Fieldwork for MSOT

The IU Occupational Therapy curriculum includes 1,080 hours of fieldwork. Clinical settings include traditional and non-traditional practice settings.

Fieldwork is an essential component in graduate professional education. The IU Occupational Therapy program provides students fieldwork experiences throughout the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to complete fieldwork in pediatrics, upper extremity/hand rehabilitation, rehabilitation, mental health, and community-based settings.

Overview of Fieldwork for MSOT

The IU Master of Science in Occupational Therapy curriculum provides students with a total 1,080 hours of fieldwork (Level I and Level II). (3) Fieldwork Level I experiences and (3) Fieldwork Level II experiences are incorporated throughout the program’s developmental curricular model.

  • First Year

    • Semester 2 (Year 1—fall)
      • Level I—Infants/children
      • 40 hours
    • Semester 3 (Year 1—spring)
      • Level I—Adolescent/young adult
      • 40 hours
    • Semester 4 (Year 1—summer)
      • 1st of 3 Level II FW
      • 8 weeks full time
  • Second Year

    • Semester 5 (Year 2—fall)
      • Level I—Adult/older adult
      • 40 hours
    • Semester 6 (Year 2—spring)
      • 2nd of 3 Level II FW
      • 8 weeks full time
    • Semester 7 (Year 2—summer)
      • 3rd of 3 Level II FW
      • 8 weeks full time
    • Semester 8 (Year 2—summer)
      • Optional specialty Level II FW
      • 4–8 weeks

MSOT Fieldwork Schedule

  • First Year

    In the first year of the program, students complete:

    • One FW Level I experiences (40 hours minimum) in settings where OT services are provided to infants and children as part of the 5 credit T542 Occupations of Infants and Children course (fall semester). These experiences are scheduled for four hours per week for ten weeks or for eight hours per week for five weeks. The program provides objectives and evaluation forms for this FW-I experience.
    • Second FW Level I experience (40 hours minimum) in settings where OT services are provided to the adolescent to adult population as part of the 5 credit T552 Occupations of Adolescents and Adults course (spring semester). These experiences are scheduled for four hours per week for ten weeks or for eight hours per week for five weeks. The program provides objectives and evaluation forms for this FW-I experience.
  • End of First Year

    At the end of the first year, students complete the first of 3 required, 8-week full time FW Level II experiences over the summer. This experience is scheduled in either an infant and child setting or in a setting where services are provided to the adolescent to adult population.

    Completing at least one FW Level II experience early within the curriculum facilitates students to apply didactic (classroom) content readily after it is learned-rather than later, to reinforce the knowledge and laboratory skills attained.

  • Second Year

    In the second year of the program students complete:

    • The final FW Level I experience (40 hours minimum) in settings where OT services are 
provided to the adult & older adult population as part of the 5 credit T562 Occupations of Adults and Older Adults course (fall semester). The program provides objectives and evaluation forms for this FW-I experience. Because these students have completed one FW level II experience, the performance expectations and requirements for this FW level I experience are expanded when compared with the previous FW level I experiences.
    • The students will complete their second FW level II in February-March and their final FW Level II in May–June. These experiences are completed in settings where OT services are provided in either an infant-child setting (if not already completed), adolescent-adult or adult-older adult populations, respectively. Each fieldwork is scheduled as an 8 week full time experience.

    The rich didactic learning experiences students have after having completed FW Level II experiences and returning for additional coursework provides students the opportunity to share and reflect upon their experiences with peers and faculty. They apply what they learned in their Level II experiences in their coursework and later fieldwork experiences.


For further information about our program’s fieldwork component, please contact:

Sharon Pape MS, OTR
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
shbpape@iu.edu
317-274-5365

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