Clinical Experience

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

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Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Fieldwork Experience varies from semester to semester, but typically students complete from 4-8 site visits on during the semester.  

Each student is required to successfully complete a total of two full-time, 12-week Level II placements. You should think of it as working a 40-hour work week for three months in one setting, then another three months in a different setting. Schedules do vary, though. For example, days in hospitals can be longer, and days in school systems can be shorter. Some sites may have evening hours and others weekend hours. Some weekly schedules involve four 10-hour days. Part-time fieldwork may be available in special situations and is determined on a case-by-case basis.

There are no mandatory types of Level I or Level II Fieldwork experiences. Students work with individuals of different ages throughout the lifespan with a variety of physical, cognitive and psychosocial conditions in a variety of practice settings.  

There are a variety of fieldwork placement sites available in and around the Philadelphia region.

Fieldwork Level II placement sites are available in other areas of the United States. Thomas Jefferson University students have completed fieldwork placements in 24 states (including Hawaii and California) and three countries outside the U.S.

As part of your pre-matriculation requirements, you have to have a physical, complete your health forms and complete your immunizations. This will be important for your Fieldwork because most sites ask for proof of health records and updated immunizations. It is important that you complete these forms and keep current on your immunizations and background checks to make your Fieldwork experiences go as smoothly as possible. Many sites will not recognize documents more than one year old.

The Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) training is an important part of confidentiality not only for Fieldwork but for ethical clinical practice. As part of your pre-matriculation requirements, you must complete the online HIPAA training for admission to Thomas Jefferson University. Additionally, you may have to complete HIPAA orientation or training at your Fieldwork placements. More information about HIPAA.