Student Attainment Objectives: Strand #1

Professional Development

Encouraging development of professionalism is an essential component of the Occupational Therapy Program at Salem State. To be a competent practitioner, students must display specific behaviors that are expected and required of them. Occupational therapists must be dependable, act professional, show empathy and concern for others, be cooperative in one to one and in group situations, appear organized, demonstrate an ability to take initiative, demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, and employ clinical reasoning in therapeutic and non-therapeutic situations.

In addition, professionalism requires that the practitioner attain greater knowledge about state, national, and international occupational therapy associations, policies, regulations, and legal and ethical positions. Professional development includes being committed to the profession through continuing education opportunities and acknowledgement of life-long professional responsibilities. This may include but not be limited to student supervision, OTA/OT partnerships, consumer advocacy, research, entrepreneurial pursuits, management, education, and the demonstration of outcome analysis in all OT practice arenas. Developing an awareness of professional behaviors is a key strand emphasized in the SSC OT curriculum.

Upon completion of the Salem State College Occupational Therapy Program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficient oral and written communication skills in a professional manner when interacting with clients, family members and significant others, colleagues, health providers, and members of the public.
  • Show competency in basic computer use and acknowledge state, national and international resources via the Internet and in participation in computer enhanced coursework.
  • Display an understanding of the importance of being dependable and working cohesively with others for benefit to the consumer and family, colleagues, and professional organizations. 
  • Exhibit a complete understanding of the referral process and additional resources available for the development of holistic and client-centered and occupationally based intervention plans.
  • Display an understanding of the implications and effects that federal and state regulatory and legislative bodies have on practice and acknowledge national and state requirements for OT credentialing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of reimbursement mechanisms and value the importance of OT professional documents such as the AOTA Code of Ethics, Core Values, Uniform Terminology, and AOTA Standards of Practice.
  • Reveal to educators, supervisors, colleagues, and classmates, effective use of time management skills, the ability to be organized and set priorities, and maintain timely record keeping while managing caseload assignment.
  • Create an individualized occupational therapy development plan that includes professional goals related to OT/OTA/student supervision, continuing education opportunities, state and national OT service opportunities, scholarly and research pursuits, entrepreneurial endeavors, and professional advocacy and marketing.
  • Demonstrate initiative through the organization and implementation of a student OT conference illustrating scholarly and professional work to others within and outside of the OT profession.
  • Create an appreciation and acceptance of traditional as well as emerging OT practice models to enhance the future growth and prosperity of the occupational therapy profession.