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Students are expected to complete both level I and Level II Fieldwork Experiences:  

Level I Fieldwork Experiences occur concurrently with academic coursework. These experiences are designed to enrich didactic content. Level I Experiences will occur during semesters 2, 3, & 4.  

Level I fieldwork may be met through one or more of the following instructional methods:

  • Simulated environments
  • Standardized patients
  •  Faculty practice
  • Faculty-led site visits
  •  Supervision by a fieldwork educator in a practice environment (ACOTE, 2018 ,p. 41).

Level II Fieldwork Experiences occur at the conclusion of the didactic phase of occupational therapy curricula. These experiences are designed to develop competent, entry-level, generalist practitioners (ACOTE, 2018). Level II Experiences occur during semesters 5 & 6 and consist of 24 weeks of full-time fieldwork experiences, supervised by a currently licensed occupational therapist (ACOTE, 2018).

NOTE: All students are allowed 18 months from the last day of classroom education (1st semester, year 2) in which to successfully complete their fieldwork, to be able to receive their degree and graduate from the program.


Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. (2018). 2018 Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Standards and Interpretative Guide (effective July 31, 2020). [PDF document]. Retrieved from