The graduate student in the OT curriculum is required to perform the following technical
standards. All OT students will be required to sign these standards, attesting to
their ability to perform all of the items identified prior to enrollment in the program.
This document will be retained in the student’s permanent OT file.
Graduate applicants, or students, are encouraged to ask questions regarding the Technical
Standards for any needed clarification. The Department of OT complies with Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act; it is
the policy of the Georgia Regents University to ensure that all students with disabilities
are afforded equal opportunity and access to programs and facilities. Students are
encouraged to identify their disability so GRU can determine what reasonable accommodation
may be made. Please contact the Director of Campus Life Services to voluntarily self-identify.
- In a timely manner, employ logical thinking, critical analysis, problem solving, and
creativity in a variety of settings.
- Perform evidenced based reviews of the literature to guide informed decision making.
- Perform critical reasoning to include appropriate screening, assessing, planning,
providing care strategies, and formulate client and family centered education, and
discharge preparations within a variety of settings and specified timelines.
- Gather and measure relevant data and synthesize results within specified timelines.
- Pose relevant questions and seek out appropriate responses in a timely manner.
- Demonstrate the ability to multi-task and address complex needs or solve dynamic problems.
- Generate graduate level papers, meet competency levels on exams, and replicate demonstrations.
- Prioritize and organize multiple workload needs.
- Demonstrate scholarly research skills appropriate for a graduate level program.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
- Document scholarly work for external reviewers.
- Demonstrate computer competence in the use of word processing, computerized simulators,
media software, databases and search engines.
- Articulate effectively to consumers, supervisors, peers, reimbursement sources, other
health care professionals, clients and their families, as well as general audiences
to meet clients’ needs.
- Demonstrate the ability to teach others prevention, health maintenance restorative
and compensation skills.
- Appropriately use non-verbal skills to analyze and communicate needs in a professionally
- Possess sufficient motor function to elicit essential data from the manipulation of
assessment materials and therapeutic technologies and equipment.
- Safely move, handle, and transfer various clients independently (up to 150 pounds).
- Perform manual dexterity tasks sufficient to fabricate orthotic devices, adapt equipment,
and fabricate splints.
- Use sufficient sensory systems to safely utilize thermal, auditory, and electrical
- Safely perceive and navigate varied environments and communities.
- Adjust personal posture, mobility, coordination, strength, and energy for the therapeutic
- Modify environments for the well being of others.
- Provide recommendations and training in techniques to enhance mobility, including
physical transfers, wheelchair management, community mobility, and driver rehabilitation
- Perform psychomotor skills in a timely manner for safety and competency considerations.
BEHAVIORAL-INTERPERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ABILITIES:
- Ability to effectively work with others who may have a range of impairments or disabilities.
- Ability to place personal needs secondary to the needs of others.
- Ability to respond and adjust actions or behaviors in response to supervision and
- Ability to demonstrate empathy, integrity and sincere concern for others.
- Ability to display appropriate social and interpersonal skills within a variety of
settings and cultures.
- Be motivated to seek out professional self-development opportunities
- Display flexibility and adaptation appropriate to the demands and the needs of clients
and their families.
- Value the importance of the use of self to motivate and assist others.
- Display appropriate language, attire, and mannerisms in all professional environments
including the classroom.
- Articulate personal needs in an appropriate and professional manner.
- Use sound judgment in regard to the safety of self and others and adheres to safety
regulations within a variety of settings.
- Value the role of sociocultural, socioeconomic, spirit uality, diversity factors,
and lifestyle choices when interacting with others.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the use of self including personality, insights, perceptions,
and judgments as a part of individual and group interactions.
- Demonstrate the ability to work well with others.
- Accept life long learning and competence expectations as a personal value.
- Display honesty and integrity and personal responsibilities for behavior consistent
of ethical professional occupational therapists.
HEALTH PROMOTION PRACTICES:
- Display good health practices and hygiene for safe interaction with others
- Update immunization records for safety.
- Update certifications in CPR and First Aid within appropriate timelines.
- Understand the importance of personal health, habits, and the prevention of disease/infection.
- Display an awareness of personal issues and report issues that would interfere with
the ability to competently care for others.
(Revised and adopted by GRU Department of Occupational Therapy, 2008)