It is the policy of UMMC that qualified individuals be given equal educational opportunities regardless of disability. The OTD program is equally committed to enabling all admitted students to be successful, including those with disabilities. At the same time, graduation from this program implies eligibility to sit for the NBCOT exam, which assumes that the graduate possesses the qualifications to practice the OT profession in a range of settings and situations with diverse client populations.
In addition, the OTD program has a commitment to the welfare of all clients treated or otherwise affected by students in the program. For these reasons, the program has established minimum technical standards for participation and progression, requiring the applicant to possess certain specific capabilities necessary to complete all academic, laboratory, and clinical aspects of the program – with or without accommodations.
Students are not required to disclose a disability unless they are requesting accommodations, but it is vital that students do so if they cannot meet the described technical standards without them. Reasonable accommodations are determined through a collaborative process between the Office of Academic Support, faculty members, and the student. Please refer to the Support Services and Student Responsibilities section which follows the list of technical standards should you determine the academic accommodation process may be of interest to you.
General Student Expectations
Occupational therapy education and practice is mentally, physically, and psychologically demanding. Students should expect a rigorous academic environment and clearly demonstrate a commitment to academic achievement, self-improvement and professional behavior. Graduates are also expected to have a strong commitment to serve the community, adhere to high ethical standards, and serve their clients equally regardless of individual, cultural, or ethnic differences.
Students must possess endurance and alertness to attend 30+ hours per week in the classroom as well as 20-30 hours of preparation weekly outside of class time. Students are expected to participate in active lab or other experiences, including but not limited to presentations, small group work, role-playing, and a variety of hands on activities. In addition, required tasks must be completed in a safe, efficient, consistent, and accurate manner to the satisfaction of the faculty. Students must also be able to palpate anatomical structures on classmates and should expect to expose relevant body parts themselves for the same regardless of gender.
All accepted applicants must possess the attributes described in the following technical standards.
Intrapersonal and Interpersonal skills
The student must:
Communication includes speech (verbal and non-verbal), language, reading, writing and computer literacy.
STUDENT SERVICES AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
UMMC is committed to ensuring equal access to a quality education for qualified students through the provision of reasonable academic accommodations which support UMMC standards and academic integrity. UMMC policy provides for reasonable academic accommodations to be made for students with verified disabilities on an individualized and flexible basis as specified under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
UMMC provides reasonable academic accommodations to students on campus who request accommodations and who meet eligibility criteria. For more information or to request academic accommodations, individuals should go to the Office of Academic Support webpage and complete the Request Academic Accommodations online form.
Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to advocate for themselves and utilize the support services offered; however, students are not required to disclose a disability unless they desire accommodations. All disability-related information is confidential. UMMC follows the specific guidelines set forth by the ADA related to access to this information in the post-secondary education setting.