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James Madison University

General FAQ

Expectations of Computer Skills and Equipment

Though it is not listed as a prerequisite, students are expected to be skilled in basic computer skills – word processing, email, accessing the internet. Specific skills such as accessing medical information via the internet, using CANVAS electronic course software or other JMU specific software will be taught during the program.

The MOT program does not require any specific computer hardware or operating system. The university provides information for students to link their systems to the university system. Students must have access to email and the internet. Personal computers are essential throughout the program. Computers are available in labs and in the libraries on campus. Students can print assignments in the Health Sciences building and/or libraries. During the clinical year students having personal computer hardware capable of accessing email and the internet is much more reliable than using computers at hospital libraries, even though these are available to the students.

Advanced Academic Standing Policy

The program does not grant advanced academic standing for previously taken coursework or experience.  All students are required to take all the JMU MOT or Occupational Studies courses in the curriculum.

Experiential Learning

The JMU Graduate School does not award academic credit for work or life experience.

Deferred Admission

The Program considers requests to defer admission to the following year on an individual basis.  Requests have been granted only for reasons of personal illness or family crisis.

Academic Performance Standards and Review Process

Successful completion of the MOT Program requires that students meet the academic standards of the JMU Graduate School as published in the Graduate Catalog.  The catalog is available online through the JMU web site (

Other policies

Policies on prior education or work experience, transfer credit, student withdrawal, refunds of tuition and fees, student grievances and other university policies can be found in the graduate catalog (


Academic and career advising is provided by OT Program Faculty.  Each student is assigned to a OT faculty advisor.  

Student Health Policy

As people entering into roles as health care providers, it is important that students do not have conditions that might endanger the health and well being of other students, patients, and health care providers that they will encounter.  It is equally important that reasonable precautions be taken to protect the health of the physician assistant students.

To these purposes the University and Department have established policies and procedures requiring health screening and immunization of students.  Once candidates are admitted to the OT program they are supplied with detailed information about the process for meeting these requirements.

Background Checks and Drug Screening

Clinical sites require an additional assurance focused on protecting the patients that will be served by students. Specifically, all students must undergo background checks for criminal and sexual offense convictions. Students must also undergo medical tests for screening for illegal or behavior altering drugs. The expense (about $100) is borne by the students.

Personal Health and Health Insurance

Students are responsible for maintaining their personal health and are required to cover the cost of all outpatient and inpatient care they may need.  Students are eligible for services at the University Health Center within the same parameters as any university student.  However, OT students should realize that assignment to distant sites for fieldwork placements might make use of the Health Center services inconvenient or impractical.  Students are required to take responsibility for their personal health and to pay for personal health care services.  They are required to carry personal health care insurance

Outside Student Work

The following guidelines apply to students holding outside jobs while in the OT program.

  1. The OT program is a very challenging curriculum that demands a great deal of time.  Additionally it is important that students remain well-balanced by allowing sufficient time for social activities, recreation and rest.  Thus students are strongly advised to be very conservative about working while in the program. When it is necessary to earn money, students are advised to seek part-time positions that will fit with the schedule of the curriculum.
  2. During the last six months  of the program several factors make it even more difficult to maintain employment.  Students will be assigned to two full-time 12 week Level II clinical fieldwork placements that may be close or distant to JMU.  The schedule for full-time fieldwork does not follow the university schedule of classes and breaks.  Students’ schedules while on  Level II fieldwork is determined by their clinical supervisor/ site and is dependent on the timing of learning opportunities.  Schedules vary day-to-day with little or no notice.  The fieldwork schedule takes priority over personal needs.  Student duties may be scheduled during weekdays, evenings, or weekends. 

For information about financial aid students are referred to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (540/568-7820 or 

Assigning Fieldwork Placements

Level I fieldwork placements begin in January of the first year and run one day a week for the semester..  The OT program faculty determines the sites and the sequence of fieldwork experiences for each student. Students are allowed to provide the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) with input where they may perform full-time fieldwork, but these requests may or may not be granted due to availability. The AFWC gathers input on site availability and on students’ educational and personal interests to assist him/her in preparation and planning.  The program is under no obligation to meet the individual, personal needs of students or student requests regarding fieldwork assignments.  The Program’s priority is to provide all students with excellent learning opportunities. 

All students will have to travel to fieldwork sites during the year and will incur the costs of travel and of additional housing.  The program provides a list of housing options at sites.  Students may make housing arrangements with options on the list or find housing not on the list.


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