Changing healthcare systems impact clinical sites that provide fieldwork for occupational therapy programs and require students to be prepared for the pace and demands of the clinical settings. Occupational therapy programs strive to enhance hands-on experiences in didactic curriculum to better prepare students for Level II fieldwork. An on-campus clinic course was implemented over two semesters with students engaging in the occupational therapy process with adult and pediatric clients from the community under the supervision of faculty. Student surveys and focus group data were analyzed over five years. Survey responses to open-ended question were triangulated with data from focus group results and themes were validated with quantitative survey data. The research explored the design of the on-campus clinic courses, the themes of the data analysis, and implications for learning opportunities with clients in an on-campus experience. The findings support the feasibility of implementing an on-campus clinic with positive student outcomes and enhanced faculty-student relationships that are sustainable over several years.
Kelly Erickson, PhD, OTR/L is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at The College of St. Scholastica. She has been practicing as an occupational therapist for 19 years focusing in occupation-based assessment and intervention, use of everyday technology, and development of clinical reasoning and professional behaviors among graduate students.
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Erickson, K. (2018). On-Campus Occupational Therapy Clinic Enhances Student Professional Development and Understanding. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 2 (2). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2018.020202