OTA Fieldwork

During our 16-month Online Occupational Therapy Assistant program, you will complete two levels of fieldwork experience, which represents 736 hours of learning in the real-world. Thus, OTA fieldwork plays a critical role in your education by allowing you to transition from student to practitioner.  

Fieldwork is where you test the theories you learned online and refine your skills in situations with actual patients. You also have the means to practice your interpersonal skills with clients and staff, helping you develop the professional behaviors that form productive working relationships.

A clinical instructor will supervise all of your fieldwork experiences. You are responsible for your transportation to and from the placement sites.

Fieldwork Level I

Fieldwork Level I introduces you to different occupational therapy settings and patient populations, enriching your knowledge through direct observation, job shadowing, and talking with professionals.

SemesterFieldwork – FocusLengthHours
1IA – Basic OT principles4 days32
2IB – Pediatrics and adolescents4 days32
3IC – Adults and geriatrics4 days32

Fieldwork Level I provides 96 total hours of real-world experience. We select level I locations that align with course objectives and the semester focus.

Fieldwork Level II

Fieldwork Level II further refines your hands-on skills and clinical judgment while working with actual patients. These full-time, supervised experiences develop your professional identity as an entry-level occupational therapy practitioner. While completing your fieldwork, you must work the same schedule as your assigned clinician.  

SemesterFieldwork – FocusLengthHours
4IIA – Applied learning, location specific8 weeks320
4IIB – Applied learning, location specific8 weeks320

We place students in Fieldwork Level II locations that provide the broadest exposure to the OTA field as possible, including traditional and emerging practice settings. Areas of focus may involve working with children, adults, and/or seniors with deficits in motor, sensory-perceptual, emotional, and/or cognitive skills.

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