Fieldwork Information for New Students

We want to welcome you to our fieldwork education program with Colorado State University Occupational Therapy Department!

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Fieldwork Forms for Students Entering Program Fall 2017

E*Value Immuns and Certs

Criminal Background Check

What is the purpose of fieldwork?

  • Provide students with the opportunity to apply the professional reasoning and practice concepts learned in class through hands-on practice.
  • Prepare students as future leaders in occupational therapy to work in a variety of practice settings such as skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, public schools, behavioral health centers, rehabilitation centers, adult day programs, and other community-based programs.
  • Prepare students to act as role models for providing occupation-based services to clients across the lifespan using evidence to guide decision-making.
  • Enable students to practice occupational therapy by engaging clients to optimize human performance and participation in everyday occupations and contexts across the lifespan.

How does fieldwork unfold?

  • Fieldwork is integrated with OT coursework to apply course concepts in practice with mentorship from OT faculty and fieldwork educators.
  • Students gradually acquire performance competencies and professional behaviors expected of an occupational therapist through progressively greater responsibility and independence during supervised fieldwork experiences.
  • Fieldwork is divided into two stages of professional performance with progressively higher expectations, level I and level II fieldwork.
  • There are three level I fieldworks, each one for 40 hours, and two level II fieldworks, each for 12 weeks full-time.

Where can I do fieldwork?

  • There are in-state and nation-wide fieldwork placements located within our network of over 280 contracts.

What are financial aspects of fieldwork?

  • Students are responsible for the financial aspects of doing fieldwork, including:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Relocation expenses
  • Commuting expenses
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Access to the E*Value fieldwork database system
  • Annual criminal background checks through CastleBranch
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) training
  • Prerequisites that are required by fieldwork sites

Student immunization, health and student records requirement for fieldwork

1. DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus) or TD (Tetanus, Diphtheria) 8 OT Policies and Procedures for Fieldwork
2. Hepatitis B (3 shot series) 9. 2017 Student Information Sheet
3. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) 10. Resource/Equipment Use Agreement
4. Negative PPD (TB test) within 12 months (X-ray may be required if test is positive) 11. CastleBranch Quest 10 panel drug screen
5. Varicella vaccine, varicella titer, or date of chicken pox documented by medical records 12. CastleBranch Annual Criminal Background Check
6. Photo Release Form 13. CastleBranch OSHA/HIPAA certification
7. Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Note: Costs for immunizations and health checks vary across the country, check your local healthcare provider for information in your area.

How are students assigned to fieldwork?

  • To achieve a successful learning experience, CSU-OT is committed to matching students’ interests and abilities with characteristics of the fieldwork sites.
  • Students are provided group and individual advising for fieldwork site selection.
  • There are regularly scheduled fieldwork meetings to guide students during the fieldwork program.
  • Because of limited availability of fieldwork sites, however, and to ensure the best possible fit between the student and a fieldwork site, students may be required to commute up to 1½ hours OR to relocate to another region for level I and level II fieldwork.


Fieldwork Office Contact Information