Fieldwork

Our M.S. in Occupational Therapy program includes four Level I fieldwork rotations that you complete while engaged in coursework on campus, and then two more extensive rotations that you complete through full-time immersions in the field. These experiences give you the opportunity to apply your developing knowledge and skills to work in the field during every semester you spend in the program.

You complete  Level I fieldwork rotations during each of your first three semesters. Each of these takes you to a variety of community and clinical settings near campus. You might work in a skilled nursing facility, or in a local school system, at a YMCA, at Cumberland County Jail, or at UNE’s Community Therapy Center in Biddeford.

After the third semester, you complete two 12-week Level II fieldwork rotations. During these, you progress to higher levels of performance and responsibility as you work with an occupational therapist full-time. You are required to engage in one Level II fieldwork rotation focused on rehabilitation, disability, and participation in a hospital, rehabilitation unit, or sub-acute rehabilitation setting. Your other Level II rotation is completed in the setting of your choice ( pediatrics, mental health, or hand therapy).

We maintain relationships with a diverse range of clinical sites in Maine, New England and across the country. For example, we send students to Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, where they work with clients who have spinal cord injuries. We have sent other recent students to facilities in:

  • San Diego, CA
  • Portland, OR
  • Bay Pines, FL
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Chicago, IL
  • Honolulu, HI