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Fieldwork Education

Philosophy of Fieldwork

Fieldwork is a crucial aspect of occupational therapy education. The Occupational Therapy Department of Duquesne University is committed to the development of practice scholars and utilizes fieldwork within the well integrated curriculum continuum to promote skill development in the core aspects of our mission through serving, leading, questioning and doing. Our faculty strongly embraces the concepts of Engaged and Transformative Learning and recognizes their value in developing practitioners that can be the leaders within our profession. We have integrated the core concepts of these learning theories within many aspects of the fieldwork portion curriculum.


Level I Fieldwork is integral to our program's curriculum design, as it is a key learning experience in both Clinical Reasoning I & Clinical Reasoning II. Level II Fieldwork is a natural continuation of our curriculum and its primary purpose is to provide students with the opportunities to integrate the theory and skills learned in the classroom within the clinical setting. Students receive site specific assignments as well as multiple reflective online assignments to ensure congruence of their experiences with their academic preparation. The final graduate semester after fieldwork completion is an opportunity for students to reflect on and share their fieldwork experiences with peers, faculty, alumni and local clinicians as well as plan for their continued professional growth.


Title IX changes regarding out-of-state clinical education/fieldwork - Due to higher education regulation changes, effective August 1, 2011, Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students NOR PLACE STUDENTS FOR CLINICAL EDUCATION IN THE FOLLOWING STATES: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Wisconsin


Contact the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator:
Elizabeth DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L
412-396-5411
deiuliise@duq.edu