MSOT Additional Policies

Graduate Writing Standards

Graduate level writing is expected of all students in the MSOT program. This includes correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and use of American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual, 6th edition. The Learning Resource Center and the Student Services department offer a variety of resources and assistance to students for improving their writing skills.

Community Service Requirement

MSOT Students are required to participate in a community service activity during Terms 1, 2, 3, and 6 for a minimum of 4 hours in each term.

Program Tutoring

The MSOT program offers tutoring available for every student who may sign-up through their Student Central Account to schedule a time to meet with a peer tutor individually or with a small group at any time throughout the program.

Program Student Organization

Student Focus Groups

A student focus group will be held annually to gather information from students who have completed their Level II fieldwork.  The focus group will report on strengths and challenges in the curriculum. Focus groups will be held on campus and are open to the entire cohort. One faculty facilitator will also be present.

The Stanbridge Student Occupational Therapy Association (SSOTA)

The Stanbridge Student Occupational Therapy Association (SSOTA) is a student group at Stanbridge University. All students are encouraged to participate in SSOTA to learn how to advocate for the professional of Occupational Therapy, develop leadership skills and serve the community. The MSOT program stresses leadership and occupational justice. The specific goals of SSOTA are the following:

  • Encourage collegiality and a sense of community among occupational therapy students.
  • Promote awareness of occupational therapy on campus and in the community.
  • Support professional development and leadership in occupational therapy students.
  • Promote occupational justice in the community.
  • Advocate for the profession of occupational therapy.
  • Raise funds to use for special events or causes important to SSOTA.

Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE) – Delta Psi Chapter

The purpose of PTE is to recognize and encourage scholastic excellence in occupational therapy students.  To contribute to the advancement of the fieldwork of occupational therapy through scholarly activities.  To provide a vehicle for professional, entry level students enrolled in accredited programs in occupational therapy to exchange information and to collaborate regarding scholarly activities.

Pi Theta Epsilon strives to instill in its members the ideal of respect for learning, and commitment to scholarship throughout ones professional life.  By joining the society we have conferred upon students an honor and an obligation.

This honor is in recognition of students’ integrity, high standards of scholarship, and the promise of their future as one of achievement.  In accepting the invitation to become a member of this honor society students have taken the obligation to devote their efforts to the advancements of Occupational Therapy, through scholarship and research, and to the maintenance of the high standards of Pi Theta Epsilon.

Professional Memberships

All Stanbridge occupational therapy students are required to join the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). Membership in national and state professional associations will be an important part of the two leadership courses in the curriculum. Membership in these organizations has many benefits for the student. Both AOTA and OTAC have a wealth of professional information on their websites that can be used to deepen knowledge in specific areas of occupational therapy. Other benefits include student scholarships, conferences, and access to peer-reviewed publications. Proof of membership in AOTA and OTAC is required by the third week of OT 5010 Foundations of Occupational Therapy course and must be maintained annually.

Most importantly, AOTA and OTAC advocate for the profession at the national and state level. On-line applications are available at the sites below.

American Occupational Therapy Association

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200

North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

(301) 652-2682

Occupational Therapy Association of California

950 Glenn Drive, Suite 150

Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 567-7000


National Board for the Certification in Occupational Therapy

Each student who graduates from the Stanbridge University MSOT program is required to take the national certification examination given by the National Board for the Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Students will find information about this examination at Students must pass the NBCOT exam before they are eligible to be licensed in the state in which they wish to practice. The MSOT program is committed to a 100% pass rate on the examination by our students. To this end we use exams modeled after the NBCOT exam in our courses, demand a 75% average on all examinations in each course, and provide review tests throughout the curriculum. In addition, each student will take a mock NBCOT exam in the OT 5200 Professional Development Seminar.

It is each student’s responsibility to contact NBCOT upon completion of their Level IIB fieldwork, and establish eligibility for and apply to take the NBCOT examination. There are several companies who publish review books for the NBCOT examination, and students are encouraged to purchase and study a review book prior to taking the examination. Students who do not pass the examination on the first attempt should consult with their academic advisor to set up a remediation plan.

NBCOT Exam FAQs will link you to FAQ’s about the NBCOT examination. You may take the exam as many times as you like, though there is a 30 day waiting period between examinations.

Professional Liability Insurance

Students are covered by Stanbridge University for Professional Liability Insurance. The university will provide proof of this insurance to you before you begin your first fieldwork placements.

