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Students in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program are formally evaluated at appropriate intervals during the curriculum to assess and document satisfactory progress and achievement of learning objectives and prescribed competencies. These evaluations occur on a regular basis at scheduled times during each course. Depending on the learning and competency outcome objectives, these evaluations are designed to assess the level of knowledge, problem-solving skills, psychomotor and clinical competencies, and behavioral performances of students during each course and/or fieldwork experience. Evaluation methods vary, depending on the course or experiential learning opportunity, and may include formal examinations, written essays, portfolio assignments, design and fabrication projects, psychomotor skill checks, or other methods of determining the extent to which each student has mastered the course content and skill competencies. Student performance in formal examinations is graded on a numerical/alphabetical system using a standard grading scale, which is published in this catalog and the Midwestern University Student Handbook. Students are customarily provided with feedback and grade reports after each examination summarizing their performance on each test item. Students will be required to participate in competency-based evaluations at various intervals throughout their academic tenure.
Evaluations of student performance during the Fieldwork II experiences are formalized using standard evaluation tools established by the American Occupational Therapy Association. In keeping with the Program's mission to exceed national standards, the Occupational Therapy Program reserves the right to augment the performance criteria required to successfully complete the Fieldwork Level II courses.
Evaluations of student performance during the Doctoral Internship and Capstone projects are formalized on a project-by-project basis consistent with the individualized nature of this final segment of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy curriculum. Student performance is evaluated based on faculty mentor and on-site mentor input.