Chatham University

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Learning Outcomes

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The curriculum design consists of three threads and three levels. The learning experiences are designed to enable the graduate to demonstrate the three major program outcomes at a level consistent with candidacy for entry-level practice:

Outcome #1: Professional Reasoning

Professional Reasoning is defined as "the process that practitioners use to plan, direct, perform, and reflect on client care" (Schell, 2009). Professional reasoning begins with critical thinking which includes the process of evaluating and judging the accuracy of information through questioning and probing of ideas in order to make informed conclusions (Ruggiero, 2008).

Beginning Level: The student will:

  • understand the dimensions of the professional reasoning process across the domains of occupational therapy.
  • understand the importance and the impact of context and environment (cultural, personal, temporal, physical, virtual, and social) on occupational engagement.
  • identify client centered occupational performance problems and ask appropriate questions.
  • describe the value and relevance of evidence-based practice in the OT process.

Intermediate Level: The student will:

  • generate possible solutions in response to client centered occupational performance problems.
  • synthesize new concepts with previously learned information to make decisions regarding evaluation and intervention.
  • begin to use evidence-based practice to support decision making.

Advanced Level: The student/graduate will:

  • recognize the role of experience and ongoing self directed learning in professional reasoning.
  • incorporate evidence-based practice in evaluation and intervention planning.
  • reflect on the dynamic relationship between the person, environment and occupation in order to choose and/or modify an appropriate course of action.
  • modify evaluation and intervention choices based on client needs and priorities and evaluate the effectiveness.

Outcome #2:

Occupational Therapy Knowledge and Skills is defined as a dynamic understanding of the theoretical tenets, the domain and process of occupational therapy (AOTA, 2008), and the competent application of that knowledge to OT practice.

Beginning Level: The student will:

  • understand and articulate the basic tenets and foundational history of the profession, including the power of occupation to support health and participation, the concept of client centeredness as a core principle of the profession, and the value of evidence to support practice.
  • understand and use structured interviews, directed observations, and standardized/non-standardized assessment tools, and discuss and document results using professional terminology.

Intermediate Level: The student will:

  • select and administer appropriate evaluation methods/tools, including scoring, interpreting and documenting results.
  • formulate and implement a client centered intervention plan, guided by the occupational profile, conceptual practice models, and the best available evidence.

Advanced Level: The student/graduate will:

  • recognize the impact of therapeutic use of self in response to the needs of clients in their context(s) and environment(s).
  • adapt evaluation, intervention, and service delivery methods to meet the dynamic needs of clients in their context(s) and environment(s).
  • apply knowledge and strategies related to the management of occupational therapy services, including program development, marketing, program evaluation, and reimbursement.
  • integrate evidence-based practice into the occupational therapy process.

Outcome # 3:

Professional Growth and Development encompasses a myriad of experiences that promote life long learning including servant leadership, enculturation into the profession, ongoing self assessment, and engagement in continuing education and scholarly endeavors.

Beginning Level: The student will:

  • identify and articulate an understanding of behaviors that are consistent with the AOTA Code of Ethics, national, regional and local governing bodies and their implications for practice.
  • understand the role and importance of professional organizations associated with occupational therapy practice.
  • identify and demonstrate behaviors consistent with the role of a professional, including verbal and non verbal communication, therapeutic use of self, servant leadership, and active engagement in the learning process.

Intermediate Level: The student will:

  • identify ethical and/or legal issues in order to generate options for resolution.
  • reflect upon their own professional development and identify areas of strength, areas for improvement, and goals for professional growth.
  • demonstrate behaviors consistent with an evidence based practitioner.

Advanced Level: The student/graduate will:

  • generate options for reconciling ethical and/or legal issues and articulate an understanding of the issues relevant to all parties.
  • modify therapeutic use of self, professional presentation, and level of content to meet the needs of the person, population and/or organization.
  • integrate leadership skills and personal attributes to serve in the role of occupational therapy advocate.
  • develop a plan for continued scholarly activities.
  • analyze and synthesize research findings related to occupational therapy practice and communicate relevant evidence to identified stakeholders.