Doctoral Capstone


The doctoral capstone provides students with an in-depth exposure to a concentrated area of study.

Students select one concentrated area of study from the following options:

  • Clinical practice skills
  • Research skills
  • Administration
  • Leadership
  • Program and policy development
  • Advocacy
  • Education

Doctoral capstone preparation occurs as students’ progress through the curriculum and aligns with the curriculum design, sequence and scope of content (ACOTE D.1.1). Students will complete a literature review, needs assessment, goals/objectives, and an evaluation plan in preparation for the doctoral capstone (ACOTE D.1.3). Students will collaborate with the capstone coordinator, faculty advisor and site mentor throughout preparation for the doctoral capstone (ACOTE D.1.2). The site mentor must be an individual with expertise consistent with the student’s concentrated area of study, but does not have to be an occupational therapist (ACOTE D.1.6). A memorandum of understanding which outlines pertinent information about the plan for the doctoral capstone will be signed by all parties (ACOTE D.1.4). All doctoral capstone preparatory assignments will be finalized during the OT7201- Capstone Preparation course taken during the summer I semester of the second year.

The doctoral capstone is a six credit course consisting of two parts, a 14-week (560 hours) capstone experience and a capstone project (ACOTE D.1.0, D.1.5). Students will complete the doctoral capstone, OT7202 – Capstone, during the spring semester of their third year. It occurs after the completion of all coursework and fieldwork. It is the culminating experiential component of WMU OT program’s curriculum design. The capstone coordinator, faculty advisor, site mentor and student will use a formal evaluation for objective assessment of the student’s performance during and at the completion of the doctoral capstone (ACOTE D.1.7). The capstone project will demonstrate the students’ synthesis of in-depth knowledge in the concentrated area of study. The student will complete and disseminate the capstone project (ACOTE D.1.8).

The doctoral capstone will allow students the opportunity to demonstrate synthesis and application of the knowledge gained throughout the OTD program at WMU (ACOTE D.1.0).  


Holly Grieves, OTD, OTRL
Capstone Coordinator
Department of Occupational Therapy
200 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids MI 49503 USA
Phone: (6161) 742- 4842
Fax: (616) 771-4200