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Fieldwork

Level II Fieldwork

The goal of Level II fieldwork is to offer practical experiences and professional interactions to facilitate students becoming competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapists. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) requires occupational therapy students to complete a minimum of the equivalent of 24 weeks of full-time supervised Level II fieldwork. This may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

At Tufts, Level II fieldwork is a degree requirement and must be completed within the United States within 24 months following completion of academic preparation. The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) requires that Level II fieldwork be successfully completed prior to taking the certification examination.

Level II fieldwork is designed to include in-depth experiences in delivering occupational therapy services to clients, "focusing on the application of purposeful and meaningful occupation and research, administration and management of occupational therapy services" (ACOTE, 2012, p. 34). Participating in a Level II fieldwork frequently involves a commitment commensurate to a full-time job.

Tufts requires the successful completion of 2 Level II fieldwork placements, totaling 960 hours of Level II fieldwork, to meet the university's degree. Specialty or 3rd fieldworks are not offered.

All fieldwork placements are subject to availability at locations that have contracts with Tufts. The availability at any particular location and the locations that have contracts with Tufts vary from semester to semester. While the academic fieldwork coordinator will attempt to place students based upon their applications for Level II fieldwork, every student is required to accept assigned placements.