Fieldwork, an integral part of the MOT learning experience.
Fieldwork is designed to enrich classroom learning through directed observation and participation in practice settings. Fieldwork experiences are included in four semesters of the program. The experiences progressively build on each other and are divided into two levels that coordinate with the curriculum design.
Level I Fieldwork
These experiences are part time over the course of the semester and are linked to previous course content. For example, in the fourth semester as students gain exposure to assessment and intervention with children, the associated Level I fieldwork will provide opportunities to view and develop skills beyond the assistant level. You’ll observe practitioner interactions, and develop an understanding of the needs of potential clients from a person-environment-occupation model. Every effort will be made to arrange field sites that are in the area in which you reside and that broaden your COTA experiences to bridge your understanding to the MOT level.
Level II Fieldwork
To prepare the student to make the transition to an entry level therapist the final phase of fieldwork has two full time placements. These placements are twelve weeks in duration and may require relocation. You may only repeat one Level II placement. The students have up to 24 months after finishing their academic coursework to complete both of these experiences.