Student Learning Outcomes

Division of Occupational Therapy Education

A graduate from the UNMC OTD Program will:

  1. Occupational therapy practice. Create and implement evidence-informed, theory-driven, and occupation-based assessment and intervention plans for individuals, groups, and populations across the continuum of care with clients of all ages.
  2. Occupation for health. Use occupation as the basis of the occupational therapy process to promote health and well-being for clients experiencing occupational deprivation, alienation, or marginalization.
  3. Client-centeredness. Value the client’s role as a member of the therapeutic collaboration and view the client in a holistic manner, considering all factors that contribute to occupational performance in context.
  4. Advocacy. Advocate for the distinct value of occupation, occupational therapy, and occupational justice by supporting policies and actions that allow individuals, groups, and populations to engage in occupations and access occupational therapy services.
  5. Occupational therapist as educator. Create and deliver educational materials relevant to the setting and client.
  6. Knowledge translation. Translate and implement evolving, relevant scholarship across practice, research, education, and policy. Design for dissemination, sustainability, and contribution to a body of knowledge.
  7. Professional decision-making. Apply sound clinical reasoning and judgment, referencing tools such as the code of ethics, professional standards, institutional policy, and government requirements for guidance.
  8. Collaboration. Communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of formats with clients, care providers, communities, team members, and other stakeholders. Contribute and articulate occupational therapy’s distinct perspective to interprofessional teams for the benefit of the client.
  9. Cultural humility. Provide culturally humble and equitable care to all clients; consider diverse perspectives and promote inclusion in all areas of practice.
  10. Lifelong learning. Create an ongoing professional development plan that reflects goals for the benefit of self and others.
  11. Contemporary technology. Integrate contemporary technology into service delivery (including but not limited to electronic health information systems, rehabilitative technologies, assistive devices, mainstream technology, and service delivery models).
  12. Leadership and management. Engage in leadership experiences and apply knowledge gained from an in-depth study in an area of focus to advance practice, scholarship, education, or policy; be prepared to oversee occupational therapy operations.