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Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education

The fieldwork portion of our curriculum signifies a new beginning for our students in the life long learning continuum.

Fieldwork education is designed to provide occupational therapy students with opportunities to integrate academically acquired education with practice. It is during the students' experiences in fieldwork that they can learn, practice and refine skills of observation, evaluation, treatment planning and implementation, documentation and communication. In the fieldwork setting, the students begin to define their future role as practicing occupational therapists and can develop the necessary personal and professional skills essential in meeting the demands of this challenging profession.

Level I and Level II Fieldwork is an essential part of an occupational therapy program's curriculum as established by the American Occupational Therapy Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. At Misericordia University, fieldwork education begins in the junior year for a weekday student and ends in the fall semester of their graduate year. For weekend college students, fieldwork education begins in the second year of the program and ends in the spring semester of their graduate year.

Fieldwork Education at Misericordia University is managed by the Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education. For more information related to Fieldwork Education, please feel free to contact Kathy Hughes Butcher, MS, OTR/L, Academic Coordinator of Fieldwork Education at 570-674-8180 or e-mail at