As an entry-level doctoral occupational therapy student, you’ll complete a doctoral capstone experience (DCE), which offers opportunities to specialize in areas that spark your interest. Similar to an internship, you’ll work on-site at your designated facility for a minimum of 14 weeks (560 hours). 

Brenau faculty will work with you for three semesters to prepare for the DCE and develop a capstone project. Some of this preparation involves literature review, needs assessment and an evaluation plan with goals and objectives. Once you receive your placement for the DCE, you’ll implement your project at your respective facility. Some of our students’ capstone projects involve incorporating canine therapy into OT sessions; helping children who have experienced trauma as a result of regular hospital visits; starting a health and wellness program for adults with special needs; and using constraint-induced movement therapy for older adults in a group setting. 

By the time you begin your DCE, you will have finished all your coursework, including two full-time, 16-week fieldwork experiences. When you complete your capstone experience and project, you’ll share your results publicly. 

View the OTD Capstone timeline here.

Wherever your interests take you, our capstone coordinator will ensure you find the right fit. Here are some of our DCE placements:

  • CAREing Paws, animal therapy nonprofit 
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 
  • Aim to Be3, nonprofit that serves adults with special needs
  • Shepherd Center, hospital that specializes in treating spinal cord injuries and more
  • Concussion Institute at Northside Hospital Duluth
  • Bay Cliff Health Camp, a children’s summer therapy camp

Have questions about the DCE? Contact Laura Carpenter at lcarpenter@brenau.edu or 678-707-5005