Level I and Level II Fieldwork studies are substantial components of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Students are to experience and assume professional roles and responsibilities through the Fieldwork assignments. The demonstration of clinical competency is critical to assure optimal patient care. Successful completion of the Fieldwork Level II assignments is also a requirement by the AOTA in order to be eligible for the certification examination.
Level I Fieldwork experience is an integral part of the academic work that is designed to provide students the opportunity to obtain experience through observations and participation in a clinical setting. Students will be given specific assignments that are associated with academic course work.
Level II Fieldwork is to be completed during the last semester of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, following completion of all academic work. It consists of two eight-week assignments. Fieldwork sites are pre-selected by the department and have current student training contracts with the College. Students are required to complete the Level II Fieldwork within 12 months following the completion of the OTA academic preparation.
Prior to the Fieldwork Assignments, students must posses the following:
- Current CPR card with BLS for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association.
- Current personal health care insurance policy.
- Current malpractice (professional liability) policy.
Prior to the Level II Fieldwork Assignments the student must have completed the following:
- Possess 1-3 listed above.
- All academic coursework (prerequisites, core classes, and general education) in the OTA program with a grade of "C" or better.
- Met with a counselor and submitted a graduation petition.
- Completed and submitted a student profile to the academic fieldwork coordinator.
For detailed policies and procedures pertaining to the Academic Fieldwork Program please refer to the 2015-2016 Fieldwork Manual.