M.S. Program in Occupational Therapy
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy Program is an integral part of the School of Health Professions and Education and part of Utica College's Graduate Studies Program Offerings.
Building on a liberal arts foundation, the mission of Utica College's graduate program in occupational therapy is to facilitate the transformation of students into autonomous thinkers and community leaders prepared to competently practice occupation-based therapy.
The program is distinctive in its collaborative community alliances that enable faculty and students to meet the needs of society while promoting critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and skill development.
Current approaches to adult education are used to facilitate students' development into highly competent, ethical, entry-level occupational therapy practitioners who are well-prepared to take their place within multiple health care venues in a rapidly changing, global economy.
Our graduates work in a variety of arenas of health care including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, and community programs and private practice. Students and graduates have presented at national and state conferences and many have published in occupational therapy journals and health related journals.
The Occupational Therapy program is:
- approved by the New York State Education Department
- fully accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at:
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
The phone number for ACOTE is 1-800-729-2682.
Graduation rates: The total number of graduates from the Occupational Therapy program at Utica College during the 3-year period of 2013-2015 was 159, with an overall graduation rate of 98%.
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All Utica College MS/OT program graduates are eligible to apply and sit for the national certification examination for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), located at 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD 20877; phone (301) 990-7979. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination and/or obtain a state license as an occupational therapist.
NBCOT Certification Exam Results:
Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx
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The curriculum prepares students to assume multiple Occupational Therapy roles working with individuals of all ages and abilities. We offer both a day and a weekend schedule of courses leading to a master's degree in occupational therapy. Day courses are provided in a traditional Monday through Friday format. Weekend courses are tailored for working adults, offering a blended curriculum of weekend classes and distance education. Weekend classes are typically scheduled 7-8 weekends per semester.
Admission to the Program
We offer three entry options: