Occupational Therapist assisting a patient in walking

Occupational Therapy, M.S.

Help patients recover from injury, overcome disabilities, and live independently. Master new and emerging technology, participate in cross-disciplinary research, and help underserved communities thrive.

Learn how to help patients regain their physical, social, and emotional strength. Discover how science and health converge to advance health care, and gain the skills to assist people with impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions due to physical injury, illness, psychosocial dysfunction, developmental or learning disabilities, socioeconomic status, cultural differences, or the aging process.

In our close-knit program, you’ll participate in faculty-led research initiatives across academic disciplines, including engineering, computer science, and sports medicine, and in areas such as hand therapy, pediatrics, concussion therapy, physical rehabilitation, and sports and fitness. You’ll explore how virtual reality, mobile technology, and gaming applications can expand the impact of health and wellness and advance the health care field.

Clinical Internships

  • Henry Street Settlement
  • Kessler Rehabilitation Institute
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Northwell Health
  • Rusk Rehabilitation/NYU Langone
  • St. Charles Rehabilitation
  • St. Johnland Nursing Center
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Career Options

  • Occupational Therapist
  • Clinic Director
  • Health Specialties College Instructor
  • Rehabilitation Specialist/Manager
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Amanda Caruso (M.S. ’18)

Alumna

Amanda graduated from the Occupational Therapy program in May 2018 as valedictorian of her class and now works for the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility.

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Carla Bazan (M.S. ’20)

Student

In her second year in the program, Carla traveled to underserved areas in Peru to introduce occupational therapy to the local communities.

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Ariel Glickman (M.S. '17)

Alumna

In a coveted fieldwork position with the Adaptive Design Association, Ariel channeled her creative skills to develop designs for new assistive devices.

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“Being a part of the OT faculty has been such a motivating experience. The faculty and students together cultivate an environment for engaged and active learning that is unparalleled!”

Pamela Karp, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Exceptional experiences.
Outstanding outcomes.

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$84,270

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Accredited

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The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

How You’ll Succeed

Throughout our Occupational Therapy, M.S. program, you’ll be exposed to a range of new and emerging technology to help you prepare for impactful work in the increasingly digital-driven health care industry. You’ll design and construct adaptive devices and equipment utilizing 3-D printers; use immersive and augmented virtual reality; learn about new power wheelchairs with state-of-the-art demonstrations from wheelchair users and vendors; and work with our brand-new driver simulator to learn how to assess people with disabilities’ readiness to return to operating vehicles.

Upon graduating from the program, you’ll have the tools to help patients maximize their independence, prevent further disability, and maintain health.

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Accredited

The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Do. Make. Innovate.

Alumni Profile: Snehal Tobkes

November 18, 2020

While opening her physical therapy clinic, Snehal Tobkes (B.S. ’00, D.P.T. ’04) was faced with Hurricane Sandy. During her expansion, COVID-19 forced her to shift gears. But she wouldn’t let either event get in the way of doing what she loves.

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