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 423-975-8014

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
  • OT 632
  • OT 605
  • OT 501


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
  • OT 631
  • OT532


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
  • OT 501
  • OT 620
  • OT 643
  • OT 644
  • OT 605
  • OT 652




Level II Fieldwork

Student Evaluation of Fieldwork Experience Form

Level II fieldwork involves a minimum of six months of supervised clinical practice. Normally students are placed in two different facilities for three months each. Students are encouraged to do at least one rotation in physical dysfunction and may choose pediatrics, psychosocial, or a second physical dysfunction for their second rotation. 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 that the placements fit the needs of the student. Students will not be allowed to be placed in a facility where they have previously worked 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. For part-time students, at least three months of the sustained fieldwork should be completed on a full-time equivalency, but typically a minimum of 940 hours is the standard to meet this six-month requirement (This is based on an eight hour day. 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 that students receive the various clinical experiences needed. Final approval of these 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 endeavor to provide a beneficial Level II fieldwork experience through a number of means. Written, telephone, e-mail, online and on-site communication methods are used for dialogue between the fieldwork coordinator, the student, and the fieldwork site.

Fieldwork evaluation forms are completed by fieldwork supervisors and then reviewed by the fieldwork coordinator. They 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 placement.