Level I Fieldwork
Level I fieldwork introduces students to the fieldwork experience. Students develop a basic comfort level with client needs and communication. “Level I fieldwork is not intended to develop independent performance, but to include experiences designed to enrich didactic coursework through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process” (AOTA, 2021). Under the supervision of licensed practitioners, students complete two 48-hour, level one experiences in conjunction with didactic classes. Level I fieldwork experiences are completed on non-campus days and during normal working hours. COTA’s may waive the second level I fieldwork rotation following successful completion of the first level I fieldwork.
Level II Fieldwork
The continuation of our curriculum leads students to Level II fieldwork. Students complete 24 weeks of full-time clinical practice, typically in two, 12 week rotations, under the supervision of an occupational therapist. Initially, clinical supervision is direct and then decreases to less direct supervision as appropriate for the client and setting. Level II fieldwork is designed to promote clinical reasoning and reflective practice to expand on principles learned in the didactic portion of our program developing students into generalized, entry-level therapists.
Upon successful completion of Level II Fieldwork, the students are eligible for graduation and the NBCOT exam. Fieldwork sites are arranged between the university and participating clinical facilities. Students pay regular tuition during this period. Level II fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of academic coursework completion. No part of Level I fieldwork may be substituted for Level II fieldwork.