Academic Catalog

Occupational Therapy B.S./M.S. Program

For more information, please visit the Occupational Therapy Department catalog page.

No additional students are being admitted to this program as of Fall 2022.

Major Department Requirements

Required Courses
OTMS 62000Advanced OT Theory and Practice3
OTMS 62600Professional Practice in the Community3
OTMS 65500Technological Interventions in Occupational Therapy3
OTMS 65000Advanced Pediatric Evidence Based Practice (APEBP)3
or OTMS 65100 Advanced Adult Evidence Based Practice (AAEBP)
OTMS 66500Gerontic Occupational Therapy3
OTMS 62500Clinical Management in Occupational Therapy3
Graduate Electives
Select two Graduate Electives with the OTGE attribute: 14
Complementary Health Approaches, Integrative Health, and Occupational Therapy
Adaptation and Environmental Modification
Cognitive Rehabilitation
Vocational Readiness
Play and Leisure
School-Based Occupational Therapy
Hand Therapy
Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention
Clinical Fieldwork Courses:
OTMS 60000Clinical Fieldwork II - Children and Adolescents6
OTMS 69000Clinical Fieldwork II - Adult/Geriatric6
Select one of the following:6
Individual Thesis Research I
and Individual Thesis Research II
Group Research I
and Group Research II
Total Credits40

Note: Specific courses vary based on student and faculty interests

Clinical Fieldwork

Clinical fieldwork is an essential part of professional training, and students must complete two 12-week 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 within this period are subject to dismissal from the program.