Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program
The Philosophy of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program is grounded in a holistic view of humans as complex beings who have a right to health and participation. We believe that it is through God’s creation that we are provided the opportunity to lead and to serve.
- Humans are complex beings who seek meaning in life by continually exploring occupations through the life span.
- Humans have a right to experience occupation as meaningful and enriching (Townsend & Wilcock, 2004).
- Humans have a right to develop through participation in occupations for health and social inclusion (Townsend & Wilcock, 2004).
- Humans have a right to engage in a variety of meaningful occupations and to choose those occupations (Townsend & Wilcock, 2004).
Approach to Learning and Instruction
- The distance learning environment transcends the traditional classroom to the creation of a virtual learning environment.
- Such an atmosphere demands and fosters independent learning and self-direction.
- A multimedia approach allows for more active learning.
- Learning is viewed as a dynamic process that builds upon life experience and foundational, practice, and professional knowledge gained through coursework.
- Distance learning utilizes a virtual environment that promotes peer and instructor interaction and growth through learner-centered teaching.
- Strong peer relationships and learning partnerships can be formed with the appropriate use of technology combined with personal contact.
- Adult learners are autonomous and self-directed assuming responsibility for learning and leadership throughout the process.
- Adult learners are goal-oriented and seek to apply knowledge.
- Adult learners have a foundation of life experiences and clinical experiences that they may draw upon and use to apply theory and concepts.
- It is understood that there are many learning styles; thus, instructors will strive to incorporate a variety of learning styles into their assignments and coursework (visual learning, auditory, kinesthetic, and environmental)
- Community Service- Serve the community promoting health and the integration of mind, body and spirit
- Dissemination of Knowledge- Contribute to the profession's body of knowledge through submission of two manuscripts and one oral presentation.
- Advocacy- Advocate for the profession and clients to promote health, well-being and best -practice.
- Artful Ambassadors: Shared Occupational meaning for children through art exchange and personal narrative.
- Building healthy life skills occupation between foster caregivers and substance endangered children
- Exploring occupational experiences for foster care givers within the foster care system
- Fit for life- An integrated lifestyle redesign program to promote healthy behaviors in children
- Parents perception of disability and the therapeutic listening program in Chinese culture
- Exploring occupational participation and meaning for homeless youth
Required Levels of Achievement
- Membership in a professional organization outside of one’s state and national occupational therapy association
- Professional presentation(s)
- Manuscript submissions (two)
- Develop an innovative program using occupation-based practice
- Develop, plan, and implement a research project
- Participate in the legislative process at local, state, national, or international levels.
- Doctoral portfolio
- Successful completion of professional rotation