OT Current Students
Fieldwork is an important component of your Occupational Therapy education at Elizabethtown College because:
- Clinical exposure provides the best context for applying information and skills gained in the classroom “real world” situations can’t be successfully simulated in the classroom.
- Students gain insights into the myriad of facets that play into the OT process including professional behaviors.
- The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) requires that level I and level II experiences be incorporated into all OT educational programs.
- Elizabethtown College provides a hand-crafted education. Fieldwork selection and placement is no exception. Students’ previous clinical and life experiences are considered in the regarding placement for all fieldwork.
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Elizabethtown College’s Occupational Therapy Department formats level I fieldwork in full-day visits during each of the practice courses. Starting in the spring of the third (junior) year, in OT 332 students will complete their fieldwork requirements one day per week as assigned or students can elect to complete 5 days of fieldwork over spring break at one of our contracted fieldwork sites. Similarly, OT 433 requires level I fieldwork in the fall and OT 434 in the spring of the senior year, again with the option of 5 days during spring break. Students will experience a variety of settings including acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient and private practice settings, schools, jails, clinics and in home health opportunities.
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Students typically complete level II fieldwork during the summers after the 4th and 5th years of academic study. The OT Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (ACFW) begins the process for level II placement during the junior year. Students indicate their top choices in advance of the placement process. Students’ learning needs, previous clinical experiences and exposure, availability and schedules at clinical sites and all relevant information are considered as well as the needs of the overall class of students being placed at that same time.
Students' sites are confirmed typically 9-12 months prior to starting level II fieldwork to allow sufficient time for finding housing and working out other details. Potential sites include private and public hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, Veterans’ Administration services, early intervention, acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, jails, schools, private practitioners, clinics, outpatient settings and nontraditional settings.
The student’s primary supervisor must be an occupational therapist who has graduated from a World Federation of Occupational Therapy -approved program. This supervisor must provide 8 hours per week minimum supervision and have been certified as an occupational therapist for at least 1 year. Students can be placed abroad if the experience can be arranged with available, qualified therapists. Additional expenses related to non-US experiences are solely the student’s.