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The goal of Level I experiences is to introduce the occupational therapy student to the fieldwork experience, to apply knowledge to practice, and to develop understanding of clients (ACOTE Standards, 2006). The AOTA Standards describe the goal of Level I Fieldwork "to introduce students to the fieldwork experience, and develop a basic comfort level with an understanding of the needs of clients." 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." Level I Fieldwork experiences allow occupational therapy students supervised practical client experiences that are integrated throughout the curriculum. 

Due to the exploratory nature of Level 1 experiences, these may experience may NOT have an occupational therapy practitioner as the student’s supervisor (ACOTE, 2011). 

The Level I fieldwork experiences are scheduled as follows. They are generally one week in length and represent a full time experience of approximately 30-35 hours of direct observation time.

Course

Description

Semester/Year

Credits

OT 5823

Professional Reasoning &

Fieldwork Adolescents & Young Adult

Spring/Year 1

3

 

OT 5833

 

Professional Reasoning &

Fieldwork Mental Health & Community

Summer/Year 1

3

 

 

 

 

OT 5843

Professional Reasoning &

Fieldwork Middle/Older Adult

Fall/Year 2

3

OT 5853

 

Professional Reasoning &

Fieldwork Infant & Child

Spring/Year 2

3

FIELDWORK 1 RESOURCES 

AOTA Link COE http://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Fieldwork/LevelI.aspx

AOTA Statement: Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education: Value & Purpose Purpose  (available to AOTA members) http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=2545292&_ga=1.140030325.779420117.1462742151

AOTA HIPPA Guidelines for Fieldwork http://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Fieldwork/Supervisor/HIPAA.aspx

TBOTE Continuing Education – Fieldwork - http://www.ptot.texas.gov/page/ot-acts-and-rules

NBCOT Continuing Education – Fieldwork - http://www.nbcot.org/chart

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