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ASOT OTD Capstone Project Student Handbook

This manual will provide students, facutly, administration, and partnering agencies with a description of the process and procedures of the ASOT OTD Capstone Project.

OT 850 Management & Delivery of OT Services within Complex Health Care Systems

Course Description

The application of management principles within complex systems for the evidenced-based competent provision of occupational therapy services for individuals, groups, organizations, and populations will occur. Students will discuss various contextual influences on management, supervision/collaboration, financial/reimbursement, program development and evaluation, and legislative/regulatory implications for practice. Demonstration of knowledge of national requirements for credentialing, state licensure, reimbursement systems, and the ability to determine need for, plan, develop, organize, market, and evaluate services is required.

  • Clinical practice skills: OTKE after FW Level II (3d), NBCOT CST practice (3, d), NBCOT MCT Practice exam (3,d), ethical reasoning learning activity(1f) 
  • Research skills: evidence-based management case analysis assignment (1, d, f)
  • Administration:  Group case-based learning activities on service competency, billing, and management principles (1, 6 a, f), Emotional Intelligence learning activities (3, d, g) 
  • Program and policy development:  Case based CQI learning activities, evidenced based case management assignment (1, f)
  • Leadership: Initial components of professional portfolio (1, d, g), working in organizations learning activities (1,6, a, f) 
  • Advocacy: Case presentations of group learning activities (1,6, a, f) – responsible participation in a profession learning activities (1, 6, a, f)

OT 860 Occupational Therapy Leadership & Advocacy

Course Description

Examines the varied roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist as a leader in practice, education research, consultative and entrepreneur arenas. Roles include involvement in international, national, state, and local professional associations. Application of leadership theory, adult learning, change, program development, and marketing strategies in health or community settings is analyzed. The impact of professional and personal accountability, competency and advocacy strategies for the profession is emphasized. The development of an electronic professional portfolio is a major outcome of the course.

This course aligns with knowledge, skills, and understanding of developing the competency for completing OT 900: Occupational Therapy Capstone through developing and advancing skill in complex occupation-based reasoning for effective, client-centered, compassionate care. This process occurs through case-based problem solving and meets leadership and advocacy learning outcomes.

  • Research skills: program case proposal with evidence-based approach(1, f)
  • Administration: program case proposal (1, f), marketing activity (1, 6, a, g)
  • Program and policy development: case proposal (1, f), marketing activity (1, 6, a, f)  
  • Leadership: Professional Portfolio (7, 6, d, g), Mock interview (7, d) competency measures learning activity (1,6, a, g), credentialing activity (1, 6, a, f, g) 
  • Advocacy: in-depth advocacy activities aligned with AOTA Vision 2025 (6, 7, f, g)
  • Education: Credentialing activities based upon ACOTE and SACSCOC Standards (6, 7, f, g)

OT 870 Synthesizing Occupational Therapy Research & Practice

Course Description

Focuses on the analysis of evidence-based occupational therapy practice using a critically appraisal process. Professional presentation of research evidence and systematic review analysis that focuses on occupational therapy practice assessment, diagnosis, interventions and outcomes will occur. Demonstration of the ability to use evidence –based reasoning to analyze, evaluate and diagnose problems related to daily occupational performance, participation and resultant quality of life are the major course outcomes. This course is designed to serve as an evidence-based preparation process for OT 900 Occupational Therapy Capstone.

This course aligns with knowledge, skills, and understanding of developing the competency for completing OT 900: Occupational Therapy Capstone by developing and implementing the skills necessary for evaluating and critically appraising research for application to individuals and populations being served by occupational therapists. Students will develop a narrative proposal for their capstone project during this class. Specific aspects will include a needs assessment, literature review, goals/objectives/strategies generation, and evaluation plan. The learning process for this class occurs through assigned readings, exploration, and utilization of Spalding University’s library databases in addition to interactive online learning modules. Competency is assessed through a series of evaluative processes related to the goals and objectives of this class (needs assessment, strategies, etc.).

  • Clinical practice skills: Locating quantitative and qualitative research from academic databases (e.g. Medline, CINAHL, PubMed etc.) to inform clinical practice resulting in systematic review of research related to focus of capstone project (1, 5, b, d, i).
  • Research skills: Development of critical appraisal skills including identification of strengths and limitations of methodology; identification of level of study; examination of methodology; interpretation of statistics and articulation of how findings could be used in the field of occupational therapy particularly within the Vision 2025 Statement (1, 5, b, d, i). Development of needs assessment of the facility including opportunities for OT intervention (1, 5, b, d, i). Development of goals/objectives, strategies and evaluation plan of capstone project (1, 5, b, d, i).
  • Leadership: Exploration of various roles of the occupational therapist as educator, consultant and entrepreneur at site of capstone project (1, 5, b, d, i).