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 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 a faculty member in the occupational therapy department. Please email to request application materials and learn more about the process.

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

Students should review the curriculum requirements of the BS degree with a faculty member in the occupational therapy department. This will help determine which of their current courses will fulfill requirements and identify outstanding requirements.

Occupational Science Major — B.S. < Ithaca College

Please note that some courses may have prerequisites or other requirements (e.g. math placement score).  

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 for the worksheet.

Can students currently at an external institution transfer into the occupational therapy program?

Students currently enrolled at another institution should contact the occupational therapy department or the Office of Admissions for details regarding the external transfer process. 

Can I transfer into the program at the graduate 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

Upcoming deadline for internal transfer applications

October 15, 2023 (for Spring 2024 start)

March 15, 2024 (for Fall 2024 start)


Melinda Cozzolino, Associate Professor, Chair and Program Director
206 Smiddy Hall
Ithaca College
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850