Academic Programs

Located on the beautiful Old Westbury, Long Island, N.Y., campus of New York Institute of Technology, the Department of Occupational Therapy offers two tracks to the fully accredited Master of Science degree in occupational therapy: a combined B.S. in Life Science/M.S. in Occupational Therapy, and a post-baccalaureate M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy.

The M.S. course of study begins late in May each year with a capacity of 40 students in each entering class. All of our graduates have been able to find employment in the field, many having several job offers. Full time jobs in occupational therapy have been offering starting salaries of $50,000-$60,000 per year. Because of the shortage of occupational therapists, there are many scholarships. The most generous is from the New York City Board of Education, which provides tuition for four semesters. A large number of our students have received these scholarships.

Students in the program have individual attention from the four full-time faculty members, and learn by practicing. They begin supervised experience in community settings in the first semester, and continue throughout the program. The location of the program in the greater New York City area offers a wide-array of clinical training options for its diverse student body.

The Master of Science in occupational therapy program prepares students for a career in occupational therapy, a profession much in demand. Occupational therapy is the use of purposeful activities with individuals who are limited by physical injury, illness, psychosocial dysfunction, developmental or learning disabilities, poverty, cultural differences or the aging process, in order to maximize independence, prevent further disability and maintain health. The practice encompasses evaluation, treatment and consultation. Specific occupational therapy services include:

  1. developing strategies to increase independence in daily living skills and developmental perceptual-motor skills;
  2. developing play skills, pre-vocational and leisure capacities;
  3. designing, fabricating or applying selected adaptive equipment, prosthetic and orthotic devices;
  4. using specifically designed crafts and exercises to enhance performance;
  5. administering and interpreting tests; and
  6. adapting environments for persons with disabilities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the NYIT Occupational Therapy Program is to prepare effective and ethical practitioners representing diverse backgrounds, whose skills in delivering occupation-based services and research are developed using a range of learning strategies and technologies.


The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). More about accreditation.

Program Format

The master’s degree program in occupational therapy is 85 credits covered in five academic semesters and two summers (approximately two-and-a-half years). The program is daytime, with all professional academic coursework taught on NYIT's Old Westbury campus.

Part-Time Study

There is no part time study option.


There is a total of 32 weeks of full-time fieldwork at selected sites. While on fieldwork, the student will work the same hours as the staff at the site. Students may have to travel or relocate during the fieldwork phase of the program. Transportation and housing are the responsibility of the student. All students are required to pass an infection control course that is given at the college.

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Occupational Therapy
Old Westbury
Riland Academic Health Center, Room 333
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