Fieldwork is the clinical portion of the coursework. During this time, students will complete placements at facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina. Level I fieldwork placements will provide introductory training opportunities for OTA students. Students will be required to successfully complete three Level I placements; OTA 161 (first fall semester), OTA 162 (second spring semester), and OTA 163 (second summer semester). These placements will focus on physical dysfunction, psychosocial and pediatric practice settings. Level II fieldwork spans the entire last semester with emphasis on preparation for entry-level practice in the profession. Students will be required to attend a minimum of two full-time, consecutive eight-week placements. Level II fieldwork rotations will provide learning opportunities in two practice settings including physical dysfunction, pediatrics and/or mental health. Upon successful completion of all fieldwork placements, students will be able to meet all curriculum competencies and AOTA guidelines for entry-level practice. Students must successfully pass all fieldwork portions of the program in order to graduate with an AAS degree in OTA. Students must complete all Level II fieldwork within two semesters following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
Students need to financially prepare to be placed outside Pitt County for some of these placements.
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).