BHS 496 Fieldwork in Health

What Counts as fieldwork hours?

UW Bothell School of Nursing & 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 and to learn more about an area of interest in a non-classroom environment.  To accomplish this, the Health Studies degree program requires the completion of a fieldwork experience.  Currently, students accomplish this by enrolling in BHS 496 Fieldwork in Health, which facilitates career development and making connections between what is learned in the classroom to practice in a health profession.  The ability to 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.

NOTE:  Prior to enrolling in BHS 496 in any given quarter, students must contact the assigned course instructor to: obtain permission to enroll, identify and arrange an agency or organizational site where fieldwork hours will be completed, and establish communication with a fieldwork site supervisor.  More details about the structure, learning objectives, requirements, and assignments for BHS 496 are contained within the course 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 for this is that time spent completing fieldwork hours is counted towards earning academic course credit for BHS 496, and, to avoid any potential conflict of interest regarding time and activities spent working as an employee versus time and activities spent learning as a student.  However, fieldwork hours may be completed in the same organizational setting where the student is employed, but the student must delineate, in writing, how their fieldwork hours are separate from those hours for which the student is paid as an employee of the organization and how fieldwork hours go beyond their duties and responsibilities for their paid job in order to contribute to the student’s learning goals for BHS 496. This written statement must be submitted prior to beginning any fieldwork hours and must be approved by the BHS 496 course instructor.  A student may not request compensation from their employer for any hours they spent conducting fieldwork for BHS 496.
  • 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 professionally-oriented learning experiences 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 (or service learning) hours 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, how their fieldwork hours at the agency or organization are separately allocated for each course, how fieldwork activities and responsibilities are separate for each course, and how fieldwork hours respectively contribute to the student’s learning goals for each course.  This written statement must be submitted prior to beginning any fieldwork hours and must be approved by the BHS 496 course instructor.
  • With respect to complying with all stipulations above, students are held to the Student Conduct Code for the University of Washington, found at: