You will be assigned fieldwork settings based on multiple considerations including: your interest, site availability, your academic needs, etc. Fieldwork experiences are crucial to allow you the opportunity to apply knowledge you have gained within the education program to real-life situations with clients. The Fieldwork Coordinator will work closely with you to ascertain the highest degree of success possible.
There is a possibility that you may need to relocate for some portion of fieldwork and you are not guaranteed to be placed in a specific geographical area. There are two types of fieldwork for the occupational therapy program:
Level I: Shorter in length of time, focused on various populations and in conjunction with curriculum focus each semester, and with various settings and facilities
Level II: Performed in various settings including hospitals, nursing homes/long term care facilities, out-patient facilities, school systems, psychiatric facilities, child and adult developmental care facilities, community-based settings, wellness facilities, etc.
*You must complete Level II Fieldwork within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program.
Fieldwork Educator's Resources
- AOTA Mental Health Resources
- HIPAA Policies in Fieldwork
- Level I Fieldwork Information
- AOTA Position Paper for Level 2 Fieldwork & OT Students
- COE Guidelines for Level 2 OT Fieldwork Experience
Additional fieldwork articles for reference
- Cohn, E., Dooley, N., Simmons, L. (2001). Collaborative fieldwork model. Haworth Press, Inc., pp. 69-83.
- Evans, M., Barnes, M., and Cohn, E. (2002, January/February). Perceptions of level I and level II fieldwork in the same site. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, pp. 103-106.
- Johnson, C., Haynes, C., Oppermann, J. (2007, December). Supervision competencies for fieldwork educators. OT Practice.
- Stutz-Tanenbaum, P., Hooper, B. (2009, June). Creating congruence between identities as a fieldwork educator and a practitioner. Education Special Interest Quarterly published by The American Occupational Therapy Association, 19(2), 1-4.