As a part of the application process students will be required to have a minimum of 50 hours contact with an occupational therapist (OTR). It is required that the student observes, works, or volunteers in at least two different settings. The second observation may be as few as 8 hours and counts toward the 50 hour minimum. You will be required to enter this information as part of your application, so keep a log of the facility name, OT name and contact info, dates, and number of hours. Some facilities may require a formal letter prior to allowing you to observe. The minimum observation hours must be complete at the time an application is submitted. An applicant may continue observation above and beyond the minimum after the application has been submitted.
Students taking OC TH 3000 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (through the U of U) with a B grade or higher will be able to waive 25 of the 50 hours and will only be required to have contact with one setting other than the class. Students completing an Introduction to OT course with a B grade or higher at another institution may waive 15 hours and will similarly only need one additional site. The Introduction to OT course must be completed prior to or in progress at the time of the admission deadline for the observation hours to be waived. When completing the OTCAS application, list this course under Supporting Information, Observation Hours.
Failure to pass requirements imposed by fieldwork sites and the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) may negatively effect student eligibility for fieldwork placements and to sit for the national certification exam. Requirements include but are not limited to the following: criminal background checks, drug screening, and health/immunization requirements.
Students who claim an exemption to immunizations must know that:
- there are a limited number of sites who will allow unvaccinated individuals to participate in any activities;
- they may not get their desired sites;
- they will not to any medical facility; and,
- they may have to delay their graduation, in order to ensure that they get the variety of sites required to meet accreditation requirements.