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 accepted into the program are assessed as they progress using a Professional Behaviors Assessment tool located in the current OT Student Handbook they are given at Orientation during their first summer term.
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.