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OTD Program Outcomes

Overall Aims of the Jefferson OTD Program

Graduates will understand and solve complex social and health problems using core knowledge of occupation combined with interdisciplinary knowledge.  Jefferson’s OTD program will produce a sophisticated practitioner capable of influencing and responding to societal needs as well as the ever-changing health care environment.

Demonstrate advanced level expertise in a chosen area of practice:

  • Demonstrate advanced clinical competence in a chosen area of practice.
  • Integrate scientific evidence into their practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced level skill in evidence based practice
  • Apply occupation principles to unique and innovative intervention programs.
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze the impact of social, political, economic and culture influences on health, occupation, and disability.
  • Integrate an understanding of the impact of disability on the occupations of individuals and populations.
  • Adjust their practice, using their understanding of the role of culture and the environment, to an individual’s health needs.
  • Be able to teach others in area of expertise in both clinical and didactic venues
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate theory and practice, and to synthesize advance knowledge in a practice area through completion of a culminating project

Create, evaluate and implement innovative programs that address important, contemporary public health needs.  

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of delivery models, policies and systems related to the area of practice in new and traditional venues
  • Design, implement and evaluate occupational therapy programs that use the tenets of occupation. 
  • Create new knowledge in occupation based practice to address the unmet needs of an organization or a community.
  • Demonstrate skills in advocacy
  • Solve complex clinical practice issues using cutting edge, cost effective models of practice.
  • Present new models of service delivery to administration and management
  • Publish and present work in interdisciplinary venues

Become leaders in traditional and contemporary venues

  • Develop a personal philosophy of leadership
  • Create an innovative, advanced professional development plan
  • Carve out a unique niche for occupational therapy practice or education
  • Create a vision for innovative occupational therapy practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills needed to assume leadership positions including communication skills, negotiation skills; consultation skills; initiative; collaboration; team building, management and business skills
  • Understand organizational theory including strategies for evaluating organizational effectiveness, creating strategies for change and monitoring the success of the implemented strategies. 
  • Utilize leadership skills to create and implement a program or practice based on an identified public health need that includes an analysis of the need for the program, a business plan to outline the program, and a sophisticated plan for implementation and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate skills in teaching others about occupational therapy within and outside of the profession.