About Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists help patients recover from injuries, overcome disabilities, and live independently. These highly trained professionals work to improve patients' physical, social, and emotional skills so they can enjoy their daily activities.

Mission

The mission of New York Institute of Technology's Occupational Therapy program is to prepare students to become self-directed professionals, innovative problem-solvers, and critical thinkers who base the practice of occupational therapy on evidence and science. Our students have the skills necessary to facilitate inclusive participation in meaningful occupations across diverse populations, communities, and global societies.

Vision

The Occupational Therapy program's vision is to become widely recognized for preparing students to be influential leaders within the field of occupational therapy. Our graduates will effectively utilize evidence, technology, and science to translate knowledge into clinical practice to meet the continually changing occupational needs of local, national, and global societies. Our graduates will be the next generation of interdisciplinary, intradisciplinary, and multidisciplinary practitioners, research leaders, and inspirational educators in the profession.

Program Outcomes

Our program is highly successful in preparing students for careers in occupational therapy. View our recent pass rates for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam.

Patient-Centered Approach

A patient-centered approach means caring for people holistically while respecting their personal beliefs, experiences, and values. This is essential when treating patients in today's world, which is more globally and culturally diverse than ever. Here, you'll adopt a holistic mindset learning in our classrooms, working in our high-tech labs, and in clinical practice. Upon graduation, you'll be able to treat patients from a wide spectrum of clinical populations and practice settings.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, you must:

  • Fulfill all requirements for your degree (as listed in the catalog in effect on the date of admission/readmission). See our Graduation Evaluation Guidelines for additional information.
  • Meet the minimum cumulative GPA required for your program.
  • Apply for graduation online via the Student Service HUB—Your Home for University Business.
  • Be recommended by your advisor, who will submit a signed degree audit evaluation to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Comply with application deadlines listed on the academic calendar. Tuition and Fees For tuition and fees, please visit nyit.edu/bursar/tuition.

Scholarships

In addition to the full slate of scholarship opportunities available to New York Tech students, occupational therapy students are eligible to apply to the targeted Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Scholarship Program offered through New York City's Teach NYC program.

Accreditation

Occupational Therapy, M.S.

New York Institute of Technology's master's program in occupational therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, or at www.acoteonline.org or by phone at 301.652.2682.

Graduates of the occupational therapy program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Successful completion of the exam will result in certification as an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).

While most states require licensure in order to practice, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. For further information, contact the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877; phone: 301.990.7979. For additional information about state licensing and other restrictions, contact your local State Board of Occupational Therapy.

New York Tech's master's program in occupational therapy was initially accredited by ACOTE in 2003. On April 10, 2021, the program received ACOTE Accreditation for 10 years: 2020 – 2021 through 2030 – 31.

This program is approved by the New York State Education Department.

M.S. Program at New York Tech Graduation Data

Graduation Year Students Entering/ Graduating Graduation Rate
2017 41/38 93%
2018 32/27 84%
2019 44/41 93%
2020 44/40 91%
2021 38/35 92%
Total 199/181 91%

Occupational Therapy, OTD

The New York Tech entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The program has submitted its written self study as part of the pathway to achieving pre-accreditation status. In fall 2022, ACOTE will complete an on-site evaluation of the program to compete the final steps to achieve full accreditation status, before the first graduating OTD class will become eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is part of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and can be contacted at ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, or at www.acoteonline.org or by phone at 301.652.2682.

New York Tech is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, most recently in 2019.

OTD Program at New York Tech Graduation Data

Starting Term Starting Cohort Cohort Returning the Following Year* Percentage of Returning Students
Summer 2020 27 27 100%
Summer 2021 31 30 97%
Grand Total 58 57 98%


* Returning cohort = students enrolled in the next summer term following the start term.