Occupational Therapy M.S. – Professional Entry Level
The professional entry-level master's program is designed for individuals who have received a bachelor's degree in another area of study and are interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy. The program duration is just over two years and will prepare students to sit for the national certification examination. This program is designed for full-time study beginning during the summer session.
Completed applications are due by February 15th. Applications are available online through the Office of Admission.
- A completed bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
- Completion of the following prerequisite coursework with a grade of C or higher:
- 3 credits of biology
- 8 credits of anatomy and physiology
- 3 credits of general psychology
- 3 credits of developmental psychology or human development across the life span
- 3 credits of abnormal psychology
- 3 credits of sociology or anthropology
- 3 credits of statistics
- 3 credits of research methods
- An on-campus or phone interview
Additional Application Materials Needed
- Completion of online application
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Two letters of recommendation, one preferably from a health care practitioner
- Two additional letters of recommendation if applying for an assistantship
Each year the department awards graduate assistantships on a competitive basis that comprise both scholarship and taxable salary. Students awarded graduate assistantships fulfill duties in the department as assigned. All students applying for assistantships must submit two additional letters of recommendation.
Major Department Requirements
Major Department Requirements
Total major degree requirements: 64 credits
Students must take 3 credits from the OTMS 64xxx list of clinical elective courses and 3 credits from the OTMS 68xxx list of courses. Specific courses offered will be determined by student consensus.
Total graduate electives 6 credits
Clinical Fieldwork Courses
Total fieldwork courses 16 credits
Total research 6 credits
Total Credit Hours: 0-92
Clinical fieldwork is an essential part of professional training, and students must complete three level II fieldwork experiences in preparation for their degree and certification. Fieldwork centers maintain contractual relationships with Ithaca College, and students are placed in fieldwork centers by the fieldwork coordinator well in advance of the beginning of these placements. Once placements are confirmed, students cannot alter them. Clinical Fieldwork is graded on a satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) scale. Students will be assigned to fieldwork based on a lottery system and the availability of placements. Students should expect to do their fieldwork at a distance from their homes and Ithaca. They are responsible for making their own housing and travel arrangements, although the department and the fieldwork center are usually able to provide some help. Students and their families need to plan ahead for this process.
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) requires that all level II fieldwork experiences be completed within 24 months of the completion of the academic portion of the curriculum. Students who fail to complete graduate fieldwork withing this period are subject to dismissal from the program.