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DOCTORAL EXPERIENTIAL (DEx) CLASS OF 2020 CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS

The purpose of the Doctoral Experiential is for students to apply the knowledge and skills gained during their OTD academic courses and their Level I and II fieldwork experiences in ways that challenge and perhaps transform the delivery of health, educational, and social services.

Through designing and implementing a community experiential and a scholarly project that specifically responds to the needs of a population and setting, students experience the roles of a reflective practitioner, a transformative leader, and an innovative designer. The Doctoral Experiential is a complex interrelated field experience and a scholarly project that is coordinated by a student, university, and community team.

Once the DEx is completed, the student is eligible to graduate. The student determines the best format to represent and disseminate their project results (i.e. Poster, PowerPoint presentation, Video, Lecture, Article, etc.

Sampling of projects produced by the Class of 2020.

DEX PROJECT COMPLIANCE WITH THE ACCREDITATION COUNCIL FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EDUCATION (ACOTE) STANDARDS

The entry-level (first professional degree) Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program at Western New England University (WNE) has been designed to meet and exceed the standards set for OTD programs by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Standards for the entry-level OTD require a Capstone. The WNE OTD program refers to this component as the Doctoral Experiential. This includes a Community Experiential and a Scholarly Project that have been designed to meet or exceed the ACOTE standards. Doctoral Experientials are planned and implemented jointly with students, faculty, and community partners.