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Downers Grove, IL Campus

Program Objectives

Occupational Therapy Program

Upon completion of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program, graduates are expected to:

  1. Provide evidence-based occupational therapy services in traditional and emerging areas of practice.
  2. Meet the occupational needs of individuals and populations through professional advocacy and leadership.
  3. Apply therapeutic use of occupations to support engagement in activities that promote health, well-being and quality of life.
  4. Sustain continued professional development through lifelong learning activities, and 
  5. Uphold the ethical standards, values and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession in order to sensitively meet the occupational needs of a culturally and socially diverse clientele.

These outcomes are accomplished through:

  1. A curriculum model based on intentionally sequenced courses that act as vital links between application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  2. Critical application of current research and other forms of best evidence to improve occupational therapy practice and contribute to the body of related knowledge.
  3. Sequential implementation of simulated and authentic clinical experiences across the curriculum.
  4. Occupation-focused coursework and fieldwork experiences designed to facilitate critical and ethical reasoning, and
  5. Opportunities for both individual and group work to develop leadership, team-building, and professional skills, behaviors and attitudes.

Planned Program Improvements

We will provide at least ten authentic learning opportunities to students across the nine quarters of the Program.  Faculty-mentored experiential learning, standardized patients, and fieldwork rotations are positioned across courses through the curriculum.  We continually strive to use innovative and evidence-based strategies to provide students with the best professional preparation possible.