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John Rowe
Director of Graduate Admissions

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy


Program Overview



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.

Mission



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.

Accreditation



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.

Student Outcomes



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.

The following data is provided by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), which administers this national examination (http://www.nbcot.org/school-performance).

NBCOT Certification Exam Results:

For individuals taking the certification exam in 2013, NBCOT changed the way it reports pass rates. NBCOT now reports the pass rate of new graduates. New graduates are those who take the NBCOT Certification Exam within one year of graduation. For the calendar year 2013, the performance of the graduates of the occupational therapy master’s program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:


2013 Performance of Program Graduates
 
Total number of program graduates 53
Total number of new graduates who tested 45
Total number of new graduates who passed the NBCOT certification exam 45
New graduate percentage pass rate 100%

For the calendar years 2011 and 2012, the performance of the graduates of the occupational therapy master’s program on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification examination was as follows:


2011 and 2012 Performance of Program Graduates
 
Total number of program graduates in 2011 and 2012 90
Total number of first-time test takers of the NBCOT certification exam 96
Total number of first-time test takers who passed the NBCOT certification exam 79
First-time test taker percentage pass rate 82%

Each successful program graduate must also pass two 12-week Level II Fieldwork experiences.
  • For the 2011 to 2013 calendar years, the program's first time Level II Fieldwork pass rate was 95% (total of 295 placements)

Graduation and Retention Rates



As of May, 2014 - graduation and retention rates are as follows:

Students entering in fall, 2010 97% graduation rate (30 out of 32)
Students entering in fall, 2011 98% graduation rate (51 out of 52)
Students entering in fall, 2012 98% retention rate - some students are still on their final fieldwork placement (55 out of 56)


Curriculum



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).