We appreciate all you do as fieldwork educators and the vital role that you play in the learning process of MGA’s OTA Students! This web site is where you can find all the resources you might need concerning fieldwork.
The fieldwork experience is an integral and vital part of the MGA OTA student’s learning process. The hands-on experiences our OTA students receive while on fieldwork are vital to shaping the professionals they will become. While on fieldwork, the students receive multiple opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations, which is imperative for growing and developing their abilities in the Occupational Therapy field. These experiences allow them the opportunities to utilize evidence-based interventions, clinical reasoning, and professional behaviors. Throughout the fieldwork progression, the OTA student gains the skills needed to successfully, effectively, and efficiently transition them from OTA student to professional and colleague. For providing this vital learning experience for our students, fieldwork educators receive continuing education credits (CEU).
Contact our Fieldwork Coordinator if you are interested in becoming a fieldwork educator. If you are currently a fieldwork educator please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions you might have.
Jessica Pipkin, COTA/L
Student Learning Objective for Fieldwork Experiences
Fieldwork is a learning experience designed for the student to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired through the program in order to become entry-level practitioners. When a clinician agrees to take MGA OTA students, they are provided with a copy of the student learning objectives outlining the skills we expect students to develop proficiency in during the course of a fieldwork experience. However, we realize that our fieldwork educators are clinicians with busy schedules and many responsibilities, so we have provided copies of the student learning objectives for your reference here as well. Please be sure to check these objectives each week during a level II fieldwork rotation to ensure these skills are emerging and being refined. There is also a sample timeline for level II fieldwork to assist you in ensuring that a student is progressing adequately. There is also a sample timeline for level II fieldwork to assist you in ensuring that a student is progressing adequatley. If you have any concerns regarding a student's skills, progression, etc., please contact our Fieldwork Coordinator immediately at , or our Program Director at . Thank you for giving back to the profession of OT by assisting in the education of the next generation of OTAs!
AOTA Fieldwork Resources
AOTA Fieldwork educators’ website: http://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Fieldwork.aspx
AOTA Commission on Education guidelines for level I fieldwork: http://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Fieldwork/LevelI.aspx
AOTA Commission on Education guidelines for level II fieldwork: http://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Fieldwork/LevelII.aspx
Navigating the Fieldwork Experience
The following links are educational tools to help you through the fieldwork experience.
Dealing with the difficult student
Difficult Student Post-Test
AOTA Self-Assessment Tool: Self-Assessment Tool FW Ed Competency (2009)
Student Supervision 101
This page will be updated frequently with new information for fieldwork educators regarding supervisory skills, evidence based practice, advisory board meetings, fieldwork educator workshops, and upcoming continuing education opportunities sponsored by the OTA Program. Be sure to check in with us regularly to take full advantage of these great resources!