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Fieldwork Experience: BSHS/MSOT Program

Fieldwork experience is an integral part of the student's occupational therapy education at Touro College. It provides students with opportunities to practice new skills, observe client/patient behavior, model practice after master clinicians, and explore the application of didactic and theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom.

Clinical Fieldworks are integrated throughout the curriculum and must be completed in the established sequence. Failure to successfully complete the proper sequence may interrupt the sequence of courses available, and/or impact the timely completion of the entire program of study.

Level I fieldwork consists of six site visits to clinical settings. These visits are intended as preliminary exposure and exploration opportunities, although they may also include specific assignments. It is expected that student performance will improve as the student advances through the program. Time for Level I fieldwork is built into the student's schedule. Students are expected to attend all Level I sessions. If an absence occurs, students are to call the OT Program and the fieldwork site. Students are required to make up any missed sessions.

Level II fieldwork is a full-time placement in a clinical setting under the supervision of an experienced occupational therapist. Level II fieldwork is generally either twelve (OT 302 and 402) or eight (OT 602) weeks full-time in a single site, although special alternative placements may be arranged from time to time. Students on Level II fieldwork are expected to perform as entering professionals, abiding by the legal, ethical, procedural standards and assigned schedule of the center, the profession, and the school. Scheduling for Level II placement is done by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator. Students are placed in facilities and centers with which Touro has a clinical contract. Only the School and the Program can act as representatives in the development of such a clinical contract.

Students are assigned to a fieldwork placement that is selected from our pool of available fieldwork centers. Placement may be at local, or distant out-of-town sites. While some fieldwork centers provide stipends, meals, parking, and/or housing options, students should be financially prepared to pay for uniform, travel, housing, and meal expenses involved in fieldwork assignments. Students should expect to be commuters or residential boarders for each of their fieldwork assignments. It is the student's responsibility to have transportation arrangements in place that will allow for full and punctual participation in all academic and/or fieldwork experiences scheduled throughout the occupational therapy program. Students in the BSHS/MSOT Program must complete all Level II Fieldwork within 24 months of the completion of all other courses.