Dr. Thomas Fisher named in top 100 Influential persons in Occupational Therapy
Dr. Thomas Fisher, Chair of the IU Department of Occupational Therapy was added to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s list of the 100 most influential people to the OT profession in its 100-year history. In his more than 30-year career, Dr. Fisher has served in numerous leadership roles at the national and state level, and has been a member of the AOTA Board of Directors twice. Dr. Fisher is an alumni of the IU OT program and took the role of department chair in 2004. He has led efforts to obtain OT licensure in both Kentucky and Indiana, and is currently guiding the transition of IU’s occupational therapy degree to a doctorate program. He was also recognized by the AOTA with the 2016 Award of Merit.
Read more about his significant achievements: http://www.otcentennial.org/the-100-people/fisher
Occupational Therapy: In simplest terms, occupational therapy practitioners assist individuals across the lifespan participate with everyday valued activities (occupations).
Our Strengths: In addition to IU Occupational Therapy having nearly 60 years experience in educating occupational therapists, there are some unique features of the department such as:
- There are four fellows from the AOTA on faculty. This is a peer-reviewed nomination and selection after meeting extensive qualifications which entitles the use of “FAOTA” after one's name.
- The program has three Level II experiences (8 weeks for each) and three Level I experiences.
- It is ranked 25th in the country by US News & World Report of all the OT programs.
- We have an average of 100.00% passing rate on the national examination over the past three years.
Applications for the MS in Occupational Therapy are closed as of October 1, 2016. The Program is transitioning to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Entry-Level. For information about the Program and progress updates, please go to: https://shrs.iupui.edu/admissions/apply/otd/. Thank you.
Our Philosophy: The Indiana University Department of Occupational Therapy seeks to develop and maintain a scholarly and competent faculty capable of achieving the following goals: The faculty will:
- build upon sound principles of general education by preparing students to communicate effectively, exhibit quantitative skills, think critically, integrate and apply knowledge, exhibit intellectual depth and breadth, be intellectually adaptive, appreciate societal and cultural diversity, and apply ethical standards and values to professional practice;
- provide a highest quality professional graduate degree program that offers education related to the provision and management of occupational therapy services;
- contribute to the advancement of knowledge through research and evidence-based practice;
- provide continuing education opportunities for occupational therapy practitioners who wish to further their professional development;
- foster the development of lifelong scholarship and civic engagement among students, faculty, and alumni.
Because of the strong philosophical belief of the faculty and students, the curriculum has an emphasis on reflection (graduates becoming reflective practitioners), reasoning (scientific and clinical), communication, occupation, and successful participation of clients in life activities.