Transferring into the Combined BS/MS Program

The "Essential Functions of Occupational Therapy Education at IC" document has been created by the department to ensure that all students entering the program know and understand the requirements and can make informed decisions regarding their pursuit of this profession.

Students Currently at Ithaca College in another Major (Internal Transfer Students)

The occupational therapy program accepts a limited number of qualified transfer students into the combined B.S./M.S. program pending space in the desired cohort. When space is available, preference is given to qualified internal candidates.

Students Currently at Another Institution (External Transfer Students)

Students currently enrolled at another institution should contact the admissions office to learn if we are currently accepting applications for external transfer. The admissions staff can be reached at, or visit for more information.

How can I apply to the occupational therapy program at the undergraduate level?

Students may apply to transfer into the occupational therapy program in any semester up to the fall of the junior year in the program. Students currently at Ithaca College who wish to change majors should review the transfer procedure worksheet located on the right sidebar of this page. If you are interested, fill out and forward the contact sheet and application form by email to It is important to note that changing majors may require you to take additional coursework or time to be on track in our program.

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

What courses should I take if I plan to seek admission into the undergraduate program as a transfer student?

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 have taken courses that align with the Integrated Core Curriculum (ICC) requirements and meet the QL readiness of math placement in group 1 or 2 and passing score on the QL readiness exam. Information about ICC can be found at As the occupational therapy curriculum is very tightly structured from the junior year through the graduate year, it is critical that students have as many general education and prerequisite courses as possible taken prior to the junior fall. 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 B.S./M.S. program as a general, unofficial guide to help determine which courses might need to be taken prior to transfer.

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have questions about transferring into the combined B.S./M.S. program at the freshman, sophomore, or junior level please contact Dr. Diane Long, the department chair.

Diane Long, Ed.D., MOTR/L, Associate Professor and Chair
Smiddy Hall 323

Next Deadline for Internal Transfer Applications

November 1, 2018