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Program Mission and Philosophy

Program Mission

The mission of the occupational therapy program is consistent with the mission of Nazareth College and the School of Health and Human Services in that it will develop successful occupational therapy practitioners, beginning researchers, and future leaders who are advocates of the profession. Its graduates will have a strong sense of interdisciplinary teamwork and service to others.  Students will be prepared to provide and engage in evidence based practice and research that values the occupation of individuals in diverse environments and cultures.

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the Nazareth College Occupational Therapy program is consistent with the American Occupational Therapy Association's philosophical base.  It will prepare its students to learn and think critically about the importance of maintaining and improving the ability of individuals across the lifespan to participate in meaningful activities and tasks in everyday living that are unique to each person’s environment and culture. 

Consistent with the belief that individuals learn best through active interactions with their environment, the program will integrate evidence based inter-professional service learning and fieldwork experiences into the curriculum.  It will prepare students to be reflective, ethical, and professional practitioners, as well as beginning researchers and advocates of the profession.

General Educational Objectives

The general educational objectives for students are consistent with the occupational therapy program’s curriculum and themes that are intended to bridge the student’s knowledge throughout the program. The general educational objectives for the occupational therapy students are:

1. Describe the impact of the biological, psychological, and social sciences on occupational performance.

2. Understand, describe, and analyze the occupational needs of individuals across the life span within the context of their society and culture.

3.  Demonstrate the ability to use critical thinking and professional reasoning for OT evaluation and intervention.

4. Participate in the research process and effectively evaluate and use evidence based practice.

5. Demonstrate inter-professional collaboration, leadership, and professionalism, and participate in service learning.

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