The primary pedagogical method for our program is Problem Based Learning (PBL) where small groups of students and a faculty facilitator work through a case to foster clinical reasoning. Problem based learning provides educational content while simultaneously creating a forum for engaging in interactions and clinical decision-making typical of team-based health care. Group interactions also support the development of professional behaviors critical to practice.
- We expect and ensure ethical behavior.
- We make decisions with integrity.
- We are respectful of others.
- We are caring, attentive, and present in interactions with others.
- We value and engage in service to meet needs.
- We identify learning needs and share our knowledge and expertise.
- We promote creativity, originality, and innovation.
- We use innovative strategies and new technologies to promote learning.
- We are actively engaged in learning and teaching.
- We accept and support change.
- We take initiative.
- We seek and consider diversity of opinion.
- We gather and use feedback to promote positive growth and change in ourselves and others.
- We excel in our areas of practice.
- We seek to exceed standards of competence.
- We engage in evidence based practice and life-long learning.
- We support and encourage curiosity.
- We are globally focused.
- We are committed to our professional organizations.
Consistent with our vision of PRIDE, by graduation our students will:
- Practice in a safe, legal, and ethical manner.
- Rrespond to unmet needs in underserved communities through leadership, advocacy, or service.
- Identify areas for creativity and innovation in practice and scholarship.
- Demonstrate self-reflection.
- Exhibit critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and competence in skills requisite for entry-level occupational therapy practice.
- Engagein professional activities.
- Participate in promotion of the profession, professional service and professional activities at local, state or national levels to enhance their professional identity.
- Practice in a safe and legal manner in all interactions and adopt professional behaviors rooted in ethical standards, core values & attitudes.
- Respond to unmet occupational and educational needs in underserved communities through leadership, advocacy and service.
- Identify strengths, passions and individual talents to direct career choices, life-long professional development and innovation in practice and scholarship.
- Deepen the ability to self-reflect on ongoing daily experiences to drive their personal growth, professional development, practice and scholarship.
- Exhibit critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills requisite for entry-level occupational therapy practice and ongoing continued competency.
Students solve clinical problems through self-directed and peer group study, evidence-based research and discussion in order to integrate a theoretical and foundational knowledge base into the application of occupational therapy assessment and intervention strategies and skills. Students actively engage in and develop the clinical reasoning skills requisite to team collaboration, leadership and evidenced-based practice.
PBL provides students with the foundation for self directed, life long learning necessary for a practicing professional. The curriculum incorporates fieldwork and community-based practice opportunities where students actively use clinical reasoning in the design of assessment, intervention and follow up strategies based on evidence, leadership, supervision and management, research and entrepreneurship. Students are provided with a strong educational background to address the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual needs of their clients in order to design occupation based interventions which enable clients to participate optimally in their own living environments of work, school, play, home, society and community.
Class Size and Structure
The maximum class size is 55. Faculty/student ratios are determined by teaching/learning strategies. Typical faculty/student ratios in laboratories are 15-18 to 1 with additional faculty during more intensive labs. PBL tutorials are in a small group format, typically with 6-8 students per facilitator. The faculty for this program is highly involved with the students and gets to know them well as individuals and future colleagues.