Welcome to the Capstone subsection of the main ASOT OTD Student Handbook!
This handbook serves as a guideline on the process by which ASOT OTD students will achieve specific competency standards as they progress through the ASOT OTD curriculum, which is focused on knowledge, skills, and competence for successful completion of the ASOT OTD Capstone Project. The roles of the OTD student, the ASOT faculty supervisor, agency mentor, and the ASOT capstone coordinator throughout the ASOT OTD Capstone Project process are outlined in this handbook, as well as the progressive curriculum benchmarks that support the ASOT OTD Capstone Project.
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The rapidly changing, dynamic nature of the varied and complex service delivery systems in which occupational therapy professionals work provides multiple challenges and opportunities for the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program (OTD) student and graduate. Advanced practice experiences occurring within the Auerbach School of Occupational (ASOT) curriculum allow the OTD student to use knowledge, skills, and competent actions in a focused practice area under the supervision of a licensed and skilled ASOT faculty member. The ASOT OTD Capstone Project provides opportunities for developing and demonstrating the capacity to be a direct care provider, consultant, educator, manager, leader, researcher, and advocate prior to completion of the OTD degree. The ASOT OTD Capstone Project is designed to be the culminating experience within the ASOT OTD curriculum and will occur after all other didactic and fieldwork experiences are completed. Upon completion of the ASOT OTD Capstone Project, the OTD student will demonstrate successful completion of academic requirements and competence for taking the next steps beyond graduation to enter entry-level practice. This manual is intended to provide OTD students, ASOT faculty members, Spalding University administration, and capstone partnering agencies with a description of the process and procedures of the ASOT OTD Capstone Project with outlined competency expectations for the successful completion of the project.
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