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, 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, and/or proof of US citizenship may also be required after graduation by examination boards, state licensing boards, and employing agencies. Pending the outcome, a graduate may be disqualified from examination eligibility, state licensure, and/or employment.