Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education: Value and Purpose

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The purpose of fieldwork education is to propel each generation of occupational therapy practitioners from the role of student to that of practitioner. Through the fieldwork experience, future occupational therapy practitioners achieve competence in applying the occupational therapy process and using evidence-based interventions to meet the occupational needs of a diverse client population. Fieldwork experiences may occur in a variety of practice settings, including medical, educational, research, administrative, and community-based programs. Moreover, fieldwork placements also present the opportunity to introduce occupational therapy services to new and emerging practice environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
StatePublished - Nov 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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