Occupational Therapy Department
What We Do
Building on a liberal arts foundation, the mission of Utica College's occupational therapy program is to facilitate the transformation of students into autonomous thinkers and community leaders prepared to competently practice occupation-based therapy.
Welcome to the homepage of the Occupational Therapy Department at Utica College.
The Occupational Therapy program at Utica College 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)
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
The phone number for ACOTE is (301) 652-AOTA [301-652-2682]. The web address of ACOTE is www.acoteonline.org.
Graduation rates: The total number of graduates from the Occupational Therapy program at Utica College during the 3-year period of 2014-2016 was 175, with an overall graduation rate of 98%.
|Graduation Year||Students entering/graduating||Graduation Rate|
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.
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
One Bank Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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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: Freshmen, Transfer, and Graduate.
Cost of Attendance
|Cost*||Per academic year - 2 semesters||Summer fieldwork (paid per credit - 6 credits)||Total cost of the 5-semester program (2019-2021)|
|Books and Supplies||$700.00||$350.00||$1,750.00|
|Room and Board/LA||$12,500.00||$6,250.00||$4,295.00|
|Distance education fee||$70.00||$0.00||$140.00|
*Illustration based on 2019/2020 established costs.
There is an anticipated 3% increase annually.
Fees are subject to change.
For more information, please visit the Occupational Therapy Program pages:
Occupational Therapy Student Resources
The Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) is a student-led professional organization affiliated with the American Occupational Therapy Association, making SOTA members eligible to participate in the American Occupational Therapy Association's many student-focused activities.
- Students support local service organizations, engage in innovative projects, network with the local Occupational Therapy community, and sponsor unique learning opportunities
- Students learn first-hand the value of professional relationships, developing ties with fellow students of all levels, faculty members, and community practitioners
- Members actively engage in promoting the profession
- Fundraising efforts have allowed students to attend local and national conferences, fund OT month activities, pay for banquets, and provide in-services by area professionals
- Meetings are informal and only last approximately 15 minutes. They provide an environment for students to come and discuss issues that affect their educational experience. Questions can be answered and concerns can be addressed unanimously through the student advocate
- Coming regularly to SOTA meetings keeps you informed of what is going on and gives you a voice to advocate for yourself and future students
- The more that students are involved, the more activities can be done and the more fun can be had
Affiliate Facilities and Associate Clinical Faculty
The following is a small sampling of the numerous fieldwork sites with which the occupational therapy program has established contracts. A complete list is available in the Occupational Therapy Office, Room 236 in White Hall, (315) 792-3146.
Albany Medical Center Hospital
Albany, NY 12208
All Children's Hospital
St. Petersburg, FL 33731-8920
Allied Services, Institute of Rehabilitation
Scranton, PA 18501
Berkshire Medical Center
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Blythedale Children’s Hosptal
BOCES - Madison/Oneida County BOCES
Verona, NY 13478
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA 02118-2393
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
White Plains, NY 10605
Providence, RI 02906
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital
Lexington, KY 40504
Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Ctr.
New Hartford, NY 13413
Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies, Inc.
Glendale, AZ 85301
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710
Eddy Cohoes Rehabilitation Center
Cohoes, NY 12047
Faxton Hospital - St. Luke's Healthcare
Utica, NY 13502
Fletcher Allen Health Care
Colchester, VT 05446
Gaylord Hospital, Inc.
Wallingford, CT 06492
Georgia Baptist Medical Center
Atlanta, GA 30312
Helen Hayes Hospital
West Haverstraw, NY 10993
Hilo Medical Center
Hilo, HI 96720
IHC-Intermountain Rehabilitation Center
Salt Lake City, UT 81143
John Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21287-7222
Syracuse, NY 13210
Kessler Institute for Rehab
Chester, NJ 07930
Maine General Medical Center
Augusta, ME 04330
Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center
Utica, NY 13502
Moss Rehabilitation Hospital
Philadelphia, PA 19141
New York Medical Center
New York, NY 10016
Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital
Wheeling, WV 26003
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehab Center
Downey, CA 90242
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60611
Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Hospital
Baltimore, MD 21285-6815
Richmond, VA 23235
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Boston, MA 02114
St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center
Syracuse, NY 13219
St. Elizabeth Hospital, Utica
Utica, NY 13501
St. Peter's Hospital
Albany, NY 12208
Schenectady, NY 12308
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY 13210
Syracuse City School District
Syracuse, NY 13207
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX 77030
UCP - Upstate Cerebral Palsy
Utica, NY 13501-1930
V.A. - James A Haley Veterans Administration Hospital
Tampa, FL 33612
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, DC 20307-5000
Utica College has established contracts with clinical facilities outside of New York State. Recent changes in federal and state regulations require educational institutions to seek clearance from host states for clinical placements. Each state may have additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to placement of a student in an out of state host facility.
CALENDAR FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY WEEKEND CLASSES FOR THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR
FALL 2020 WEEKEND CALENDAR
- Weekend 1 - August 21, 22, 23 (500 and 600 level students)
- Weekend 2 - September 4, 5, 6 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 3 - September 18, 19, 20 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 4 - October 2, 3, 4 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 5 - October 16, 17, 18 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 6 - November 6, 7, 8 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 7 - November 20, 21, 22 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 8 - December 4, 5, 6 (500-level and HS-OW students)
All 500 and 600 level students also complete Level I Fieldwork (OCT 553 or OCT 633) during December. Specific dates are confirmed by the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.
SPRING 2021 WEEKEND CALENDAR
- Weekend 1 - January 8, 9, 10 (600-level students only)
- Weekend 2 - January 22, 23, 24 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 3 – February 5, 6, 7 (500-level and HS-OW students)
- Weekend 4 - February 19, 20, 21 (500-level and HS-OW students)
- Weekend 5 – March 5, 6, 7 (500-level and HS-OW students)
- Weekend 6 – March 26, 27, 28 (500-level and HS-OW students)
- Weekend 7 - April 16, 17, 18 (500-level and HS-OW students)
- Weekend 8 – April 30, May 1, 2 (500-level and HS-OW students)
Snow Day Make-up – TBD
Tentative dates for the culminating experience and the certification exam preparation course for 600-level day and weekend students Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14, 2021.
Commencement – Weekend of May 14 - 15 - specific dates and times will be listed on the Registrar’s webpage
CALENDAR FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY WEEKEND CLASSES FOR THE 2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR (TENTATIVE)
FALL 2021 WEEKEND CALENDAR
- Weekend 1 - August 20, 21, 22 (500 and 600 level students)
- Weekend 2 - September 3, 4, 5 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 3 - September 17, 18, 19 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 4 - October 1, 2, 3 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 5 - October 22, 23, 24 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 6 - November 5, 6, 7 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 7 - November 19, 20, 21 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 8 - December 3, 4, 5 (500-level and HS-OW students)
SPRING 2022 WEEKEND CALENDAR
- Weekend 1 - January 7, 8, 9 (600-level students only)
- Weekend 2 - January 21, 22, 23 (all OT weekend students to include 500, 600, and HS-OW)
- Weekend 3 – February 4, 5, 6 (500-level and HS-OW students)
- Weekend 4 - February 18, 19, 20 (500-level and HS-OW students)
- Weekend 5 – March 4, 5, 6 (500-level and HS-OW students)
- Weekend 6 – March 25, 26, 27 (500-level and HS-OW students)
- Weekend 7 - April 8, 9, 10 (500-level and HS-OW students)
- Weekend 8 – April 29, 30, May 1 (500-level and HS-OW students)
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