Retention Requirements

Course Requirements


OT students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work. All majors must achieve a final grade of “C” or better in all undergraduate OT courses and related required courses; a grade of “P” in OT 482 & OT 483; and a final grade of B or better in all graduate courses. The repeat/delete option may be used one time for undergraduate occupational therapy courses for up to three times in total and for two courses only (COR or OT) at the graduate level. Students who do not meet this requirement will be dismissed from the Program.  


Students in good standing who leave the Occupational Therapy Program for less than one year may re-enroll if space is available. Requirements for readmission to Alvernia University must be met.


Certifications, Convictions/Clearances, and Insurance Requirements

Prior to any fieldwork experience (level I or II), students are required to submit to the College, and to fieldwork centers (as applicable) proof of ownership of valid health & accident insurance coverage, certification in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for infant, child, adult, & AED, and first aid. Students are required to maintain ongoing certification. Additionally, OT majors must obtain criminal record checks, child abuse history clearance, FBI fingerprint recording, and FBI clearances prior to fieldwork experiences. Forms are available in the Occupational Therapy Program office. Criminal background checks, and child abuse clearances must be done on an annual basis. FBI checks as required. Students who do not have the necessary valid clearances, checks, and certifications will not be permitted to enter the fieldwork experience, which will affect ability to complete coursework, and the Program.  

Individuals who have been convicted of a felony/misdemeanor offense may be denied certification or licensure as an occupational therapist. It is suggested that prior to admission to the program any individual with such a conviction contact the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and state licensing boards of occupational therapy to request information regarding credentialing eligibility. Clinical fieldwork and classroom experiences within clinical settings may require a criminal background check and or child abuse check in order to permit participation in the experience and enter the location.

Organizations may deny a student access and participation in such activities due to misdemeanor or felony conviction. Additionally, organizations may require drug testing and/or health clearances prior to admittance to their facility. Negative results may preclude students from participation. Participation in such experiences is a requirement for graduation, inability to complete experiences due to convictions and/or inability to obtain satisfactory clearance would result in delayed graduation and/or the inability to graduate from the program.

Fieldwork Practicum

All level II fieldwork practicum must be completed within 24 months following completion of undergraduate academic fieldwork, and prior to the start of the graduate phase of the Program.

Any student who fails OT 482 and/or OT 483 may repeat the course one time only.  The course should be repeated during its next offering. The Academic Fieldwork Coordinator scheduled the fieldwork. The student must meet with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator within one month following the notification of the failure. Failure to meet with the Coordinator in this time frame may result in dismissal from the program. Any student who receives a grade of “F” after repeating either OT 482 or OT 483 will be dismissed from the Occupational Therapy Program.

Health and Physical Challenges

Students with a health or physical challenge may be asked to obtain a physician’s statement that the condition will not be aggravated by or endanger clients/patients associated with the student in required coursework and fieldwork experiences.  Reasonable accommodations will be made for students to meet ADA regulations.

Student Grievance Policies

Student grievance policies are included in the Undergraduate Student Handbook and the Graduate Studies Division Student Handbook.



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