OT Mission and Program Goals

Program Goals

The goals of the OTD Program, in keeping with the mission of Mary Baldwin University and the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, are to:

  1. Provide the appropriate learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills, and attitudes necessary to function as an entry-level post-baccalaureate occupational therapist (OTD).
  2. Instill in students a commitment to the core values and ethics of the occupational therapy profession.
  3. Model the integrative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative nature of the healthcare industry through interprofessional educational opportunities in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.
  4. Provide a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, reflection, and personal and professional growth with a commitment to lifelong learning for faculty and students.
  5. Provide opportunities for faculty and students to contribute positively to the health of the regional community through service, research, and clinical practice.
  6. Provide an environment that supports students in obtaining the knowledge and skills for understanding and applying current and emerging evidence to clinical practice, as well as participate in and utilize research to advance the scholarship of the profession.
  7. Support students in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to support teaching and learning in both the classroom and clinic setting.

Requirements to Practice

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.