Admission Requirements: Life Sciences, B.S. / Occupational Therapy, M.S.

Thanks for your interest in the Life Sciences, B.S./Occupational Therapy, M.S. program.

The combined program will enable you to achieve B.S./M.S. degrees in five and a half years. It includes a three-year phase of pre-professional courses and a two-and-a-half year phase of professional courses.

First-Year Requirements

  • Minimum combined SAT score of 980 (critical reading and math only). Please note that while a combined SAT score of 980 is the minimum score needed for consideration for admission, it does not guarantee admission. Many students in this program have combined SAT scores over 1060.
  • Minimum high school average of 80.
  • 100 hours of volunteer or paid experience under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist.
  • Preference is given to applicants with a three- to four-year sequence in high school math and science Regents courses.
  • Competence in written and spoken English and computer skills (preparation of documents, spreadsheets, graphs, databases, research and presentations);
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the licensed occupational therapist documenting volunteer hours.
  • 300-350 word essay on your desire to work in the field of occupational therapy.

Transfer Student Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Received no grade below C+ in undergraduate courses. Only one math or science course can be retaken one time to achieve the required grade.
  • 100 hours of volunteer or paid experience under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist.
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the licensed occupational therapist documenting volunteer hours.
  • 300-350 word essay on your desire to work in the field of occupational therapy.

Application Materials (First Year and Transfer)

  • Completed application.
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Copies of transcripts of all high school work, including college-level courses. Your mid-year and final grades will be required. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Official SAT (critical reading and math only) or ACT test scores. You have the option of submitting results from the previous or redesigned SAT. 
    NYIT SAT Code: 2561; NYIT ACT Code 2832

Additional International Student Requirements

Deadlines

  • First-Year Priority Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Regular Admission: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling admission basis, as long as space is available.
  • International Student Deadlines: Dec. 1 for the spring semester and July 1 for the fall semester.

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Applicants who are not offered admission to this highly selective program but present a compelling application may be offered admission to an alternative program of study.

Requirements to Transition to the M.S. Program

You are required to meet certain standards for acceptance into the Occupational Therapy, M.S. program:

Policy for students admitted in 2017 and future semesters:

  • Submit an application through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).
  • Maintained an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Complete all prerequisites courses.
  • Received no grade in a science or math course below B- and no grade below a C+ in non-science prerequisites.
  • Only one math or science course can be retaken one time to achieve the required grade.
  • Proof of 100 hours of volunteer work under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.
  • Essay detailing the desire to pursue occupational therapy as a career.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation on letterhead, including one from a licensed occupational therapist. Recommendations must be dated within the past six months. References should be sent in sealed envelopes with the referee’s signature over the seal. Signed recommendation letters can also be submitted through OTCAS.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Only two prerequisites can be pending (e.g., in progress) at the time of application. Acceptance (if granted) will be conditional to receiving the required grade in the admission criteria.
  • Personal interview (for those applicants who qualify).
  • On-site essay on an assigned topic.

Policy for students admitted in 2016 or prior semesters:

  • Maintained an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Received no grade below a C+ in undergraduate courses and only one math or science course can be retaken one time to achieve the required grade.
  • Completed an interview with and received a recommendation from the Occupational Therapy admissions committee.
  • Documented 100 volunteer hours under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist to be completed by the undergraduate's sophomore year (at least 50 hours must be completed at time of application).
  • Completed an essay on motivation to pursue occupational therapy as a career.
  • Obtained two professional recommendations on letterhead, including one from a licensed occupational therapist.

If accepted into the master's program, the Life Sciences, B.S. degree will be conferred upon successful completion of your first professional year in the Occupational Therapy, M.S. program.

Graduates of the master's degree program are eligible to take the national certification exam for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy. After successful completion of the exam, you will become OTRs, occupational therapists registered. Most states also require licensure to practice; however, eligibility for state licenses is usually based on exam results and other requirements.