As a result of the knowledge and skills needed for practice, candidates for the occupational therapy degree must have the communication, cognitive skills, motor, and behavioral attributes to function in a competent manner in educational, clinic and fieldwork settings. Each of these settings at times can involve demanding workloads and stressful situations. Accordingly, candidates for the degree must be able to perform specific essential functions that the faculty deem necessary for the practice of occupational therapy. These functions, expressed as technical standards, ensure a safe and effective learning environment for the protection of the student, faculty and clients that you will evaluate and treat.
For the successful completion of degree requirements, the student must meet the following minimum essential standards with or without reasonable accommodation.
The standards are sent to students before the beginning of the program. Students are expected to sign them before starting the Occupational Therapy program.