Provides students an opportunity to collaborate with KGI faculty mentors, capstone coordinators, and site mentors to develop doctoral capstones.
The occupational therapy doctoral capstone provides an opportunity for students to develop as innovative leaders and scholars of practice by demonstrating in-depth synthesis and application of knowledge within an area of focus in a mentored setting. Doctoral capstones will be developed by the OTD student in collaboration with the Capstone Coordinator, a KGI faculty mentor and a site mentor. The doctoral capstone will reflect the OTD program’s curriculum design as well as contribute to key initiatives. Doctoral capstones will also develop relationships between KGI and the community, engage students in reflexive scholarly practice, and explore potentially transformative roles for occupational therapists as students champion the innovative potential for therapeutically utilizing occupation to promote and sustain health, wellbeing, participation, and inclusion to meet a wide range of ever-changing, real-world needs.
The doctoral capstone consists of two components: the capstone project and the doctoral capstone experience (DCE). Students must successfully complete didactic course and level II fieldwork rotations prior to commencement of the doctoral capstone.
Students will collaborate with their faculty mentor to choose one of the following areas as the primary focus for the capstone project:
The DCE is the culminating experiential component of the OTD program and serves as the context in which the capstone project is implemented. With the support and guidance of the Capstone Coordinator and KGI faculty mentor, the OTD student will identify a community partner as their DCE site. A mentor at the site with documented expertise related to the doctoral capstone topic must also be identified. The DCE is 14 weeks full time (560 hours), with a minimum of 80% of hours completed on-site. Students complete their DCE in the final trimester of the OTD program, following successful completion of didactic coursework and fieldwork.
Preparation for the doctoral capstone occurs throughout the OTD program.
Following successful completion of level II fieldwork experiences in trimesters 6 and 7, students will begin their 14-week DCE occurring in trimester 8. Students will carry out their capstone project plan with mentorship from the DCE site mentor and faculty mentor. Projects will result in deliverables that benefit the DCE site.
Finally, students will disseminate their capstone project outcomes to relevant stakeholders and professional communities.
Implementation of an innovative OT protocol along with a case study about its effectiveness
Conducting an evidence-based evaluation of an existing program to develop meaningful recommendations and modifications from at OT perspective
Developing a series of educational modules for practitioners pertaining to a specific topic
Any practice setting such as clinic, hospital, or school
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