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Occupational Therapy (Sage Graduate School)

The Biology Pre-Professional programs provide students with an opportunity to earn a B.S. in Biology from Felician College and a graduate degree from a number of cooperating professional school programs in the following fields:

1. Audiology (Bloomsburg University of PA)
2. Chiropractic (NY Chiropractic College)
3. Occupational Therapy (Sage Graduate School)
4. Physician Assistant (Rutgers-SHRP)
5. Physical Therapy (Rutgers-SHRP)
6. Podiatry (NY College of Podiatric Medicine)

Upon successful completion of their Felician coursework, students will be able to demonstrate competence in scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and written communication, as well as proficiency in application of fundamental principles and laboratory methods in biology and chemistry. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical challenges and responsibilities of applying scientific knowledge, the relationship of Franciscan values to professional practice, and the potential contributions of science-related professions to human welfare and sustainability.

In most of the pre-professional programs, students take three years of required courses at Felician, with their first year of professional school courses counting toward their fourth year for the B.S. (The exception is Occupational Therapy, which requires a four-year sequence of courses at Felician.) An additional 2-3 years at the professional school is needed for the graduate degree (duration depending on whether a Masters or Doctorate is needed).

Students should declare their intention to pursue a specific articulated program as soon as possible within their first year at Felician to ensure proper scheduling of the correct sequence of courses. Note that each program has a GPA requirement for entry into the cooperating professional school, and may have other qualifications as indicated in the individual program requirements summarized below.

In each program, students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all science and math courses.

Occupational Therapy Program

The Occupational Program provides is coordinated with the Sage Graduate School, providing students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Felician and preferred early admission into the Master of Science degree program in Occupational Therapy offered by Sage Graduate School.

Requirements for admission to the graduate program are the following:

  • Earned Baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum overall 3.25 GPA that includes the completion of occupational therapy program prerequisite courses with grades of C or better
  • Submission by June 1 of completed Graduate application packet with supplemental documents (fee waived) including current resume, clinical observation form, program prerequisites record, OT program academic standards statement, and career goals statement/ personal essay. Forms can be found at: http://www.sage.edu/academics/health_sciences/programs/occupational_ther...
  • Submission of official transcripts from all college institutions attended
  • Submission of one letter of reference from the Felician College psychology or sociology faculty, or equivalent faculty representative
  • Within 30 days of acceptance, submission of enrollment deposit of $50 (non-refundable, though to be applied toward graduate tuition)
  • Upon graduation from Felician College, submission of official transcripts documenting completion of undergraduate degree and OT Program prerequisite courses and Clinical Observation Document including 20 hours of clinical observation with an occupational therapist.

Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Course Requirements (99 Credits)

(Revised: May 2012)
Core Curriculum (12 credits)

Source Course Credits
CORE 200 Culture and Diversity 3
CORE 250 Applied Ethical Reasoning 3
CORE 300 Journey to Selfhood 3
CORE 400 The Franciscan Vision: Self, Service and Society 3
General Education Requirements (44 credits)
ENG 101 Writing the College Essay 3
ENG 102 Introduction to the Study of Literature 3
BIO 202 Microbiology 4
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (100 or 200 level) 3
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (300 or 400 level) 3
MATH___ Mathematics Elective (MATH 160 or higher) 4
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Applications 4
  or  
CIS 103 Introduction to Advanced Computer Applications 3
ART/MUS___ Creative Arts Elective 3
PSYC 101 Social Science Elective (Introduction to Psychology) 3
PSYC 105 Social Science Elective (Lifespan Development) 3
HIST___ History Elective 3
COMM___ Communications Elective 3
PHIL___ Philosophy Elective 3
FYE 100 * Freshmen Year Experience I 1
FYE 101 * Freshmen Year Experience II 1
Required Biology Courses (17 credits)
BIO 103 General Biology I 4
BIO 104 General Biology II 4
BIO 405 Genetics 4
BIO 409 Biology Seminar 1
BIO 450 Undergraduate Research in Biology I 2
BIO 451 Undergraduate Research in Biology II 2
Related Requirements (36 credits)
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (OR CHEM 360 Biochemistry) 4
MATH 161 Precalculus 4
PSYC 303 Statistics for Psychological Research 3
PHYS 103 General Physics I 4
PHYS 104 General Physics II 4
PSYC 406 Psychopathology in Adulthood 3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3

* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen

Occupational Therapy Four Year Plan

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Faculty

Dr. Alfredo Castro
Associate Professor of Chemistry
201-559-6136
castroa@felician.edu

Dr. Gaby Fahmy
Assistant Professor of Biology
201-559-1125
fahmyg@felician.edu

Dr. Barry Goldberg
Assistant Professor of Biology
201-559-6183
goldbergb@felician.edu

Dr. Robert Rogers
Associate Professor of Biology
201-559-6255
rogersr@felician.edu

Dr. Wei Shi
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
201-559-6289
shiw@felician.edu

Dr. Edward Siden
Associate Professor of Biology
201-559-6113
sidene@felician.edu

Dr. Marjorie Squires
Associate Professor of Chemistry
201-559-6139
squiresm@felician.edu

Dr. Patrick Weir
Associate Professor of Biology and Chair
Department of Natural Sciences
201-559-6059
weirp@felician.edu

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