Occupational Therapy Service

Service Learning Partnerships

Throughout the program, students partner with local agencies to participate in service learning related to occupational therapy. This includes teaching health and wellness to community members as well as providing care for individuals with special needs or disabilities. These partnerships provide multiple learning and service opportunities for students. We are grateful for the local agencies who welcome the Rockhurst OT students: American Stroke Foundation, Hope Care Center, Parkinson's Foundation of the Heartland, Developing Potential, Inc., Northland Therapeutic Riding Center, Truman Medical Center - Behavioral Health and the Mission Project.

International and National Fieldwork Service Immersion Trips


Students have the opportunity to travel to Guayaquil, Ecuador, to engage in service at the Damien House and surrounding villages. Students work in interprofessional teams alongside PT students and OT/PT faculty members to provide rehabilitation services and education to individuals with Hansen’s Disease.

St. Lucia

Students have the opportunity to travel to the island of St. Lucia with OT faculty members to engage in services with children and adults experiencing various level of disability. Frequent collaborators on this trip include SLP students and faculty.


OT students and faculty members travel to Colorado to partner with the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) to provide a camp for adults with developmental disabilities. Within this setting, the team helps facilitate camper engagement in new and familiar outdoor leisure activities.

Kansas City

Students have the opportunity to engage in small groups with local KC community partners to provide occupational therapy services and education. Community partners include Parkinson's Foundation of the Heartland, Minds Matter, Lakeview Village and Sojourner Health Clinic.

St. Elizabeth Catholic School

This community-based service program strives to support and promote the developmental milestones of children as they engage in play, student learning and social participation through play and group-led activities. These programs are held on designated Fridays throughout the academic school year. All students are supervised by OT faculty members and/or staff.