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2020 Summer Semester COVID19 Updates

KUMC has aligned with Wyandotte County and the State of Kansas for reopening guidelines.

Please refer to the general information regarding the School of Health Professions that is accessible via KU School of Health Professions website. Fieldwork activities will continue with telehealth options and some in-person placements at select locations this summer. All other summer courses in this department will be delivered through online learning methods.

For further questions regarding Level II fieldwork, please contact Becky Nicholson at bnicholson@kumc.edu. Email Dory Sabata at dsabata@kumc.edu if you have any questions specific to the Occupational Therapy Education Department.


Our admission policies are unchanged (letter grades are required for prerequisite courses). For candidates already admitted for Fall 2020, those who still have classes to complete and are issued credit/no-credit or pass/fail, we will still accept those courses as meeting the prerequisite (provided a credit or pass is earned in the class). In future application cycles, should someone apply with credit/no-credit or pass/fail grades for any prerequisite courses taken during the spring 2020 semester, we will evaluate those applicants for GPA based on prerequisite courses receiving a letter grade.


Please refer to the general information regarding the School of Health Professions that is accessible via KU School of Health Professions website. Do email us at dsabata@kumc.edu if you have any questions.

For students currently enrolled in OTDE 726 Analysis & Adaptation II, we will be flexible with this semester and offer opportunities later for your lab competencies to be met. For further questions regarding this course, please contact Joan Augustyn at jaugustyn@kumc.edu.

For MOT students completing Level II fieldwork this semester, please contact Becky Nicholson at bnicholson@kumc.edu for online options and alternative time frames for completing fieldwork.


In coordination with leadership of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the KU School of Health Professions continues to monitor the trend of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.

The school has implemented actions intended to reduce the risk of disease transmission in the interest of protecting the health of visitors, patients, students, and employees.


The Department of Occupational Therapy Education prepared a department-specific plan and provided that to the Office of the Dean for review. Upon approval, these plans were communicated to faculty, staff, and students.

All occupational therapy courses during March 16 to March 27 will be delivered to students online via BlackBoard learning management. Students are not expected to visit campus during this time. Plans for course work after March 27 will be announced when available by internal email and via update to this page.

Faculty and staff have been encouraged to work from home during this time when feasible and only visit campus when necessary.

Service-learning (Level I fieldwork) and interprofessional clinical and simulation activities are discontinued at this time. Students in the Class of 2021 currently at fieldwork Level II sites will proceed as scheduled in coordination with the site's policies and procedures.

Students and faculty engaged in current research should follow procedures and screening protocols issued by the KU Medical Center Research Institute.

The department's main office remains open at this time. However, faculty and staff are recommended to work remotely from home during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • For questions concerning students recruitment, admissions, or academic programs: contact Bobbi Stidham.
  • For questions related to vendors, office management, or faculty practice agreements: contact Jennifer Tanquary.
  • For questions related to fieldwork, please contact both Jaime Skultety and Becky Nicholson.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions.

Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.

Last modified: May 30, 2020
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OTprogram@kumc.edu
913-588-7195
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Mailing Address:
KU Dept. of Occupational Therapy Education
Mail Stop 2003
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160

Visiting?
The KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education main office is located in Robinson Hall, room 3033, on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas. Please contact the department to schedule a campus visit.

Current KU undergraduate students: for advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please contact Robin Merritt in the KU Undergraduate Advising Center.

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