Welcome to the Department of Occupational Therapy

Engaging you in an active learning community to meet the dynamic needs of a diverse and global society, in order to promote health, well-being, and participation in life through occupational engagement.

Occupational therapy is a health profession that uses “occupations”, or activities, to bring meaning to the daily lives of people, groups, and populations so they can participate in society. At Ithaca College, you’ll develop knowledge and skills needed to become reflective, creative, and ethical practitioners. You may teach a client how to use a wheelchair, demonstrate voice-recognition software to help a client operate their computer, or use play equipment to encourage a toddler to develop body awareness, balance, and coordination. You will graduate job-ready and prepared to serve clients across the lifespan and in various occupational therapy practice settings.

At Ithaca College, you can earn your occupational therapy degree in two ways:

  • Combined bachelor’s/master’s (BSMS) program, where you enter as a first year student, earn your bachelor’s degree after four years, and finish with a master’s degree.
  • Professional Entry Level Graduate program, where you enter as a graduate student after earning a bachelor’s degree in another major or at another institution.

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree

Professional Entry-Level Master's Degree

Will I need a doctorate to practice?

Great question! The Representative Assembly of the American Occupational Therapy Association voted in April 2019 to keep both the master's and doctorate entry-level degree options. The ruling means that a master's degree is required to practice as an occupational therapist and allows an individual to be eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam. 

Graduation Rates of Students in the Combined BS/MS Program

The total number of graduates from the Ithaca College combined BS/MS program in occupational therapy during the 3-year period of 2017-2019 was 133, with an overall graduation rate of 97.80%. Included in this statistic are students who completed the senior and graduate years of study in two years.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2019 41/39 95.12%
2018 45/44 97.80%
2017 50/50 100%
Total 136/133 97.80%

Graduation Rates of Students in the Professional Entry-Level MS Program

The total number of graduates from the IC Professional Entry-Level Master’s in Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2017-2019 was 30, with an overall graduation rate of 96.78%. This statistic includes only students who entered Ithaca College at the graduate level after earning a Bachelor's degree at another institution who completed the program in two years.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2019 12/11 91.67%
2018 9/9 100%
2017 10/10 100%
Total 31/30 96.78%

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Program Results

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) are available online.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for the Occupational Therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure to practice; however, 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.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
One Bank Street, Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
(301) 990-7979

Accreditation and Complaints

The combined B.S./M.S. occupational therapy program and the professional entry-level M.S. program are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-2682 or visit ACOTEonline.org.

Students wishing to make a formal complaint against the occupational therapy program should contact the Department Chair or ACOTE directly. To our knowledge, no complaints have ever been made regarding our program. Please contact the Department or ACOTE to obtain the procedure for filing complaints regarding the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Questions?

OT Department Office
321 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Fax: (607) 274-3055

(607) 274-1975