The primary objective of Level I Fieldwork is to augment a student’s theoretical coursework by facilitating their involvement in observing practice environments and offering opportunities to actively participate in aspects of the occupational therapy process. In essence, the Level I experience enables students to:

  • Gain exposure to the occupational therapy process.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of client/patient requirements.
  • Apply their academic knowledge to real-world practice scenarios.
  • Cultivate essential competencies in interpersonal skills, professionalism, effective communication, and cultural humility.

As per the guidelines provided by ACOTE, Level I fieldwork can be completed through a range of instructional methods, including:

  • Simulated environments
  • Involvement with standardized patients
  • Participation in faculty practice
  • Faculty-led site visits
  • Supervision under the guidance of a fieldwork educator situated within a practice setting.

During Level I fieldwork, supervision may be overseen by:

  • Occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants.

Other qualified professionals on-site at the facility, which may include:

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • KGI OTD Faculty