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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC 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.


Fall Level I Fieldwork Dates

September 13 – November 19, 2021
Full week 2nd-year students: October 18–22,  2021
Full week 1st-year students: October 25–29, 2021

Fall Level II Fieldwork Dates

August 23 – November 12, 2021

Spring Level I Fieldwork Dates

January 31 – April 15, 2022
Full week: March 7–11, 2022

Summer Level II Fieldwork Dates

May 16 – August 5, 2022
May 15 – August 4, 2023