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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of the B.S. degree program in occupational science at Ithaca College.
  2. Completion of the required courses listed below.
  3. Completion of a research project or thesis that includes a proposal, data collection or library research, analysis, and presentation of results. The research thesis is conducted under the supervision of faculty members and must meet professional publication standards. Students' proposals must be accepted for thesis research by the faculty. These students will register for 673-67200/67300 Individual Thesis Research. Students who do not undertake a thesis must take 673-67100 Group Research and 673-67500 Advanced Program Practice, and pass a comprehensive examination developed by the faculty prior to graduation.

Students enrolled in the thesis option who have completed all coursework except the thesis will be required to enroll in at least 1 credit of thesis each semester until they finish their degree. Students should work with their program advisers to plan an appropriate course and credit schedule. For international students this schedule will be reflected in the immigration paperwork.

Major Department Requirements

673-62000

Advanced Theory and Practice

3

673-65000 or

Applied Pediatric Neuroscience (3)

3

673-65100

Applied Adult Neuroscience (3)

 

673-65500

Technological Interventions in Occupational Therapy

3

673-66500

Gerontic Occupational Therapy

3

673-xxxxx

Clinical Elective I

3

673-xxxxx

Clinical Elective II

3

 

Total, major department requirements

18

Students are expected to take 6 credits of clinical electives in the 03 spring block, which is in the first half of the spring semester. Students must take 3 credits from the 673-64xxx list of courses and 3 credits from the 673-68xxx list of courses. Specific courses offered will be determined by student consensus.

Spring Graduate Electives
Clinical Elective Courses

673-64100

Adaptation and Environmental Modification (3)

 

673-64300

Cognitive Rehabilitation (3)

 

673-64500

Vocational Readiness (3)

 

673-64600

Play and Leisure (3)

 

673-68100

Advanced Concepts in Physical Disabilities (3)

 

673-68200

Advanced Concepts in Psychosocial Occupational Therapy (3)

 

673-68300

Advanced Concepts in Geriatric Rehabilitation (3)

 

673-68400

School-Based Occupational Therapy (3)

 

673-68500

Hand Therapy (3)

 

673-68800

Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention (3)

 
Clinical Fieldwork Courses

673-60000

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Children and Adolescents

6

673-69000

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Adult and Geriatric

6

673-69500 or

Clinical Fieldwork II -- Elective Specialty

4

673-69600

Elective Internship

 
 

Total, clinical fieldwork

16

Research

673-67200

Individual Thesis Research I (3) and

 

673-67300

Individual Thesis Research II (3) or

 

673-67500

Advanced Program Practice (3) and

 

673-67100

Group Research (3)

 
 

Total research

6

 

Total, M.S. in occupational therapy

40

Clinical Fieldwork

Clinical fieldwork is an essential part of professional training, and students must complete three level II fieldwork experiences in preparation for their degree and certification. Fieldwork centers maintain contractual relationships with Ithaca College, and students are placed in fieldwork centers by the fieldwork coordinator well in advance of the beginning of these placements. Once placements are confirmed, students cannot alter them.

Students will be assigned to fieldwork based on their preferences and the availability of placements. Students should expect to do at least some of their fieldwork at a distance from their homes and Ithaca. They are responsible for making their own housing and travel arrangements, although the department and the fieldwork center are usually able to provide some help. Students and their families need to plan ahead for this process.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) requires that all level II fieldwork experiences be completed within 24 months of the completion of the academic portion of the curriculum. Students who fail to complete graduate fieldwork within this period are subject to dismissal from the program.

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