Master of Occupational Therapy Mission and Philosophy | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Institution Mission

The mission of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is to improve the health of people by providing high quality educational opportunities to students and health care professionals, advancing knowledge through scholarship and research, and providing patient care and service.

Program Mission

The mission of the TTUHSC Master of Occupational Therapy Program is to provide students with a strong foundation in clinical reasoning, knowledge, and skills to become competent occupational therapists who improve the health of individuals and communities. Academic and professional citizenship of students is cultivated through mentorship in scholarly activities.

G  Grounded in Bloom's Taxonomy

O  Occupation-based approached

T  Teamwork in scholarship and practice

E  Education of future professionals

C  Clinical Reasoning/Case Mapping

H  Hands on learning

Philosophy Statement

Beliefs about Humans

Human beings possess a unique array of interests, values, skills, abilities, and experiences which influence the way one perceives, chooses, and engages in various, meaningful activities (also called occupations). Occupations are the ordinary and familiar things that people do everyday.  The selection of and engagement in these meaningful activities contributes to one’s identity, health, and well-being.

Beliefs about the Nature of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is the art and science of helping people do the day to day activities that are important and meaningful to them. Engagement in valued occupations is used in treatment to facilitate health and well being. Valued occupations encompass the following areas: self-care, learning, work, play, leisure, social participation, and sleep/rest.

Occupational therapists work collaboratively with individuals, families, caregivers, and other groups whose life patterns and abilities to engage in valued occupations have been altered as a result of various circumstances (e.g., cognitive or developmental problems, injury or illness, social or emotional deficits, aging process). Occupational therapist apply clinical reasoning as they plan, facilitate, and reflect on client care. The focus of occupational therapy is to facilitate the individual's ability to participate in meaningful, purposeful activities (occupations) at home, school, workplace, community, and various other settings.

Beliefs About the Nature of Learning

Human beings learn through and are shaped by, experiences throughout their lives. Opportunities for learning occur in many ways, such as acquiring knowledge, skill development, personal growth. Through these The curriculum of the occupational therapy program is shaped by two guiding frameworks. Bloom’s levels of learning serve as framework that faculty utilize to inform and guide the student learning process. Students develop critical thinking skills as concepts are introduced and reintroduced in increasing complexity. The other framework consists of the following six curriculum threads: Fundamental Concepts, Theoretical Foundations, Clinical Reasoning, Research Methods, Occupational Therapy Processes, and Professional Practice. These curriculum threads further focus the development of the students’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors with respect to the profession of occupational therapy. The program fosters the development of each student’s clinical reasoning and professionalism through a combination of didactic and experiential processes.