Date Presented 4/16/2015

Students’ perceptions of academic preparation and fieldwork indicate a clear disconnect that can lead to student frustration. Teachers and clinicians need to work together to support Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Standard C.1.1 and to provide fieldwork that is in sync with classroom education and that enhances student outcomes. This study sought to determine the connection between students’ perceptions of occupational therapy academic preparation and clinical experiences, particularly Level I experiences.

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