Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Jenny Guerra

Second Advisor

Holly Grieves


This capstone experience explores the role of a Prospective Payment System (PPS) Coordinator within an inpatient rehabilitation setting and how the skills of an occupational therapist qualify the profession to contribute to the success of a PPS team. A literature review revealed the importance of non-traditional education placements within the occupational therapy curriculum to provide well-rounded experiences to students to leverage their professional careers. A needs assessment revealed a need to identify patient outcome trends within different Rehabilitation Impairment Categories at the capstone site. Objectives for this capstone experience and project include gaining competence in reviewing patient charts within the site-specific EMR, understanding the role of a PPS Coordinator regarding interdisciplinary team education, and identifying patient outcome trends through an outcomes review. Although the results of the patient outcome trends were asked to keep private by the capstone site, the capstone experience resulted in understanding how an occupational therapist’s clinical judgment, analysis and education skills, and collaborative interdisciplinary team skills qualify the profession for the role of a PPS Coordinator.