Fieldwork experience is a crucial part of professional preparation and is integrated into the design of the curriculum of the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WashU OT). The purpose of fieldwork is to promote students’ clinical reasoning and reflective practice, facilitate transmission of the values and beliefs that enable ethical practice, and develop students’ professionalism and competence as they transition into the role of an occupational therapist (Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education [ACOTE], 2018, Standards C.1.0). All fieldwork experiences are assigned and overseen by Jessie Bricker, OTD, OTR/L, the Academic Fieldwork and Capstone Coordinator (AFWCC).

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Level I Fieldwork

Level I Fieldwork experiences vary in length and offer scaffolded learning experiences throughout the didactic portion of the curriculum. The goal of Level I Fieldwork is to, “introduce students to fieldwork, apply knowledge to practice and develop an understanding of the needs of clients” (ACOTE, 2018 , p. 41). At WashU OT, Level I Fieldwork experiences are designed to facilitate connections between didactic coursework and fieldwork by encouraging the application of practice concepts and process es, guided by participation in clinical activities in a variety of traditional and emerging settings.

The following table demonstrates how the Level I Fieldwork experiences are integrated into the curriculum and support students in integrating information from the classroom with their understanding of practice. Level I Fieldwork occurs in the greater St. Louis area and can be supervised by a variety of qualified professionals including, but not limited to, occupational therapy practitioners, teachers, nurses, social workers, physical therapists and speech language pathologists (ACOTE, 2018, Standard C.1.8).

 Semester  Rotation Course
Spring Semester, Year 1 Level IA OT 626 Professional Identity and Practice II  Scheduled days throughout the semester 
Summer Semester, Year 1
Level IB
OT 632 Evaluation and Intervention of Children and Youth  One-week, full-time
Spring Semester, Year 2
 Level IC
OT 656 Professional Identity and Practice IV
Scheduled dates throughout semester


Level II Fieldwork

After successfully completing required coursework and Level I Fieldwork, MSOT and OTD students complete two, 12-week Level II Fieldwork experiences. All students must successfully complete both Level II Fieldwork rotations to meet graduation requirements. The schedules for MSOT and OTD Level II Fieldwork rotations differ based on the course sequence required for each program as described in the table below. For more details about course sequence, please see the following curriculum grids:

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Degree Plan
Level IIA Fieldwork
Level IIB Fieldwork
MSOT Summer, Year 2 Fall, Year 3
Fall, Year 3
Spring, Year 3

WashU OT maintains fieldwork contracts with numerous practice sites throughout the U.S. in a variety of settings across the lifespan. States in red represent where we have fieldwork contracts.

Students have the opportunity to preference Level II Fieldwork sites based on their interests and professional goals. Students choose the setting and locations within program guidelines, site availability and the requirements set by WashU OT and the ACOTE.

Student Coordinator and Educator Resources

WashU OT greatly appreciates the partnerships we have with our fieldwork sites and our fieldwork educators. WashU OT is an active participant in the Gateway Occupational Therapy Education Council (GOTEC), which offers regular trainings and resources to fieldwork educators. Please contact Jessie Bricker, OTD, OTR/L, AFWCC, for further information specific to WashU OT or to schedule a training for your team.

AOTA Fieldwork Resources

AOTA has many resources for fieldwork educators to help you build your fieldwork program or improve your clinical supervision skills.

AOTA Fieldwork Resources

Interested in taking fieldwork students?

Fieldwork students can be a great addition to occupational therapy practice settings by offering clinicians an opportunity to grow their skills in clinical supervision and mentorship while bringing fresh perspectives on evidence-based practice to the setting. WashU OT is always interested in growing opportunities for our students in a variety of traditional and emerging practice settings across the US. If your organization is interested in taking WashU OT students for Level II Fieldwork, please contact us.

Partner with Us

If you are a student coordinator at one of our partnering sites, we are currently collecting availability for our upcoming Level II rotations.


Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. (2018). 2018 Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) Standards and Interpretive Guide (effective July 31, 2020). The American journal of occupational therapy, 72 (Supplement_2), 7212410005p1–7212410005p83.

Meet Our Fieldwork and Capstone Development Office

Jessie Bricker, OTD, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork and Capstone Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy and Medicine
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Office: (314) 286-1623

Jessie teaches coursework in professional identity development and capstone preparation, and she assists with course development related to pediatric practice, management, program development and service delivery systems. She oversees all Level I Fieldwork, Level II Fieldwork and capstone programming for WashU OT students and is the primary point of contact for any student-related concerns, fieldwork educator training, capstone mentorship training or community partnerships related to fieldwork or doctoral capstone.

Jennifer (Jenny) DeBourge MS, OTR/L
Level I Fieldwork and Remediation Support
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Jenny supports the Level I Fieldwork program during the didactic portion of our curriculum for MSOT and OTD students. She also assists with monitoring student performance and preparation for Level II Fieldwork and capstone. Jenny also provides remediation support prior to and during Level II Fieldwork, as well as offering educational support for diverse learners through skill building and identifying potential accommodations as needed.

Leise Amann
Fieldwork and Capstone Site Support
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Leise has been serving as a fieldwork and capstone administrative coordinator at WashU OT for the past 25 years. Leise’s primary role is to execute and maintain contracts with affiliated sites. She also assists with managing site reservations and student placements and acts as a primary point of contact for student coordinators with our affiliated sites.

Eva Goss
Fieldwork and Capstone Onboarding Support
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Eva Goss also serves in the role of fieldwork and capstone administrative coordinator. Eva maintains site information in our electronic management system and is the primary point of contact for any site policy updates or changes, updated site information for students or updates to prerequisite requirements for Level I Fieldwork, Level II Fieldwork and capstone rotations. Eva is also our students’ primary point of contact for assistance with onboarding and meeting prerequisite requirements for clinical rotations.