Transfer Opportunities

Understand the process for transferring into the occupational therapy program

Can current Ithaca College students internally transfer into the program?

The occupational therapy program accepts a limited number of qualified, current Ithaca College students as internal transfers into the combined BS/MS or BS/OTD program. This is subject to space availability in the desired cohort. Current Ithaca College students may apply to transfer into the occupational therapy program in any semester up to the fall of the junior year in the program. Please note that changing majors may require you to take additional coursework and spend additional semester(s) on campus to be on track in our program. 

To be considered, internal candidates need to complete an application and meet with the department chair or designee. Please email ot@ithaca.edu to request application materials and learn more about the process.

 Important information for upcoming semesters:

  • We are accepting applications to the BS/MS program in the spring 2023 and fall 2023 semesters. Students who apply during these semesters will join the first year or sophomore BS/MS class depending on credits.
  • If you are interested in applying during the spring 2024 semester, please contact ot@ithaca.edu to discuss options.
  • All applications received in fall 2024 and beyond will join the BS/OTD program.

What courses should I take if I plan to seek an internal transfer?

Courses students must complete before the junior year include: 

  • BIOL 11900 
  • CHEM 11000 
  • PHIL 101, 212, or 230 
  • PSYC 10300
  • WRTG 10600
  • OTBS 10600, 20100, and 20200 
  • HLTH 20500 
  • and, one sociology or anthropology course.

Students must also complete courses that align with the Integrated Core Curriculum (ICC) requirements. You must be in a math placement in group 1*, 1 ,or 2 to complete upper level occupational therapy courses. If you are currently in a math placement group 3 or 4, you must complete the appropriate math course to move into a group 2.

As the occupational therapy curriculum is very tightly structured from the junior year through the graduate year, it is important that students complete as many ICC and prerequisite courses as possible prior to the fall semester of junior year. Moving directly into the junior year requires careful planning to be sure all requirements have been met. It is strongly recommended that any student who plans to seek admittance as a transfer student contact the department chair to discuss prerequisite courses.

How can I track my progress toward meeting required prerequisites?

A curriculum worksheet for the occupational therapy program can be used by students who are considering applying for transfer to the program as a general, unofficial guide to help determine which courses might need to be taken prior to transfer. Please contact ot@Ithaca.edu for the worksheet.

Can students currently at an external institution transfer into the combined B.S./M.S. program?

Students currently enrolled at another institution should contact the admissions office to see if we are currently accepting applications for external transfer. The admissions staff can be reached at admission@ithaca.edu

Can I transfer into the program at the master's-level only?

Students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy who wish to apply to our professional-entry graduate program should contact the graduate chair at otgrad@ithaca.edu.

Upcoming deadline for internal transfer applications

March 15, 2023


Julie Dorsey, Professor and Chair
323 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850