Occupational therapy is an allied health profession critical to helping people achieve function, meaning, and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. At Ithaca College, you'll learn the skills to help people cope with physical, developmental, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. You may teach a patient injured in a motorcycle accident how to use his electric wheelchair, demonstrate voice-recognition software to help a disabled student operate a computer, or use sensorimotor equipment to encourage a toddler to develop balance and coordination. You will graduate job-ready and prepared to serve a broad spectrum of clients in multiple settings as an occupational therapist.
Welcome to the Department of Occupational Therapy
We offer two options to obtain a degree in occupational therapy - a combined bachelor's and master's program or a professional entry-level graduate program (note: the professional entry-level graduate program is not accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year - please contact Dr. Michelle Bradshaw or Patricia Condon with questions).
Combined bachelor's and master's degree program
Our combined, five-year bachelor's and master's degree program, allows you to earn an undergraduate degree in occupational science and a master's in occupational therapy. It prepares you well for the national certification exam. Graduate a flexible, creative problem-solver who can work as an occupational therapist in a wide variety of settings.
Professional Entry-Level Master's Program
Offered only at the graduate level, this option is a perfect fit if you completed a different undergraduate major (either at Ithaca or elsewhere) and are interested in a career as an occupational therapist.
Unique Experiences Outside of the Classroom
Will I need a doctorate to practice?
No! 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 allows an individual to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam, and become a registered occupational therapist.
Accreditation and NCBOT Results
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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-2682.
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NCBOT) results are accessible in the program results section of their website.
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.
OT Department Office
321 Smiddy Hall
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Fax: (607) 274-3055