Prof. Cristina Dumitrescu, M.S., OTR/L; C.O.T.A/L

  • Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies
  • Program Director, OTA Program
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Cristina Dumitrescu, MS, OTR/L; COTA/L is the OTA Program Director.

Prof. D has 22 years of experience as an occupational therapy practitioner, primarily in sub-acute/ management positions. Prior to holding this position, she worked as the Associate Director/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the OTA Program.

Prof. Dumitrescu is responsible for the management and administration of the program, including planning, evaluation, budgeting, selection of faculty and staff, supervision of faculty and staff, maintenance of accreditation, and commitment to strategies for professional development. She is also responsible for teaching, student advisement, committee work on the department, School of Health and Natural Sciences and college level, recruitment, and marketing activities.

Under Professor Dumitrescu’s leadership, the OTA program licensure pass rate has dramatically improved and the Program received the maximum 10-year reaccreditation following a site visit in fall 2019. The accreditation team recognized Professor Dumitrescu for her outstanding leadership and commitment to program excellence and student success stating “This is evidenced by leading an occupational therapy assistant program that is sensitive to the needs of a diverse population of students and that leverages resources from international, national, and state levels in producing graduates who are highly sought after in the community.” A 10- year reaccreditation is not typical and reflects a tremendous amount of work, a high-quality curriculum, and exceptional leadership.

Professor Dumitrescu received her A.A.S. in Occupational Therapy at Mercy College in 1998 as part of the first graduating class. She graduated in 2008 with a B.S. /M.S. degree in OT from Touro College. 

BS/MS in Occupational Therapy (2009)-Touro College

AAS in Occupational Therapy (1998)- Mercy College

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning applicable to the OTA Program.

The listing describes teaching activities for the last 5 year contract timeline (2015-2020)


  • OCTR 201 OT Practice for the Assistant: An Overview- Fall Semester
  • OCTR 260 OT Practice for the Assistant: Childhood and Adolescence (FW I) (1 credit)- Fall Semester
  • OCTR 214 OT Practice for the Assistant: Adult and Maturity (FW I) (7 credit) – Spring Semester
  • OCTR 207 OT Practice for the Assistant: Synopsis(3 credits)- Spring Semester     
  • OCTR 218 OT Practice for the Assistant: Interaction Skills (3 credits)- Spring Semester
  • OCTR 209 OT Practice for the Assistant: Advance Clinical Education I (3 credits)- Summer & Fall Semester
  • OCTR 210 OT Practice for the Assistant: Advance Clinical Education II (3 credits)- Fall and Spring Semester

Textbook Reviews:

June 2013      

Reviewed two chapters of the book entitled: The Interprofessional Health Care Team by  

             D.  Weiss, F. Tilin, & M. Morgan for Jones and Bartlett Learning

June 2012     and    July 2015- 2nd edition

Reviewed 15 chapters of a textbook titled: Occupational Therapy Aide: A Worktext. by

             Roberta Weiss for Cengage Learning


November 2004- New York State OT Association – “Significant Contributions to the Profession”

September 2008 – Upon graduation from Touro College received: “The Clinician Award - Outstanding Clinical Achievement in the Occupational Therapy Program”

June 2011- MOTEC Award-Active Service for the 2010-2011 Academic Year.

April 2015- American Occupational Therapy Association- “Service Commendation”  for Community of Leaders, 2013-2015 and Reviewer, Middle Manager Program, 2013-2014

April 2016- American Occupational Therapy Association- “Service Commendation”  for Community of Leaders, 2013-2015 and Reviewer, Middle Manager Program, 2014-2016

June 2016- Touro College Alumni Re-Union- Alumni Award- for Professional Accomplishments

November 2015- New York State OT Association: Merit Award-“Significant Contributions to the Profession”

November 2015-NYSOTA Annual Conference- NYSOTA Historian