Administration, Faculty and Office Staff 2
Full Time Faculty: 2
Administration Staff 3
Adjunct Faculty: 4
Dean’s Office Staff 7
Philosophical Base and Mission – BSHS/MSOT Program 9
Course Sequence 10
First Year (Undergraduate) 10
**HAO 313 Intro to Occupational Therapy is also offered in the Fall and Spring Semesters for West Campus Students only 10
*Courses taught by programs within HSC Center 10
*HAO 385 may be increased to 3 credits due to curriculum change still in progress and may also increase in an additional module (possibly running from mods. 5-7) or perhaps credit increase may be added later to HAO 451 in second year at undergraduate level. 10
Second Year (Undergraduate) 11
Second Year (Graduate) 11
Third Year (Graduate) 11
** Must successfully complete HAO 596 AND HAO 597 (FW IIA and FW IIB) as a prerequisite 11
Grading Criteria and Policy 12
Evaluation of Student Learning 13
Course and Instructor Evaluations 13
Copyright Materials 17
Student Advisement 18
Graduation Criteria 19
Certification by the NBCOT 19
New York State Licensure 19
Student and Professional Organizations 20
Job Placement/Listings 21
Scholarship Announcements 21
Welcome!!! We hope your experience as a student in the Occupational Therapy program at Stony Brook University will be rewarding. You are embarking on a road that will lead you to a wonderful, fulfilling career.
This manual has been created to further introduce you to the Occupational Therapy program. It is important that you use this manual in conjunction with the School of Health Technology and Management Bulletin for 2011-2012 and with the SHTM Student Handbook of Policies and Procedures. Each publication is regularly updated and will be helpful to you in your current and future clinical and academic endeavors. Please keep the manual, bulletin, and handbook in an easily accessible place so that you can refer to each for policy and procedure clarification throughout your Stony Brook University experience.
Any information in this manual is subject to change.
Administration, Faculty and Office Staff
Full Time Faculty:
Pamela Block, Ph.D.
(631)-444-3197 - ECC
Karen DeChello, MS, OTR/L, CEA
Vice Chairperson of the Occupational Therapy Program
Karen (Kayla) Mendelsohn*****(contact person to discuss student issues)
Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Lisa Benz Scott, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
Department of Health Care Policy and Management
Dean’s Office Staff
Regina Chaplin*** (Assistant Dean Mendelsohn’s Secretary)
Secretary, Dean’s Office
Assistant to the Dean
Secretary, Dean’s Office
Philosophical Base and Mission – BSHS/MSOT Program
The Stony Brook University Occupational Therapy Program has a five-part mission:
Education: To provide comprehensive professional education to meet the demands and needs for 21st century occupational therapy practice for individuals and communities across the life span;
Scholarship: To promote research and intellectual endeavors of the highest standards to advance occupational therapy;
Service: To address community, national, and global needs of individuals, families, and populations, including being resources to health care and human services organizations, educational institutions, and government public health and social service agencies;
Leadership and Advocacy: To promote leadership and advocacy to enable individuals and populations to maximally participate in life occupations, access health and human services, and leadership within the occupational therapy profession;
Globalization: To advance knowledge and appreciation of diversity and its influence on human occupation, health and well being at local, national and international levels.
Progressive Philosophy of Education: Purpose of education is to:
promote societal well-being
enhance an individual’s effectiveness in society
Education provides learners:
with practical knowledge
problem solving skills
Humanist Philosophical Base Purpose of education is to:
enhance personal growth and development
Faculty believe that an individual’s needs, interests and experiences are key elements in learning; that people have unlimited potential to be developed through education. We believe that it is important for students, graduates and faculty to recognize the importance of being motivated and self-directed. All individuals must take responsibility for their own learning.
The program design stresses the importance of:
The curriculum within the School of Health Technology and Management follows a “Module” system. Each module is approximately five weeks in length. A course may be offered in a combination of modules depending upon the credit assignment. Contact hours and credit allotment are calculated on the Carnegie system. Courses are scheduled within one or more modules to accurately meet the credit assignment of the course. Please note: Modular Schedules are subject to change and this Course Credit load may also change due to curriculum redesign.In an effort to provide the best educational experiences certain courses will be offered in the evenings and/or on weekends. These courses will be taught by experts in those fields. All students registered for these courses are expected to attend.
Please see the School of Health Technology and Management bulletin for a description of each course.
