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The Level I experiences will be during the Spring semester and Fall semesters in year two (2) of the program, and during the Fall semester of year three (3). The purpose of Level I Fieldwork is to provide each student with an exposure to the healthcare field and to enrich their didactic coursework through direct observation and selected participation in various aspects of the therapy process (AOTA.org, 2017). Through this experience, students can increase their comfort level with relating to clients of various backgrounds and abilities (AOTA.org, 2017). Fieldwork experiences will be in traditional and nontraditional settings. There are three (3) Level I Fieldwork rotations, each of which is one (1) week for 40 hours.
The Level II experiences will comprise of two twelve (12) week sessions occurring during the Summer and Fall semesters of a student’s final year of study. The purpose of Level II Fieldwork is to “develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists” (AOTA.org, 2017). All Level II Fieldwork experiences must be completed within 24 months from the completion of the didactic portion of the curriculum.