Level I Criteria Form



Dear Fieldwork Educator,

Hello and thank you for your participation with Trinity Washington University. Below are the standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) as it relates to level I fieldwork.  Please review the information, answer the qualification question and sign below that you have read and understand the standards set forth as it relates to supervision of a Level I Student.

Fieldwork Education

Fieldwork education is a crucial part of professional preparation and is best integrated as a component of the curriculum design. Fieldwork experience should be implemented and evaluated for its effectiveness by the educational institution. The experience should provide the student with the opportunity to carry out professional responsibilities under supervision of a qualified occupational therapy practitioner serving as a role model.  The academic fieldwork coordinator is responsible for the program’s compliance with fieldwork education requirements, (Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education [ACOTE], C.1.0).

Fieldwork I

Per ACOTE Standards, “The goal of Level I fieldwork is to introduce students to the fieldwork experience, to apply knowledge to practice, and to develop understanding of the needs of the client,” (ACOTE, 2011).

The purpose of Level I fieldwork is not to facilitate independence, but to provide the student with the opportunity to translate in-class learning into concrete observation skills, develop professional behaviors and participate in supervised therapeutic interactions.

Level I fieldwork shall be integral to the program’s curriculum design and include experiences designed to enrich didactic coursework through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process (C.1.8).

Trinity Washington University’s Level I fieldwork program is an integral part of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program (OTA) curriculum and is consistent with the university philosophy. It includes classroom and community learning experiences designed to enrich classroom coursework through directed observation and participation in the occupational therapy process

Students benefit by having the opportunity to participate in certain aspects of the occupational therapy process within a clinical or community setting, which may include gathering data through observation, chart review, patient/client interview, interpreting assessment findings, writing goals, planning a treatment session, documentation, etc. under direct supervision.

Qualified personnel for supervised Level I fieldwork include, but are not limited to, occupational therapy practitioners initially certified nationally, psychologists, physician assistants, teachers, social workers, nurses, and physical therapists (C.1.9).

Please indicate below, the qualifications of the personnel who will supervise the student(s)

The student(s) will be supervised by: ____ OTR/L          ____ Other:  Please specify (PT, SLP, PsyD, Social Worker, teacher)_________________________________________  Years experience _______

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Signature of Fieldwork Coordinator/Fieldwork Educator                                                                Date