First Year (Undergraduate)
**HAO 313 Intro to Occupational Therapy is also offered in the Fall and Spring Semesters for West Campus Students only
*Courses taught by programs within HSC Center
*HAO 385 may be increased to 3 credits due to curriculum change still in progress and may also increase in an additional module (possibly running from mods. 5-7) or perhaps credit increase may be added later to HAO 451 in second year at undergraduate level.
Second Year (Undergraduate)
Adult Physical Dysfunction Theory and Practice
Fieldwork Level 1C (Adult Physical Disabilities)
Vision, Perception and Cognition
Prosthetics and Orthotics
Physical Agent Modalities for the OT
Fieldwork Level IB (Pediatrics)
Introduction to Research Design
*HAO 451 may be increased to 2 credits for next year due to curriculum change still in progress.
Second Year (Graduate)
Assistive Technology and Universal Design
Professional Behaviors II
Research Design and Methods for OT
Work Programs in OT
Statistics & Data Analysis
Fieldwork Level IIA
Third Year (Graduate)
Case Studies II
Community, Occupation and Health
Special Topics in Occupational Therapy
Fieldwork Level IIB
**Fieldwork Level IIC
Principles of Instruction
Case Studies III
The OT Manager
Emerging Areas of Practice
Professional Transition Seminar
Disability Studies & Occupational Therapy
** Must successfully complete HAO 596 AND HAO 597 (FW IIA and FW IIB) as a prerequisite
Grading Criteria and Policy
Unless indicated differently in the course outlines provided by the instructor, the following is the grading criteria.
Minimum PercentGradeQuality Points
92.5 A 4
89.5 A- 3.67
86.5 B+ 3.33
82.5 B 3
79.5 B- 2.67
76.5 C+ 2.33
72.5 C 2
69.5 C- 1.67
66.5 D+ 1.33
62.5 D 1.0
S = Passing (“C” or higher) ----
F = Failure ----
Students must be in good academic standing (professional gpa 2.5 and overall gpa of 2.5) at the undergraduate portion of the program to transition to the graduate level of the curriculum. Graduate students must maintain a gpa of 3.0 to be considered in good standing. Students who have been transitioned to the graduate portion of the program and who have a gpa ranging from 2.5 to 2.9, at the time of the transition phase, must raise their gpa to a 3.0 by the end of the first summer session of the graduate portion of the program.
The occupational therapy program offers all courses starting with HAO. Other programs within the Health Sciences Center offer all remaining courses. The occupational therapy program faculty believes that each course offered in the curriculum is essential to developing an occupational therapy professional. Therefore, regardless of the program code, all courses within the curriculum are considered professional courses.
In addition to the School of Health Technology and Management’s academic policies and procedures, all undergraduate HAO courses in the Occupational Therapy curriculum must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of C*, with graduate HAO courses successfully completed with a minimum grade of B. Failure to earn a minimum grade of C or B in HAO undergraduate/graduate courses will require a student to repeat the course and prevent the student from participating in clinical affiliations. A student may repeat a course only once, inability to successfully pass the course when repeated, may result in recommendation for dismissal from the program.
Students must also maintain a professional grade point average of 2.5 in the occupational therapy undergraduate program courses and a 3.0 grade point average in occupational therapy graduate program courses. Failure to successfully complete 3 or more courses during the three-year curriculum will result in the student being subject to termination from the program.
*Exceptions: HAS 363 - A minimum grade of C- in HAS 361 Computer Literacy is required for successful matriculation in the Occupational Therapy Program.
HBY 350 – Passing grade
HBP 310 – Passing grade
Please refer to SHTM policies on academic standing found in the SHTM Student Handbook Program and Classroom Policies
Evaluation of Student Learning
Evaluation of student learning takes place at several levels -- daily in the classroom, periodically as the result of tests and graded assignments, and during fieldwork experiences. It is a key component of teaching and learning. In keeping with the concept that students are individuals with individual styles of learning and communication, faculty is encouraged to use multiple methods of evaluation throughout the coursework. Occupational Therapy students are evaluated through objective tools and essay tests, multiple choice questions, case studies, lab work and practicals, written and oral assignments, class presentations, Professional Behavior Monitors and professional organization fieldwork evaluation forms during fieldwork experiences.
It is the prerogative of the instructor to select the specific method for evaluating learning by the student in each course. However, the evaluation methods must be included in the course outline, reviewed and recommended for approval by the School of Health Technology and Management’s Curriculum Committee and the Dean.
