Students

Overview of Fieldwork

Course Title

Description

Semester/ Yr

Credits

OT 686A

Level IA OT Process Fieldwork

Fall 1st Yr

1

OT 686C

Level IB Adult to Old Age Fieldwork

Spring 1st Yr

1

OT687

Level IIA Adult to Old Age Fieldwork

Summer 1st Yr

12

OT 686D

Level IC Infancy to Young Adult Fieldwork

Spring 2nd Yr

1

OT 686E

Level IE Fieldwork (optional/extra placement)

Hours arranged

1

OT688

Level IIB Fieldwork

Summer or Fall after 2nd Yr

12


What is level I fieldwork?

  • During the level I fieldworks (120 hours total), students build a professional identity progressing from observing to assisting and co-treating with occupational therapists and interprofessional team members.
  • Students develop professional reasoning and performance skills by engaging in the OT process with OT and non-OT fieldwork educators.
  • The three 40-hour level I placements are stepping-stones toward level II fieldwork.

Level IA Fieldwork OT Process

  • Students begin fieldwork during the first fall semester by doing a level IA fieldwork for 40 hours in an OT practice setting.
  • Students work with OT and non-OT fieldwork educators to deliver services with clients or client systems across the life span.
  • Students explore their own identity as a student therapist while learning about the role of occupational therapy in a variety of practice settings.
  • Fieldwork is integrated with fall courses including OT 601 Occupation and Rehabilitation Science, OT 610 Professional Decision Making, and OT 620 Research to Practice I.
  • Fieldwork experiences create opportunities for students to progress from active engagement to greater independence assisting the fieldwork educator in the therapeutic process.

Level IB Fieldwork Adult to Old Age

  • Students continue in the spring of the first year with level IB fieldwork by doing a 40 hour placement in an OT practice setting with adults and older adults.
  • Students develop novice level skills with clients as they assist OT and interprofessional team members with the occupational therapy process.
  • Level IB fieldwork learning experiences create opportunities for students to progress to planning assessments and interventions, and assisting with implementation.
  • Fieldwork is integrated with spring courses including OT 630 and OT660 Occupational Performance: Adult to Old Age I and II, and OT 640 Research to Practice II.
  • Intense course work builds upon level IB fieldwork to prepare students for summer level II fieldwork.
Fieldwork

Level IIA Fieldwork Adult to Old Age

  • Students’ progress to level IIA fieldwork in the summer after the first year intensive coursework.
  • Level IIA fieldwork occurs in medical and community settings where OT’s provide services for adults and older adults.
  • Students do the level IIA placement in adult physical medical settings, including acute care, sub-acute, in-patient rehab, skilled nursing, outpatient rehab, acute long-term care, psychosocial, community and behavioral health settings.
  • The purpose of level IIA fieldwork in between the first and second years of the program is to provide students an opportunity to gain competence practicing as entry-level occupational therapists.
  • Because of limited availability of fieldwork sites and to ensure the best possible fit between the student and a fieldwork site, students may be required to commute up to 1 1/2 hours OR relocate to another region.
  • Students return to campus after level IIA fieldwork to build new insights and perceptions about practice that enhance reflective discussions to a deeper level of analysis.

Level IC Fieldwork Infancy to Young Adult

  • The third and final required level IC fieldwork occurs during the second year in pediatric settings from infancy to young adult age groups in a wide variety of contexts with OT and non-OT fieldwork educators.
  • Level IC fieldwork is integrated with OT coursework occurring concurrently with fieldwork, depending upon the semester when taken, fall or spring.

Level ID Fieldwork Special Interest

  • Optional extra level I fieldwork in practice setting of student’s choice.
  • Level ID fieldwork occurs during the second year of the professional program.

Level IIB Fieldwork

  • The fieldwork program culminates with the level IIB fieldwork placement occurring either during the second summer or following fall semester.
  • Students choose the practice area, location, and timing to do level IIB fieldwork, going beyond the scope of the first level IIA placement.
  • Because of limited availability of fieldwork sites and to ensure the best possible fit between the student and a fieldwork site, students may be required to commute up to 1 1/2 hours OR relocate to another region.

Character Requirements for CSU Fieldwork and NBCOT Certification

  • See character requirements for CSU Fieldwork and NBCOT certfication.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in NBCOT's Early Determination Character Review prior to applying to the program. Students, who have additional questions or would like additional information, may contact the Regulatory Affairs Department at NBCOT, located at 12 S Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877.

 

Fieldwork Office Contact Information

Debi Krogh-Michna, Program Assistant, deborah.krogh-michna@colostate.edu, phone: (970) 491-6254