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Mission and Learning Objectives

The mission of the University of Florida has as its defining and distinguishing characteristics research, scholarship, artistic creation, and post-baccalaureate training in the arts and sciences and in the professions.  The mission of the college is to preserve, promote, and improve the health and well being of populations, communities, and individuals. The professional program in occupational therapy provides graduate level professional training as a discipline within the college, in order to optimize occupational performance of individuals and populations within the context of all relevant environments. The program promotes a background in the arts and sciences, and achievement of culturally sensitive clinical competence, as well as awareness of global connectivity and understanding of current evidence based literature that supports occupational therapy.

Graduates of the University of Florida, Masters in Occupational Therapy 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. Demonstrate an understanding of the translation of research to clinical practice, and be prepared to be an effective consumer of the latest research and knowledge bases that support practice and contribute to the growth and dissemination of research and knowledge.
  3. Be prepared to articulate and apply occupational therapy theory and evidence-based evaluations and interventions to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupation.
  4. 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.
  5. Have achieved entry-level clinical competence through a combination of academic and fieldwork education.
  6. Be able to develop an intervention plan based on assessment of the client, client priorities, client discharge needs and expected outcome.
  7. Be able to assess the effectiveness of intervention and modify goals and plans based on the client’s needs and current level of performance.
  8. Demonstrate the professional behaviors expected of a health care professional in general and at the standard expected by our profession.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of service management principles and the government, economic, social and political issues that affect health care and clinical practice.
  10. Be prepared to be a lifelong learner, keep current with evidence-based professional practice, and engage in continuing competence and professional development activities.
  11. Uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession.
  12. Understand the distinct roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant in the supervisory process.
  13. Be prepared to advocate as a professional for the occupational therapy services offered and for the recipients of those services.
  14. Demonstrate an appreciation for interdisciplinary perspectives and collaboration, and an expanded view of the impact of the public health of communities and populations on the care of the individual.