What is Fieldwork?
Fieldwork experiences are part of the curriculum at every occupational therapy program in the United States. 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, hospitals, nursing facilities, summer camp programs, mental health settings, domestic violence centers and other traditional and non traditional locations. Through supervised intervention, students practice professionalism, occupational therapy practice with the progressive goal of becoming a competent, entry-level generalist in the current and changing health care environment. 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. It is exciting to be part of this progression and realize at each fieldwork stage that Wow!! I am becoming an occupational therapist and I am really loving this work.