Clinical education is a critical piece to professional development and competency in the discipline of occupational therapy. Students in the Occupational Therapy program at Creighton University receive personalized attention to match clinical education experiences to individual goals and learning outcomes related to the formation of a well-rounded generalist practitioner. Unique to Creighton’s program, each student is assigned a clinical education faculty member as a clinical advisor to design an individualized, dynamic clinical education experience nationally or internationally.
In addition to didactic course work, students in the Entry-Level Professional Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program enroll in four Level I fieldwork experiences during their first five semesters. Level I Fieldwork covers the life span, including hospitals, clinics, school systems and community centers and consists of both didactic and experiential learning opportunities.
Level I Fieldwork Courses:
- OTD 318 Level IA Fieldwork: Mental Health
- OTD 390 Level IB Fieldwork: Physical Rehabilitation
- OTD 490 Level IC Fieldwork: Pediatric or Selected Practice Setting
- OTD 491 Level ID Fieldwork: Pediatric or Selected Practice Setting
Two of the nine professional semesters required for the entry-level OTD degree are three-month clinical fieldwork placements at supervised, approved facilities (level II fieldwork). Eligibility for level II fieldwork experiences is determined by the student’s mastery of the professional curriculum. A GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for level II fieldwork placement.
Level II Fieldwork Courses:
- OTD 460 Clinical Education Seminar I
- OTD 461 Clinical Education Seminar II
- OTD 481 (Level II A)
- OTD 571 (Level II B)
Doctoral Experiential Component (DEC) – Entry-Level OTD Program
DECs are a unique component of the doctoral program. They give students the opportunity to extend and refine the knowledge acquired in the classroom and use it to critically analyze occupational therapy practice and refine skills in one or more of the given areas of focus:
- Advanced clinical practice
- Program and policy development
- Theory development
Opportunities both nationwide and internationally are available across the globe.
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