College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Program Objectives

Occupational Therapy Program

Upon completion of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program, graduates are expected to:

  1. Deliver evidence-informed, occupation-based and occupation-focused services to individuals and groups to promote health, well-being and quality of life
  2. Meet the occupational needs of culturally and socially diverse individuals and communities through advocacy and leadership
  3. Develop and implement innovative programs for occupational therapy services in traditional and emerging areas of practice
  4. Engage in clinical research to facilitate promotion and dissemination of knowledge
  5. Uphold the ethical standards, values and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession in one's work, service, and ongoing professional development

These outcomes are accomplished through:

  1. A curriculum model based on intentionally sequenced courses that serve as vital links between application, synthesis, and evaluation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
  2. Intentional dynamic integration of authentic clinical experiences across the curriculum.
  3. Critical application of current research and available evidence to improve occupational therapy practice and contribute to the knowledge base of the profession.
  4. Occupation-focused coursework and fieldwork experiences designed to embrace critical and ethical reasoning across the lifespan.
  5. Collaboration to facilitate individual and group work to develop leadership, team building, and professional skills, behaviors and attitudes.

Planned Program Improvements

With the inauguration of the Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) Program, the faculty plans to monitor closely the student progression across quarters, and ensure close mentoring of Program faculty for students in order to develop practice leaders who will embrace occupational therapy in its best forms for the good of society. We will use innovative and evidence-informed strategies to provide our students with the best professional preparation possible.