188 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Occupational Therapy 2018–2019 Preparation for the doctoral residency or what ACOTE refers to as the doctoral experiential component starts in OTD 8101: Introduction to Didactic, Clinical, and Capstone Experiences, and continues throughout the curriculum. It is addressed directly in OTD 8392: Doctoral Certification and Introduction to the Residency Program; OTD 8391: Level II Fieldwork Experience; and OTD 8493: Level II Fieldwork Experience; culminating with OTD 8494: Doctoral Residency. The residency is much like level I and level II fieldwork experiences in the selection and placement process. Like level I fieldwork, the residency may or may not be supervised by an occupational therapist or a professional who will serve as mentor to the student (mentee), but who has demonstrated expertise in one or more areas identified as the student’s focused area of study. The eight areas of study are clinical practice, research, administration, leadership, program and policy development, advocacy, education, or theory development. Professional Membership Students are required to obtain membership with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and their state association, Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA) in Florida, sustaining those memberships throughout the duration of the program. Maintaining AOTA and FOTA (or other state association) membership will ensure access to necessary professional resources required throughout the curriculum and will facilitate development of a professional identity. Students must submit proof of such membership on an annual basis. Program Leave of Absence A student desiring a voluntary leave of absence must first submit a written request to the program director and/ or the department chair as stated in the section of the student handbook titled Leave of Absence. Determination to grant the request and conditions of return will also follow procedures from the same source. Textbooks Students will receive information about course textbooks prior to the start of the semester in the O.T.D. Student Center on Canvas. Students may order textbooks from any source. However, it is highly recommended that students order the texts before the first day of the semester in time to complete their readings. Dress Code Students in the NSU Tampa O.T.D. Program are expected to comply with the dress code as outlined by the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences policy, and as stated in each course syllabus. In addition, individual courses may require lab or other attire as determined by the course professor.