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The Kettering College’s OTD Program is an eight semester program designed with the following:
Program Design and Philosophy
Main threads of the Occupational Therapy Curriculum Design and Student Outcomes
The concept of student-centered learning drives the occupational therapy curriculum. Students benefit most from active, experiential learning including laboratory experiences, case based problem solving exercises, fieldwork experiences, and participation in projects and discussions.
Student Learning Outcomes: The student will become a committed life-long learner and will practice a client-centered approach with a broad exposure to occupational therapy areas of practice.
Woven throughout the curriculum and emphasized in all core theoretical and clinical courses is the importance of the use of occupations as a means and ends of clinical practice. Students are encouraged to use occupation as the main therapeutic tool.
Student Learning Outcomes: The student will demonstrate the use occupations not only in the assessment of clients but also as therapeutic tools to assist clients in regaining occupational identity.
Client-Centered PracticeAlso woven throughout the curriculum and emphasized in all core theoretical and clinical courses is the importance of a client-driven therapeutic approach and the collaborative manner in which occupational therapists relate to clients.Student Learning Outcomes: The student will uphold the knowledge that increased client participation in the rehabilitation process results in enhanced functional and occupational outcomes.
The first year includes didactic coursework on the core concepts of evidence based practice and advanced measurement. Woven into the coursework for the rest of the curriculum are opportunities to apply evidence to case examples on OT practice.
Student Learning Outcomes: Students will use and apply critical analysis of evidence during the occupational therapy process and to participate in clinical research.
Throughout the curriculum, students gain an appreciation for diversity of cultures, interests, roles, abilities, and opportunities prevalent in society and the border communities of Southern Ohio.
Student Learning Outcomes: The student will demonstrate knowledge and appreciation of the role of clients’ sociocultural backgrounds on health and participation in occupations.
Reflective LearningThroughout the curriculum, students are required to assess their professional behavior using a portfolio-based reflection tool and a Professional Skills Assessment tool. This tool encompasses areas such as communication, commitment to learning, time management, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Students identify areas that need to be improved and document their goals, desired outcomes, and approaches to reach those outcomes. Students meet at midterm each semester to discuss with advisors their goals and outcomes. This process encourages students to become reflective learners and reflective clinicians.Student Learning Outcomes: Student will display a transformation from a student to a health care professional who will be able to communicate and demonstrate use of self effectively as well as modify behavior as required.
Christian ServiceBeginning the first semester, students are guided to understand the Christian concepts of self-giving love and whole person wellness, and how they shape the ideal of service. Throughout the curriculum, students will have classroom and community opportunities to do service, supporting making a habit of service, so that it informs personal and professional choices and builds commitment to others in both the local and global community.Student Learning Outcomes: Student will uphold the Christian concepts of service and advocate for clients who are experiencing occupational dysfunction, alienation, or deprivation.