OTD Mission & Program Goals

OTD Program Mission

The mission of the Murphy Deming OTD program is to prepare compassionate graduates who will provide client-centered, occupation-focused, and evidence-based practice. Our graduates will work collaboratively on interprofessional teams and provide supportive leadership at every opportunity. Through ethical decision-making and with high standards of care, they will enhance engagement in meaningful, productive, and satisfying occupations for individuals and communities.

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.