Student Learning Outcomes

The dynamic nature of contemporary health and human services delivery systems provides opportunities for the occupational therapist to possess the necessary knowledge and skills as a direct care provider, consultant, educator, manager, leader, researcher, and advocate for the profession and the consumer. A graduate from LMU’s OTD program must:

  1. Have acquired, as a foundation for professional study, a breadth and depth of knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences and an understanding of issues related to diversity.
  2. Be educated as a generalist with a broad exposure to the delivery models and systems used in settings where occupational therapy is currently practiced and where it is emerging as a service.
  3. Have achieved entry-level competence through a combination of didactic, fieldwork, and capstone education.
  4. Be prepared to evaluate and choose appropriate theory to inform practice.
  5. Be prepared to articulate and apply occupational therapy theory through evidence-based evaluations and interventions to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupation.
  6. Be prepared to articulate and apply therapeutic use of occupations with persons, groups, and populations for the purpose of facilitating performance and participation in activities, occupations, and roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings, as informed by the OTPF.
  7. Be able to plan and apply evidence based occupational therapy interventions to address the physical, cognitive, functional cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in everyday life activities that affect health, wellbeing, and quality of life, as informed by the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.
  8. Be prepared to be a lifelong learner to keep current with evidence-based professional practice.
  9. Uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession. 
  10. Understand the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist and the occupational therapy assistant in the supervisory process for service delivery.  
  11. Be prepared to effectively collaborate with and supervise occupational therapy assistants in service delivery.
  12. Be prepared to effectively communicate and work interprofessionally with all who provide services and programs for persons, groups, and populations.
  13. Be prepared to advocate as a professional for access to occupational therapy services offered and for the recipients of those services.
  14. Be prepared to be an effective consumer of the latest research and knowledge bases that support occupational therapy practice and contribute to the growth and dissemination of research and knowledge.
  15. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of delivery models, policies, and systems related to practice in settings where occupational therapy is currently practiced and settings where it is emerging.
  16. Demonstrate active involvement in professional development, leadership, and advocacy.
  17. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize in-depth knowledge in a practice area through the development and completion of a doctoral capstone in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development.

(adopted from 2018 ACOTE Standards and Interpretive Guide/preamble for Doctoral-Degree-Level)