Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Becoming Part of the Program
We are a Catholic institution of learning dedicated to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the theoretical and applied fields through quality graduate education that is comprehensive and responsive to the needs of society.
We are committed to the formation of scholars and high-quality professionals who are ethical, competent, compassionate, and committed to the service of their respective professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community.
We envision a Graduate School that stands for excellence and innovation and that is globally recognized for its distinct degree programs and quality research outputs.
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is designed for self-directed occupational therapists who are strongly motivated to gain advanced competencies as clinicians, educators, administrators, and researchers.
The Graduate School commits itself to develop:
- Competent professionals who, inspired by the ideals of St. Antoninus of Florence, promote excellence in the production, advancement, and transmission of specialized knowledge and skills in the sciences, the arts, and community service;
- Scholarly researchers and creative thinkers who, kindled by St. Thomas Aquinas’s ardour for truth, aspire to become fonts of intellectual creativity and, in their quest for quality research, are proficient and critical in assessing and communicating information in various fields that impact the professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community;
- Professional Christian leaders who, touched by St. Dominic de Guzman’s apostolic fire and warmed by Mary’s motherly care, articulate ethics and truth, high level of moral maturity in resolving issues and promoting social justice and compassion for the poor, and care for the environment;
- Globally engaged citizens who, with ardent advocacy for life, promote a deeper understanding of tolerance and justice as well as linguistic, religious, and cultural diversities as a result of the precise evaluation of modern problems and inquiries;
- Committed scholars who, nurtured by the dogmas of Christian faith and values, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth through the promotion of an intellectual culture that values academic rigor and freedom of scientific investigations; and
- Lifelong learners who, empowered by St. Antoninus of Florence’s zeal for learning, are committed to the advancement of a higher culture through a continuous search for intellectual inquiries and new knowledge as well as faithfulness to Catholic intellectual traditions.
When you successfully complete the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Program, you will be able to:
- proficiently assess, design, and deliver client-centered, evidence-based, and reflective occupational therapy processes to address the occupational engagement of individuals and/or populations for health and well-being.
- seek, interpret, utilize existing scientific documentary evidence, and effectively communicate the same to relevant stakeholders in written and oral form.
- demonstrate leadership in various professional settings responsive to the occupational needs of society and the dynamic healthcare landscape.
- practice in a professional and collaborative manner with diverse stakeholders exuding high personal standards of behavior meeting ethical, legal, and socio-cultural responsibilities, and its influence in occupational engagement.
- exercise sound professional reasoning skills in making informed decisions in a wide range of occupational therapy roles.
- engage in lifelong learning and actively contribute to professional growth and development.
St. Thomas on Critical Thinking
A course on Aristotelian and symbolic logic that focuses on the fundamental laws of thought. It provides guiding principles in order to enhance critical and reflective skills that would facilitate correct and responsible judgment and reasoning. It gives an opportunity to be in control of one’s thinking activities.
Health Research Methods
This course provides students with the basic knowledge of all research paradigms and designs (quantitative and qualitative) and designs specific methods to be able to draft a research methodology plan. It also provides students the ability to critique various research studies.
Evidence-Based Health Care
This course provides students with the opportunity to become critical and educated consumers of research. Students learn to critically evaluate the quality of published and unpublished literature using structured methods. They are taught how to use the library database and the internet to search for literature and this provides them with the confidence to evaluate the strength of the evidence in clinical topics dnd how to present this in a logical form. This course introduces the concepts of evidence-based practice and teaches students to undertake systematic and exhaustive searching, critical synthesis of the evidence, and make recommendations based on the synthesized evidence. Students are required to complete a full systematic review and present their reviews in a colloquium.
Educational Strategies for Health Professionals
This course prepares health professionals to be better educators of learners in various settings, including students, patients, clients, family and caregivers, colleagues, and other health professionals, through an in-depth understanding of teaching-learning principles and application thereof to instruction in different practice settings. Focus is on instructional planning, teaching, and evaluation of learning for audiences in different practice settings.
Leadership and Management
This course is the study of the management of academic organizations, rehabilitation centers, or units in hospitals, community centers, and public health agencies. Emphasis is on methods 0f application of managerial functions including health program planning, evaluation, and health policy formulation.
Advanced OT Theoretical Foundations
This course revisits the dimensions and theories of human occupation as one of the core foundations of current and future occupational therapy practice. It will provide an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the relationship between occupation, health, and well-being, and the basis of the therapeutic application of occupation.
Advanced Assessment in OT: Psychometric Theories and Practice
This course aims to equip students with basic psychometric and measurement theories required for instrumentation and validation studies implemented in the clinical field and to investigate evidence of psychometric properties of different clinical assessment tools and outcome measures.
Advanced Interventions in OT: Utilization of Clinical Reasoning
Clinical reasoning is considered the foundation of clinical practice. This course will facilitate the students’ awareness of their reasoning, expert-novice differences, the errors they make, and assisting them to improve their logical and creative reasoning abilities. It will provide students with the opportunity to improve reasoning skills along with examination and management techniques and skills, particularly in occupational therapy.
Advanced Skills for Occupational Therapy (2 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory/field work per week)
This course is intended for practicing OT's to gain knowledge and skills in a specialized area of occupational therapy. This course will include a review of basic foundational science and theories related to this specialized area, application of evidence-based practice, and development of advanced clinical skills/competencies in the chosen area of practice through simulated and real clinical scenarios. Students shall be involved in 60 hours of fieldwork under the supervision of faculty experts/mentors. The field of study may focus on expanding specialty clinical skills, clinical education, or collecting research data under a specific research program.
The integration of occupational therapy processes in the chosen area of OT specialization culminates in the course.
Health Promotion and Wellness
This course is designed to develop further knowledge and increase skills in the major principles pertaining to health promotion and current issues in health promotion. It also allows practitioners to develop skills in communicating health to populations, communities, groups, and individuals.
This course is specially designed for rehabilitation professionals to expand on existing counseling and group work skills to effectively provide a holistic approach to OT practice.
International OT Practice Fundamentals.
This allows the students to pursue related areas of interest such as special education, clinical psychology, occupational health, contemporary OT practices which can enhance their perspectives in occupational therapy. Engaging in relevant settings of student's choice sustains lifelong learning.
Written Comprehensive Exams
Thesis Writing I
Thesis Writing II
Thesis Writing III