Level I Fieldwork Experience

Western Michigan University has two level I fieldwork courses: OT 4750 Practicum I and OT 4820 Practicum II. Our students are required to complete two level I fieldwork experiences that provide hands-on practice in our university-based clinics supervised by faculty. The academic fieldwork coordinator and the WMU faculty members serving as fieldwork educators, ensure that the following three ACOTE (2011) Level I Fieldwork Standards are being met in both OT 4750 and OT 4820.

ACOTE Fieldwork Standard C.1.8: Ensure that Level I fieldwork is integral to the program’s curriculum design and include experiences designed to enrich didactic coursework through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process.

  • WMU’s Level I fieldwork experiences allow students to practice the assessment. intervention skills, and documentation skills they have learned in the classroom curriculum with real clients in the community.

ACOTE Fieldwork Standard C.1.9: Ensure that qualified personnel supervise Level I fieldwork.

  • The supervision in all of WMU’s level I fieldwork experiences is provided by an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.
  • The Department Head approves workload for WMU faculty supervising fieldwork experiences and reviews the credential of the additional adjunct faculty hired to teach some of the level I fieldwork experiences. The level I fieldwork supervisor is the instructor of record for the OT 4750 and OT 4820 courses.

ACOTE Fieldwork Standard C.1.10: Document all level I fieldwork experiences that are provided to students, including mechanisms for formal evaluation of student performance.  Ensure that Level I fieldwork is not substituted for any part of Level II fieldwork.

  • The two WMU Level I fieldwork experiences: OT 4750 and OT 4820 are one- semester courses with a formal midterm and final evaluation. Students are given a letter grade at the end of the course based on the performance evaluation results. The level I Fieldwork evaluations are shared with the academic fieldwork coordinator. Both OT 4750 and OT 4820 must be completed successfully before registering for the level II fieldwork courses (OT 6900 and OT 6910).  

Our clinics have individual goals, evaluation processes and treatment procedures based on the population served. Please learn more about our Level I Fieldwork clinics.