Clinical Education


Students will be prepared to ultimately work in the urban environment, which presents unique challenges to health care provision. Consistent with the mission of Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus to provide service to the community, occupational therapy students will participate in the Common Ground, a unique community service-learning program sponsored by the University. The curriculum emphasizes the importance of community service learning, cultural competence and the relationship of the environment to health and illness. It is critical that students have early and consistent exposure to the community facilitated through developmental learning activities. The community-based learning experiences will foster a deep appreciation of the broad spectrum of social, cultural, political, and economic forces that shape this environment and influence the individual in his/her daily activities and valued occupations.

During the course of the curriculum, students will have three placements in the community, and will participate in a capstone project in which they will develop a research project that promotes occupational therapy in a community setting or emerging practice area. This project will contribute to the goal of the occupational therapy educational program to prepare students who can effectively work in traditional and nontraditional settings (including health, social, and community agencies addressing health promotion, disease prevention and rehabilitation needs).


Clinical practice constitutes an integral part of the course of study.¬ It provides an excellent opportunity for students to acclimate themselves to the health care setting, practice selected aspects of occupational therapy, observe various types of health care settings, and develop your professional competence.

The clinical practice component begins with a ten week clinical experience in the fall of the second professional year.¬ The following clinical practice experiences gradually become more demanding and varied in nature.¬ The program concludes in clinical internships with a minimum of 28 weeks in the fall/spring/summer semesters of your final graduate year at the Brooklyn Campus (at which time students will be responsible for providing all occupational therapy services to their own caseload, under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists).

Many of our clinical/field experience affiliates now require the completion of criminal background checks and/or drug testing for employees, volunteers and students affiliated with the site. Therefore, the Brooklyn Campus students who plan to participate in a clinical/field experience may be asked to undergo a criminal background check and/or drug screen. A criminal conviction and/or the use of illegal drugs may impede or bar your entry into your chosen field of study. Students desiring entrance into the School of Health Professions should be aware that our clinical/field affiliates can reject or remove a student from the site if criminal record is discovered or if a drug test is positive. In the event that a student is rejected from a clinical/field site due to information contained in the criminal background check, or drug screen, you may be unable to complete a required clinical/field experience. If you are unable to complete program requirements, you may be advised to withdraw from the program.


Dale Coffin, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Phone: 718-780-6530
Fax: 718-780-4535
Office: HS 214

Mechelle Collins, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
Phone: 718-246-6371
Pratt 227


School of Health Professions

Barry S. Eckert, Dean