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 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.

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

Professional Entry-Level Master's Program

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. 

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 2016-2018 was 151, with an overall graduation rate of 91.39%. 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
2018 48/45 93.75%
2017 53/50 94.3%
2016 50/43 86.00%
Total 151/138 91.39%

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 2016-2018 was 28, 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
2018 10/10 100%
2017 10/10 100%
2016 8/8 100%
Total 28/28 100%

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 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-2682.

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