The purpose for Fieldwork I and II, the intended learning outcomes, and the faculty, student, clinical fieldwork supervisors’ expectations and responsibilities, as well as the evaluation methods are reviewed with the students prior to their attending fieldwork. Students have an opportunity to offer feedback about their grading concerns, their opinions about fieldwork sites and their experiences in writing and verbally.
Course syllabi are given to and reviewed with the students during the first week of each class. This information includes the methods of evaluation, the weighting of the methods, and criteria for grading. As an example, if the instructor is employing a mastery learning policy for an assignment, and a “B” is the passing grade, then the students are informed of this by discussion and in the course syllabus.
Course and Instructor Evaluations
Students have the opportunity to complete course and instructor evaluations at the end of each course. A class representative submits the completed forms to the Dean’s office. Once the evaluations have been rated, they are returned to the Program Director for review with the faculty. Faculty and the director review the outcomes annually.
Although it is the responsibility of the instructor to provide a sufficient number of course evaluations for the class in a timely manner, it is the student’s responsibility to complete and return the forms. It is only through such input that growth and change can occur. This evaluation method not only benefits you as a student, but it assists the faculty and the program administrators in their endeavor to provide students with the best program and faculty possible.
Punctual attendance in all classes is expected of all students. Excessive absences/lateness may be grounds for recommendation to be dismissed from the program, or for being placed on academic probation.If a student knows he/she will be absent from class or scheduled activity, he/she must personally notify the course instructor in advance. Faculty and staff e-mail and phone extensions are listed in this manual. Documentation for absences may be requested and if requested of the student, the student is under obligation by Program Policy to produce said documentation.
If an emergency occurs and the student will not be able to attend class, or if the student is going to be late due to an emergency, the student must notify the course instructor within 8 hours explaining the absence. Note that it is still the discretion of the course instructor to consider it an excused absence. Attendance & participation are expected in every course. Each student is expected to be on time and remain in class for the full session. Once the lecture or lab activity starts you are considered late. It is your responsibility to notify the instructor via phone or e-mail prior to the absence/lateness or within 24 hours of class. Failure to notify the instructor will result in an unexcused absence [no call, no show]. Every two unexcused absences will result in a decrease in your overall course grade by 5 points. Attendance is taken @ the beginning of each class. Three latenesses will equal one unexcused absence. Every three excused absences will also result in a 5 point decrease in overall course grade (may be considered excessive). Your academic advisor will be informed of absences, latenesses and any display of unprofessional behavior or lack of participation.
Stony Brook E-mail account and Blackboard must be checked regularly for class information or announcements from the instructor and/or for program changes or notifications.
Make-Up Exams and Lateness Assignments
Policies and procedures regarding make up exams (e.g. quizzes, mid- term exams, short exams), are established at the discretion of the individual course instructor. Students are expected to notify the course instructor at the beginning of the course if the student requires rescheduled time for a makeup exam. This make up time will follow the policy and procedure of absences and lateness of the program. Students will be required to provide documentation to support their reasons for requested make up exam time, if the course instructor consents to a makeup exam. There will be no make up for FINAL, and PRACTICAL EXAMS, unless there is a death in the family or an unexpected trauma emergency. In which case, the student must inform the course instructor within 4 hours of the emergency. Documentation of the said emergency will be requested of the student, the student is under obligation by Program Policy to produce said documentation.
All assignments are to be handed in on or prior to the due date. Five points will be deducted for each day of lateness, weekends included. All assignments are to be typed and saved on disk/flash drive in case revisions are necessary.
Any assignments done in groups are the responsibility of all group members. Group members must sign the final copy to acknowledge equal contribution and an understanding that each group member receives the same grade for the final project.
All electronic communication devices such as cell phones and beepers are NOT to be used in the classrooms during all learning activities. In the event that you are waiting for an important text or phone message, you MUST:
Then, with permission of your course instructor place your phone on vibrate and step out of the room to respond. No texting or twittering during any class activities, (even if it is to post how much you love this program or course!).
The use of laptops for note taking purposes must be approved by the course instructor prior to class time. Any student using the laptop for purposes other than note taking during class time without prior approval by the course instructor will not be allowed to bring in a laptop and will receive a reprimand in their file. University phones located in the classrooms are for EMERGENCY purposes only. Use of the phone for other than emergency purposes without the expressed permission of a faculty or staff member will be considered unprofessional conduct.
Students will dress appropriately. Students are expected to dress neatly and conservatively. Only under the direction of a faculty member will students wear shorts, t-shirts or sweats for a class. No shirts/blouses that are low cut will be permitted; Jeans and slacks are to be worn at waist level and should remain at that point upon movement. Failure to dress responsibly will result in a penalty for professional behavior grading and a reprimand in the student folder. A reprimand will result in the student being placed on probation.
