You’re a people person. You love helping others, even when that requires patience, empathy, and hard work. You want a career that can take you places. Occupational therapy may be the program for you.
"When I came here, and when I started to work harder and harder, I discovered how to really believe in myself and the abilities that I have. Sometimes I question myself about how I got this far, but in the end I know the answer. I do have the capabilities inside of me. That's something that really shocked me."
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. Taught by UC’s accomplished faculty, students learn the skills to help people become active, aid those in recovery from a physical or cognitive injury, and provide support to the elderly.
UC’s occupational therapy 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. The Occupational Therapy program is approved by the New York State Education Department and fully accredited through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
“I always had an idea that I would like to help people who may not have the same opportunities and privileges that I have, but now I just have this burning desire to help. Because now I have seen it, I know it, and the OT field experience in the Dominican Republic has made it very real for me.”
- Dominique Carcone G'14
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.
2 Program Completion Options: 4+2 or Accelerated 3+2.
Annual level one field experience in the Dominican Republic.