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OTD Doctoral Experiential Component

The doctoral experiential component is the capstone experience for students pursuing their clinical doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD). The component provides students with the opportunity to interact with interdisciplinary leaders as they address the needs of persons with or at risk of developing chronic disease and disability. It also supports student understanding of their occupation-based model by seeing how it can be applied in a practice or community setting. The doctoral experiential component is a 16 week (6 hour credit course) individualized experience specific to the pursuits of the student. Students may participate in research, policy, clinical practice or advocacy during the doctoral experiential component. The student’s OTD mentor will help the student develop and set the objectives for the experience.

ACOTE (2011) describes the doctoral experiential component as “the goal of the doctoral experiential component is to develop occupational therapists with advanced skills (those that are beyond a generalist level). The doctoral experiential component shall be integral part of the program’s curriculum design and shall include an in-depth experience in one or more of the following: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education or theory development.”

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