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Occupational Therapy

About This Program

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.

Why Utica College

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.

Utica College also offers a B.S. to M.S. Program in Occupational Therapy.

Occupational Therapy B.S. to M.S. Program

Graduate Level Entry Sequence

Applicants to the Occupational Therapy graduate program must have:
 

  • A bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution;
  • Successful completion of eleven prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C. These courses include:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab or equivalent
    • An applied anatomy (Gross anatomy, Neuroanatomy, or equivalent)
    • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
    • A course in Sociology or Anthropology
    • General or Introductory Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Lifespan Psychology/Human Development/Developmental Psychology (must cover birth through adult)
    • Medical Conditions and Implications/Pathophysiology or equivalent
    • Statistics
    • Research Methods (psychology or sociology-based)
    • Two personal recommendations (one from a currently practicing occupational therapist and one from an academic professor);
  • Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience. Applicants should complete 25 hours of volunteer/observation experience with an occupational therapy practitioner in at least two different practice settings and provide letters of support indicating a total of 25 hours of volunteer work experience in both practice settings. These need to be completed within the OTCAS application (see instructions in the OTCAS application). Do NOT send letters of support to graduate admissions.
  • A physical health examination, completion of designated health requirements, and accident and health insurance;
  • CPR certification for adult/child/infant.

During the application process all official transcripts need to be sent to the OTCAS Application Center listed in the application directions. Do NOT send official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

If you are accepted to the program as a college senior and choose to attend, the Office of Graduate Admissions will require an official transcript indicating that you completed your undergraduate degree.

Once you have made a deposit to hold your place in class:

  • Send your physical health examination and completion of designated health requirements to the Health Center, Strebel Student Center, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica College, Utica, NY 13502, Fax: 315-792-3700
     
  • Send a copy of your Basic Life Support card and proof of health to the Office of Health Professions and Education, 230 White Hall, Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Rd, Utica, NY 13502, Fax: 315-792-3248


Note: Students who attended institutions outside of the US and Canada may need to have their transcripts evaluated by an accrediting agency such as World Education Services WES.

For more information, contact the Occupational Therapy Office, 236 White Hall, (315) 792-3146 or the Office of Graduate Admissions at (315) 792- 3010; Email gradstudies@utica.edu. If you would like a transcript evaluation for prerequisites, email them to gradstudies@utica.edu

Note for Canadian Students: If you choose to do clinicals in Canada, there is an additional fee charged by National Field Placement Services for students who attend programs in the US. You will be responsible for paying this fee as it is not part of your tuition.

 

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Delivered in an accelerated format, the OT Weekend Program combines online with face-to-face learning and is one of the shortest paths to graduation as an OT. For students wishing to enter the accelerated weekend program after completing their bachelor's degree, the program will begin in the fall semester and continue for 4 more consecutive semesters (total of five semesters). The summer semester between the first and second graduate year is a full-time fieldwork experiences, as is the final spring semester.

Students intending to continue directly into the OT program following undergraduate graduation should apply in the summer before their senior year. The OTCAS application opens July 18, 2019 for the Fall 2020 cohorts.

Interested applicants should contact John Rowe, Executive Director of Graduate Admissions at jrowe@utica.edu for more information and a prerequisite transcript evaluation. Should this evaluation indicate you have met the requirements for admission, or are able to meet those requirements by June 1 of the year in which you intend to start the OT program, you will be advised of our graduate admission process.

Graduate Level OT Weekend Entry Sequence

Applicants to the Occupational Therapy OT Weekend graduate program must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale from an accredited institution;
  • Successful completion of eleven prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C. These courses include:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I and 2 with Lab or equivalent
    • An applied anatomy (Gross anatomy, Neuroanatomy, or equivalent)
    • Kinesiology/Biomechanics
    • A course in Sociology or Anthropology
    • General or Introductory Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Lifespan Psychology/Human Development/Developmental Psychology (must cover birth through adult)
    • Medical Conditions and Implications/Pathophysiology or equivalent
    • Statistics
    • Research Methods (psychology or sociology-based)

Two personal recommendations (one from a currently practicing occupational therapist and one from an academic professor);

  • Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience. Applicants should complete 25 hours of volunteer/observation experience with an occupational therapy practitioner in at least two different practice settings and provide letters of support indicating a total of 25 hours of volunteer work experience in both practice settings. These need to be completed within the OTCAS application (see instructions in the OTCAS application). Do NOT send letters of support to graduate admissions.
  • A physical health examination, completion of designated health requirements, and accident and health insurance;
  • CPR certification for adult/child/infant.

