Job Description


The Occupational Therapy Assistant Fieldwork Level I Preceptor is a dynamic clinician with a passion for clinical education. The Level I Preceptor is assigned up to 6 OTA students and is responsible for the instruction and development of their clinic skills and professional behaviors as emerging practitioners during a 3-day fieldwork experience (Monday-Wednesday). The AOTA Standards describe the goal of Level I Fieldwork "to introduce students to the fieldwork experience, and develop a basic comfort level with an understanding of the needs of clients." Level I Fieldwork is not intended to develop independent performance, but to include ‘experiences designed to enrich didactic coursework through directed observation and participation in selected aspects of the occupational therapy process".


Preceptors must be knowledgeable about occupational therapy and cognizant of the goals and objectives of the Level I Fieldwork experience.

Preceptors must have excellent verbal communication skills.

Preceptors must have an interest and motivation in mentoring and developing professional behaviors and attitudes in emerging OTA student learners.

Preceptors must demonstrate the ability to adapt to the learning needs of a variety of student learners.

Preceptors must be able to communicate clear and understandable objectives to OTA students for successful functioning in clinical and human services environments.

Preceptors must model professional behaviors including though not limited to the following; reliability, dependability, responsibility, and adherence to the moral and ethical standards of the profession.

Preceptors must be able to function within the concept of a group-model for learning for the Level I OTA student, and to integrate that model successfully into the fieldwork learning site.

Preceptors must serve as liaisons between the student, the fieldwork site, and the university in order to create and sustain successful learning for the OTA student and advocacy for the population being served.

Preceptors will need to move about the site throughout the entire time on site.

Performs other related duties as assigned.         


      Minimum qualifications:

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) or Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) OR
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant; minimum of 3 years clinical practice following initial certification.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current occupational therapy practice. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate using multiple communication platforms (email, video-chat, and teleconference).  

Preferred Skills and Competencies:

  • Creative problem-solving and collaboration skills with the ability to guide and motivate others.
  • High level of professionalism, confidence, and resilience with a positive and optimistic attitude.
  • Ability to establish positive relationships with student to promote their success
  • Ability to work with others in different areas of the country and understand cultural differences.
  • An ability and willingness to bring creativity and positive energy to the fieldwork site and to share with students through experiential learning.

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