Mission, Vision, Philosophy, Outcomes



Emory & Henry College’s motto is “Increase in Excellence” and has an intention to be a learning community with a commitment to freedom and civic virtue. The mission of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MOT) is to graduate competent entry-level occupational therapists that are occupation-centered and possess leadership, advocacy, critical thinking and professional reasoning skills that will enable them to serve and meet the occupational therapy needs of communities. Graduates will have necessary skills to work in a variety of settings—including rural healthcare settings—to meet the needs of those who are underserved in areas of health disparities.

Clinical Reasoning:

Process used by practitioners to plan, direct, perform and reflect on patient care.

Schell, 2003

Professional Reasoning:

Includes non-medical environments such as schools and community settings, and reasoning done by fieldwork educators/supervisors/managers as they conceptualize occupational therapy practice.

Schell & Schell, 2008




The vision of the Occupational Therapy Program is to be innovative and a national leader in occupational therapy graduate education and to transform the lives of others in order to promote a positive change in the region, nation and world communities.




Beliefs Regarding Humans and Nature of Occupational Therapy

Humans are occupational beings that have the right to engage in meaningful occupations during their entire life span. It is the philosophy of occupational therapy that participation in meaningful occupations plays a vital role in one’s health. Occupations occur in many contexts such as social, physical, cultural, virtual, personal, etc. It is the nature of occupational therapy to promote health and well-being and support individuals participating in meaningful occupations in all contexts. 

Beliefs Regarding the Nature of Learning

AOTA 2014 — “Students are viewed as occupational beings, in dynamic transaction with the learning context and the teaching-learning process. The learning context includes the curriculum and pedagogy and conveys a perspective and belief system that includes a view of humans as occupational beings, occupation as a health determinant, and participation as a fundamental right. Education promotes clinical reasoning and the integration of professional values, theories, evidence, ethics and skills. This will prepare practitioners to collaborate with clients to achieve health, well-being, and participation in life through engagement in occupation.”

The Occupational Therapy Program at Emory & Henry believes that the learning environment needs to be occupation centered and learning takes place through activities provided on campus but also off campus in the Appalachian region and/or around the nation. A variety of meaningful teaching methods will be provided that are interactive including active learning approaches, self-reflection, interprofessional activities, high impact practice areas, and experiential learning. Faculty will mentor students and students are expected to be intrinsically motivated acting as agents of their own learning through full engagement in all educational opportunities. 



Educational Learning Outcomes

All graduates are expected to be competent for entry level occupational therapy practice. Learning outcomes are based on information from a variety of sources including: course and annual competencies, practice national board exams, program comprehensive exams, case studies with group collaboration, community projects with team and interprofessional collaboration, research projects, fieldwork and clinical opportunities. Outcomes are grouped according to curriculum threads. Students will be able to:

A: Occupation-Centered Practice

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding of determinants of occupation (anatomical/neurological, psychological, social-cultural, environmental).
  2. Students will be able to use occupation as a means to improve health and well-being of communities.
  3. Students will be able to assert the role of occupation and occupational therapy in a team setting.
  4. Students will exhibit occupation-based practice in entry level occupational therapy practice in a clinic/fieldwork setting.

B: Professional Reasoning

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of history, philosophy, theory, ethics, and professional reasoning.
  2. Students will be able to apply professional reasoning while conducting assessments and interventions for clients across the lifespan in a safe and meaningful manner.
  3. Students will be able to design, implement and critically evaluate research activities and outcomes in order to make informed decisions based on best evidence and outcomes data.
  4. Students will perform all fieldwork activities demonstrating professionalism and highest ethical standards.

C: Occupational Therapy Process

  1. Students will be able to explain the meaning and role of occupations and how it impacts health and environmental conditions on occupational performance of persons, groups, and populations.
  2. Students will be able to establish a profile, analyze occupational performance, plan/implement/evaluate interventions using remedial, adaptive, compensatory, consultative and educational approaches.
  3. Students will show effective communication with clients and the care team in order to promote safe delivery of services.
  4. Students will be able to meet entry level expectations in the occupational therapy process.

D. Civic Engagement

  1. Students will identify avenues for participation in occupational therapy associations such as Virginia Occupational Association, American Occupational Therapy Association, and World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
  2. Students will conduct needs assessment that evaluates community resources through collaboration with other professionals and identifies areas in which occupational therapy can supplement needs.
  3. Students will show leadership and management skills in the area of design and operation of therapy/healthcare entities and/or community projects.
  4. Students will be able to design, develop, and/or implement community programming to advocate for the underserved.

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