Curriculum
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The professional program is three years in length. Learning opportunities include lecture-laboratory courses, seminars, independent study, laboratory practical examinations, supervised fieldwork, and doctoral experiential capstone. Patient simulations using various levels of technology are included throughout the curriculum (see the virtual tour of the Clinical Skills Center in the Michael Sorrell Center at their website). The Division reserves the right to modify the curriculum as necessary to comply with accreditation standards and to reflect advancements in the health sciences.

Students must complete 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork as well as an individual 14-week capstone experience within 24 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 D.1.3.

Fieldwork and doctoral experiences are scheduled in advance and are subject to change at the discretion of the site or the office OT program faculty. Some sites may require an assigned student to undergo a criminal background check and/or drug screening prior to participation in a clinical education experience. Please anticipate travel and living expenses for fieldwork and doctoral experiential capstone.

Fieldwork Education
The fieldwork education component of the curriculum provides students the opportunity to directly apply the occupational therapy theories and techniques acquired during classroom instruction, as well as the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes best learned in practice environments. The intent of fieldwork education is to provide the student with a broad exposure to practice in a variety of settings and geographic locations. The fieldwork education component is under the direction of the Fieldwork Education Coordinator and the Capstone Coordinator.

Level I fieldwork occurs in conjunction with didactic coursework. Level II fieldwork requires a minimum of 24 weeks full time experience. Level II is an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and research, administration, and management of occupational therapy services. Students will experience a variety of clients across the lifespan and to a variety of settings.

Doctoral Experiential Capstone
The student will complete an individual 14-week (560 hours) capstone experience that must be started after completion of all coursework and Level II fieldwork. Each student will concurrently complete an individual capstone project to demonstrate synthesis and application of knowledge gained. The goal of the doctoral experiential 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.