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Student Learning Goals

Students will be prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills in conditions/pathology, evaluation and assessment, and intervention/treatment as well as leadership, professional issues and research to satisfactorily pass all courses, fieldwork assignments, and the NBCOT certification as first time test takers. The following curricular themes are the nine student goals that the department is assessing:

  1. Neurology
  2. Orthopedics/Prosthetics and Orthotics
  3. Psychosocial
  4. Pediatrics/Lifespan
  5. Therapeutic Technology
  6. Research
  7. Leadership
  8. Educational Methods
  9. Fieldwork

The Occupational Therapy curriculum at Saginaw Valley State University has been designed to provide students with a well-balanced and integrated core of knowledge and experience with is dynamic and responsive to the needs of the individual, the community, and the profession. The intent of this curriculum is to graduate entry-level occupational therapists who possess clinical competence and reasoning skills; who will provide professional leadership and initiative to expand the practice and delivery of occupational therapy, and who can transform the society, community, and systems where they will practice and live.

Individuals who graduate with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Saginaw Valley State University will possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to:

Goal 1: The program will provide appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills and attitude necessary to function as an entry-level occupational therapist.

1. Graduates will demonstrate a level of competence consistent with the standards of practice in the profession of occupational therapy including:

a. Ability to utilize and apply appropriate conceptual models of occupational therapy practice and clinical reasoning to guide planning, assessment, and treatment intervention.

b. Identify and assess pathophysiology and impairment, analyzing the impact on occupational performance throughout the lifespan.

c. Assess and provide interventions supporting occupational performance.

d. Assist individuals with disability or functional limitation in selecting and actively engaging in meaningful occupational roles, tasks, and activities.

e. Recognize and apply knowledge of the social, cultural, and personal meanings and influence of occupation and activity within the parameters of the Occupational Therapy Framework: Domain and Process.

2. Integrate and utilize the ability to apply critical and ethical reasoning and analysis to investigation, learning and the occupational therapy process.

3. Establish therapeutic relationships with individuals representing diverse ages, genders, ethnic backgrounds, lifestyles, and health issues.

4. Demonstrate knowledge of health care and social systems and apply managerial concepts to facilitate the delivery of occupational therapy services in under-served areas and populations.

5. Recognize and appreciate the unique history and contributions of the founders of the profession of occupational therapy, the dynamic base of knowledge of the profession and the influence on health and quality of life.

Goal 2: The Occupational Therapy Program will prepare students to become competent entry-level occupational therapists with the minimum requirements necessary to qualify for the national certification examination.

1. Provide knowledgeable, innovative quality services which address occupational health needs, health promotion and disease prevention, applying current knowledge and technologies.

Goal 3: The Occupational Therapy Program will endeavor to instill in the student a sense of commitment to the occupational therapy profession’s core values and ethics.

1. Demonstrate and model individual integrity, values, and behaviors consistent with the ethical standards of occupational therapy.

2. Demonstrate self-reflection and a commitment to continued intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

3. Model those skills, abilities, and interactions consistent with transformational leadership.

4. Demonstrate a commitment to active involvement in the associations and affairs of the occupational therapy profession on a local, state, and national level.


Accrediting/Certifying Body: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes:

American Occupational Therapy Association

National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapy

Michigan Occupational Therapy Association