Students completing the USC 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.
Fieldwork Faculty and Staff
For questions or concerns regarding fieldwork, please contact the Division’s fieldwork faculty:
- Jaynee Taguchi-Meyer, OTD, OTR/L, Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education - Adult Physical Rehabilitation
- Karen Park, OTD, OTR/L, SWC, Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education - Pediatrics
- Carey Sokol, MA, OTR/L, Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education - Mental Health
- Joan Vartanian, OTR/L, Fieldwork Contracts and Pre-requisites Administrator
- Jane Baumgarten, OTR/L, Fieldwork Administrator