Residency - OTD
The doctoral experiential component or residency required for the doctorate of occupational therapy degree takes the student from generalist skills to advance skills in the area of a student‟s choosing with the guidance of an expert and faculty advisor. The residency is an integral part of the program’s curriculum design and includes 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.
The student must successfully complete all didactic coursework, fieldwork I and II‟s, and competency prior to starting the residency. During their final semester/term students complete a theme course that most closely relates to their chosen area of interest and they begin their actual residency. The residency will be mentored by an expert in the field of the resident’s area of specialization and advised by a faculty member designated for that project.
Each student is required to complete 16 weeks or 640 hour to satisfy the requirement for residency. Prior fieldwork or work hours cannot be applied towards residency hours. Students must have a written plan as to how the hour requirement will be met as part of their residency contract. Completion of all fieldworks and residency must be completed within 28 months from completion of didactic work.
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