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Curricular model

Master of Occupational Therapy curricular model

The curriculum model is supported by Messiah University’s mission of nurturing the intellect and developing its students in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation. The occupational therapy program is grounded in occupation-based theories and models and is designed so patients and clients can reach their personal objectives and potential within their specific context.

Curriculum threads

These three threads run through the curriculum and inform the program philosophy and approach to learning:

Students are educated to become highly skilled at providing occupation-focused services to clients. This is achieved through the cultivation of strong critical thinkers who act intentionally in their professional and personal lives. In developing critical thinking to inform clinical reasoning, faculty expect students to apply foundational skills, theory and evidence-based practices in today’s challenging healthcare environment. Intentionality from a programmatic perspective includes the values of humility, authenticity, compassion, and ethics, infiltrating every avenue of practice.

The Messiah University Occupational Therapy Program values and cultivates servant leaders who put the needs of others ahead of themselves. We educate to foster renewal, enhance function and provide hope through the holistic approach of occupational therapy. The curriculum places an emphasis on servant leadership and the missional value of the occupational therapy profession through our work with individuals in all settings and all stages of life. Coursework addresses spirituality and cultural/global considerations that complement the program’s opportunities for leadership development and participation in community-based learning activities. We believe in demonstrating compassion and Christ’s love by acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly alongside individuals as we partner with them in the journey of life.

We acknowledge that every individual has an equal and intrinsic value as a human being created by God. This inherent worth is unconditional and unaffected by factors such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, age, disability, sexual identity or life circumstances. The Messiah University Occupational Therapy Program asserts that it is of equal importance to master compassionate and relational practice, as it is to master evidence-based practice. The intrinsic worth of all individuals requires occupational therapy practitioners to view that worth as a catalyst for true client-centered intervention.