Introduction to Fieldwork:
Welcome to the clinical application / fieldwork (FW) component of your occupational therapy education. Fieldwork is an integral component of occupational therapy education. These experiences provide the student with the opportunity to participate in professional responsibilities under the supervision of a qualified occupational therapy practitioner. Acting as a mentor and a role model, the Fieldwork educator provides the student with opportunities to gradually become independent practitioners and to achieve entry-level competency.
As defined in the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Standards, each student is required to complete a combination of Level I Fieldwork experiences (observation) and Level II Fieldwork experiences (performance based) integrated into the curriculum.