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OTD Experiential Educational Goals and Objectives

The Drake University Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program will prepare students with the flexible, clinical, analytical and practice skills necessary to succeed in occupational therapy through an interdisciplinary blend of professional, science, and liberal arts education. The purpose of the program is to provide graduates with an advanced entry-level knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to succeed in occupational therapy careers. The curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with competence in these areas:

A. Research and Evidence-based Practice.

  1. Graduates will have obtained certification in Human Subjects Research Design.
  2. Graduates will be able to complete a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodology designed research project.
  3. Graduates will be able to produce critically appraised papers of evidence-based interventions.
  4. Graduates will be able to critically analyze evidence for application to practice.

B. Service learning at the local, national, and international levels for diverse and underserved populations.

  1. Graduates will have participated in a variety of service learning opportunities in a variety of traditional and nontraditional practice settings for diverse populations.
  2. Graduates will be able to develop programming for groups and individuals in typical practice settings as well as international practice settings. 
  3. Graduates will be able to develop programming for a variety of service events and community organizations to enhance health and well-being in diverse and underserved populations. 

C. Collaborative, compassionate, competent, and innovative practitioners utilizing occupations to advance health and well-being.

  1. Graduates will be able to grade occupations in collaboration with the individuals they serve to meet their needs to enhance participation in desired life activities. 
  2. Graduates will be able to adapt occupations and equipment in collaboration with the individuals they serve to meet their needs to enhance engagement in desired life activities. 
  3. Graduates will demonstrate therapeutic use of self to improve outcomes for their clients. 
  4. Graduates will collaborate with clients, caregivers, and a variety of professionals to develop strategies and techniques for increasing participation in desired life activities. 

D. Entrepreneurial leadership to develop the profession and mentor future occupational therapists.

  1. Graduates will be able to mentor and educate future occupational therapists in a variety of settings.
  2. Graduates will be able to deomonstrate leadership skills necessary for volunteer positions in local, state, national, and international levels. 
  3. Graduates will be able to develop emerging practice settings to advance the occupational therapy profession.
  4. Graduates will understand the importance of life-long learning and professional development throughout their careers.

E. Design adaptive and dynamic teaching-learning environments centered around discovery of knowledge in a variety of settings and contexts.

  1. Graduates will be able to use activity analysis and synthesis to design interventions for individuals in a variety of settings and contexts. 
  2. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to utilize teaching-learning strategies to assist individuals for increasing engagements in preferred life activities.
  3. Graduates will have basic knowledge and recognize the need to consult with experienced and specialty or board certified practitioners to advance knowledge and skill level in practice.
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