The Department of Occupational Therapy offers a combined a combined B.S. in Life Science/M.S. in Occupational Therapy, and a post-baccalaureate M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy. These programs are offered at the Old Westbury campus.
The combined B.S. in Life Science/M.S. in Occupational Therapy is a 5.5-year program (three years of pre-professional courses and 2.5 years in the master’s/professional phase). The master’s degree program provides professional education in occupational therapy.
The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and approved by the New York State Department of Education. Graduates of the master’s degree program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist registered (OTR). Most states also require licensure in order to practice; eligibility for state licenses is usually based on the results of the NBCOT examination as well as on other requirements.
This combined program is designed for undergraduates or transfer students who wish to be admitted to the M.S. program following three years of undergraduate work. Students may apply for admission into the master’s program after completion of all prerequisite courses, if they have maintained a GPA of 2.5, received no science or math grade below a C, and received the recommendation of the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee after a personal interview. The bachelor's in life science will be conferred after successful completion of the first professional year of the occupational therapy master’s degree program.
Students who are not accepted into the professional phase must complete the requirements for another life science option in order to receive a bachelor's degree.
For more information about the program and admissions requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800.345.NYIT(6948) or at 516.686.2870 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.