productively as a leading practice-scholar in healthcare, educational or community systems.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to assume leadership roles as practitioners, managers, consultants, educators, advocates and scholars.
  • Influence system access to ensure healthy interdependence, adaptation, and service access for consumers, while decreasing the impact of disability, disease and societal limitations.
  • Practice the highest professional ethics and a true commitment to professionalism and occupational therapy

The mission, philosophy and curriculum outcomes support a curriculum design that focuses on the practice of occupational therapy within the person-occupation-environment interaction perspective, promotes the professional development of our graduates, guides the knowledge development through sponsored scholarly activities, and directs the essential operations of our department.