Fieldwork offers hands-on practice outside of the classroom where you can integrate academic knowledge into real life and treatment situations. The occupational therapy fieldwork that you complete in our program will enrich your coursework and shape you into entry-level clinicians. Fieldwork is similar to a residency program for physicians or student teaching for classroom teachers. It is required to be awarded your master's degree and to be eligible to sit for the NBCOT examination.
As you move through the two levels of fieldwork (Level I and Level II), you will have increasingly complex experiences. Early experiences start with guided observation and hands-on practice of concepts intended to reinforce course content that you are learning in a particular semester. Later experiences will require that you take full responsibility for assessment and intervention of your supervising therapist's caseload and all the multitude of responsibilities related to being an entry-level occupational therapist.