Entry Level Degree Program
Occupational therapy is the use of occupation-purposeful activity or interventions to promote health and achieve functional outcomes. Achieving functional outcomes means to develop, improve, or restore the highest possible level of independence of any individual who is limited by a physical injury or illness, a cognitive impairment, a psychsocial dysfunction, a developmental or learning disability, or adverse environmental condition. Occupational therapists work cooperatively with other members of the healthcare team.
The Occupational Therapy Entry Level Master’s Curriculum (M.S.) at ASHS is a 28-month, full-time, continuous program.
The mission of the Occupational Therapy Program reflects the mission of A. T. Still University of Health Sciences and supports the philosophy of whole person healthcare, incorporating the body, mind, and spirit. The curriculum is designed to prepare occupational therapy practitioners to be able to provide high-quality health care by meeting consumer needs in changing health care delivery settings. Integral to the provision of high quality health care is a holistic treatment approach and a focus on evidence-based practice.
The Occupational Therapy Program provides a strong foundation of critical inquiry applied to the practice, education, and administration of healthcare. The program is committed to integrating technology in instructional processes and occupational therapy treatment. Inherent to this mission is the commitment to prepare graduates to work with individuals who have differing health care needs and diverse cultural backgrounds.