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The School of Health and Natural Sciences is dedicated to providing premier health and natural science undergraduate educational programs to equip students with the intellectual, technical and professional competencies they need to excel and advance as science specialists, health care providers, health promotion experts and science/health educators. More than just focusing on personal careers, our goal is to prepare students to use their knowledge and abilities in the health and natural sciences to be compassionate and caring health care providers.

  • 300+

    Students have completed placements in prestigious institutions in the tri-state region.

  • 85%

    Of faculty are actively conducting research in their fields.

  • 100%

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    Faculty and students have completed 15 medical outreach missions all over the world.

Enabling Participation: The Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach Workshop
October 16, 2015

Dr. Helene Polatajko, PhD, OT Reg.(ONT), OT(C), FCAOT, FCAHS
October 16 – 17, 2015

Internationally respected researcher, educator and clinician, Dr. Polatajko will present her work on the Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance approach. Therapists have a unique role in maximizing the fit between what the client wants or needs to do, and his/her capabilities. Traditionally, therapists have emphasized remediation of the client’s deficits in performance components rather than utilizing a task-based approach that focuses on the actual performance difficulties that prevent clients from experiencing performance success. The Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach is an intervention to support the therapist in enabling performance. Initially created for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), CO-OP is now used more broadly with both children and adults, particularly with those with head injury and stroke who have performance difficulties.

Please click the down arrow to the left to download our digital flyer and registration form.
CEU's Offered: AOTA = 1.3 units

*Space is limited*
*This workshop is offered at the intermediate learner level*

For more information:
Call 914-674-7837

No refunds after September 25th. In the event of cancellation by Mercy College, a full refund of registration fees will be provided to all registrants. Complaints regarding the workshop registration, content, or experience can be directed to the Workshop coordinator, Kathleen Golisz at or 914-674-7814

Mercy College fully complies with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need of accommodations, please send a written request at least one week prior to the workshop to Kathleen Golisz at

COOP Workshop AOTA Approval
Message from the Dean

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the School of Health and Natural Sciences at Mercy College. The outstanding programs in the School provide students the opportunity to explore basic and applied sciences and health care careers. The faculty of the School is student-focused and dedicated to providing high quality educational experiences that

School Goals

Students are expected to achieve entry-level proficiency and standards of excellence for their field, including:

  • Adequate knowledge of content
  • Essential competencies
  • Sound math skills & quantitative reasoning
  • Professional written & verbal communication skills
  • Integration of theory with practice
  • Application of innovate/cutting edge technology to practice

Students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior, by their ability to:

  • Ethically reason clinical or scientific issues
  • Communicate & interact with others using professional language and demeanor
  • Engage in self-assessment and reflection for personal and professional growth
  • Engage in culturally sensitive exchanges with clients and/or colleagues

Students are expected to demonstrate competency in applying methods of scientific inquiry and/or evidence-based learning to guide clinical/professional/scientific decision making.

Students are expected to demonstrate a commitment to engage in interprofessional and/or community service, including regional and/or global service, using knowledge and skills gained during their academic studies to foster diversity, interdisciplinary initiatives, and/or eliminate health disparities.


Mercy College Pre-Med Program

If you're seeking a career in life and physical sciences, a Biology major provides a sound foundation.
The SHNS Biology Program grants a Bachelor of Science (BS).
The Program also provides preparation for:

  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Pre-Health Professional Studies
  • Health Sciences

The Biology Program offers a wide selection of electives to meet the interests and needs of the student. These range from courses in organism biology and biomedical sciences.
Opportunities in Cooperative Education, Independent Study and Internships are also available.

To find out more about the Biology Program click here!

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