The purpose of fieldwork education is to provide occupational therapy students and occupational therapy assistant students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to practice in a clinical setting. Fieldwork experiences are designed to enrich coursework through observation and participation in the occupational therapy process under professional supervision. This serves to promote engaged learning, to integrate academic knowledge with practical knowledge, and to focus on the application of knowledge and skills needed to solve client occupational challenges. The goal of fieldwork education is to develop competent, entry-level occupational therapy professionals.
One dynamic component of the curriculum is the Community Practice Lab (CPL). Community practice labs are similar to clinical experiences in that community dwelling clients meet with occupational therapy students, either on campus or in the community, to work toward a client-centered goal. These labs, supervised faculty, include collaboration between the Occupational Therapy program and community partners.