Program Mission and Goals              Occupational Therapy

Mission

The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy is to prepare exceptional occupational therapy professionals that recognize the importance of participating in community service, scholarship, and lifelong learning, as they employ evidence-based clinical reasoning skills and an occupation-based, client-centered focus, in meeting the health care needs of diverse populations

Goals

Graduates of the Allen College OT Program will be able to:

  1. Use critical reasoning to provide evidence based occupational therapy services in a variety of service delivery models, health care settings, and community-based systems.
  2. Provide services within a client-centered, occupational-based theoretical foundation with consideration of the underlying factors including, but not limited to, the culture and contexts that influence the individual's ability to engage in meaningful occupational tasks and roles.
  3. Clearly articulate, document, and apply professional principles and ethics, in the advocacy of the client's needs as well as the needs of the OT profession.
  4. Provide direct and indirect services to promote and sustain health, facilitate typical growth and development, prevent deficits, and maintain, restore, or enhance function through compensation, adaptation, and the selection and participation of appropriate therapeutic methods, environmental modifications, use of adaptive equipment, and assistive technologies to enhance meaningful occupations.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to manage and evaluate the efficacy of occupational therapy services including client care outcomes, departmental operations, documentation and reimbursement, and the supervision of appropriate personnel including fieldwork students within the guidelines of the professional practice.
  6. Initiate and participate in collaborative and cooperative interactions with intra-disciplinary and interdisciplinary professionals, clients, significant others, and caregivers to achieve the desired occupational therapy outcomes.

Competencies

Occupational Therapy Program Competencies: Identification of Ability Based Outcomes The program competencies for graduates of the Allen College's Occupational Therapy Program reflect the department's commitment to meeting the health care needs of recipients of service and the missions of the profession of OT and Allen College. The competencies delineate the expectations of entry-level competency as a general practitioner and continuation of competency through life-long learning. Graduates are expected to have acquired a solid foundation in the arts and sciences of occupational therapy as well as the humanitarian skills necessary to provide quality services within the diverse population that will be encountered in a variety of healthcare settings. Upon completion of the professional program, each Allen College OT graduate is expected to be able to:

  1. Use critical reasoning to provide evidence based occupational therapy services in a variety of service delivery models, health care settings, and community-based systems. These services includes procedures related to screenings, referrals, assessments, goal setting, interventions, discharge planning, and outcome assessments that foster continuous improvement efforts. All services will be provided within a client centered occupational based theoretical foundation with consideration of the underlying factors including but not limited to culture, Allen College's and AOTA's core values, and contexts that influence the individual's ability to engage in meaningful occupational tasks and roles.

  2. Clearly articulate, document, and apply professional principles and ethics, in the advocacy of the client's needs as well as the needs of the OT profession and society.

  3. Provide direct and indirect services to promote and sustain health, facilitate typical growth and development, prevent deficits, and maintain, restore, or enhance function through compensation, adaptation, and the selection and participation of appropriate therapeutic methods, environmental modifications, use of adaptive equipment, and assistive technologies to enhance meaningful occupations.

  4. Within the guidelines of the OT profession, demonstrate the ability to manage and evaluate the efficacy of occupational therapy services including client care outcomes, departmental operations, documentation and reimbursement, and the supervision of appropriate personnel including fieldwork students.

  5. Initiate and participate in collaborative and cooperative interactions with intra-disciplinary and interdisciplinary professionals, clients, OTs and OTAs, caregivers and significant others to achieve the desired occupational therapy outcomes.

  6. Continue to assume responsibility for personal and professional growth needed for professional and cultural competence, ethical practices, and life-long learning.

  7. Demonstrate skill in critiquing and applying research evidence and a working competence in scientific inquiry, research methodology, and dissemination of knowledge, which will contribute to the validation and future development of occupational therapy theory and practice.

  8. Advocate for individuals, populations, and society as well as the OT profession to ensure the promotion of wellness and access to quality preventive health care services. Work to discourage or counteract incidences of health care disparity.

  9. Participate in the leadership, advocacy, and promotion of occupational therapy through membership and participation in professional organizations, government agencies, human service organizations, and community outreach.

  10. Demonstrate professional behavior in all interactions and demonstrate caring, values and attitudes consistent with the current Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. and its credentialing and regulatory agencies.

  11. Demonstrate a proficiency in the use of advancing technology to advance OT practice, enhance proficiency and competence, and client centered outcomes. Work to teach the use of appropriate technology, modifications, and adaptations to enhance productivity and the engagement in meaningful occupations.

  12. Develop the research skills to critique today's practice for tomorrow's needs. The outcomes for this ability include developing a research proposal, conducting a study, interpreting results, and discerning the implications for the OT profession. These skills will contribute to the advancement of OT profession's contribution to the client and society.