Occupational Therapy - Program Overview
M.S. Program in Occupational Therapy

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Mission, Accreditation, and Outcomes

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.


OT student explores sensory integration equipment during lab experienceBuilding 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.

Distinctive Features

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:

    Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
    Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

    The phone number for ACOTE is (301) 652-AOTA [301-652-2682]

Student Outcomes

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%.

Graduation Year Students entering/graduating Graduation Rate
2013 56/53 95%
2014 55/54 98%
2015 61/61 100%
Total: 172/168 98%

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

Graduation year % pass
2013 100%
2014 96%
2015 98%


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:
For more information regarding any of the above entry options, contact John Rowe, Director of Graduate Admissions at Utica College (jrowe@utica.edu).


John Rowe
Director of Graduate Admissions

(315) 792-3010
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502