Program Goals and Outcomes

The Kettering College’s OTD Program is an eight semester program designed with the following:

Program Design and Philosophy

The occupational therapy curriculum design is organized based on the Human Developmental Model (biological and psychological) for a conceptual framework and the three domains of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains as the categories of educational activities.  The human developmental model is used to guide the student in learning and understanding the impact of challenges on occupational performance during the life span of individuals.  This provides the framework for students to develop their clinical skills.  The three domains of Bloom’s taxonomy (knowledge, skills, and attitude), are also applied throughout the curriculum.
The curriculum involves the acquisition of knowledge and the development and shaping of intellectual skills, as students begin to recognize facts, procedural patterns, as well as concepts that help in developing cognitive skills.  The acquisition of skills pertinent to the profession, such as practice of hands-on activities, is of utmost importance and is used extensively in the curriculum.  Personal attitude is important in all professions, and even more so in a clinical profession such as occupational therapy.  Therefore, students’ awareness of their own behavioral strengths and weaknesses that can affect their attitude is strongly emphasized from day one of the curriculum.  This is accomplished through self-assessment of behavior using a portfolio-based reflection tool and Professional Skills Assessment tool.

Main threads of the Occupational Therapy Curriculum Design and Student Outcomes

    • Student-Centered Learning

    • Occupation-Based Practice

    • Client-Centered Practice

    • Evidence-Based Practice

    • Social-Cultural Interactions

    • Reflective Learning

    • Christian Service


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