Introduction to Practice Education in Trinity College Dublin
Practice Education is a core component of the Bachelor of Science Honours Degree Occupational Therapy Degree programme in Trinity College Dublin. It provides students with opportunities to integrate knowledge, theory, clinical decision-making, and professional behaviour within practice contexts across a range of health, community and educational settings. It equips students with the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes required to graduate as competent entrants to the Occupational Therapy profession, meeting the standards of proficiency as specified by CORU.
The Practice Education modules on the Occupational Therapy programme at Trinity have been designed to comply and meet with both national and international requirements. These include the following:
- The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Revised Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists (2016) (https://www.wfot.org/resources/new-minimum-standards-for-the-education-of-occupational-therapists-2016-e-copy)
- CORU Occupational Therapist Registration Board; Criteria for Education and Training Programs (2017) (https://coru.ie/files-education/otrb-criteria-for-education-and-training-programmes.pdf)
Placement Schedule 2022/23 academic year
Practice Education placements take place across the four years of the Occupational Therapy programme. The Practice Education placements are of sufficient duration to allow integration of theory to practice and vary in length in line with the degree programme structure. The following table provides an overview of the placement schedule for the 2022/23 academic year.
|4th Year: Senior Sophister||12th September 2022 – 2nd December 2022||12 weeks|
|1st Year: Junior Freshmen||16th January 2023 – 27th January 2023||2 weeks|
|3rd Year: Junior Sophister||6th February 2023 – 21st April 2023||11 weeks|
|2nd Year: Senior Freshmen||2nd May 2023 – 23rd June 2023||8 weeks|