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. International fieldwork options can be pursued. 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.
Visits to health care 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 health care arenas with a variety of consumers/patients.
Level II Fieldwork
Level II fieldwork consists of two full-time 12 to 13 week clinical training experiences, (Part-time options are available). Each student treats a wide range of disabilities and age groups. Emphasis is on applying knowledge through in-depth activities, tasks, and the responsibility for delivering health care 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 fieldwork.