Occupational therapy is an allied health profession critical to helping people achieve function, meaning, and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. Ithaca College's Department of Occupational Therapy prepares students for this exciting, sought-after career through its hands-on learning environment and close student-faculty relationships.  

Applicants to our occupational therapy program must be able to perform the functions described in the "Essential Functions for Occupational Therapy Education at IC" document. 

The department offers two options for students wishing to obtain a degree in occupational therapy:

1. Combined Bachelor's-Master's program

Students wishing to enter at the undergraduate level can apply to our combined, five-year bachelor's and master's degree program. This program is for students who are just beginning college careers or those who started college at another institution and wish to transfer to Ithaca College as an undergraduate student.

For more information, contact the department chair at ot@ithaca.edu or 607-274-1975.
2. Professional Entry-Level Master's program
Students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy can apply to our Professional Entry-Level Master's program. This program is offered only at the graduate level. 
For more information, contact the graduate chair at otgrad@ithaca.edu or 607-274-7103.
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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 and its Web address is www.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 see the procedure for filing complaints regarding the Department of Occupational Therapy in the documents section of this webpage.

Program Features

Our program offers rich opportunities for academic and experiential learning. Students may begin taking occupational therapy courses as early as their first semester, and will be prepared to serve a broad spectrum of clients in multiple settings as an occupational therapist. In addition, through graduate elective courses and experiential learning opportunities, students may further develop their knowledge and skills in an area of special interest. Unique opportunities for experiential learning include: 

  • The Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary, community-based program serving adults with neurological impairments
  • An on-campus outpatient OT/PT Clinic for Ithaca College community members and their families
  • Opportunities to participate in occupational therapy sessions off campus at the Ithaca Free Clinic
  • Innovative fieldwork experiences throughout the United States and overseas
  • Study abroad at College-affiliated institutions and through exchange programs
  • Faculty-student collaborative research


Our students work in multiple arenas of health care including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, and community programs. Several of our students have presented at national and state conferences and have published in major occupational therapy journals. Our pass rates on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam for the past three years are as follows:     

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 2015-2017 was 125, with an overall graduation rate of 91.91%. Included in this statistic are students from the junior year of study through completion of the master’s portion of the combined BS/MS program.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2017 53/50 94.3%
2016 50/43 86.00%
2015 33/32 96.96%
Total 136/125 91.91%

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 2015-2017 was 27, with an overall graduation rate of 100%. This statistic includes only students who entered Ithaca College at the graduate level after earning a Bachelor's degree at another institution.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2017 10/10 100%
2016 8/8 100%
2015 9/9 100%
Total 27/27 100%

Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

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

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Diane Long, Program Director and Chair ~ 274-3093
Julie Dorsey, Curriculum Director ~ 274-1078
Melinda Cozzolino, Graduate Chair ~ 274-3618
Rita Daly, Fieldwork Coordinator ~ 274-1798
Katie Brody, Administrative Assistant ~ 274-1975

Department Office: 321 Smiddy Hall 
Fax: 607-274-3055

Occupational Therapy Clinic 
401G Center for Health Sciences
Jessica Valdez Taves, Clinic Services ~ 607-274-3792