During the progression of occupational therapy coursework, development of a high level of professionalism is a focus. Students are expected to demonstrate professional behaviors in classes, fieldwork experiences, and interactions with other students, instructors, clients, staff, faculty, and other University personnel. Professional behaviors include: responsibility, competence, communication, integrity, cooperation/teamwork, respect and initiative. Students will be expected to use good judgment regarding appropriate dress and grooming for classes and Fieldwork I and II placements. Emotional maturity is expected in all professional matters throughout the OT Program. Students in the program are assessed as they progress using an assessment tool (see Appendix 2 Professional Behaviors Assessment in the OT Student Handbook 2022-23 for details.)
Professionalism is expected by those who are trained to do a job well and is demonstrated when that professional uses skill, good judgment, and polite behavior expected from a professional. There are also guidelines, rules and laws that govern the professional conduct expected of an Occupational Therapist. It is critical that you review these documents and fully understand them.