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

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. 

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