The purpose of Level I Fieldwork is to enhance a student’s didactic coursework through participation in practice environment observations and opportunities to engage in portions of the occupational therapy process.  Essentially, the Level I experience allows the student to:

  • Be exposed to the occupational therapy process
  • Develop an understanding of client/patient needs
  • Apply knowledge from coursework to actual practice
  • Establish core competencies in soft skills, professionalism, communication, and cultural humility.

According to ACOTE, Level I fieldwork may be met through a variety of instructional methods. These include:

  • Simulated environments
  • Standardized patients
  • Faculty practice
  • Faculty-led site visits
  • Supervision by a fieldwork educator in a practice environment.

Supervision during the Level I fieldwork can be provided by:

  • Occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants
  • Other professionals on-site at the facility including:
    • Psychologists
    • Physicians
    • Physical Therapists
    • Physicians Assistants
    • Social Workers
    • Nurses
  • KGI OTD Faculty