Career Pathways and Outcomes



Career Pathways and Outcomes

The OTD program at St. Catherine University prepares you to excel in your chosen area of focus by:

Leading and influencing systemic change

You will acquire the skills to lead and influence occupational therapy practice at a systems level.

  • Lead teams and promote strong intra/inter-professional relationships
  • Achieve goals for becoming leaders in occupational therapy
  • Lead strategic planning and/or program development and evaluation for occupational therapy services
  • Advocate for occupational therapy in the economic and political systems of the community

Advocating for justice guided by ethical principles

You will use ethical decision-making and principles of social justice when advocating for systems change.

  • Determine and demonstrate behaviors important for professional conduct as identified in the AOTA Code of Ethics and other related documents.
  • Demonstrate ethical decision making in coursework and doctoral project. 
  • Use technology in an ethical manner.
  • Create and implement a plan to work toward diminishing health disparities and occupational injustice (e.g. access to health care, health behavior and client outcomes).

Honoring diverse and global perspectives

You will learn skills to work effectively in cross cultural settings with diverse clientele.

  • Critique the influence of cultural, political, religious, social and economic contexts of a nation, country or diverse communities or populations on occupational participation and occupational justice.
  • Demonstrate respectful, collaborative relationships and effective communication skills with clients, families and colleagues within diverse cultural contexts.

Applying and creating evidence to support best practice

You will demonstrate critical analysis and reasoning skills using factual, creative, logical, scientific and value-sensitive modes of thought applied to occupational therapy addressing current practice, evolving practice and research.

  • Competently search, review, critically analyze, synthesize and apply information gained in professional literature to inform occupational therapy best practice.
  • Complete critical analysis of core concepts, theories and frames of reference related to occupational therapy leading to effective use of evidence based practice. 
  • Use evidence to inform and defend a doctoral project.
  • Create new evidence with a doctoral project (e.g. action research, program development and evaluation) 

Communicating with discernment and influence

You will lead through proficient written and oral communication skills. 

  • Examine the educator role and construct effective educational programs for groups in the community.
  • Demonstrate proficiencies in informal and formal written communication when conveying information to a variety of audiences using a range of formats (including online formats).
  • Demonstrate respectful, collaborative relationships and effective communication skills with partners in the community.
  • Disseminate evidence that contributes to best occupational therapy practice through publications and presentations. 

Demonstrating expertise in your specialized area of study

You will lead and influence best practice in their specialty area. 

  • Examine the structure and culture of health care, educational and/or social service systems and evaluate the implications for occupational therapy programming in their specialty area.
  • Determine the need for, develop and evaluate outcomes of an emerging program in their specialty area.
  • Synthesize evidence that will inform best practice in their specialty area.

Engaging in habits and attitudes for lifelong learning

You will develop a practice of lifelong learning.

  • Be actively involved in professional organizations.
  • Create a professional development plan for the next five years of practice.