During the application process all official transcripts need to be sent to the OTCAS Application Center listed in the application directions. Do NOT send official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

If you are accepted to the program as a college senior and choose to attend, the Office of Graduate Admissions will require an official transcript indicating that you completed your undergraduate degree.

Once you have made a deposit to hold your place in class:

  • Send your physical health examination and completion of designated health requirements to the Health Center, Strebel Student Center, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica College, Utica, NY 13502, Fax: 315-792-3700
  • Send a copy of your Basic Life Support card and proof of health to the Office of Health Professions and Education, 230 White Hall, Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Rd, Utica, NY 13502, Fax: 315-792-3248

Note: Students who attended institutions outside of the US and Canada may need to have their transcripts evaluated by an accrediting agency such as World Education Services WES. Contact Graduate Admissions for more information.

For more information, contact the Occupational Therapy Office, 236 White Hall, (315) 792-3146 or the Office of Graduate Admissions at (315) 792- 3010; Email gradstudies@utica.edu. If you would like a transcript evaluation for prerequisites, email them to gradstudies@utica.edu

Note for Canadian Students: If you choose to do clinicals in Canada, there is an additional fee charged by National Field Placement Services for students who attend programs in the US. You will be responsible for paying this fee as it is not part of your tuition.

Apply Now to the MS OT Weekend Program

Contact Information

Office of Graduate Admissions

(315) 792-3010

Nancy Hollins

Department Chair
(315) 792-3230

General Information

Track

  • Master's

Degree

  • M.S.

Location

  • Utica Campus
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Occupational Therapy at Utica

Career Opportunities

Students and graduates have presented at national and state conferences and many have published in occupational therapy journals and health related journals. Our graduates work in a variety of arenas of health care including:
    • Hospitals
    • Rehabilitation Centers
    • Nursing Homes
    • Schools
    • Community Programs
    • Private Practice
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98% PASS RATE

Utica College proudly has a 98% pass rate for National Board for Certification in OT (NBCOT) exam (2018). Click link to view passage rate for the last three years.
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Options

Occupational Therapy students have several program completion options: freshmen entry, transfer entry (day format), transfer entry/bridge (weekend format), graduate entry (day format), and graduate entry (weekend format).

What You'll Learn

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).

For more information about the program, read our current Occupational Therapy Information Guide, including application information.

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A Degree That Works

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.

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Student Voices: Melanie Carlson '17

Utica College's 2017 Valedictorian Melanie Carlson talks about her experience in Utica College's 3+2 Occupational Therapy masters program.

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Getting Involved

In her own words, Occupational Therapy major and water polo player Evelyn Kurzac '14 discusses her experiences at Utica College.

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Student Voices: Cassandra Dychton

Occupational therapy major Cassandra Dychton discusses what she feels makes the UC faculty outstanding and how her field work in the Domenican Republic helped solidified her career choices and her confidence in herself.

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Real-World Experience

The UCOT Dominican Republic experience consists of a Level 1 Fieldwork Experience for the occupational therapy students who are in their final year of the graduate occupational therapy program. The students work collaboratively with supervisors from Utica College as well as occupational therapists in the Dominican Republic to provide occupational therapy intervention services.

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Student Voices: Tessa Lamper

Occupational Therapy major Tessa Lamper discusses how she found Utica College to have something for everyone and, though reserved in high school, found the warm environment and people of UC helped bring her out of her shell.

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Involvement

The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a student-led professional organization affiliated with the student organization of the American Occupational Therapy Association and supports local service organizations, fundraises for students to attend local and national conferences, and offers students first-hand lessons of the value of professional relationships.

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Alumni Voices: Katherine Kerr

Katherine Kerr is a 2013 alum of the Utica College M.S. program in occupational therapy. In early 2015, she organized a wheelchair basketball league in her hometown of Belleville, Ontario, Canada. According to Katherine, the idea was inspired by her experience working with Utica’s Sitrin STARS adaptive sports program, part of her fieldwork while attending UC.

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ACOTE Accredited

The Occupational Therapy program is 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]. The web address of ACOTE is www.acoteonline.org.

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NBCOT Accredited

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 One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878; 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.

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