Caps and hats that ARE NOT worn for religious, cultural, or medical reasons are considered unprofessional attire and must be removed and remain off during class time.
Email and Black Board Accounts
Timely & efficient communication is necessary in the academic and professional environments.
All students must use their Stony Brook Email Account for all correspondences regarding school related information.
Students are also expected to check this email account daily as well as BlackBoard course accounts and Program account for any information such as registration charts and notices.
In addition, any changes in student’s personal contact telephone number(s) and address must be provided to the Occupational Therapy Program immediately to the administrative assistant in order to always maintain current emergency contact information.
Attitude and professional behavior, along with knowledge and skill, are evaluated during ALL classroom and fieldwork experiences. Please remember, this is a professional program. The faculty believes that students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes exhibited in the classroom are reflective of those they will exhibit during fieldwork experiences. Faculty encourages students to not view the classroom setting (lectures, laboratories) as isolated from the clinical setting.
Faculty expects students to utilize their critical thinking, communication skills, and reflective reasoning at all times. Seeing these abilities on an ongoing basis assists the faculty when they are assessing the students’ professional development. Any student who communicates in a manner that is deemed unprofessional either through behaviors or means of communication will be spoken to first and will be placed on academic probation. A formal reprimand will be placed in the student’s folder. If after noted offenses, the student does not correct the noted unprofessional behaviors, that student may be dismissed from the program.
Whether on fieldwork, attending classes on campus, or enjoying special activities/events, students must remember that they are a reflection of the School, faculty, and profession. Students are expected to be prompt, to follow the rules and regulations of the facility, to be courteous and to dress professionally. Failure to do so will result in placing the student on probation and having a formal reprimand on file.
Please be respectful to fellow students, the faculty and staff of the Health Sciences Center. This means speaking quietly in the hallways and limiting participation in any stress relieving, physical recreation activities to the areas outside of the Health Sciences Center.
Students are not allowed to contact ANY faculty or staff member (this includes core faculty, adjunct faculty, Clinical Field Work Supervisors- both FW Level I and FW Level II, and any staff members) via any social type of networking while they are in the OT Program. After graduation, students may contact any one they wish to “friend” via social network. In addition, students are expected to maintain privacy regulations when it concerns the program and clinical sites, as well as clinical supervisors. Students cannot post on their social network any information regarding their experiences with any Clinical Supervisors or Field Work clinical sites. Any comments posted on such sites may be considered by some as a violation of privacy and/or slanderous. Under ANY circumstances will such postings by tolerated by the program. Such acts will be considered as unprofessional behaviors and will be addressed accordingly.
There will be times when the students and faculty will gather together for social events designed for enjoyment of all and entertainment. All students are encouraged to attend such events. Please remember, although the venue is of entertainment and social interactions with the faculty members, students are expected to behave towards the faculty in a manner reflective of professionalism and respect. A good time can be had by all while maintaining respect towards the faculty.
Withdrawal/Leave of Absence
Please refer to the School of Health Technology and Management student handbook. If withdrawing or requesting a leave of absence, students must follow the policies and procedures delineated in the School of Health Technology and Management bulletin and the SHTM Student Handbook of Policies and Procedures.
The Occupational Therapy Faculty will not tolerate ANY form of academic dishonesty. The faculty will readily enforce the policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty as set by the Health Sciences Bulletin and the School of Health Technology and Management. Please refer to the Health Sciences Bulletin and the School of Health Technology and Management Student Handbook of Policies and Procedures for further information regarding the definitions of plagiarism, as well as the definitions of academic dishonesty.
Students are expected to follow the examples given in the American Psychological Association reference manual for proper citation, references of work and format of paperwork. Students are expected to purchase said manual prior to the start of OT coursework. The current edition of the APA manual is the 6th edition; the purchase of the APA software is suggested. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of all steps needed to avoid plagiarism and other academic dishonesty behaviors; i.e. the rules and recommendations for proper citation and referencing.
All paper work must be original to the course. If a student submits a paper that was submitted previously in another course without approval of current professor, this action will be considered as an act of plagiarism. Only with the course instructor’s approval may a student submit a previously written body of work. Any assignments done in groups are the responsibility of all group members. Group members must sign the final copy to acknowledge equal contribution and an understanding that each group member receives the same grade for the final project.
Unless otherwise directed by the course instructor or the course instructor consents with prior approval, all assignments are to be completed individually and is considered to be the sole representation of that individual student’s work. Without prior course instructor’s approval, any unauthorized group work is considered an act of plagiarism.
Also see appendix for AOTA Advisory on Plagiarism.
It is required that all Occupational Therapy program faculty, staff, and students adhere to the laws of copyright. When appropriate, the Occupational Therapy Program faculty, if using copyright material for educational purposes will provide a single copy of the material for student and class use. The material will be made available in class or through the “reserved” area of the Health Sciences Center Library. Under no circumstances should a student or class interpret the access to the single copy as having permission to make multiple copies of the material. Multiple copies may only be made with the expressed and/or written permission of the author(s).
Recording Classroom Lectures and Activities
No student may record, tape or photograph any faculty presentation or classroom activity without the express written consent of the faculty or instructor. Generally, faculty has the discretion as to whether students are permitted to audio tape or video record lectures for their personal use. There may be circumstances, however, when such audio taping or video recording is necessary as a reasonable accommodation of a properly documented disability. Assistance and advice with respect to such requests may be obtained from the department chair, the dean’s office, the Office of Services.
If a student believes that he/she has a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation for audio and visual recording of lectures and classroom activities, he/she should contact Disability Support Services at (631) 632-6748 to request an appropriate accommodation.The use of laptops for note taking purposes must be approved by the course instructor prior to class time. Any student using the laptop for purposes other than note taking during class time without prior approval by the course instructor will not be allowed to bring in a laptop and will receive a formal reprimand in their file.
Faculty, as ethical professionals, is expected to respect students’ and patients’ rights to confidentiality. It is also imperative that students pursuing a professional career understand that they are held to the same ethical standards in clinical placements and academic areas of the program. Students are expected to complete HIPAA training and adhere to regulation regarding ethics and privacy matters.
Fellow students personal information, i.e. grades, concerns, and behaviors revealed in or out of class should not be openly shared with others since it is in direct violation to school and clinic policies.
Patient information is regarded as confidential. Any reports completed for submission to class are not to reveal the patient’s name. Students must use the first name, a pseudonym, or initials. This also pertains to any discussions students may have about the patient outside of the clinic and or classroom. Students may not copy or remove medical records on any client unless it has been indicated in writing that the facility has permission from the patient and is authorized to grant approval to do so. It is the responsibility of the student to clearly ask for and to understand the facilities rules and regulations regarding confidentiality.
HIPPA(Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) See School of Health Technology and Management Policy and Procedures Manual regarding HIPPA and student’s responsibilities to adhere to HIPPA regulations.
Annual Physical History/Assessment
and Immunization Record
All Occupational Therapy students are required to complete and submit the Stony Brook University, School of Health Technology and Management, physical history, health assessment form and immunization record prior to beginning coursework. The information on the forms is to be updated annually. The school provides these forms. Forms may be completed by making an appointment with the Student Health Services on West Campus, or by your own physician.
Students who have submitted incomplete forms, or students who have not submitted forms, will NOT BE ALLOWED to attend Fieldwork Level I or II until the forms are submitted and/or properly completed. Student Health Services must advise the Occupational Therapy Academic Fieldwork Coordinator that all health obligations have been satisfactorily met before a student will be placed on any fieldwork assignment. Failure to comply by the program and/or school recommended date may result in the student being placed on academic probation. (See SHTM Student Handbook of Policies and Procedures regarding academic probation). Please note: even if you have been a student at SUNY Stony Brook you are still required to complete the School of Health Technology and Management’s health forms.
Each student is assigned a faculty member as an advisor. It is the responsibility of the student to formally meet with the advisor during which time the Professional behavior Monitor will be reviewed. All students are expected to initiate and maintain with their advisors.
Student ID’s Unless otherwise instructed students are to utilize the Stony Brook University, School of Health Technology and Management identification badge as their official identification during any school or program related activity, on or off campus. Some activities or locations may require the students to block out their last name. Students may do so by adding a piece of masking or colored tape to the badge cover.
Graduation is dependent upon the successful completion of all prerequisite, basic sciences, core, as well as the research sequence and final results pages and professional courses including HAO 596, HAO 597, HAO 598 (Fieldwork Level II). Fieldwork Level II must be completed within six months of successful completion of all coursework.
The Program and School must review all student records prior to notifying the New York State Department of Education of the student’s graduation date, or before issuing a diploma. The student may then apply for a New York State limited permit (See New York State Licensure) to practice Occupational Therapy and may sit for the National Board for Certification examination in Occupational Therapy.