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.

Schedule

2018

Summer 2018 — Level II Fieldwork

  • May 14 – August 3, 2018

Fall 2018 — Level I Fieldwork

  • One day a week from September 11 to November 16, 2018
  • One full-time week, October 8–12 (2nd year students)
  • One full-time week, October 15–19 (1st year students)

2019

Spring 2019 — Level I Fieldwork

  • One day a week from January 29 to April 12, 2019
  • One full-time week, February 25 to March 1, 2019

Summer 2019 — Level II Fieldwork

  • May 20 – August 9, 2019

2020

Summer 2020 — Level II Fieldwork

  • May 18 – August 7, 2020