Occupational Therapy - Fieldwork Educators Webpage

Welcome! This webpage provides helpful resources for fieldwork educators who are currently supervising or scheduled to supervise fieldwork students from Samuel Merritt University.

For clinicians who are interested in becoming a fieldwork educator, please review the resources on this page and contact us at otfieldwork@samuelmerritt.edu.


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Fieldwork educators receive free continuing education
at the Annual Fieldwork Educators' Collaborative Meeting.

What are the benefits of being a fieldwork educator?

Being a fieldwork educator is highly rewarding because you play a vital role in preparing the next generation of occupational therapists. Fieldwork educators assist students with translating academic knowledge to real life occupational therapy practice. Fieldwork educators serve a critical role in cultivating professional behaviors and interpersonal skills in students. Fieldwork educators make an enormous contribution to the future of the occupational therapy profession. 

Most fieldwork educators find that supervising a student enhances their own level of professionalism and clinical skills. Articulating clinical rationales and role modeling reflective practice for students benefit the supervising therapist's own professional growth. In addition, students bring enthusiasm, current knowledge, and innovation to fieldwork sites. Students may contribute by completing research or clinical projects to meet the site's needs.

Earning professional development units (PDUs) is a valuable benefit of supervising fieldwork students. Fieldwork educators earn PDUs for both state licensure and NBCOT certification renewal. For more information, please refer to the guidelines provided by the California Board of Occupational Therapy and NBCOT.  


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