Doctoral Capstone

A capstone experience to advance your education

The doctoral capstone is an integral part of the Postprofessional Doctor of Occupational Therapy curriculum that allows you to complete an advanced practice capstone project in a focused area of your interest.

As a Postprofessional OTD student, you will begin your capstone project during your first semester. Capstone projects are individualized and based on your learning objectives, potential site-specific needs, areas of interest, and evidence and gaps in the literature. You will develop, plan, implement, and disseminate your doctoral capstone under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

The doctoral capstone journey:

Advanced Practice Capstone Project Proposal (OCTH-T 750)

  • This is the first course in the advanced capstone series. In this course, the student develops a capstone project proposal. The proposal will include an explanation of the need, a literature review to support the project, and project methodology, including a plan for evaluation of the project. Capstone project topics are chosen based on the students’ educational, professional, and/or practice goals.

Advanced Practice Capstone Project Plan & Experience (OCTH-T 790)

  • This is the second course in the advanced capstone series. In this course, the students finalize their capstone methodology and evaluation plans and make adjustments as needed. Students move forward with the implementation phase of their capstone projects. 

Advanced Practice Capstone Project Completion (OCTH-T 850)

  • This is the final course in the advanced capstone series. In this course, the students complete, present, and disseminate their advanced capstone projects.