OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT A.A.S.

FIELDWORK

LEVEL I FIELDWORK
OTA 110 AND OTA 120
(CLINICAL AND COMMUNITY PRACTICE IA AND IB)

Level I fieldwork experiences enrich the academic coursework through guided observation and participation in aspects of the occupational therapy process. Each of the two courses consists of eight lecture hours and 35 clinical hours during the term. Students are required to visit specific clinical/community sites. Travel is required, as is the ability to schedule and attend fieldwork so that it does not interfere with class attendance or other student responsibilities. Clinical and Community Practice IA takes place during the first spring semester of the program. Clinical, and Community Practice IB takes place during the first summer session of the program. Please note that students may not be eligible for financial aid for the required summer OTA 120 (Clinical and Community Practice IB) course.

LEVEL II FIELDWORK
OTA 210 AND OTA 211
(FIELDWORK IIA AND IIB)

Level IIA and IIB fieldwork mark the transition between student and entry-level practitioner and occur after the student has satisfied all academic requirements, with a C or better and a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Each of the two courses consists of 8 weeks full-time (minimum of 280 hours) workplace training under the supervision of a qualified OTR or COTA. Level II fieldwork must be completed within 18 months following completion of the academic coursework.

IMPORTANT FACTS

  • Fieldwork sites are located throughout the Central New York area. Reliable transportation is required. In some cases special housing arrangements may be necessary. Students are responsible for these arrangements and all expenses incurred.
  • Most agencies operate between 8:00am – 5:00pm. Plan accordingly and take into account the time needed for travel.
  • Students must maintain current health clearance, CPR certification and liability insurance (available through the college).
  • Students should be prepared to undergo criminal background checks, drug testing and finger printing prior to the fieldwork experience, as these may be required by fieldwork sites.