Fieldwork is the clinical portion of the coursework. During this time students are sent to facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina. For Level I Fieldwork there are three placements each one week long in: physical dysfunction, pediatrics and psychosocial community. At the end of the coursework there is Level II Fieldwork. There are two placements each eight weeks long in: physical dysfunction, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry, hands or work hardening. Students need to plan financially for being out-of-town for some of these placements. All Level II fieldwork must be completed within two semesters of completion of all other OTA curriculum courses.
Clinical facilities may require criminal background checks, drug screenings, credit checks, professional license checks, and/or proof of US citizenship prior to or during participation in the clinical portion of a program. Any expenses associated with these requirements are the responsibility of the student. Pending the outcome, clinical facilities may deny a student the opportunity to complete the clinical portion of a program. A student who is unable to complete the clinical portion of a program will not be able to graduate.
Criminal background checks, drug screenings, credit checks, professional license checks, and/or proof of US citizenship may also be required after graduation by examination boards, state licensing boards, and employment agencies. Pending the outcome, a graduate may be disqualified from examination eligibility, state licensure, and/or employment.
Students admitted to health sciences programs are required to have a physical examination to determine if they are physically and emotionally capable of performing the essential functions of the program and must submit a completed medical form. A record of immunizations, including, but not limited to, an annual Influenza vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine, must be included with the medical form. A medical or religious exemption for vaccines must be approved by the clinical site(s). PCC does not grant vaccine exemptions in lieu of the clinical site(s) and does not guarantee vaccine exemptions will be approved by the clinical site(s).