Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Occupational Therapy

Level I: Fieldwork

Level I Fieldwork lets you combine your classroom learning with practical experience in the field of occupational therapy. Although experiential learning is important, it is not intended to be independent performance. In Level I Fieldwork, you have opportunities to work with individuals from an array of age groups, with a variety of physical, cognitive and psychosocial conditions and in a variety of practice settings. Once you have completed all of your Level I Fieldwork experiences, you then begin your Level II Fieldwork (affiliations). Some places students have gone for their Level I Fieldwork include: hospitals, schools, early intervention settings, outpatient practices, home health, adult day programs and homeless shelters.

Hospitals & Medical Environments

  • Acute care
  • Rehab
  • Children’s hospitals
  • Psychiatric
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Outpatient and hand therapy


  • Pre-schools
  • Elementary
  • Middle and high schools
  • Schools for children with special needs

Early Intervention Settings

  • Home-based
  • Center-based

Community Programs

  • Group homes
  • Adult/older adult day programs
  • Sheltered workshops
  • Retirement communities
  • Homeless shelters
  • Home health
  • Therapeutic horseback riding programs
  • Day camps