The OTD academic program provides an innovative contemporary curriculum that is student focused to promote professional and scholarly excellence. Our educators, researchers, and leaders within the profession deliver this curriculum through a hybrid format. The best aspects of online instruction, hands-on laboratory sessions, and fieldwork/capstone experiences result in a dynamic educational program. Online active learning accounts for 41% of the total academic program, immersive laboratory with modeled clinical experiences account for 12%, and 47% of the program is based in fieldwork and doctoral capstone experiences to the student.
The goal of Level II fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists. Fieldwork education is a crucial part of professional preparation designed to promote clinical reasoning and reflective practice, transmit the values and beliefs that enable ethical practice, and develop professionalism and competence in career responsibilities. This in-depth experience provides the student with the opportunity to carry out professional responsibilities under the supervision of qualified personnel serving as a role model. This includes delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and research, administration, and management of occupational therapy services. (2018 ACOTE Standards)
The goal of the doctoral capstone is to provide an in-depth exposure to one or more of the following: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, and theory development. It consists of two parts (1) Capstone project and (2) Capstone experience. Students complete an individual capstone project to demonstrate synthesis and application of knowledge gained. This includes a literature review, needs assessment, goals/objectives, and an evaluation plan. (2018 ACOTE Standards)
Note: Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 12 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. The doctoral capstone experience must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork as well as completion of preparatory activities defined in 2018 ACOTE OTD Standard.