Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


A critical fieldwork shortage exists for the profession of occupational therapy and an evidence gap was found; literature with practitioners who do not provide fieldwork education was missing. The purpose of this capstone project was to identify the barriers that stop some occupational therapy practitioners from providing fieldwork education and what benefits and supports may motivate these same individuals to become fieldwork educators. A quantitative descriptive and correlational study with an online survey design, with 25 closed ended questions was distributed through snowball sampling across the United States. Responses were received from 42 states plus the District of Columbia. There were 493 opened surveys, 465 that responded to at least question one, and 296 were completed from practitioners who did not provide fieldwork education. This capstone adds to the body of OT literature and closes the evidence gap that was identified with practitioners who do not provide fieldwork education. Surprisingly results indicated participants feel professionally ready and are well prepared to provide fieldwork education, yet many have never been asked to do so. AFWCs should find a way to ask more practitioners to provide fieldwork education and promote the benefits of hosting students for placements.

Faculty Mentor

Camille Skubik-Peplaski, PhD, OTR/L FAOTA

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Casey Humphrey, OTD. OTR/L

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)