Fieldwork Level I
Fieldwork level I experiences at Quinnipiac University play a critical role in the development of the occupational therapy student. The purpose of fieldwork level I is to expose students to a wide variety of occupational therapy practice settings and assist them to develop awareness as well as understanding of clients' needs. All fieldwork level I experiences are embedded into the curriculum at various stages throughout the student's academic program.
During the Spring semester of the junior year, students are introduced to clinical concepts in traditional occupational therapy settings that represent both medical and school-based models of delivery. Students begin to develop their observation and documentation skills that are foundational to subsequent clinical experiences.
During the senior year, fieldwork level I experiences are directly related to specific course work such as the evaluative and intervention processes used by occupational therapy practitioners. The fieldwork sites are chosen to show the variety and breadth of occupational therapy practice arenas. Sites for this experience include child development centers, school systems, community mental-health or institutional behavioral-health units, short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers, acute-care hospitals and outpatient clinics.
The graduate fieldwork level I experiences allow the student to experience integrative and more specialized intervention strategies. Students have the opportunity to observe and participate in practice arenas such as neurorehabilitative centers, sensory integration clinics, home-care services, industrial and work-hardening programs, assistive technology programs, hand therapy clinics, and emerging practice areas.
Throughout the fieldwork level I experiences Quinnipiac University students have the opportunity to correlate didactic learning with clinical activities and attain both personal and professional growth.