Fieldwork/Clinical Experience: Prospective Students
Level II: Affiliations
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Level II - Affiliations
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Level II Fieldwork will be an important part (and maybe your favorite part!) of your time at Jefferson. During your Level II experience, you will have the opportunity to deliver OT services to clients with occupational performance deficits while developing your own skills in the use of evaluation and intervention. You will be exposed to a variety of age groups, diagnoses and practice settings. The overall goal of Level II Fieldwork is to develop the skills, attitudes, values and professionalism that enable safe, ethical, occupation-based practice, and ultimately prepare you to be a competent entry-level occupational therapist.
In your Level II Fieldwork, you will be assigned to two sites on a full-time basis for a period of 12 weeks each. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinators, Caryn Johnson and Susan Santalucia, are responsible for ensuring that Fieldwork sites provide students with well-designed, educational and diverse experiences to ensure that you have the most enriching Level II Fieldwork experience possible.
Examples of Level II Fieldwork Experiences
Fieldwork is completed in a variety of settings with several different populations and diagnoses. Some experiences you may encounter during your fieldwork could include:
- Working with a premature baby in a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) to address development of oral-motor skills, positioning, sensory stimulation, and family/caregiver training.
- Seeing a pre-schooler with cerebral palsy in her home to work on developing independence with dressing and eating, and to provide adaptive equipment and positioning techniques so she can eat at the dinner table with her family.
- Seeing a school-age child with a developmental delay, in his school, for handwriting, gross and fine motor skills, play and school skills, and environmental adaptation so that he can better participate in school activities and with his peers.
- Working with a teenage girl with a learning disorder, in a community center, for self-esteem, social skills and communication, so that she can be a more social adolescent.
- Seeing a construction worker who was injured on the job in an outpatient setting for strength, range of motion, and work environment adaptations, so he can return to his job.
- Working in a hospital with an older adult, who had a stroke, to work on regaining independence and roles, community mobility, and home modification so that she can return home.
- Seeing a terminally ill cancer patient in his home to address quality of life issues.
When will I get to do Fieldwork?
Fieldwork begins your very first semester in the program. Level I fieldwork consists of at least four visits a semester. Level II Fieldwork is a minimum of 24-weeks of full time work.
The Fieldwork schedule is as follows:
|OT 330 (level I)||1st Fall||OT 340 (level I)||1st Fall|
|OT 340 (level I)||1st Spring|
|OT 341 (level I)||1st Summer||OT 341 (level I)||1st Summer|
|OT 440 (level I)||2nd Fall||OT 440 (level I)||2nd Fall|
|OT 441 (level I)||2nd Fall||OT 441 (level I)||2nd Fall|
|OT 480 (level II)||2nd Summer||OT 480 (level II)||2nd Spring|
|OT 482 (level II)||3rd Fall||OT 482 (level II)||2nd Spring/1st Summer|