​​​Occupational Therapy Fieldwork​​​​​

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

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 2011)

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 2011)
 
Level II Fieldwork experiences develop core competencies necessary for entry therapists. These competencies are in a variety of practice areas with clients of various ages and performance deficits. Students will experience supervised delivery of occupational therapy services. 


 
Answers to Your Fieldwork Questions
This website will help provides answers about fieldwork questions such as:
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  • Difficulties with supervisors
  • Failing
  • Unfair treatment
  • Accommodations for a disability