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

2019

Summer 2019 — Level II Fieldwork

  • May 20 – August 9, 2019

Fall 2019 — Level I Fieldwork

  • One day a week from September 17 – November 22, 2019
    • Full week, October 21–25 (2nd YR)
    • Full week, October 28 – November 1 (1st YR)

2020

Spring 2020 — Level I Fieldwork

  • February 5 – April 15, 2020 (Wednesdays)
    • Full time week, March 2-6

Summer 2020 — Level II Fieldwork

  • May 18 – August 7, 2020

2021

Summer 2021 — Level II Fieldwork

  • May 17 – August 6, 2021