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    Major in Biology, Health Sciences, Clinical Lab Science, or Exercise Science
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    Our weekend Occupational Therapy Program is designed for the adult learner.
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About our School

The School of Health and Natural Sciences is dedicated to providing premier health and natural science undergraduate and graduate 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.

This workshop is designed to provide up to date and  in-depth information on clinical treatment of cognitive dysfunction across the lifespan, with a focus on executive function impairments. Participants will analyze cognitive symptoms and errors within everyday activities. Interpretation of performance based assessment of executive function, will be reviewed within the context of clinical cases.  Participants will learn metacognitive strategy techniques to promote strategy use and generalization across everyday activities. Specific cueing methods and use of a structured metacognitive framework to help clients understand, anticipate, self-monitor and regulate cognitive symptoms will be illustrated within the context of the Multicontext approach. Clinical cases will be interweaved throughout the workshop for demonstration, analysis and problem solving. Case applications of intervention principles will be discussed across different ages and populations with executive function impairments such as in children, adolescents, or adults with neurological and mental health conditions.

WHEN: October 14-15, 2016
WHERE: Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry campus
REGISTRATION: Please click link in title for more information

Clinical Laboratory Science; Mercy College

Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory scientists, also referred to as medical technologists, and clinical laboratory technologists, are part of the health care team that collaborates with physicians in the treatment of patients.They examine and analyze body fluids, cells, and tissues.
The Clinical Laboratory Science program at Mercy College consists of three years of general education and basic science courses, followed by a one-year professional internship at a hospital clinical laboratory. The college-based courses meet the requirements for admission into an affiliated hospital School of Medical (Clinical) Laboratory Science and provide students with the conceptual and technical background needed to complete their clinical education.

Find out more about the Clinical Laboratory Science Program by clicking here!

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 inter-professional 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.


Dr. Davida Smyth
Chair, Department of Natural Sciences

Dr. Irina Ellison
Program Head, Health Sciences

Dr. Astrid Mel
Program Head, Exercise Science

Ms. Michelle Naylor
Director, Clinical Laboratory Science

Dr. Deborah Dougherty
Program Director, Occupational Therapy

Dr. Lisa Schenkel
Program Director, Veterinary Technology

Dr. Helen Buhler
Program Director, Communications Disorders

Ms. Lorraine Cashin
Program Director, Physician Assistant Program

Dr. Nannette Hyland
Program Director, Physical Therapy

Dr. Christine Sullivan
Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Dr. Peggy Tallier
Program Director, Nursing

  • 300+

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

  • 85%

    Of faculty are actively conducting research in their fields.

  • 100%

    Employment rate in all health professional programs within 3 months of graduation.

  • 15+

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