Fieldwork courses are designed to provide students with extended opportunities to practice the role of practitioner, educator-learner, researcher and administrator in clinical and community-based settings, as well as, in emerging areas of Occupational Therapy Practice. Fieldwork courses are designed to support the didactic content as well as to provide opportunities for students to practice competencies and skills learned throughout the curriculum. Through Fieldwork experiences students are able to apply the Occupational Therapy Process with diverse populations. Fieldwork courses emphasize wellness, health promotion, client centeredness, cultural relevance, professional reasoning and evidence based practice.
Level I: Fieldwork experiences are designed to enrich student learning by providing opportunities to apply didactic content to real life experiences. A primary purpose of Level I FW is to include experiences that support "coursework through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process." Services may be provided to a variety of populations through a variety of settings including traditional and emerging areas of practice. These experiences are designed to provide a service to the community. At the same time these community–based experiences enrich student learning by providing opportunities active hands on learning.
Level II: Fieldwork practicum provides students with opportunities for implementation and delivery of OT services under supervision. It is expectation that students will implement services that are occupation-based, client-centered and culturally relevant in a variety of settings. Examples of the types of fieldwork facilities include: acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, private practice agencies, schools and community-based agencies. Level II Fieldwork experiences provide opportunities for students to address the physical, cognitive and psychosocial needs of diverse populations across the lifespan, including children, adolescents and adults. All fieldwork must be completed within 24 months following the completion of academic course work and prior to graduation.