History, Mission, Vision and Philosophy

Vision statement:
Preparing professionals for innovative and reasoned practice and leadership

Mission statement:
To provide exemplary education that prepares occupational therapy leaders supporting people to participate in everyday life.

Philosophy: please see the philosophy of the MOT program on the MOT curriculum page.


A Brief History of the Occupational Therapy Program at KU

The Department of Occupational Therapy Education joined the School of Health Professions (then named the School of Allied Health) in 1985, relocating its bachelor's degree curriculum from the Lawrence campus. In 1999 the department was approved to revise its curriculum to offer an entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Students enter the program as seniors and receive a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies before beginning graduate-level study.

The first class entered the MOT program in Summer, 2000. A doctoral program was added in 2001 – the PhD in Therapeutic Science – which is an interdisciplinary program for those wishing to pursue scholarly, research and academic options for their careers.

In 2007 the department began offering a new post-professional degree, the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), which offers a post-professional opportunity for those who wish to develop specialized skills for leadership in practice. Winifred Dunn was the first chair of the department when it moved to KU Medical Center, and chairs the program still today.

Last modified: May 29, 2014
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