The Department of Occupational Therapy has clinical agreements with over 300 hospitals, school systems, rehabilitation centers, mental health sites, and community based facilities across the United States and Canada. Local sites are available for many fieldwork experiences.
Three levels of fieldwork education are integrated into the occupational therapy curriculum. The first level is comprised of site visits and Level I. Level II fieldwork comprises the second level and Community Practice comprises the third level of clinical fieldwork. The goal of fieldwork is to prepare the students to be well-rounded, entry-level practitioners.
Visits to healthcare agencies are part of certain entry-level courses. These visits orient you to a variety of services provided in the local area, focusing on the context in which occupational therapy services are delivered or could be provided.
Level I Fieldwork
Experiences during the academic phase of the program enable students to apply classroom learning in the clinical setting. These experiences are associated with specific intervention courses and place students in various healthcare arenas with a variety of consumers/patients.
Level II Fieldwork
Level II fieldwork consists of two full-time 12-week clinical training experiences, (Part-time options are available). These two internships provide students with the opportunity to treat a wide range of disabilities and age groups. Emphasis is on applying knowledge through in-depth activities, tasks, and the responsibility for delivering healthcare to patients. Clinical experiences may include acute hospital settings, inpatient psychiatric settings, rehabilitation centers, day treatment centers, nursing homes, school systems, developmental centers, and community health initiatives.
An advanced placement in a community setting or educational environment allows you to explore non-traditional or specialty applications of occupational therapy. Community Practice occurs in the graduate year following Level II fieldwork.
Visit the Metro Buffalo OT Fieldwork Consortium website to learn more about fieldwork opportunities: www.otfieldwork.net.