Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy



The occupational therapy programs at Wayne State University will provide educational, research, service and professional excellence in order to promote and maintain personal, community and societal health.


The mission of the occupational therapy programs at Wayne State University is to educate skilled occupational therapists, to produce quantitative and qualitative research that impacts occupational theory and practice both locally and globally, and to actively participate with urban and health communities to improve personal, community and societal health. Situated as we are in metropolitan Detroit, we particularly strive to recognize and be responsive to our diverse multi-cultural community, and conduct our scholarship in a way that supports the University’s global mission.

  • Occupational therapy provides services to those individuals whose abilities to cope with tasks of living are threatened or impaired by developmental defects, physical injury or illness, psychological and social problems, the aging process, and/or the effects of economic and cultural barriers. Thus, we will accomplish our mission of training excellent practitioners, producing top-notch research and be meaningfully engaged with out community through:

• Education and careful preparation of students to become highly effective practitioners and clinician-researchers in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse and multidisciplinary health environments;
• Ongoing education of occupational therapy practitioners through doctoral education and through post-graduate continuing education opportunities;
• Quantitative and qualitative research and dissemination that develops new knowledge impacting occupational therapy theory and practice;
• Integration of opportunities for research and critical literature review into all aspects of our educational programs;
• Organization and participation of students and faculty in collaboration with community, state and/or world partners in need-based professional activities that enrich student learning, support current research, improve the delivery of effective occupational therapy education and strengthen collegial bonds; and
• Active participation in community, state, and national and/or international organizations and institutions for the improvement of people’s overall health and ability to participate in life activities and occupations, both locally and globally.


The philosophical foundation for the Occupational Therapy curriculum at Wayne State University is that occupational therapy supports health and the ability of people of all ages to participate fully in life through personal engagement in occupation in many and varied physical and social contexts and environments. This philosophy emphasizes the promotion and maintenance of health, and not only the determination and minimization of the consequences of disease. These basic statements are developed from and compatible with both the concepts and principles of the OT Practice Framework1 and the International Classification of Function (ICF)2.

Occupational therapists therefore value and celebrate individual diversity in intellect, ethnicity, race, culture and gender. The focus of therapy is on the person or people, and on activities and participation in occupations within the context of health, rather than on impairments in body structures and functions. Collaboration with families and communities that support our patients and clients is highly valued in developing and achieving our therapeutic goals; our interventions also reflect the most current evidence and best practices in our field.

To achieve this philosophy, student learning will be facilitated by educational methodologies that include active learning, service learning, and guided participation in the rich urban and health communities of the Detroit metropolitan area and southeastern Michigan. Importantly, and aligned with our College and University’s mission and vision, we embrace diversity and a multi-cultural orientation and strive toward both local and global impacts through the training of occupational therapy professionals and researchers.

1. American Occupational Therapy Association. (2002). Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain and process. American Journal Occupational Therapy, 56, 609–639.
2. World Health Organization. (2001). International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Geneva.

Please note: Please be aware that a felony conviction may have a potential impact on a graduate's eligibility for certification and credentialing. If you have questions or concerns about this issue please contact NBCOT at 12 South Summit Avenue Suite 100 Gaithersburg, MD, 20877 - (301) 990-7979 www.nbcot.org