Fieldwork

Students are assigned fieldwork settings based on multiple considerations including: student's interest, site availability, student's academic needs, etc. Fieldwork experiences are crucial to allow students the opportunity to apply knowledge they have gained within the education program to real-life situations with clients. The Fieldwork Coordinator will work closely with all students to ascertain the highest degree of success possible.

There is a possibility that you may need to relocate for some portion of fieldwork. There are two types of fieldwork for the occupational therapy program:

*You must complete Level II Fieldwork within 24 months following the completion of the didactic portion of the program. 

  • Level I: Shorter in length of time, focused on various populations and in conjunction with curriculum focus each semester, various facilities, likely will be within a reasonable geographical area from Paducah Regional Campus

  • Level II: Performed in various settings including hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient facilities, school systems, psychiatric facilities, child & adult developmental care facilities, community-based settings, wellness facilities, etc, nationwide

Fieldwork Educator's Resources: 

AOTA Mental Health Resources

HIPAA Policies in Fieldwork

Level I Fieldwork Information

AOTA Position Paper for Level 2 Fieldwork & OT Students

COE Guidelines for Level 2 OT Fieldwork Experience

 

Additional fieldwork articles for reference:

  • Cohn, E., Dooley, N., Simmons, L. (2001). Collaborative fieldwork model. Haworth Press, Inc., pp. 69-83.
  • Evans, M., Barnes, M., and Cohn, E. (2002, January/February). Perceptions of level I and level II fieldwork in the same site. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, pp. 103-106.
  • Johnson, C., Haynes, C., Oppermann, J. (2007, December). Supervision competencies for fieldwork educators. OT Practice.
  • Stutz-Tanenbaum, P., Hooper, B. (2009, June). Creating congruence between identities as a fieldwork educator and a practitioner. Education Special Interest Quarterly published by The American Occupational Therapy Association, 19(2), 1-4.