Two levels of fieldwork are required of occupational therapy students enrolled at St. Ambrose University.

The fieldwork curriculum is comprised of 24 weeks plus a 16-week experiential component.

OT lab

Assistive Technology Lab

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We are in the age of technology. We would have a hard time just making it through the day without technology and how it assists us in our daily tasks.

Assistive technology is just the applied use of technology. Eyeglasses and contacts, remote controls, wheelchairs, cordless phones, hearing aids, email, TTY phones, and closed captioning TV are just a few examples of how we employ technology to make our daily functioning easier.

Assistive Technology

Level I

There are three Level I Fieldwork experiences that allow students to observe and interact with clients and clinicians as they identify and impact physical, psychosocial, and environmental factors that impact participation in occupation. These courses integrate information learned in OTD courses through both field experiences and classroom activities. Students are placed in a variety of settings to obtain hands-on experiences with individuals and groups.

The OTD program believes in learning by doing and as a result, encourages active participation with the level of involvement determined by the site, clients served, and student's skill level. During these experiences, students work to improve skills such as observation; written and oral communication; assessment; treatment planning; and intervention. Students also grow to understand the OT process and how it impacts clients and the facility. In the classroom, students reflect on and synthesize their experiences. Through the clinical and classroom experiences, students should display ethics and critical thinking while promoting occupational justice for others.


Lynn Kilburg, DHSc, MBA, OTR/L, Program Chair

Occupational Therapy
Center for Health Sciences Education
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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