CHCS Student Handbook 2018-2019

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Occupational Therapy 2018–2019 175 Chancellor’s List and Dean’s List The Master of Occupational Therapy program follows the policies of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences for recognizing outstanding student performance and academic excellence while enrolled in and upon graduation from the program. Please refer to the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences section of this student handbook for details. Academic Promotions and Progression The Master of Occupational Therapy program follows the policies regarding Academic Standing in the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS) section in the handbook. The courses in the Master of Occupational Therapy curriculum have been carefully sequenced to promote optimal learning and skill development. The progress of each student through the curriculum requires continuous satisfactory academic performance. Progression from one term to the next is based on successful completion of the courses offered in prior terms. No student may advance to the second year of study without satisfactorily completing all first-year courses. For first- and second-year courses that are offered only once each year, a student who fails such a course will be required to suspend his or her studies and request a Leave of Absence in writing to the program director and/or department chair, following the Leave of Absence policy stated in the college section of this handbook, for permission to retake the course when it is offered the next academic year. In the second year, students who fail courses that are offered twice a year may be allowed to continue in the program and repeat the course the next time that it is offered, as determined by the recommendation of the CSP and the decision of the department chair. A course failure may significantly extend the length of the program of study, which is typically 29 months. A course may be repeated only once. Students will be dismissed from the program after two course failures. Incomplete Coursework A student may receive a grade of I (incomplete) in a course if he/she is passing the course, based on all completed coursework to date, but is unable to complete all course requirements. An incomplete will be changed to an earned grade upon a student’s satisfactory completion of the course or fieldwork requirements. A change from an incomplete to an earned grade must occur prior to the first day of the next academic year, or the student’s grade will be converted to an F . The taking of incompletes is strongly discouraged and requires written approval of the course instructor. Fieldwork Experiences The NSU M.O.T. program offers four Level I fieldwork experiences and two three-month, full-time- equivalent Level II fieldwork experiences. These experiences provide students with opportunities to further develop and utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills in a wide variety of real practice settings. All policies and procedures related to both Level I and Level II fieldwork experiences are outlined in the M.O.T. Fieldwork Manual . Students are required to read the manual and sign a document acknowledging their understanding of these policies and procedures. Level I fieldwork experiences Level I fieldwork experiences are associated with didactic coursework and are completed during the second year of the curriculum. Such experiences allow students to apply concepts and skills learned in the classroom to individuals and populations in the community. OCT 6206, OCT 6207, and OCT 6208 are separate clinical