Life Sciences, B.S. / Occupational Therapy, M.S.

Life Sciences, B.S. / Occupational Therapy, M.S.

Earn two degrees in just five-and-a-half years and launch your career helping patients regain their physical, social, and emotional strength.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll spend three years studying how living organisms function, survive, adapt, and evolve, while working alongside professors on active research projects.

You’ll then apply to transition into the professional phase of the program for the remaining three years, where 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.

As part of our Occupational Therapy, M.S. program, you’ll explore how technology can advance the healthcare field. 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.

You’ll gain critical real-world experience while giving back to society through multiple service-learning opportunities whether traveling abroad to meet with practitioners from places like Morocco and Costa Rica, or working in underrepresented communities with vulnerable populations right here at home. You’ll also be able to take advantage of various internship opportunities at leading organizations such as Northwell Health, the New York City Department of Education, and United Cerebral Palsy.

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
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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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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“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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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

Upon graduation, you’ll have earned two degrees in a shortened time and will be prepared for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination. You’ll be ready to help patients live their fullest and most complete lives by assisting them in recovering from injury, overcoming disabilities, and living independently.

International F-1 students who successfully complete this degree are eligible for an additional 24-month STEM OPT extension to work in the U.S. in an area directly related to their area of study immediately upon completing the customary 12-month post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

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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.

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