Occupational therapy is an allied health profession critical to helping people achieve function, meaning, and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. Ithaca College's Department of Occupational Therapy prepares students for this exciting, sought-after career through its hands-on learning environment and close student-faculty relationships.  

Applicants to our occupational therapy program must be able to perform the functions described in the "Essential Functions for Occupational Therapy Education at IC" document. 

The department offers two options for students wishing to obtain a degree in occupational therapy:

1. Combined Bachelor's-Master's program

Students wishing to enter at the undergraduate level can apply to our combined, five-year bachelor's and master's degree program. This program is for students who are just beginning college careers or those who started college at another institution and wish to transfer to Ithaca College as an undergraduate student.

For more information, contact the department chair at ot@ithaca.edu.
2. Professional Entry-Level Master's program
Students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field other than occupational therapy can apply to our Professional Entry-Level Master's program. This program is offered only at the graduate level. 
For more information, contact the graduate chair at otgrad@ithaca.edu.
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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 and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Program Features

Our program offers rich opportunities for academic and experiential learning. Students may begin taking occupational therapy courses as early as their first semester, and will be prepared to serve a broad spectrum of clients in multiple settings as an occupational therapist. In addition, through graduate elective courses and experiential learning opportunities, students may further develop their knowledge and skills in an area of special interest. Unique opportunities for experiential learning include:

  • The Center for Life Skills, an interdisciplinary, community-based program serving adults with neurological impairments
  • An on-campus outpatient OT/PT Clinic for Ithaca College community members and their families
  • The state-of-the-art Human Anatomy Lab offering hands-on dissection experience
  • Opportunities to participate in occupational therapy sessions off campus at the Ithaca Free Clinic
  • Innovative fieldwork experiences throughout the United States and overseas
  • Study abroad at College-affiliated institutions and through exchange programs
  • Faculty-student collaborative research


Our students work in multiple arenas of health care including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, nursing homes, and community programs. Several of our students have presented at national and state conferences and have published in major occupational therapy journals. Our pass rates on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam for the past three years are as follows:     





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Number of First-time Test Takers/*New Graduates Who Passed the NBCOT Exam




Percentage of First-time Test Takers/*New Graduates Who Passed the NBCOT Exam




*Note that NBCOT has changed how pass rates are reported. As of 2013, the number of new graduates taking the exam rather than first time test takers is reported. Because our students graduate in October, some do not take the exam until the following calendar year.

Data is provided by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), which administers this national examination. Data can be found on the NBCOT Website.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT at:

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150

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