The vision of the UMHB Occupational Therapy Program is to prepare our graduates to meet the diverse and ever-changing occupational performance needs of local, national, and global communities through provision of high quality, integrity-based occupational therapy services and commitment to lifelong learning.
To develop well-prepared practitioners who possess a strong professional identity and love for lifelong learning and are prepared to engage in ethical evidence-based, entry-level practice, leadership, scholarship and service. Faculty, guided by Christian principles, will provide UMHB occupational therapy graduates a foundation for excellence through
- Innovative curricular design which engages students in experiential and service learning and facilitates development of critical thinking and clinical/professional reasoning from program entry
- Varied integrative learning activities and environments which encourage students to build on their prior knowledge and experience as they explore their unique contributions to rehabilitation, health and wellness within a diverse and ever-changing society
- Inter-professional education which promotes the development of collaborative, reflective and evidence-based practice across populations and practice settings and develops leadership skills
- Dynamic, integrative educational activities within and outside of the classroom which promote awareness of moral, ethical, and legal considerations of practice and contribute to lifelong learning and development of professional identity
- Emphasis on occupation as the central component to health, wellness, and participation in life
Master's Degree Level Occupational Therapy Program (Applicant Program)
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
Page last updated September 27, 2018