Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy (OTH) at the College of St. Scholastica has offered a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy for more than 25 years. The Department is located at the Health Science Center and provides students an education in a state-of-the-art learning environment. Located on site is the maurice’s® Community Clinic which provides students hands-on learning opportunities with diverse client populations throughout the progression of the Program. Occupational therapy curriculum is focused on developing students’ knowledge and understanding of occupational therapy process across the lifespan to prepare for entry-level practice in occupational therapy. Based on Experiential Learning Theory and occupation-based practice models, the curriculum integrates clinical experiences with academic learning and personal reflection to foster clinical reasoning and professionalism. Students learn fundamentals of science driven, evidence based occupational therapy practice for clientele across the lifespan through faculty facilitated experiences and community engagement. Occupational therapy faculty bring diverse experiences to the students including expertise in emotional and behavioral health, health and wellness, pediatrics, neurorehabilitation, assistive technology, physical and orthopedic conditions, older adult services, and emerging practice areas. Evidence-based practice projects, advised by faculty, provide students the opportunity to engage in critical appraisal of research and develop an evidence-based project that furthers their understanding of knowledge translation within the field of occupational therapy.

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The Occupational Therapy Department offers these programs: