Graduate Student Plans
With the exception of our PA and OT programs, all Bay Path graduate programs will be delivered completely online. The level of support and resources provided to you will also continue online without interruption.
Information for PA and OT students is detailed below. If you are enrolled in another graduate program and have questions, please contact the respective program manager.
Physician Assistant Studies Students
First year graduate Physician Assistant students will experience a hybrid schedule with essential labs taking place at the Ryan Health Science Center. The lab schedule will be released via scheduled courses on canvas. Lab courses will be recorded for future viewing.
All other PA courses will be delivered online. The University is acquiring the necessary PPE for on-ground labs so the recommended guidelines can be followed to keep students and staff as safe as possible.
Second year, or clinical, Physician Assistant students will remain on clinical rotations with our clinical partners. The clinical schedule is assigned and released through the program.
The Program Director plans to hold a Zoom meeting next week for students to give an overview of fall plans and address student questions.
Questions specific to the PA program may be directed to Theresa Riethle.
Master of Occupational Therapy Students
Master of Occupational Therapy students will experience a hybrid schedule in the fall 2020 semester with essential labs taking place on-ground at the Ryan Health Science Center. The program is working on finalizing the on-ground fall 2020 schedule, for both bridge and weekday offerings, and will share the details in the OT Community site in Canvas next week. In addition, the department is working with IT for equipment installation in classrooms so all in-person labs can be recorded for future viewing if situations arise that warrants the need. The University is acquiring the necessary PPE for on-ground labs so the recommended guidelines can be followed to keep students and staff as safe as possible. Program Directors and Coordinators are planning to hold Zoom meetings next week for students to give an overview of fall plans and address student questions.
MOT Program – Level I Fieldwork
The OT program will offer a comprehensive virtual level I clinical experience via Simucase during the fall 2020 semester.
Simucase is an online program that allows students to practice with virtual patients presented through avatars or videos. Through simulation, students will have the opportunity to observe and assess patients, design a treatment plan, and develop long and short term goals and provide intervention. Students will practice documentation including evaluations, progress notes and discharge summaries.
MOT Program – Level II Fieldwork
Level II fieldwork takes place in facilities across the United States. Under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the academic portion of the OT program in the clinical setting. Students do not attend classes at BPU at any time during the level II experience. It should be noted that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, students might be delivering OT services directly on-site, through telehealth, or a combination of both depending on the rules/regulations of the facility.
The fieldwork office is dedicated to securing Level II placements for all students. During this current pandemic, we have experienced multiple cancellations and delays.
There is a great deal of uncertainty and many sites are hesitant to commit to accepting a student because of the current climate. However, we are hopeful that as states enter phase 3, sites will resume accepting students.
Please be assured the fieldwork team is focused on obtaining placements and we are working continuously to place all of our students.
For level I and II fieldwork questions, please email Lynda Bishop
For MOT Bridge questions (non-fieldwork related), please email Cheryl Boucakis
For all weekday MOT questions (non-fieldwork related) please email Beverly St.Pierre