Technical Standards

Please note: This information is provided for applicants interested in attending KU. If admitted, students will be required to complete a separate form prior to entering the program to ensure proper accommodations may be made as necessary. The admissions committee will consult with applicants who indicate that they cannot meet the technical standards with or without reasonable accommodation. The faculty responsible for the academic program and the members of the admissions committee may seek advice in each individual situation from the KU  Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access.

A doctoral degree in occupational therapy signifies that the holder is prepared to assume leadership in the field of occupational therapy. It follows that graduates must have the knowledge and skills to articulate theory and perform advanced, evidence-based practice. Therefore, all individuals admitted to the University of Kansas Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree program must have the following abilities and expectations with or without accommodations.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply to the program, and reasonable accommodation will be made for qualified applicants or students who disclose a disability. Applicants who state that they have a disability or who are observed to have a disability will be considered for admission if they are otherwise qualified for the program. Candidates who indicate upon application or after acceptance to the program that they cannot meet an expectation listed will be reviewed further by the admissions committee, with faculty input, to determine if reasonable accommodations are likely to lead to successful completion of the occupational therapy graduate program.

  1. Problem Solving:  
    The culminating activity in the preparation of an occupational therapist is clinical reasoning.  The post-professional occupational therapy student is expected to develop advanced expertise and demonstrate research skills. Therefore, a candidate must be able to conduct research,
    to make correct observations, and have the skills of measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis.

  2. Judgment:  
    The candidate will be expected to demonstrate judgment in classroom and research settings which shows an ability to make mature, sensitive, and effective decisions in the following areas:  a) relationships with supervisors, peers, and patients/clients,  b) professional behavior,  c) the effectiveness of intervention and research strategies.  He or she must demonstrate an understanding of the rationale and justification for his or her performance.

  3. Communication:  
    a) Written communication:  
    The candidate must be able to assimilate information from written sources (texts, journals, medical/school records, etc.). The candidate must be able to attain, comprehend, retain, and utilize new information presented in written formats. Candidates are required to use information from written sources and must be able to produce appropriate written documentation.  
    b) Verbal and nonverbal communication:
    Candidates must be able to produce the spoken word and to elicit information from patients/clients, supervisors, and peers with skills in describing not only factual information, but the more subtle cues of mood, temperament, and social responses. Communication with patients/clients and all members of the intervention or academic team must be accurate, sensitive, effective, and efficient.  Response time to emergencies/crisis situations, as well as more routine communication must be appropriate to the situation or setting.

  4. Sensorimotor:
    Candidates must have gross motor, fine motor, and equilibrium functions, as well as a functional use of the senses of vision, hearing, and the tactile sense that will enable them to perform the career tasks which are the target of their career paths.

  5. Behavioral and social attributes:  
    Candidates are expected to exhibit professional behaviors and attitudes during their participation in classroom, clinical, and research experiences.  This includes, but is not limited to appropriate language, flexibility regarding change, and acceptance of responsibility for one’s own conduct.  Students are expected to exhibit a positive attitude toward patients/clients, peers, and supervisors.

Last modified: May 29, 2013