Level II fieldwork experience is a twelve-week, full-time, supervised clinical experience in a clinic environment, hospital, school or community agency. It focuses on developing and integrating clinical skills and professional behaviors in designated practice areas of occupational therapy for competence as an entry-level practitioner. Level II fieldwork experiences occur in the community at two separate clinical sites and are designed in accordance with Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) standards. Level II fieldwork experiences occur at the end of the academic program.
Western Michigan University requires completion of four level I fieldwork courses that provide hands-on practice in our university-based clinics supervised by faculty:
- OT7901 - Level II Fieldwork A (3-12 credits)
- OT7902 - Level II Fieldwork B (3-12 credits)
Students are matched with sites based on student interest, academic performance, professional behaviors and geographical location. Students are provided fieldwork experience in a variety of practice areas in an effort to best prepare them for the NBCOT exam and future employment as a generalist OT practitioner.
WMU uses CastleBranch to track all student records including background checks, immunizations history and titers (MMR, varicella, Hepatitis B), drug screens, training and certifications.
Our students have access to fieldwork site information through the OneDrive, our online information storage system. Students have access to AOTA Data Forms, previous student evaluations of fieldwork experience (SEFWE) forms, site visit reports, student affiliation agreements and all other documentation provided by the site for student review (weekly expectations, site specific objectives, etc.). We require that students review all available material associated with the site they have been assigned prior to their start date.
During level II fieldwork, students are required to participate in online course discussions with emphasis on reflecting on psychosocial factors impacting occupational performance, ethics and evidence-based practice as it relates to their fieldwork experience while respecting site confidentiality.
Students are required to use the following forms during their fieldwork experience:
ACOTE Collaboration Form
The purpose of this form is to initiate the conversation between fieldwork educator and student regarding the expectations and process completed during level II fieldwork. It was created to achieve goals:
- Facilitate discussion of site-specific objectives and weekly expectations and identify the psychosocial objective(s).
- Inform fieldwork educator of WMU’s level II fieldwork midterm requirements.
- Establish fieldwork educator to student ratio.
- Provide evidence that the fieldwork educator is a currently licensed practitioner.
- Provide any resources to the site to ensure the fieldwork educator feels prepared to work with a Level II fieldwork student.
- Facilitate communication about the progression of fieldwork supervision from close to distant as student obtains competency.
Fieldwork Performance Evaluation (FWPE)
AOTA tool used at midterm and final to help fieldwork educator’s objectively evaluate student performance during level II fieldwork. The document provided is only a sample and can not be used in place of the official AOTA fieldwork performance evaluation form.
Student Evaluation of Fieldwork Experience (SEFWE)
Form used to provide feedback to the site from the student at the end of the fieldwork experience. The student completes this form electronically and shares the document with the fieldwork site.
Please also visit the fieldwork frequently asked questions page for more information.