Health Insurance

Students are required to carry health insurance, throughout the duration of their program, at their own cost, and may be asked to provide a copy to program administration or clinical facility.

Human Subject Research Protocol

MSOT students engaged in human-subject research must identify a faculty advisor, complete an Institutional Review Board application, and have that application approved prior to starting the Research.

Student Evaluation of Program, Courses, and Faculty

Each term, students will be asked to complete an electronic survey on each course in the term. This allows students to provide the program with feedback on teaching methods, assignments, and testing. An area for comments will also be provided

Infection Control and Universal Precautions

Purpose of the Policy:

Universal Precautions will be used to avoid contact with patients’ bodily fluids and is a form of infection control. Universal precautions must be followed by all students, faculty, and staff at all times and also when working with members of the community.

Policy Statement and Procedure

  1. Hand Hygiene: Before all laboratory activities, students are to use plain or anti-bacterial soap and water before and after touching a peer, faculty, or staff and/or immediately after touching blood, body fluids, non-intact skin, mucous membranes or contaminated objects. An alcohol gel may also be used to maintain hand hygiene throughout the day. Always use hand hygiene before eating, after using the restroom, and after coughing or sneezing or use of a tissue.
  2. Use of Gloves: wear gloves at all times when 1) contact with blood or body fluids is anticipated; 2) contact with utensils or kitchenware used by a contaminated individual; and 3) never reuse gloves.
  3. Any specimens must be contained in a leak-proof plastic bag labeled “bio-hazard.”
  4. Disposable mouth pieces, resuscitation bags, or other ventilation devices should be used, when available for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  5. Any persons with respiratory symptoms must cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or mask (if these are not available, the elbow may be used), must dispose of any used tissues or masks properly and use proper hand hygiene after contact with any respiratory secretion.
  6. Students with any exudative lesions or weeping dermatitis MUST refrain from coming into contact with peers, faculty, staff, or community members until the condition is resolved
  7. Use of gowns, goggles, masks, aprons: wear these items during any procedure -where you anticipate coming into contact with blood or body fluids, including mucous membranes of the nose, mouth, and eyes.
  8. Dispose all blood or body fluid contaminated items in a red container labeled “Infectious Waste.” All non-disposable objects used in lecture or lab should be cleaned after each use with an approved disinfectant.
  9. The MSOT program does not anticipate using needles; however, students, faculty, and staff should be cautious with all sharp objects and clean the area of injury immediately with soap and water.
  10. Any blood spill must be cleaned promptly with a solution of 5.25% sodium hypochlorite diluted with water. A 1:10 ration of household bleach can also be applied.

Appropriate use of Equipment, Supplies, and All Educational Activities

Purpose of the Policy:

Lab space, equipment, supplies, and materials are the property of the Stanbridge University and the MSOT Program and are not to be removed from designated areas.  All educational activities are to be conducted in the presence of a trained and qualified instructor following strict safety guidelines for each laboratory activity.  The purpose of this policy is to maintain maximum use of lab space, equipment, supplies, and materials; secure that lab space, equipment, and materials are utilized in safe and appropriate educational activities; and monitor location of lab equipment and materials. This policy and procedure is located in the syllabus for each course with a laboratory component.

Policy Statement and Procedure

  1. All lab spaces and materials are to be used for instructional purposes only and should not leave Stanbridge University unless approval is gained from the instructor.
  2. All lab space, materials, and equipment (including splinting, orthotics, modalities, transfers, adaptive equipment, etc.) will be utilized in a safe and appropriate manner in the presence of a qualified and trained lab instructor following the lesson plan for each lab activity.
  3. All lab materials and equipment must be returned to their designed storage areas upon completion of the lab.
  4. Lab 4 driving simulator and sensory room are for instructional purposes only and should not be entered without permission from the instructor.
  5. Lab 4 in building 2041 has a working kitchen that is to be used for student instruction only. This kitchen is NOT to be used by students for their personal meal preparation and the lab should not be used as a place to have a meal.
  6. Students may ONLY use the Lab 4 kitchen under the supervision of a faculty member during an approved departmental activity. If students wish to use the kitchen in Lab 4 they must get prior permission from a faculty member for a school-related activity.
  7. At no time should any adapted equipment, utensils or kitchenware be taken from Lab 4.
  8. Students are expected to use the student lounge for their meals.