What is Fieldwork Education?
The purpose of fieldwork education is to facilitate the transition from the role of student to that of practitioner. Through the fieldwork experience, future practitioners achieve competence in applying the occupational therapy process and using evidence-based interventions to meet the occupational therapy needs of diverse clinical populations. These experiences may occur in a variety of practice settings, including medical, educational, and community-based. The end goal of the fieldwork rotation is that the student develops competency to critically evaluate client occupational performance needs to identify supports or barriers affecting health and participation, and to document interventions provided. Fieldwork education also provides opportunities for the student to develop advocacy, leadership, and managerial skills in a variety of practice settings, while incorporating principles of evidence-based practice and client-centered care.