The purpose of the Huntington University Occupational Therapy program residency, also known as the doctoral experiential component (DEC), is to reflect the synthesis and application of evidence-based practice and occupational therapy principles and demonstrate achievement of the acquisition of advanced skills through student-generated learning outcomes and a product of practice/ clinical scholarship. The DEC provides the student an opportunity to synthesize didactic learning and thus gain a greater understanding of a specific area of practice, building a skillset beyond the generalist level. Ideally, the cumulative impact of the DEC will enhance evidence-based practice and strengthen emerging areas as OTD students integrate their varied experiences into the profession. The DEC provides the student an opportunity to synthesize didactic learning and thus gain a greater understanding of a specific area of practice, building a skillset beyond the generalist level. The OTD enters the job market with advanced skills in research, program development, OT education, or cross-cultural practice to name a few of the possibilities. The doctoral student is not “just another new grad,” but a tested professional who will add specialty experience and perspective to the professional team from the outset. Ideally, the cumulative impact of the DEC will enhance evidence-based practice and strengthen emerging areas as OTD students integrate their varied experiences into the profession.

The purpose of the residency is to reflect the synthesis and application of evidence-based practice and occupational therapy principles and demonstrate achievement of the acquisition of advanced skills through student-generated learning outcomes and a product of practice/clinical scholarship.  The student experience will occur over 16 weeks (minimum of 640 hours of which a minimum of 515 hours was spent on site directly with the target population) in one or more of the following areas of study has been completed prior to submission: clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education or theory development. It should be consistent with the program’s curricular design; the goal is to develop occupational therapists with advanced skills.

Experiential Component Projects; Class of 2017