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Fieldwork

MS, Occupational Therapy and MS/OTD

As a professional MS student, you will complete a series of part-time Fieldwork I experiences and two full-time Fieldwork II experiences, giving you the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to clinical practice. We have relationships with more than 200 hospitals, outpatient centers, rehabilitation facilities, community organizations, schools, and private practices throughout the country, and we will work to place you at sites where you will grow and develop as an occupational therapist.

Fieldwork 1

You will begin your clinical fieldwork rotations in the Fall semester of the 2nd year. There are 3 Fieldwork I experiences: two in the Fall and one during the Spring. In these rotations, you will have the opportunity to work with a variety of populations in a variety of settings. Its purpose is to have students connect their academic learning with clinical practice through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process.

Fieldwork 2

Upon completion of all coursework, you will participate in two full-time Fieldwork II experiences, where you will be supervised by an occupational therapist. Your direct supervisor(s) will assign you a caseload of patients and clients, and you will be expected to demonstrate progressively higher levels of performance and responsibility as you proceed and gain experience. Fieldwork II is designed to develop competent, entry-level generalist practitioners. Your supervisor will assess your work.

Fieldwork Courses

  • OT-GE 2721 Fieldwork I in Occupational Therapy (1 credit)
  • OT-GE 2722 Fieldwork I in Occupational Therapy (1 credit)
  • OT-GE 2703 Fieldwork II in Occupational Therapy (12 weeks: 3 credits)
  • OT-GE 2704 Fieldwork II in Occupational Therapy (10 weeks: 2 credits)

Out-of-State Fieldwork Experience

If an enrolled student is requesting to complete any fieldwork experience outside of New York State, authorization within the specific state may be required prior to completion of the educational activity. Please read NYU’s Non-NY State Authorization and Distance Education page on the university’s website if you are considering having a fieldwork experience outside of New York State for a current chart summary of the non-classroom experience restrictions for NYU and additional details.

For more information, please contact Alison Rangel, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, at 212-998-5832 or alison.rangel@nyu.edu.