OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT A.A.S.
The OTA curriculum includes 4 required fieldwork rotations. Students travel to community settings for each of the two Clinical and Community Practice fieldwork courses outside of scheduled class times. Two Level II fieldwork courses comprise the final semester of the program, and each consists of 8 weeks of full-time supervised training in a clinical setting. Students gain in-depth experience in delivering occupational therapy services to clients of various ages, backgrounds, and conditions. Level II fieldwork may require special housing. Transportation to all fieldwork sites is the responsibility of the student.
Note: Students are required to take OTA 120, Clinical and Community Practice IB fieldwork course during the 10-week summer session after successful completion of the second semester of the program. The summer course is offered only in this sequence and is a requirement for continuation as a third-semester student and for graduation within the stated time line. Students may not be eligible for financial aid during the summer session.
Students are required to carry professional liability insurance and hold current CPR certification throughout all fieldwork experiences.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT FIELDWORK
- 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. Costs for this testing may be incurred by the student.
INFORMATION FOR FIELDWORK EDUCATORS
The American Occupational Therapy Association website has many helpful resources available for Fieldwork Educators. You can view upcoming Fieldwork Educator Certificate Regional Workshops.