Fieldwork Level IFieldwork 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 junior year, students attend community-based fieldwork sites such as day-care/preschool centers, community wellness programs, adult day centers, senior centers, YMCA intergenerational programs, bicycle- and school-safety programs, hospice programs and assisted-living programs. Students are encouraged to interact with program participants and observe individuals participating in their daily occupational roles and routines that promote wellness.
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 development centers, community mental-health sites, day-care centers, acute-care hospitals, behavioral-health units, rehabilitation centers and outpatient clinics.
The graduate fieldwork level I experiences allow the student to observe and report on integrative intervention strategies. Students have the opportunity to observe and participate in practice arenas such as neurorehabilitative centers, sensory integration clinics, school systems, home-care services, industrial and work-hardening programs as well as assistive technology programs.
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.