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Occupational Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3200 S. University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328

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Through its innovative curricular design, the Occupational Therapy Department prepares qualified students to become successful occupational therapy practitioners, managers, and leaders. The program prepares students with knowledge and skills for competent entry-level practice, professional leadership, and to remain contemporary in occupation-based practice in a variety of contexts for an ever-changing world. The Occupational Therapy Department further seeks to lead the profession and community through its contributions in educational leadership, community and professional service, life-long learning, scholarship and research.

The Nova Southeastern University Occupational Therapy Department philosophy views occupation and occupational performance as core for organizing curriculum, community interactions, teaching/learning processes, and student outcomes for successful practice as occupational therapists. Occupation is a core construct of the curriculum. Defined as a complex process of doing, being and/or becoming, it provides a foundation, and primary focus for all matters associated with departmental functioning. The following statements further identify the critical aspects of occupation to the occupational therapy department.

  • Occupation as a product is the group of activities and tasks humans need, want and/or are obliged to do for participation in life
  • Occupation involves a continuing process of adaptation
  • Characteristics of occupation include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Basic human need
    • Determinant of health
    • Source of meaning
    • Source of purpose
    • Source of choice and control
    • Source of balance and satisfaction
    • Source of pleasure
    • Source of restoration
    • Source and means of adaptation
    • Means of productivity
    • Means of organizing time
    • Means of organizing materials and space
    • Therapeutic medium

Occupational therapy is a health profession that optimizes participation in life. We believe that occupational therapy -

  • integrates knowledge from the arts and sciences
  • provides a holistic and balanced perspective for practice to meet client needs
  • promotes well-being through engagement in occupation
  • incorporates client-centered assessment and intervention based on strengths, needs and goals, to facilitate occupational performance
  • Humans are unique in nature and influence their own occupational performance
  • Humans are considered open systems who are influenced and changed through interactions with the human and non-human environment
  • Humans have their own unique values, goals, desires, culture etc. which influence their occupational performance
  • Humans have the right to make personal choices, engage freely in society and self-determine their life path
  • Humans adapt their habits, routines and roles throughout their life course
  • A human beings' strengths and needs are an integral part of his/her meaningful occupations