Academic Catalog

Occupational Therapy BS/MS Program

The five-year combined B.S./M.S. degree curriculum is designed to provide depth and breadth for students’ professional development, liberal arts education, and analytical skills. Full-time clinical fieldwork placements totaling 32 weeks, are located throughout the country. The clinical fieldwork courses are usually scheduled for the summer preceding the graduate year (12 weeks) and in the late spring (12 weeks) and summer (8 weeks) following the graduate year. Coursework at the graduate level is organized into five time blocks: two for academic coursework and three for clinical experiences. Graduates of the M.S. in Occupational Therapy program are eligible to apply to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination as required by the profession.

Graduation Requirements

To be considered for graduation in the combined BS/MS occupational therapy program, students must complete the following:

  1. Completion of the B.S. degree program in occupational science at Ithaca College;

2.  Completion of the major department requirements (listed below);

  • Four (4) credits of Graduate Electives (2 credits each); courses vary depending on faculty availability.
  • A group research project (6 credits: OTMS 67100 and OTMS 67120) or a individual thesis (6 credits: OTMS 67200 and OTMS 67300). 

The group research sequence is a faculty supervised research project where students collect and analyze data, interpret results, and present findings in both oral and written formats. Students who select the group research sequence will register for OTMS 67100 and OTMS 67120. 

Individual thesis is conducted under the supervision of a faculty thesis adviser and with a thesis committee.  Students are required to have a faculty approved thesis proposal to enroll in this option. The quality of work for individual thesis projects is expected to meet professional publication standards. Students who select individual thesis will register for OTMS 67200 and OTMS 67300.

Individual thesis students, who have completed all coursework except the thesis, will be required to maintain active student status through the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance until completion. These students will work with their adviser to plan an appropriate course and credit schedule. 

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 of the following courses: Specific courses vary depending on student and faculty interests.2
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:2
OTMS 60000Clinical Fieldwork II - Children and Adolescents6
OTMS 69000Clinical Fieldwork II - Adult/Geriatric6
OTMS 69500Clinical Fieldwork II - Elective Specialty4
or OTMS 69600 Elective Internship
Select one of the following:6
Individual Thesis Research I
and Individual Thesis Research II
Group Research I
and Group Research II
Total Credits44

Clinical Fieldwork

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 within this period are subject to dismissal from the program.