​Occupational Therapy Fieldwork​​​​​

Fieldwork

Supervised fieldwork is an important component of the occupational therapy curriculum and two levels of experiences are required.


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Level I 

"The goal of Level I Fieldwork is to introduce students to the fieldwork experience, apply knowledge to practice, and develop a basic comfort level with and understanding of the needs of clients. Level I Fieldwork shall be integral to the program's curriculum design and include experiences designed to enrich didactic coursework through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process. Qualified personnel for supervised Level I Fieldwork include, but are not limited to, occupational therapy practitioners initially certified nationally, psychologists, physician assistants, teachers, social workers, nurses, and physical therapists." (STANDARDS, ACOTE 2006)

Level I Fieldwork experiences are devised to integrate a student's basic academic knowledge with clinical practice through experiential learning in a context critical to later therapeutic application of that knowledge. Level I Fieldwork provides opportunities for the development of appropriate clinical skills, effective communication, and professional behaviors.

 

Level II

"The goal of Level II Fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists.  Level II Fieldwork must be integral to the Program's curriculum design and must include an in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and/or research, administration and management of occupational therapy services.  It is recommended that the student be exposed to a variety of clients across the life span and to a variety of settings. The fieldwork experience is designed to promote clinical reasoning and reflective practice, to transmit the values and beliefs that enable ethical practice; and to develop professionalism and competence as career responsibilities. (STANDARDS, ACOTE 2006)
 
Level II Fieldwork experiences develop core competencies necessary for entry therapists. These competencies (see pages 13-15 of the Student Handbook) are in a variety of practice areas with clients of various ages and performance deficits. Students will experience supervised delivery of occupational therapy services. 

Students Perspective
Read what our students have to say about their fieldwork experiences and how the OT Program prepared them for successful careers.

 

“I believe the courses on therapeutic relationships and educational strategies were very strong in the program.  It is important to be able to appropriately interact with the patients/families and understand their level of learning before you can educate them.”

-Chassidy Johnson, Weekend Class of 2012 

My fieldwork educators “enthusiasm for the p
ractice of pediatric occupational therapy is contagious!  She leads by example while providing client-centered care.  As a fieldwork educator she is open, patient, and knowledgeable.”

-Karla Riste, Weekend Class of 2012

“Theoretical foundational courses allowed an organized approach to patient care.  The science behind the diagnosis and disease process provided focus on outcomes.  Research development provides the knowledge to provide evidence-based/best practice interventions.  The pediatric course provided a glimpse into evaluations and assessments.”

-Karla Riste, Weekend Class of 2012

“My fieldwork experience and my learning was enhanced throughout my fieldwork placement.  All of my assignments, observation opportunities, and evaluation/treatment experiences have been extremely beneficial.  There is no aspect of my learning experience that I feel should have been done differently.”

-Lauren Minor, Weekend Class of 2012

“All of the relationships affected my learning experience in a positive way.  I feel that I learned a lot from these relationships that also enhanced my own self confidence within my role as an occupational therapist” 
 

-Lauren Minor, Weekend Class of 2012

 


 

Prospective Students

These links offer information on career options and useful contacts for further​ information:


Answers to Your Fieldwork Questions

This website will help provides answers about fieldwork questions such as:

  • Supervision
  • Grading
  • Difficulties with supervisors
  • Failing
  • Unfair treatment
  • Accommodations for a disability
  • International fieldwork

Student Fieldwork Experiences

​This website provides information on OT resources related to fieldwork experiences​