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Name: Catherine Verrier Piersol, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Position: Department Chair & Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy

901 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Suite 644
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Fieldwork is an opportunity for you to apply what you are learning in the classroom to everyday occupational therapy practice.

Our students say that their Fieldwork experiences are the highlight of their time at Thomas Jefferson University. Fieldwork, and for OTD students, the Doctoral Experiential, is an amazing opportunity for you to apply what you are learning in the classroom to everyday occupational therapy practice.

You will actively participate in treatment activities with practicing professionals and clients and begin to develop your understanding of occupational therapy practice. There are two levels of Fieldwork coordinated with your progress through the curriculum:

  • Level I Fieldwork experiences are your first exposures to fieldwork
  • Level II Fieldwork experiences, also called “Affiliations,” occur later in the curriculum
  • For OTD students, the Doctoral Experiential occurs in the third and final year of the curriculum

Level I & II: Fieldwork - Center City

Combine your classroom learning with practical experience in the field of occupational therapy.

Level I & II: Fieldwork - East Falls

Combine your classroom learning with practical experience in the field of occupational therapy.

OTD Doctoral Capstone Experience

Jefferson - Center City Campus

Emerge as effective change-agents who successfully propel the profession forward in a way that ensures society’s  occupational needs and wants are met.

Promoting Environments that Measure Outcomes (PrEMO)

The PrEMO© mission is to promote environments that measure outcomes through innovative occupational therapy service delivery, student education, research, and community partnerships.

Rector Clinical Skills & Simulation Center

Jefferson - Center City Campus

Our Center is positioned to be a leader in the use of simulation to teach and assess clinical skills in health care providers.

Camp Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at camps for children and adults with special needs will give you valuable experience.