Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program Mission, Vision & Educational Philosophy
OTD Program Mission Statement
The Mission of the Methodist University Program in Occupational Therapy is to cultivate exceptional clinicians who become professional leaders committed to advancing human health and wellness through participation in everyday life activities. Our graduates think critically through the use of contemporary evidence-based practice and demonstrate the distinct value of authentic occupational therapy practices through their body of knowledge, specialized skills, and client-centered care.
OTD Program Vision Statement
The Methodist University Program in Occupational Therapy will be a leader in occupational therapy education for the development of diverse and critically-thinking practitioners. The program will generate compassionate and ethical leaders who will serve their communities and the profession as a bridge between biomedical and sociocultural health through the delivery of authentic, evidence-based use of daily life activities to improve health. Through their practice, our graduates will engage, enrich, and empower the lives and communities they serve.
OTD Program Educational Philosophy
Occupational therapy (OT) is the bridge between health science and the social-cultural human arts. Historically, OT started in mental health by utilizing meaningful activity to improve the lives of those with mental illness. We were inherently rooted in psychology, cognition and sociology even before we immersed ourselves in today’s health and medical models of care. OT is not just about recovery from an illness or disability, but it is authentically focused on the capacity of meaningful daily activity participation to improve health and well-being in anyone, regardless of age or health status. The Methodist OTD program will embody these professional foundations by being the bridge between the School of Health Sciences and other university programs. Consistent with the core mission of the university to nurture moral values; the faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Methodist University strongly endorses the view that occupational therapy professional is an applied scientist, whose conduct represents the values and ethics inherent in the profession by recognizing the dignity of each client.
The Department of Occupational Therapy also values an evidence-based and theory-driven approach for clinical decision making in the development of a contemporary, authentic clinician. Inherently, this requires active engagement in scholarly inquiry. As such, our curriculum has a scholarship component that emphasizes a deliberate and collaborative effort between faculty and students to enhance the body of knowledge for the profession of occupational therapy and/or the delivery of occupational therapy education. We believe that this approach will enable the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program to consistently challenge, engage, enrich, and empower the occupational therapists of tomorrow.