Fieldwork is an important aspect of occupational therapy education. At university selected and approved community based settings; students learn clinical skills through directed observation and experiential learning (Level I) and apply theoretical knowledge in supervised fieldwork settings (Level II). Fieldwork assignments are made to reflect the scope of occupational therapy practice and the life span.
FIELDWORK LEVEL I
Each Level I placement is embedded into a corresponding Assessment and Intervention course (OT 5111- Assessment & Intervention in Pediatrics, OT 5112- Assessment & Intervention in Adults and OT 5113- Assessment & Intervention in Older Adults). The student is assigned to a center for one full day a week for six weeks (6 days). There, they have the opportunity to observe services in the setting and, using the information gained from this experience, practice their skills under the close supervision of a therapist or other identified supervisor.
The following is an outline of Fieldwork Level I assignments for MOT students and the sequence in which they occur:
Spring Semester, 1st Year
In conjunction with the course, OT 5111: Assessment & Intervention with Children, the student is assigned to a setting for children and/or adolescents one day a week for six weeks (6 days).
In conjunction with the course, OT 5112: Assessment & Intervention with Adults, the student is assigned to a mental health community placement, one day a week, for six weeks (6 days).
Fall Semester, 2nd Year
In conjunction with the course, OT 5113: Assessment & Intervention with Older Adults, the student is assigned to an older adult setting, one day a week, for six weeks (6 days). The settings may be acute, chronic or non- traditional in nature.
FIELDWORK LEVEL II
Each Level II placement is a standalone 4.0 credit hour course OT 5987- Fieldwork Seminar I and OT 5988 Fieldwork Seminar II.
This level of fieldwork is scheduled following the successful completion of all course work. All students are required to complete two 3-month placements covering the life span and a variety of disabilities. The fieldwork assignments and the order of the experiences are determined by the Fieldwork Coordinator. Selections are made in the spring of the first year.
If you are interested in setting up a fieldwork affiliation with Temple MOT students, please contact our Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Dr. John Patro, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-707-4836.