In addition to course work, occupational therapy students are required to complete a series of related fieldwork experiences. These fieldwork experiences provide the student with an opportunity to translate theory into practice and to observe or define the roles of occupational therapy in various clinical settings. Fieldwork experiences are woven throughout the Summer, Fall and Spring semesters and carry specific academic and clinical requirements.
Level I Fieldwork Experience – OTH 6812, OTH 6816 & OTH 6850
The goal of Level I fieldwork is to introduce students to the fieldwork experience, to apply knowledge to practice, and to develop understanding of the needs of clients. Level I fieldwork is integral to the program’s curriculum design and includes experiences designed to enrich didactic coursework through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process. Students are required to complete three Level I fieldwork experiences (approximately 40 hours each) in the clinical settings of psychosocial dysfunction, adult physical dysfunction and pediatrics.
Level II Fieldwork Experience – OTH 6848 & OTH 6849
After the conclusion of 2 years of coursework, occupational therapy students complete two 3-month fieldwork rotations. These occur in May and then in August. Students are assigned to fieldwork in a variety of clinical settings according to availability, student preferences, type of experience offered, and when indicated, the student’s needs. Students are required to select one site primarily oriented towards treatment of adult physical dysfunction. Fieldwork must be completed on at least a half-time basis and must be concluded within one year of completion of occupational therapy coursework.
The University of Florida maintains fieldwork contracts with a variety of settings around the United States and internationally. Students are supported in their choice of fieldwork settings with multiple resources to assist them in making their selection including information from previous students, materials sent from the fieldwork sites and information obtained from fieldwork site visits by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.