Labs and Fieldwork
Beginning their first year, occupational therapy students apply theoretical knowledge in supervised experiential lab and fieldwork placements at sites that have been selected and approved by the program, which maintains strong relationships with partners in the North Philadelphia community. Fieldwork assignments are designed to reflect the scope of occupational therapy practice and curriculum design.
Students complete three Level I and two Level II fieldwork experiences, where they will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in community and clinical settings, emerging practice areas, and more. Students will learn how to
- develop occupational therapy programming,
- promote the health of individuals within the community, and
- advocate for clients and the profession.
Through Level II fieldwork, students integrate didactic and practice experiences to develop into competent entry-level occupational therapists who demonstrate clinical reasoning and professional identity through culturally sensitive, holistic, evidence-based practice.
During the summer, students take a community practice course in which they identify an unmet need within a community or population and develop programming to address that need. Students perform their community fieldwork in a wide range of settings, including homeless shelters, cultural institutions, public transportation authorities and other countries.
The doctoral capstone series is interwoven throughout the curriculum to ensure students build foundational knowledge in
- the critical consumption of evidence and research,
- understanding of translation and production of research, and
- the importance of assessment and dissemination of outcomes.
Through these capstone courses, students learn to develop, implement and assess a culminating project which encourages the further development of clinical practice skills, research skills, administration, leadership, program policy and development, advocacy, or education.
The capstone is designed to ensure students attain in-depth knowledge and skill in their interest area, while supporting Temple’s clinical and community partners throughout the 14-week experience.