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OTD Program Missions & Outcomes

The aim of UTMB's post-professional OTD program is to address the current critical need for leaders of habilitation and rehabilitation teams who have 1) advanced management skills, 2) the capacity to develop innovative models of service delivery, 3) the ability to effectively mentor those just entering the workplace, 4) a grasp of research methodology sufficient to implement evidence-based practices, 5) the skills and knowledge to evaluate effectiveness and efficiency of systems of care, and 6) the leadership skills to implement change as needed. Graduates will be able to search, analyze and synthesize information for clinical evidence based decision making, serve effectively as members of inter-professional teams, create networks between institutions and communities, and address local priorities by maximizing systems of care. Ultimately, they will have the skills and knowledge to become leaders in healthcare who are capable of anticipating and meeting emerging patient and population needs, and who implement systems for delivering services that are cost effective and close gaps resulting from healthcare disparities. They will also promote evidence based practice through adjunct or clinical lectures in entry-level programs and as clinical supervisors during fieldwork rotations.

The program is committed to the development of the OT that can:

  • Promote evidence-based practice within his/her practice setting.
  • Evaluate, develop, and implement client-centered, evidence-based, theory-driven,
    and occupation-centered programs/projects to serve clients, communities, and
    populations with advanced OT practice.
  • Disseminate knowledge and skills to clients, colleagues, and/or students.
  • Advocate for clients, communities, populations and the profession of OT.
  • Advance OT profession through clinical practice, knowledge dissemination, and scholarship.
  • Develop OT best practice through lifelong learning, management, and leadership.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders in health and education to facilitate client outcomes
    and represent the profession of OT.