It is the out of the classroom learning opportunity where students integrate academic knowledge into real life and treatment situations. Occupational therapy fieldwork enriches the coursework. It is similar to a residency program for physicians or student teaching for classroom teachers.
Placement settings for occupational therapy fieldwork include
- Public and private schools
- Sensory integration or hand clinics
- Nursing facilities
- Summer camp programs
- Mental health settings
- Domestic violence centers
- and other traditional and non-traditional locations
As students move through the two levels of fieldwork (Level I and Level II), they will have increasingly complex experiences starting with observation and moving to full responsibility for assessment and intervention of a full-time case load and all the multitude of additional responsibilities related to being an entry-level occupational therapist.
Check out the video below for a closer look at the type of work you can expect to do during your fieldwork experience.