We have created an innovative, responsive, flexible, evidence-based, seven-quarter curriculum focused on active development of student acumen in the following areas:
- Scientific approach to decision making
- Critical consumption and application of research
- Comprehension of and engagement in the research process
- Professional leadership
- Engagement in intellectual dialogue that contributes to the learning community within and beyond the field
Our curriculum is enhanced with the following elements:
Modified Concept-Based Curriculum
Underlying concepts differ based on term in a whole-part-whole progression:
- Quarters 1 and 4 address concepts reaching across the field (Q1 - fundamentals, Q4 - synthesis)
Quarters 2 and 3 address client context (pediatric versus adults)
- Pediatric and adult curriculum are offered twice, allowing for division of class and coordination with clinical team
- Underlying concepts differ based on term in a whole-part-whole progression:
- Students are immersed in course content and clinical practice.
- Clinical experiences allow for immediate application of didactic material.
- Clinical methods courses are directly related to course and clinical concepts.
Integrated Clinical Teaming
- Team meetings capitalize on opportunities for team-based learning (TBL).
- Though not interdisciplinary, these teams provide practice for eventual professional team behaviors.
- Advanced students have opportunities to take leadership roles within the team.
Summative Assessment of Synthesis within and across Concepts
- Simulated assessments with clinical competency requirements are incorporated during the winter and spring terms.
Support and Development of Clinical Skill
- Students have familiarity with basic clinical methods prior to providing service.
The clinical curriculum allows for continuum of supervision, including:
- Support from novice to intermediate student.
- Side-by-side service provision (1:1:1) for many treatment sessions.
Support and Development of Self-Supervision, Leadership, & Contribution to the Learning Community
- Direct instruction and class discussion regarding these topics begins during orientation and extends throughout the program.
- Opportunities for practice and skill development are embedded throughout the duration of the program.
Embedded Experiences in Self-Assessment
- Self-assessment across different domains begins during orientation.
- Quarterly and weekly self-assessments regarding clinic services are completed during all clinical placements (on and off campus).
- Generic Abilities and the Emotional Intelligent Leadership Inventory are completed three times during program (start, mid, and end).