Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Department of Occupational Therapy

OTD Doctoral Capstone Experience

Center City

The faculty of the OT Department at Jefferson is committed to academic excellence by offering creative and innovative experiences that afford students opportunity to learn in context. It is the intent of the OTD Doctoral Capstone Experience is to build upon the foundations of occupational therapy education and provide faculty-mentored experiences that will transform students into the profession’s next-generation leaders in practice, academia, research, advocacy, and policy. Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) students will emerge as effective change-agents who successfully propel the profession forward in a way that ensures society’s  occupational needs and wants are met.

What are some examples of Doctoral Capstone Experience placements?

The Doctoral Capstone Experience is closely linked to the OT Department’s Research and Scholarship activities. These Laboratories highlight faculty scholarly work/clinical practice and areas of research.

Through the doctoral coursework, OTD students have the unique opportunity to interface with the department’s doctoral-prepared faculty to learn about potential doctoral capstone experience opportunities and capstone projects that occur in the third and final year of the OTD curriculum.

Current opportunities exist in:

  • Primary care
  • People with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers
  • Serious mental illness and chronic homelessness
  • Refugee populations
  • Collaborative design in healthcare
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Teaching in higher education
  • Young adults aging out of foster care (LGBTQ)
  • Measurement and outcomes
  • Students with disabilities in education
  • Transitional housing and trauma-informed care with women and children
  • Hand and upper extremity rehabilitation
  • Autism
  • Early intervention and school-based populations
  • First episode psychosis
  • Healthy recreation in the community