Combined Bachelor's and Master's Program

Enter our program in your first year as an undergraduate, and remain with us for five years to earn a bachelor degree in occupational science and a master's degree in occupational therapy. Provided that all coursework is completed, students officially graduate in mid-October following their fifth year with a master of science degree in occupational therapy, and are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) competency exam to become a registered occupational therapist.

First Two Years

In your first two years as an undergraduate, you will complete a set of prerequisite courses for upper level occupational therapy courses including:

  • one introductory course in occupational science

  • two-course sequence in human development that emphasizes development of motor skills and occupations across the life span

You will also complete liberal arts and other courses required of all students under the Integrated Core Curriculum at Ithaca College.

Junior Year and Summer

Your coursework in the junior year emphasizes knowledge that will be needed for a thorough understanding of the body and the psycho-social needs of individuals. The psycho-social Level I fieldwork is part of the fall semester in the junior year of the program.

You will study functional anatomy during the summer between junior and senior year.

Senior Year

The fall of the senior year focuses on adult assessment and intervention and includes a one-week Level I fieldwork that is embedded into the semester. The spring of the senior year focuses on pediatric assessment and intervention and includes a one-week Level I fieldwork that is embedded into the semester. Woven throughout the junior and senior year are courses in research and management.

Graduate Year

The graduate year begins with a 3-month fieldwork over the summer. Students return to campus for the fall semester and work on advanced skills and research. Students begin the spring semester of the graduate year in early January and continue their research and take advanced courses until the middle of March. Students then complete a second 3 month fieldwork (also determined by lottery) from April to June. Students then take an additional specialty fieldwork or elective internship for 2 months in July and August at a site that is determined in collaboration with the academic fieldwork coordinator on an individual basis.

Our Educational Philosophy

Learn more about our educational philosophy and the five threads of our curricular design.


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