The aim of Level II fieldwork is to foster the development of proficient, entry-level occupational therapists with a broad skill set. It serves as a pivotal component in the transition from being a student to becoming a competent practitioner. Level II fieldwork offers students the opportunity to put their classroom-acquired knowledge into practical use in real-world occupational therapy settings. Throughout this experience, students encounter a diverse range of clients spanning various age groups and work in a variety of environments.

At KGI, our fieldwork program is thoughtfully aligned with the curriculum design. In the initial five trimesters, students partake in didactic learning, complemented by integrated short-term Level I fieldwork experiences. This phase of education corresponds with Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning, focusing on foundational knowledge, understanding the human dimension, cultivating empathy and compassion, and developing effective learning strategies. Level II fieldwork takes place once students have established a strong foundation in occupational theory and practice, allowing them to immerse themselves fully in the application and integration stages of the learning taxonomy.

Level II fieldwork provides students with an “in-depth opportunity to provide purposeful and meaningful occupational therapy services to clients” (ACOTE, 2018, p.1). Beyond applying and integrating their knowledge, students in the fieldwork phase continue to refine advanced skills related to understanding the human dimension, demonstrating compassion, and enhancing their ability to learn through self-reflection, clinical reasoning, and the application of ethical and professional principles in practice.