The mission of the IU South Bend MSOT program is to “educate highly skilled, ethical occupational therapists who support the health and well-being of the people of Indiana and the global community. Our faculty will be excellent clinicians, teachers, and scholars who develop evidence for the profession. Our graduates will provide occupation-based, interprofessional collaborative services to meet the needs of their clients and wider community.”
The MSOT curriculum reflects the missions of our program, the IU South Bend Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences, and Indiana University South Bend. The curriculum design is based on experiential learning theory with an emphasis on hands-on participation. Experiential learning theory is a process through which a learner constructs knowledge, develops skills, and gains value from one’s experiences that promotes learning by doing. This experiential learning allows students to apply theory and information gained in the classroom to needs in the community (Knecht-Sabres, 2013).