Occupational Therapy Internship (Arizona)
Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS) partners with academic affiliates to offer level one and level two Occupational Therapy Internships. The internship is arranged by the academic fieldwork coordinator from your university and is offered after you complete the academic portion of your degree program.
To prepare for a career as an occupational therapist, you must complete an education program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). A list of accredited programs is available from the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. upon request.
To become an occupational therapy assistant, you must complete either a two-year associate's degree or an accredited certificate educational program.
All courses of study require a period of supervised clinical experience (i.e., fieldwork) and successful completion of a national certification examination.
The Occupational Therapy Internship at Mayo Clinic in Arizona offers both level one (1 or 2 weeks) and level two (12 week) internships. Student internships for those studying to become an occupational therapy assistant (COTA) are not offered at this time.
The fieldwork rotations provide the high-quality didactic and clinical fieldwork needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent occupational therapist.
Throughout your internship, you will be exposed to a variety of evaluation tools, adaptive training activities, therapy interventions, equipment, videos and resources. These experiences will prepare you for treating the adult patients.
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Graduation and Certification
Upon successful completion of the Occupational Therapy Internship, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences. Occupational Therapy interns also graduate from their respective university upon successful completion of their fieldwork. They are then responsible for scheduling and completing their certification tests through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Those who pass the test are awarded the title of registered occupational therapist or certified occupational therapy assistant. Individual states may also require licensure.
For the majority of the internship, your learning schedule will include eight-hour days, five days per week and will correspond with your clinical instructor's schedule. Students are required to work weekends that correspond with the clinical instructor's schedule. While the regular workweek is usually 40 hours, additional projects, patient activities and homework may be assigned.
Each year, Mayo School of Health Sciences admits between ten and twenty students to each of its Occupational Therapy Internship fieldwork rotations at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. This ensures you will receive a comprehensive educational experience with one-on-one training.