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Philosophy of Education
The goal of Jesuit education is formation of the Habit of Discerning. The primary educational goal of Marquette University is “to graduate students who are transformed by their education, and who will transform the world in which they live.” In essence, forming graduates for whom discernment (or good decision-making) is a habit, is both transforming for the student, and transformational for and with others. In Jesuit education, formation and transformation is operationalized through the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP), which is considered both a philosophy or learning and an educational process. The Department of Occupational Therapy endorses the IPP as an ideal framework for both teaching and learning in occupational therapy education, as the very academic nature of a Jesuit education is the presentation of content from a human-centered approach.
The OTD curriculum design acknowledges the Jesuit values of cura personalis (care for the whole person) and magis (more; for the greater glory of God) that is, commitment to the “greater good,” all to fulfill the Marquette mission in educating ethical and informed leaders, who are also boldly ambitious.
The curriculum includes inclusive didactic and real-world experiential learning opportunities that ready practitioners for practice as a generalist at minimum, through the inclusion of academic and experiential learning, while also affording students the opportunity to explore areas of interest. Students are exposed to both current and emerging practice settings and areas of practice in preparation for work with a variety of persons across the lifespan.
OTD Program Learning Outcomes
The curriculum is also constructed around six curricular threads: Occupational Justice, Science of Occupation, Personal and Professional Formation, Cultural Humility, Discerning Judgement and Whole-Person Practice. These curricular threads connect course concepts concurrently, from semester to semester, as students progress through the 3-year course of study. These threads tie the Marquette-specific foundational knowledge to the development of skills, attitudes and abilities of ethical, visionary and autonomous decision-makers who are committed to the lifelong pursuit of competence and conscience.
College of Health Sciences Health Professional Students
Students are required to graduate at the end of the term in which all degree requirements are completed. Degree requirements are those university and college requirements needed to earn the degree. Normally, Health Science Professional students must meet the graduation requirements which are stated in the Health Science Professional Bulletin issued for the year in which they entered the professional phase of their program at Marquette. Substitutions or waivers for specific courses required for degree completion may occur, as determined by the college. It is to be expected that these course exceptions can occur in the case of students whose enrollment period extends for more than eight years. Students whose enrollment is interrupted for two or more consecutive terms normally must meet the requirements in the bulletin issued for the year in which they return to the university. The college may determine that readmitted students fall under a different set of degree requirements than the academic year in which they are readmitted. Students are responsible for keeping themselves informed of the requirements which apply in their particular cases. Students have available faculty advisers who assist in planning and implementing the students' plans of studies; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of students to know and fulfill the requirements for graduation specified for the selected plan. Candidates for a professional degree must meet the following graduation requirements:
Department of Occupational Therapy
Alongside Health Sciences Professional requirements for graduation, graduation from the entry-level OTD program is predicated on student fulfillment of satisfactory grade point average, professional conduct, successful completion of Fieldwork and successful completion of the 2-part Doctoral Capstone. Specific graduation requirements include:
Students are allowed a maximum of 3 total attempts to complete Level II Fieldwork. Students have a maximum time frame of 5 years from date of matriculation to complete the didactic, fieldwork, and doctoral experiential components of the program.
Note: OTD courses are sequential and offered once a year. The sequence of courses is fixed, and all classes must be passed (C or above, S, or P) in a semester in order to progress to the next semester. All required coursework must be completed within 5 years of matriculation.