Fieldwork experiences provide OT students with many opportunities to practice their skills and clinical reasoning, evaluate their career interests, and to make the important transition from learning to practice.
Typical Fieldwork Sites
- Medical and health settings (specialized and rehabilitation hospitals, hand therapy and outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities)
- Public school settings, early intervention programs, summer camps
- Community agencies, group homes, senior centers, assisted-living facilities
Fieldwork placements are completed within two phases:
Level I: Part Time
Students complete multiple Level I fieldwork experiences concurrent with assessment and intervention coursework. These experiences provide opportunities for structured interaction with clients under the guidance of a practicing professional.
Level II: Full Time
After six semesters, students begin two 12-week fulltime Level II fieldwork rotations. The expectation of Level II fieldwork is that the student functions as an entry-level practitioner who is responsible for implementing therapy sessions and carrying a full caseload of clients. Students are supervised by an OT, but responsible for their own cases.
Students must successfully complete Level II fieldwork within 15 months beyond the date of completion of the final didactic semester or repeat selected course(s) or demonstrate competency prior to beginning fieldwork experiences.
While completing Level II fieldwork, students participate in on-line clinical reasoning courses to strengthen the link between classroom theory and daily professional practice.