As part of the Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy Program, and to meet the accreditation requirements of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, students must complete a minimum of 1000 hours of approved clinical fieldwork. Completion of this fieldwork requirement, along with the academic requirements of the program, ensures that students can qualify to write the certification examination and complete all additional licensure requirements necessary to work as an occupational therapist in Canada and abroad.
Fieldwork Placements provide students with the opportunity to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge, and to develop professional behaviours and skills. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn more about local facilities and make contacts, which may facilitate their job search after graduation. One introductory block fieldwork experience (two weeks, full-time) occurs during the first term of the program allowing students to get immediate exposure to occupational therapy practice and clients within two local facilities. Four full-time fieldwork blocks of six to eight weeks in duration occur throughout the program. Students will complete placements focusing on physical and psychosocial health issues, and will have the opportunity to work with a variety of client ages, issues and concerns including, but not limited to, hand therapy, paediatrics, eating disorders, stroke rehabilitation, case management, private practice, etc. Placements are available in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, community agencies, businesses, professional associations, and private practice.
An official Department Fieldwork Manual is provided to each student. This manual contains extensive information about the philosophy of fieldwork and professional standards, health policies, the fieldwork process, evaluation, international opportunities, policies, etc.