Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies

BHS 496 Fieldwork in Health Policy

BHS 496 Fieldwork in Health

What Counts as fieldwork hours?

UW Bothell School of Nursing and Health Studies students are expected to participate in learning experiences in community-based settings to gain valuable insight into possible roles and career opportunities in health-related fields while learning in a non-classroom environment.  To accomplish this, the Health Studies degree program requires the completion of a BHS 496 Fieldwork, a five-credit credit/no credit course.  Students enroll in this course which facilitates career development and making connections between what is learned in the classroom to practice in a health profession.  The ability to successfully engage in a fieldwork experience is dependent on the maturity and respect of the student in concert with assistance and good will of personnel based in agency and organizational settings where the fieldwork experience takes place.  Details about the structure, learning objectives requirements and assignments of BHS 496 are contained within the instructor’s syllabus. 

Student enrolled in BHS 496 Fieldwork in Heath must adhere to the following:

  • Fieldwork hours cannot be completed as part of any time spent working in a paid job.  The rationale is that time spent completing Fieldwork hours is counted toward earning academic credit for BHS 496, and, to avoid any actual or perceived conflict of interest regarding time and activities spend working as an employee versus time and activities spent learning as a student.  No compensation may be requested of the employer by the student for any hours spent conducting fieldwork for BHS 496. * See note about Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Fieldwork hours may be completed in the same organizational setting where the student is employed if the student and supervisor delineate, by using the attached form, how the Fieldwork hours are separate and distinct from those hours for which the student is paid as an employee of the organization and how the Fieldwork hours go beyond the duties and responsibilities of the paid position.  Additionally, the Fieldwork hours must contribute to student learning goals for BHS 496.
    • The attestation form should be uploaded to the BHS 496 Fieldwork instructor via Canvas prior to final approval for the position is granted by the instructor.
  • Time spent in a time-limited internship, whether paid or unpaid, may be counted toward the completion of BHS 496 Fieldwork hours.  Internships are formal, organized programs used to provide a professional learning experience in an organization or occupation; and may be paid or unpaid.  Internships are temporary, have a defined end date and are not considered employment.
  • Requisite Fieldwork hours completed to earn academic credit for BHS 496 cannot be used or counted for fieldwork (or service learning) hours for another academic course.  Nor can fieldwork hours or service learning completed to earn academic credit for another academic course be used or counted for BHS 496 Fieldwork hours.  However, a single agency or organizational setting may be used to complete fieldwork hours required for multiple courses, including BHS 496, that the student is enrolled in during the same academic quarter. 
    • In this case, the student must delineate in writing on the form provided, how the Fieldwork hours at the agency or organization are separately allocated for each course, how Fieldwork activities and responsibilities are separate and distinct for each course and how Fieldwork hours respectively contribute to the student’s learning goals for each course.
    • This attestation form should be uploaded to the BHS 496 instructor via the Canvas prior to final approval for the position is granted by the instructor.
  • With respect to complying with all stipulations above, students are held to the Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington.
    • *FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) regulations state that employees cannot volunteer services to for-profit, private employers. Public and nonprofit employees may volunteer their services, but the services they volunteer must not be part of their regular job duties, and often cannot be performed during their regular working hours.
    • Specifically, the DOL (Department of Labor) has taken the position that employees may not volunteer to provide services for the nonprofit organization that are "the same as, similar, or related to" their regular job duties. As a general example, a school custodian may not volunteer to empty the trash cans after a basketball game, but he or she may volunteer to coach the team.