Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Mission & Philosophy

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) - Mission & Philosophy

The philosophy of the Department of Occupational Therapy at WCU reflects the mission statement and values of West Coast University, the values of the occupational therapy profession, and the mission and values of the faculty of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Some of the themes that these entities share are: student-centricity; commitment to the communities served; innovation and creativity; and the efficient use of resources. The occupational therapy curriculum incorporates beliefs about health and well-being, occupation, and teaching and learning. Education is focused on helping the student to emerge as a “scholar of practice” with advance skill above those of a generalist  as a direct care provider, consultant, educator, manager, researcher, and advocate for the professions and the consumer (ACOTE Preamble, p.1)

West Coast University’s Occupational Therapy Program is based on the belief that all humans are occupational beings in nature, and in the healing power of occupation whereby humans can influence their own health status. Occupational engagement and thus occupation-based interventions are therefore the central theme of the curriculum.

Our mission is to provide doctoral-level education to develop  caring and competent Occupational Therapy practitioners through the integration of theory, research and practice. These scholars of practice will be lifelong learners and can develop into advocates and leaders for the Occupational Therapy profession in diverse local and global communities. Through a student-centric and interprofessional curriculum, the students should be prepared to be reflective practitioners by applying principles of evidence-based practice, research, and critical thinking to facilitate the well-being of consumers through engagement in valued occupations and as it relates to health promotion, prevention, and wellness.

The curricular threads are:

  • Occupations as a means and end
  • The healing power of occupation
  • Client-centeredness
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Therapeutic use of self
  • Diverse and globally connected
  • Wellness and prevention
  • Critical thinking and clinical reasoning
  • Adaptation as a means towards performance and engagement
  • Leadership and advocacy