College of Education and Rehabilitation
Department of Occupational Therapy
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program
Doctoral Practicum (in Developing Status)
The goal of the doctoral practicum is to provide an in-depth, focused experience in clinical practice. It is designed so that our students identify and develop strategies to enable occupational therapy to respond to society’s changing needs, and develop new service provision models to respond to policy, regulatory agencies, and reimbursement and compliance standards.
Practicum experiences may include participation in teaching, research, administration, leadership, and advocacy. At the completion of the doctoral practicum, students will have learned how to function as scholars, create new knowledge, develop interventions, advance the practice of occupational therapy, and shape social programs and policies.
The relationship with the specialist/mentor for the doctoral practicum will be facilitated by the OTD students. The student will identify a doctorally-credentialed mentor who has expertise in clinical practice, research, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development. Each student will identify his/her proposed mentor by the Spring 2 semester to ensure this mentor can be properly notified with memorandum of understanding created.
Level I fieldwork experiences:
- Fieldwork 1A: focuses on individuals with cognitive-behavioral disorders, mental health disorders, and works with at-risk populations of individuals from the community. Examples of traditional and role emerging Level I fieldwork sites include foster care agencies, juvenile justice facilities, senior centers, rehabilitation environments for individuals with mental health conditions, mental health drop in centers, or homeless shelters.
- Fieldwork IB: focuses on children and youth. Examples of traditional and role emerging Level I fieldwork sites for the children and youth semester include: daycare centers, rehabilitation environments for children and youth receiving OT treatment, school systems, and foster care centers.
- Fieldwork IC: focuses on adults and older adults. Examples of traditional and role emerging level I fieldwork sites for adults and older adults include: day care centers, Alzheimer’s centers, senior centers, skilled nursing facilities, in and outpatient rehabilitation centers.
Level II Fieldwork Experiences
- Level II A and B fieldwork experiences occur in the second spring semester. Students work in conjunction with the academic fieldwork coordinator to make Level II selections. Students complete one twelve-week and two six-week fieldwork experiences.