The Combined Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is a 5 1/2 year program (3 + 2 1/2: 3 years of pre-professional courses and a 2 1/2-year professional phase). The master's degree program provides entry-level professional education in occupational therapy. For details on the professional phase of the program, please consult the Occupational Therapy listing in the catalog.
The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824 1220; (301) 652-AOTA; aota.org. The program is approved by the New York State Education Department. Graduates of the master's degree program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist registered (OTR). Most states also require licensure in order to practice; however, eligibility for state licenses is usually based on the results of the NBCOT examination as well as on other requirements.
This combined program is designed for undergraduates who wish to be admitted to the Master of Science program in Occupational Therapy following three years of undergraduate work. Students may apply for admission into the master's program (professional phase) after completion of all prerequisite courses, if they have maintained an overall GPA of 2.5, received no required prerequisite grade below a C, and received the recommendation of the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee after a personal interview.
In addition to the required prerequisite courses, admission requirements include the following: proof of 100 hours of volunteer work under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist; an essay detailing the desire to pursue occupational therapy as a career; and three professional letters of recommendation on letterhead, one of which must be from a licensed occupational therapist. The Occupational Therapy Program invites the submission of applications through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applicants apply online by vising https://portal.otcas.org/. The B.S. in Life Sciences will be conferred after successful completion of the first professional year of the Occupational Therapy master's degree program. See the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy section of the catalog, which includes the Department of Occupational Therapy technical standards.
Students in this option who are not accepted into the professional phase of the occupational therapy program must complete the requirements for any undergraduate major in order to receive a baccalaureate degree.