Occupational Therapy Trainee Program - Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)
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Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)


Occupational Therapy Trainee Program

As one of the largest health care systems in the Nation, and the singe largest employer of occupational therapists, the VA provides a rich environment for clinical education. The VA provides clinical education each year to more than 460 occupational therapy students in the Nation.

The Occupational Therapy Department at the Central Alabama Health Care System (CAVHCS) provides Level I and Level II fieldwork educational experiences. The goal of the Level I fieldwork is to introduce the student to the occupational therapy environment, to apply knowledge to practice and to develop understanding of the needs of clients. the goal of Level II fieldwork is to develop competent, entry-level, generalist occupational therapist.

The occupational therapist staff guide students' fieldwork experiences in the following clinical care practice settings that includes but are not limited to:

  • Acute Rehabilitation
  • Community-based care
  • Ergonomics
  • Geriatrics
  • Orthopedics
  • Outpatient Care
  • Pain Management
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury

General Program Goals:

  1. Ensure that the fieldwork components meet the educational institution's curriculum objectives;
  2. Provide quality fieldwork education learning experiences;
  3. Provide appropriate and effective student supervision;
  4. Serve as professional role models;
  5. Promote student professionalism, clinical reasoning, competence, and ethical practice;
  6. Maintain affiliation agreements and communication with academic fieldwork coordinators.

Send completed processing packet to the following address:

Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
ATTN: Barbara Ivory
2400 Hospital Rd
Tuskegee, AL 36083
For assistance contact Mrs. Ivory at:
Barbara.Ivory@va.gov or (334) 727-0550 ext.5049


Upon receipt of your forms, our Human Resources department will contact you to arrange a time for you to come to the facility for fingerprinting and other entry processing requirements. A complete background check including fingerprinting is required for all VA staff and trainees. The following documents are required at time of fingerprinting:

  • One government issued photo ID (i.e. driver license, military ID, passport) and one non-photo ID (see list on VA Form 0711, page 5, item 4 above).
  • Permanent Resident Card (if applicable). 
  • Vehicle Registration and proof of insurance (if applying for a VA parking permit). 




Join the Occupational Therapy Trainee Program at CAVHCS in the VA!

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Dental Assistant Trainee Program
Dietetics Program
EKG Technician Trainee Program
Geriatrics Residency
Medical Laboratory Technology Training Program
Nursing Training Program
Occupational Therapy Trainee Program
Optometry Externship Program
Pharmacy Student Training Program
Physical Therapy Training Program
Podiatry Residency
Psychology Internship Program
Radiography Trainee Program
Recreation Therapy Program
Social Work Program
Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Trainee Program


Linda Echols, OTR/L
Supervisor, Occupational Therapy Dept.
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care (CAVHCS)
2400 Hospital Road
Tuskegee, AL 36083-5001
Phone: (334) 727-0550,
ext. 5049
email: Linda.Echols@va.gov


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