Department of Occupational Therapy

Chair and Associate Professor: T. Mankey (EdD), 450-5565

[1] Purpose

The objective of the professional curriculum in occupational therapy is to provide learning experiences that will qualify its graduates to assume the professional responsibilities essential to the practice of occupational therapy. In addition to the attainment of academic knowledge and skill required to perform professional duties, students are directed toward the development of competence for living in our democratic society and for functioning effectively in a society wherein health care practices are rapidly changing.

Occupational therapy is the use of occupation – and evidence-based interventions with clients who are at risk or limited in functional independence due to physical injury or illness, psychosocial dysfunction, developmental or learning disabilities, poverty and cultural differences, or the aging process. The role of the occupational therapist is to maximize independence, prevent disability, and maintain health. Occupational therapy practice encompasses evaluation, treatment, and consultation. “Occupation” in the title refers to humanity’s goal-directed use of time, energy, interest, and attention.

Specific occupational therapy services include teaching daily living skills; developing perceptual-motor skills and sensory integrative functioning; developing play skills and prevocational and leisure capacities; designing, fabricating, or applying selected orthotic and prosthetic devices or selective adaptive equipment; using specifically designed activities to enhance functional performance; administering and interpreting assessment of human performance; and adapting environments. These services are provided individually, in groups, or through social systems.

[2] Doctoral Program

See the Graduate Bulletin for information about the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. See the Department of Occupational Therapy web page for additional information and be in touch with the program advisor to learn how to prepare for graduate work in Occupational Therapy.