About the OTD Program Transcript

Transcript of About the OTD Program video

Woman: Spalding University’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy embraces time’s essential flow through the river of occupation by creating compassionate occupational therapy leaders who meet the occupational needs of society through advocacy, service, and the promotion of peace and justice.

Jeff: Here we are right next to the Ohio River, and we decided that could be a really good metaphor. So, we think of the students, can we get them into the kayak, so to speak, show them the river of OT, and then kind of take them down the river? At all points they’re being guided by us so they don’t get off and lost in the weeds or sandbar or something like that. You know, the idea is that we are guides in the journey.

Woman: Established in 1995, the Auerbach School offers the first doctor of occupational therapy program in the state of Kentucky, having surpassed the 2027 mandate as established by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Housed in Spalding’s Kosair Charities College of Health and Natural Sciences, the Auerbach School offers state of the art lab and classroom facilities, highlighted by our virtual immersive playground designed to foster the learning experience.

Many community agencies are easily accessible from our campus located in the heart of downtown Louisville. Louisville has a spirit that defines our culture and compassion, our arts and parks, our creative energy. The same spirit combines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality, workingness with friendliness in a way that’s completely unique to our region. Louisville is one of the 10 best new food cities in America and offers one of a kind attractions, like the legendary Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory and the Muhammad Ali Center.

Occupational Therapy is a service delivery profession consistent with the history and provision of other professional programs at Spalding University. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program flows like a river, connecting knowledge from Liberal Arts and Sciences with professional concepts, theories, application skills, occupational outcomes, and evidence-based practice.

Rob: We have some nationally known faculty in a variety of fields. There are a lot of niches that our faculty fit in and can teach to a level that’s very high. So, students are going to have a lot of options as far as whether it be motor control theory or some sort of hand intervention. So, we’re going to be able to fit those needs, and we have someone on our faculty who can help.
Sara: I was drawn here because it’s a family. We all support each other. Everyone has different strengths and values, and we all appreciate our beliefs and values. So, I like to work with them because it’s a true definition of team and we’re training tomorrow’s practitioners for tomorrow’s clients.

Laura: I think one thing that really helps Spalding to stand out, and that I actually think prospective students should be aware of is the opportunity to work with many different specialties that our faculty have to offer. So, there will be elective tracks that students can choose from, I think that’s unique. That’s not offered in all occupational therapy programs. But I think as a prospective student, I would really be drawn to a program that has opportunities such as that.

Woman: The Auerbach School prepares students to become outstanding occupational therapy practitioners in varied health, educational, and community settings. Much like learning to kayak down river, the curriculum allows students to learn to navigate tides and current within the learning journey in order to develop the ability to paddle to a science-driven, evidence-based occupational therapy practice. The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program offers innovative, reflective, experiential learning opportunities enhanced through service designed to promote human potential.

Alexandria: I think it’s just that everybody is so compassionate and caring. Even if I need something for another class, I can ask one of my previous teachers and I don’t feel scared or timid. So, I just think that the leadership here’s just great.

Woman: The Auerbach School offers two entry points for students who want to obtain a doctor of occupational therapy. Comprehensive information on the application and admission process can be found on the Spalding University website at this address. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of occupational therapists is expected to grow over the course of the next decade. Occupational therapists serve in a wide range of work settings, including hospitals, community agencies, ambulatory healthcare centers, independent living centers, public and private schools, rehabilitation centers, and nursing care facilities.

To learn more about the practice of occupational therapy, please visit the American Occupational Therapy Association. For more information regarding the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, please visit or contact us directly. We look forward to visiting with you.