Professional Entry-Level Master's Program in Occupational Therapy

We are pleased to announce that Ithaca College received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) to begin our new Professional Entry-Level Master's in Occupational Therapy.  The program has also received New York State Education Department approval and we admitted our first class in May, 2010. 

The Professional Entry-Level Master’s program is designed for individuals who have received a Bachelor’s degree in another area of study and are interested in pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. The program duration is just over 2 years, consists of 92 credits, and will prepare students to sit for the national certification examination. To see a listing of courses included in the program please open the highlighted box on this webpage.

Admission criteria includes:

· A completed Bachelors’ degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0

· Completed GRE Scores

· Completion of the following prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or higher:

o   3 credits of Biology

o   8 credits of Anatomy and Physiology

o   3 credits of General Psychology

o   3 credits of Developmental Psychology or Human Development across the Life Span

o   3 credits of Abnormal Psychology

o   3 credits of Sociology or Anthropology

o   3 credits of Statistics

o   3 credits of Research Methods

·An on-campus interview with an on-site writing sample provided
All prerequisite coursework must be complete within 10 years of the enrollment date. Applicants may apply with no more than three in-progress prerequisite courses. Six out of the nine prerequisites must be complete by the deadline submission date for the application to be reviewed.

Additional Application Materials Needed:

· Completion of the application form

· Official transcripts from all colleges attended

· Two letters of recommendation; one recommendation from a Health Care Practitioner if possible

· Two additional letters of recommendation are required for an assistantship


Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis for a one year time period (Fall and Spring) Graduate Assistants assist faculty members by engaging in one or more of the following tasks: doing research in support of faculty scholarship and/or class preparation, assisting in undergraduate classroom/laboratory activities and review of students’ assignments, maintaining hours in technology lab to assist students in technology-based assignments, maintaining open laboratory sessions for student projects, coordinating administrative projects and program activities. Applicants who wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship are required to send two additional letters of recommendation.

Online applications are available through the Office of Admission at: /gps/gradprograms/admission/apply.php

The application deadline for Summer 2015 admission is February 1st, 2015. Please note the MS program begins in the summer only. The 2015 start date is May 18, 2015.

The current Ithaca College Graduate Tuition rate for health related professions is $779.00 per credit hour; we are currently awaiting word on assistantship funding. We hope to be able to offer a small number of assistantships, which would provide a small stipend and partial tuition remission for eligible students.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Melinda Cozzolino, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair

Department of Occupational Therapy

Ithaca College






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