Occupational Therapy Mission Statement

The Mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy is congruent with the Salem State mission that emphasizes cultural diversity with a commitment to continuing education, research, and life-long learning. The focus of the occupational therapy program is to prepare the OTA adult learner for transition to registered therapist through a flexible, part-time evening and weekend program which encompasses a philosophy of progressive education. The philosophy of the occupational therapy curriculum encourages both short and long-term development of professional skills and knowledge in the areas of clinical reasoning, communication and leadership, scientific inquiry and the occupational therapy paradigm. The curriculum will also support and develop student's expertise in the areas of research, education and professional competence.