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MSOT Fieldwork


Welcome! This website provides access to useful information and resources to Fieldwork Educators who are scheduled to supervise, currently supervising or thinking about supervising a student during a clinical rotation.

Purpose of Fieldwork

The purpose of fieldwork for occupational therapy students is to transition learning from a didactic environment to hands-on clinical experience and to give students the opportunity to apply their skills in a variety of settings. Through the use of purposeful and meaningful occupation, the goal of fieldwork is to cultivate competent entry level generalists. Ethical practices, values and beliefs of the profession are expected to be upheld by the students during all aspects of their fieldwork experience.

Clinicians interested in becoming a Fieldwork Educator, please contact: Rachel Ellis, MS, OTR/L, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator of Occupational Therapy, 423-461-1538

Prior to Beginning Fieldwork

» Fill out the Fieldwork Data Form

Level I Fieldwork

Level I-A Fieldwork Practicum Experience (Pediatrics)

During the second semester (spring) students progress to a formal fieldwork placement in a pediatric occupational therapy setting.

Relevant course work completed or currently enrolled:

  • OT 560-Foundations of OT
  • OT 632-OT in Pediatrics
  • OT 605-Lifespan Development
  • OT 501-Diagnostic Considerations for OT

Forms:

Level I-B Fieldwork Practicum Experience (Psychosocial)

During the third semester (fall) students will participate in a fieldwork placement in a psychosocial or community-based occupational therapy setting.

Relevant course work completed or currently enrolled:

  • OT 560-Foundations of OT
  • OT 631-Psychosocial Theory & Practice
  • OT 532-Functional Neuroanatomy

Forms:

Level I-C Fieldwork Practicum Experience (Physical Dysfunction)

During the fourth semester (spring) students will participate in a fieldwork placement in a physical dysfunction occupational setting.

Relevant course work completed or currently enrolled:

  • OT 560-Foundations of OT
  • OT 501-Diagnostic Considerations for OT
  • OT 620-Activities of Daily Living
  • OT 643-Orthopedic Dysfunction Theory & Practice
  • OT 644-Neurological Dysfunction Theory & Practice
  • OT 605-Lifespan Development
  • OT 652-OT in Geriatrics

Forms:

Level II Fieldwork

» Student Evaluation of Fieldwork Experience Form

Level II fieldwork involves a minimum of 24 weeks’ full-time (approximately six months) of Level II fieldwork. Normally students are placed in two different facilities for three months each.  Students are required to do at least one rotation in physical dysfunction and may choose pediatrics, psychosocial or a second physical dysfunction experience. There is also an optional third Level II fieldwork placement that is 6-12 weeks in duration and is in an approved setting of the student’s choice. The Occupational Therapy Faculty Council meets to approve all Level II fieldwork placements to assure the placements fit the needs of the student.  Students will not be allowed to be placed in a facility where they have previously worked, are under contractual agreement or where they completed their Level I fieldwork rotation. It is the policy of the graduate program in occupational therapy to require full-time students to complete fieldwork in six months. In extenuating circumstances requiring approval from the Fieldwork Coordinator, the Level II fieldwork may be completed on a part-time basis as defined by the fieldwork placement in accordance with the placements usual and customary personnel policies as long as it is at least 50% of a full-time equivalent at that site.  Please note that if the facility typically works a nine or ten hour day, then the student’s total hours will be greater than 940 hours). All occupational therapy students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of academic preparation (didactic portion). To meet degree requirements, students must successfully complete two Level II fieldwork experiences within a maximum of three attempts.  Clinical sites determine the way in which clinical hours are scheduled.

The fieldwork coordinator makes all placements to assure students receive the various clinical experiences needed. Final approval of all fieldwork placements is determined by the Occupational Therapy Faculty Council. Students’ requests for particular sites, dates or geographic locations cannot be guaranteed. Once the student has been notified of the facility and dates, changes can occur in one of three ways: 1) The facility may cancel the reservation; 2) The student may petition the faculty (see Student Manual, Appeal Form); 3) The academic fieldwork coordinator may make an administrative decision to withdraw the student. Supervision of students on Level II fieldwork is provided by a certified occupational therapist with a minimum of one year of experience in a practice setting.

We strive to provide a beneficial Level II fieldwork experience through a number of means.  Written, telephone, e-mail, online (course platform) and on-site communication methods used for dialogue between the fieldwork coordinator, the student, and the fieldwork site. Fieldwork evaluation forms are completed by fieldwork educator and then reviewed by the fieldwork coordinator. The evaluations are used to help determine the projected academic needs of students to meet the requirements of the fieldwork setting in the future. The student evaluations of the fieldwork site aid in determining areas of strength or weakness in academic preparation, as well as in appropriateness of the fieldwork site for future placements.