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 ID Special Interest Fieldwork

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

 

Fieldwork Office Contact Information

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