National standards require Level I and Level II Fieldwork for all entry-level occupational therapy students.
Level I Fieldwork is integrated with academic courses throughout the program. It is designed to introduce students to the values and traditions of the profession, and to provide opportunities to build skills in observation, interview, activity analysis, and critical thinking.
The program’s Academic Fieldwork Coordinator places each student in a health-care facility in his or her community for three consecutive weekdays during each of the first Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students work closely with professional personnel who provide services to children with special needs, adults with psychosocial or cognitive limitations, and aged persons.
Level II Fieldwork is internship in occupational therapy clinics. Placements are arranged by the program's Fieldwork Coordinator in collaboration with you. The goal of Level II Fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists. Level II Fieldwork promotes clinical reasoning and reflective practice, transmits the values and beliefs that enable ethical practice, and develops professionalism and competence as career responsibilities. Entry-level students are required to complete a full-time 3-month Level II placement in a general rehabilitation setting during the fourth semester of the program – this is a commitment commensurate to a full-time job. A second full or part-time Level II Fieldwork placement in a setting of the student’s interest is scheduled during the last semester of the program. Level II Fieldwork must be successfully completed within 24 months after academic coursework is completed.
Requirements for Participating in Fieldwork
Barry University contracts with fieldwork centers which require that students be in good health before beginning a placement. Students are required to submit a Health Information Form signed by their physician to the Occupational Therapy Program prior to registration for the first Fall semester.
A drug screening and criminal background check must also be completed in the first semester of the Occupational Therapy Program, before students may participate in any visits to or placements in health care facilities. Fieldwork sites may deny a student’s participation in the clinical experience because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction, failure of a required drug test, or inability to produce an appropriate health clearance, which would result in delayed graduation or in the inability to graduate from the program. An individual who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as a health professional. Information regarding individual eligibility may be obtained from the appropriate credentialing bodies.
Fieldwork centers also require evidence of training in health and safety topics including HIV/infection control, CPR and HIPAA regulations. Occupational therapy students earn initial certification in these areas during the first year of the curriculum.
Students must be in good academic standing and have passed the COMPs exam to participate in level II FW.