A. GENERAL OVERVIEW
The purpose of this Fieldwork Manual is to give students a tangible and visual source of assistance while sorting through the fieldwork maze. Fieldwork is designed to enhance the students' learning, help meet the students' educational objectives, and prepare students for both the certification exam and entry-level competency as an occupational therapist. The process of putting together the jigsaw puzzle of fieldwork placements is a lengthy and significant undertaking. This process will require flexibility, trial and error, problem solving, investigation, patience and good humor!
According to the Accreditation Standards for a Master's-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist (ACOTE, 2013):
Fieldwork education is a crucial part of professional preparation and is best integrated as a component of the curriculum design. Fieldwork experiences should be implemented and evaluated for their effectiveness by the educational institution. The experience should provide the student with the opportunity to carry out professional responsibilities under supervision of a qualified occupational therapy practitioner serving as a role model.
B. DEFINITION OF TERMS
Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
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