Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Mission, Vision & Educational Philosophy
OTA Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Methodist University Occupational Therapy Assistant (MU BSOTA) Program is to cultivate exceptional and diverse practitioners that are committed to assisting the profession of occupational therapy in advancing human health and wellness through participation in everyday life activities.
To achieve this mission, the MU BSOTA program acknowledges the importance of grounding our students in the MU liberal arts tradition by providing holistic growth opportunities for our students to develop their spiritual, academic, and social selves. To be able to achieve their fullest potential of becoming self-directed learners, ethical decision makers, and compassionate and authentic occupational therapy practitioners the MU BSOTA program upholds the intellectual values and ethical principles of truth, virtue, justice, and love. With use of evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, and creative expression MU graduates will demonstrate the distinct value of authentic occupational therapy practices through their body of knowledge, skills, and client-centered care that is sensitive to the needs and rights of those they serve.
OTA Program Vision Statement
The MU BSOTA Program will be a leader in occupational therapy assistant professional education for the development of diverse and well-rounded practitioners. The program will generate compassionate and ethical practitioners who will serve their communities and the profession as a bridge between biomedical and sociocultural health through the delivery of collaborative, authentic, and evidence-based use of daily life activities and interventions to improve health. Through their practice, our graduates will engage, enrich, and empower the lives and communities they serve.
OTA Program Philosophy
Occupational therapy, a client-centered health profession that promotes health and wellbeing through the nature of occupations. Through evidence-based practice and meaningful activities, occupational therapy practitioners improve the health and wellbeing of anyone regardless of age or health status to participate in everyday life. As a profession, we view each person holistically and through assessments, planning, intervention, cooperation, and collaboration, occupational therapy assistants assist individuals learn how to function independently in their homes and within their communities.
Methodist University Occupational Therapy Assistant (MU BSOTA) Program seeks to cultivate exceptional, diverse, and well-rounded practitioners that are committed to assisting the profession of occupational therapy in advancing human health and wellness through participation in everyday life activities. Both the university and the MU BSOTA program strive to create an active learning environment that meets the dynamic needs of a diverse and global society to promote health, wellbeing, and occupational engagement. The MU BSOTA program places emphasis on the development of compassionate and ethical practitioners. This re-affirms the importance of intellectual values and ethical principles such as truth, virtue, justice, and love which are core to the University’s mission. Students in the program will be tasked to engage, enrich, and empower the lives and communities they serve through their practice. The MU BSOTA program provides its students with opportunities for social and academic growth and allows the student to gain the professional credential as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) following their graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree making them eligible to seek licensure to practice in the state of their choice.
OTA Program Educational Philosophy
The Methodist University’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (MU BSOTA) prepares students to be autonomous learners, critical thinkers, decision makers, problem solvers, collaborators, and authentic and ethical entry-level practitioners. Just as occupational therapy views each client holistically, the MU BSOTA program engages students in a variety of learning theories and models to ensure that all students are given the opportunity of a diverse learning environment. The MU BSOTA program strives to educate through innovative teaching and learning strategies (AOTA, 2021); to create different avenues for learning through rich technological and human resources (AOTA 2021); and through interdisciplinary collaboration (collaborative learning).
The MU BSOTA program understands that all humans are active beings, participate in purposeful activities, and that learning entails experience, thinking, feeling, and doing (Clifford O’Brien, 2018). Just like the clients we serve, students must actively set goals and participate in determining a plan that promotes occupational performance by engaging in routines, tasks, and activities, while ensuring that there is continued harmony between the student and the learning environment. The MU BSOTA program emphasizes the intentional relationship model to foster our OTA students to advocate, collaborate, emphasize, encourage, instruct and problem solve (Taylor, 2008) for the OT profession.
Graduates of the MU BSOTA program must not only achieve competence in clinical knowledge and skills, but they must also be effective communicators, professional leaders, interdisciplinary scholars, and lifelong learners which aligns with our universities mission. Our program fosters this through interactive therapeutic interactions, student centered-baccalaureate projects, and occupation and evidenced-based decision making in the classroom and in the community.
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Clifford O’Brian, J. (2018). Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Fifth Edition. St Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Inc.
Costa, D., Molinsky, R, & Sauerwald, C. (2012). Collaborative Intraprofessional Education with Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant Students. OT Practice 17(21)
Taylor, R.R. (2008). The Intentional Relationship: Outpatient therapy and use of self. FA Davis