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Capstone Title

Use of Simulated Patients in a Doctoral Occupational Therapy Education Program

Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Christina Kane, Ed.D., MS, OTR/L

Second Mentor

Melissa Morris, MSN, RN, CPN, CHSE


Simulated patients are a resource that is often used in other health care programs to give students early exposure and practical experience with a patient before they advance onto their fieldwork. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of simulated patients in a Doctor of Occupational Therapy program by analyzing literature regarding simulated patients in various health care education programs. This literature review reviews the results of the use of simulated patients in health care education programs and their effect on the student’s education.

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