Our fieldwork program consists of three semester-long Level I experiences and two 12-week Level II experiences. Level I fieldwork begins after two semesters of foundational content, allowing students to pull through, build on and apply core knowledge with new settings encountered. In line with our developmental curriculum, design each student will have a Level I experience with the childhood/adolescent population, one with the adult population and a final one with older adults. The timing of Level I experiences coincides with an assessment and intervention course to allow students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the field.

  • Level I

    Our Level I experiences are supplemented by an on-campus seminar to allow discussion, processing and assimilation of content from the classroom to the field and vice versa.

    You'll meet in a small group with an occupational therapy faculty instructor who's intentional about setting up a safe environment for discussion, knows the content from the associated courses, and is mindful of the various topics that must be woven into discussion. The small group seminar was designed so you can deepen your understanding of yourselves as a therapeutic agent and encourage wider participation in discussion and problem-solving, while also being a forum for making links between the didactic and applied aspects of the curriculum.

    Additionally, you'll learn about the role of occupational therapy and the OT process in a variety of settings through the shared learning experience with your peers.

  • Level II 

    Level II fieldwork placements are determined using a collaborative process between you and the AFWC, and are based on a reflection of Level I experiences along with an identification of practice settings/populations not yet experienced. In line with our curricular threads, it has been our program's long-standing practice to ensure that all students have a Level I or II placement in a mental health experience whenever possible.

    Recently, the faculty approved a formal position that a mental health experience is a priority, with a non-mental health psychosocial experience as a second option, if no other mental health experience can be provided. If a student has not yet had a Level I experience in a mental health (or psychosocial) setting, these students are placed first for Level IIs.

Additional information about the fieldwork program is available for fieldwork educators. 

  • Agency Requirements 

    In addition to the OT program requirements, students may need to complete other tests, vaccinations and applications dictated by the legal contract process. Students may be responsible for the costs incurred from these requirements. Examples of additional items include:

    • Fingerprinting
    • Drug screen
    • Additional background checks
    • Polio Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

Marta Muusz
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
121 Marshall Bldg, Ypsilanti MI 48197
mmuusz@emich.edu

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