Become an OTA field work educator

Prepare the next generation of OTAs.

In order to prepare our occupational therapy assistant students to be ready for the workforce and become the best practitioners they can be, we require each student to complete sixteen weeks of fieldwork rotations in an occupational therapy practice.

Want to know more about becoming a fieldwork educator for the Union College occupational therapy assistant program? Contact the program at

Hosting a Union College OTA student in your practice is about a lot more than just training for the future.

Top 10 reasons to host a Union College occupational therapy assistant student:

Opportunities to stay up on current trends—our students are exposed to the latest theories and practices in occupational therapy treatment and will bring that knowledge with them into your practice.

Continue education credits—as a fieldwork educator supervising occupation therapy assistant students is one way to earn continuing education credit towards your certifications.

Give back to the profession—As an occupational therapy student, you gained tremendous educational value and course credit for working in a real-life practice. Now is your chance to impact the next generation of practitioners by providing them with the same opportunities to learn and grow.

Discover new perspectives—Let's face it. We're all creatures of habit and it's easy to get settled into comfortable workflows and patterns. But fresh young minds look at things in new ways and students in training can help your team see issues in new ways.

Remain evidence-based—As members of the healthcare profession, it is important to remain evidence-based in order to stay up to date on the newest and most effective processes and procedures.The Union College OTA program places a high value on developing students who have a strong understanding of the importance of research and using that research to support the occupational therapy process.

Support the local community—This is an opportunity to develop partnerships with Union College and the local schools, local hospitals, and other non-traditional settings, in order to develop a sense of community and ownership for each other. 

Infuse creative energy into your practice—Students are full of energy and ideas and excited to begin practicing new skills and applying new knowledge. Bringing students into your practice often leads to all kinds of new ideas.

Improve productivity—Student practitioners are far from a burden. Their training is fresh in their minds and they are able to take on a portion of the workload.

Promote OT in non-traditional settings—This is an opportunity to allow students to develop relationships with the local community both through volunteer and fieldwork opportunities. 

Recruit future employees—As a fieldwork educator, you'll get to see how students perform in your practice and then you'll have the inside track on getting the employees you want. 

(Hodgetts, Hollis, Triska, Dennis, Madill, & Taylor, 2007)

(Ozelie, Janow, Kreutz, Mulry, & Penkala, 2015)