The Occupational Therapy program participates in the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applicants for the program must submit an OTCAS application. A completed application must be received by the program from OTCAS no later than Jan. 15. The priority application due date is Dec. 1. Information can be found at otcas.org.
To be eligible for admission into the occupational therapy master’s program, applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, with an academic record that includes a balance of coursework in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and life sciences, as well as competence in written and spoken English. Basic computer skills (preparation of documents, spreadsheets, graphs, databases, research and presentations) are required. To be competitive, applicants should have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5, with no science or math grade below C.
Additional admission requirements include:
Students must have satisfactorily completed the following courses at an accredited college with a grade of C or higher. Note that all science courses must be for science majors:
|Required Prerequisite Courses||Credits|
|One (1) course in General Biology with Lab||4|
|One (1) course in General Chemistry with Lab||4|
|One (1) course in General Physics with Lab||4|
|One (1) course in Human Physiology with Lab or Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab||4|
|One (1) course in Human Anatomy with Lab or Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab||4|
|One (1) course in General/ Introductory Psychology||3|
|One (1) course in Developmental or Child Psychology||3|
|One (1) course in Abnormal Psychology||3|
|One (1) course in Statistics||3|
|One (1) course in either Anthropology or Sociology||3|
|One (1) course in Ethics||3|
|One (1) recommended course in Scientific Writing||3|
Students with a bachelor’s degree who have not completed all prerequisite courses for admission, may be provisionally accepted to the occupational therapy programs. After completion of these prerequisite courses and satisfaction of all other academic and professional standards, these students will be admitted into the professional phase of the program. Prior to entering fieldwork courses, students must show evidence of:
(Expenses incurred are the student’s responsibility)
Applicants to the School of Health Professions should be aware that certain legal issues and/or convictions may preclude a student from being accepted by clerkships, internships and/or fieldwork and impact the student’s ability to successfully complete the program and achieve certification and/or licensure.
Technical standards are nonacademic admission requirements, related to the essential nature of the program, which must be met by all students admitted to the program. The standards include personal and professional traits. Some of these requirements include skills and experiences, physical, sensory, medical and emotional competencies and safety issues. The criteria may be objective or subjective but are the same for all applicants. The standards must:
The ability to function in a job as an occupational therapist is not relevant; rather, the student must be able to succeed in the course of study. An occupational therapist must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of therapeutic interventions. In order to perform the activities required of the profession, the student must be able to learn, integrate and synthesize data quickly, accurately and consistently. The multiple skills and abilities required include observation, communication, motor, conceptual, integrative, qualitative, behavioral and social. Reasonable accommodation can be made for persons with disabilities in some of the areas, but the student must be able to perform independently.
A student entering the professional phase of the program (the fourth year of the B.S./M.S. program or the first year of the post-baccalaureate M.S. program) must be able to learn through action, experience and communication, as guided by the philosophy of pragmatism that underlies our program design. In addition, the applicant must meet the following technical requirements:
The master’s degree program in occupational therapy is 85 credits covered in five academic semesters, one summer. The program is daytime, with all professional academic coursework taught on the Old Westbury campus. Students may opt for part-time academic study, which will usually double the duration of the program. There is a total of 32 weeks of full-time fieldwork at selected sites.
While on fieldwork, the student will work the same hours as the staff at the site. Students may have to travel or relocate during the fieldwork phase of the program. Transportation and housing are the responsibility of the student. All students are required to pass an infection control course that is given at the college.
Students must show proof of purchase of professional liability insurance (less than $100 per year) prior to fieldwork assignment. It is recommended that students join professional associations as student members: the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Long Island District of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association. Student dues for the two organizations are less than $100 per year. Students are required to submit bound copies of the thesis; this binding is done at the student’s expense.
Because of the rigor of the program, students cannot expect to work while enrolled full time.
The following criteria must be met throughout the professional phase of the occupational therapy program:
Automatic academic probation is imposed under the following circumstances:
A student on academic probation during the previous semester may be dismissed from the occupational therapy program after review by the department academic review committee if:
Students are recommended for graduation upon satisfactory completion of all academic and clinical education requirements. The following are required: