School of Health and Medical Sciences

The design of the Seton Hall University Occupational Therapy curriculum integrates the concepts from the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF; WHO, 2001) and the three primary roles of the occupational therapist: practitioner, manager and contributor. Throughout the curriculum, the emphasis begins with the practitioner role, followed by the contributor and manager roles. 

Foundation knowledge in body structures and functions is met through pre-requisite courses, and foundational coursework early in the curriculum.  This is followed by emphasizing the impact of health conditions and impairments on activities and participation of older adults, adults and children/adolescents. Moreover, the reverse developmental courses are arranged so that students engage health and medical condition knowledge, appropriate assessments and appropriate interventions in the same term, thus integrating the knowledge, application, evaluation and synthesis of information needed for clinical practice. The final terms of the curriculum focus on entrepreneurship, prevention and health promotion and wellness. Additionally, the program provides increasing challenges and complexities as the curriculum unfolds.  

Professional Formation is the thread that runs throughout the Seton Hall University Occupational Therapy curriculum. This thread focuses on the formation of professional identity, including servant leadership, consistent with the Seton Hall University mission. The Professional Formation sequence begins with professional attitudes, behaviors and skills expected in graduate school and clinical settings. The sequence progresses to critical thinking, clinical reasoning and integration of knowledge. Therapeutic use of self and reflection are integrated with Level I fieldwork experiences, service learning and advocacy projects. The sequence culminates in planning for continued professional development as practitioners, contributors and managers.

Download the full curriculum, outlined by term

Academic Policy

In order to ensure that the School graduates competent and ethical practitioners, the School of Health and Medical Sciences faculty, in conjunction with the Dean's Office, developed the Academic Performance Standards Policy and Student Performance Review Committee Procedures (PDF).

The form for student requests to appeal to the Student Performance Review Committee is available here.

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Debra Olszewski

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