Fieldwork through Clarkson's Department of Occupational Therapy.

Our program gives students all-important "aha!" moments, as they begin to make connections between didactic instruction and occupational therapy practice.

We provide excellent opportunities for students to:

  • synthesize didactic coursework with clinical skills by applying theoretical and scientific constructs throughout the occupational therapy process
  • understand and integrate the occupational needs of various client populations
  • refine clinical skills through evidence based practice 
  • establish professional collaborative relationships with supervisors and future colleagues.

Clinical sites who accept a Clarkson University Occupational Therapy student can expect our students to be:

  • competent in knowledge and foundational clinical skills
  • innovative in occupation based treatment approaches
  • prepared to advocate for clients, the community and the professional of occupational therapy


Map of the United States with fieldwork locations designated

Clarkson University's Department of Occupational Therapy offers an exceptional fieldwork program. We ensure each student has experiences that are broad in scope and rich in content. Each student's fieldwork program is individually tailored to their needs, practice setting interests and geographic preferences. We have formed collaborative relationships coast to coast, and as such as we have clinical placements throughout the United States. 

What our students say about Fieldwork

"Absolutely amazing experience. I highly recommend this setting with both fieldwork educators to anyone."

"I liked this fieldwork site as it provided the opportunity to observe individuals that need occupational therapy but have also committed crimes. It as an eye-opener because we are to provide treatment to everyone equally despite their backgrounds."

"Double H was an amazing experience. I was exposed to multiple conditions and children with diverse psychosocial factors."

"I learned so much from Eileen from how to work as a team, how to plan for CSE meetings and IEPs and how to bring useful information to those meetings. Overall it was a great experience with a wonderful person."

OT Fieldwork description by the levels

"I learned different perspectives, different techniques and how there is not one 'correct' way of addressing a client's needs in order for them to have a successful recovery."

Structure of Clarkson OT Fieldwork Program

  • Students begin Level I fieldwork following their first year of didactic coursework  
  • Level II fieldwork begins at the end of two years of didactic coursework

Contact Us

Please feel free to reach out to us with any of your fieldwork questions!

Cindy Hammecker-McLean, OTR/L
Academic Fieldwork Coordinator/Clinical Assistant Professor
Box 5883, 8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699
Phone: (315) 268-7692 Fax: (315) 268-7743

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