OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT A.A.S.

FIELDWORK

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.

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.