Curriculum Design

The OT Professional curriculum incorporates seven main themes or threads: Occupation, Functioning, Disability and Health, Occupational Therapy Process, Systems of Practice, Technology, Professionalism, and Scholarship, which are discussed in more detail below.  A thread is a curricular area or topic representing skill or area of knowledge that is developed throughout the curriculum in consideration of pedagogy. The curricular threads are woven throughout the curriculum and, taken together, support the mission and philosophy of the entry-level, professional program. Each thread is addressed by courses progressively and with increasing complexity as students move through the curricular sequence.  The selection of courses, specific course content, and the sequence of the courses that make up our curriculum, have been thoughtfully laid out with consideration of the program’s mission philosophy, curricular threads, and the ACOTE Education standards.


The dynamic interaction among body structures, body functions, person factors, and environmental factors that influences performance of and participation in meaningful occupations. 

The ordinary and extraordinary things people do in their day-to-day lives that occupy time and fulfill roles, give life meaning, and contribute to survival, wellbeing, and adaptation to their environments.

This is the process by which occupational therapists deliver client-centered occupational therapy services including evaluation, intervention, and outcomes monitoring.  The process is guided by sound, professional clinical reasoning, collaboration, and occupation-based practices that enable and promote client engagement in meaningful life occupations in natural context.

Behavior, personal presentation, and attitudes reflecting professional identify that promote mutual respect within service delivery systems and communities as well as support relationships with clients and colleagues.

Scholarship consists of integrating new ideas and evidence with existing knowledge and experience to guide practice decisions and/or engaging in scientific pursuit to generate knowledge.

Institutions and organizations where occupational therapy is, and can be, practiced to promote the health, wellbeing, and success of individuals, groups, and communities. This also includes the systems and policies that support OT practice in various settings, including natural contexts.  

Technology includes items, products, and devices that support and augment participation of people across the life span, with and without disabilities, as they engage in occupations.