University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Fieldwork at USC Chan

Students completing the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy entry-level master’s degree will complete fieldwork in a variety of settings and practice areas. Fieldwork emphasizes applying knowledge and refining skills through supervised intervention and professional role-modeling with clients, families and other health care professionals. Fieldwork also provides occupational therapy students with in-depth opportunities to:

  • Apply classroom-based knowledge and skills to a clinical setting
  • Enrich coursework through observation and participation in the occupational therapy process
  • Integrate academic knowledge with practical knowledge
  • Develop competency as an entry-level generalist

Level I and Level II Fieldwork Overview

Students participate in three Level I fieldwork experiences as part of each of the Practice Immersion courses (Adult Physical Rehabilitation, Mental Health, and Pediatrics). The first two fieldwork experiences occur during the fall and spring semesters during the first year of the professional program. The final Level I experience occurs during the fall semester of the second year of the professional program.

The first Level II fieldwork is typically taken during the summer between the first and second year, and the second Level II fieldwork is taken in the summer after the second year. Both Level II fieldwork placements usually occur during the summer and provide in-depth experiences in delivering occupational therapy services to clients.


Summer 2017 – Level II Fieldwork
May 15 – August 4, 2017

Fall 2017 – Level II Fieldwork
August 21 – November 10, 2017

Fall 2017 – Level I Fieldwork
One day a week from September 13 – November 17, 2017
One full-time week October 9-13, 2017 (2nd year students)
One full-time week October 16-20, 2017 (1st year students)

Spring 2018 – Level I fieldwork
One day a week from January 31 – April 13, 2017
One full-time week February 26 – March 2, 2017

Summer 2018 – Level II Fieldwork
May 14 – August 3, 2018