Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
Through a non-traditional format, Dominican University New York can help you achieve your dreams of becoming a skilled, compassionate, and ethical occupational therapist. A full 100% of our graduates who seek employment upon graduation are employed!
NBCOT Exam New Graduate Pass Rate
Employment within 6 months
2 Distinctive Formats
Original Weekend Format & New One-Day-Per-Week
Students Work >20 Hrs/Week
Combined OT Faculty Clinical Practice
Explore the Occupational Therapy Program
The Dominican Difference
- No Doctoral Degree Required: Start your occupational therapy journey without the need for a costly doctoral degree. A master's degree is all you need.
- Balanced Life and Learning: Tailored for the adult learner, our program harmonizes your work, family, and educational priorities.
- Modern Learning for Future Success: Experience a 21st-century education, blending different learning modes to equip you as a highly adaptable Occupational Therapist.
- Proven Career Advancement: Benefit from our program's 38-year legacy, with an impressive 98% pass rate on the NBCOT© OTR Certification Examination in 2021, surpassing the national average.
- Personalized Education: With small cohorts of no more than 25 students, our faculty provides tailored support for your academic, professional, and personal success.
- Learn From the Best Faculty: Learn from faculty with over 150 years of clinical practice experience, offering real-world knowledge and evidence-based skills.
- Over 250 Diverse Clinical Placements: Gain diverse clinical experience at over 250 fieldwork sites, including emerging and nontraditional areas, both within and outside the Tristate area
Classes are held approximately every three weekends for a total of 18 weekends throughout the course of the year at Dominican University’s Rockland County campus. The University is central to the Hudson Valley region, including the Metro New York City area and New Jersey’s Bergen County.
If you’d like to visit the campus and meet the faculty, please choose from among our many visiting opportunities.
Contact an Admissions Counselor
An Admissions Counselor is easily accessible by phone, texting or e-mail. You are also welcome to visit the campus and meet the counselor
Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions
The Graduate Occupational Therapy Program leading to either a Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (BS/MS) in Occupational Therapy for COTAs with an Associate degree, or a Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy for those with a prior earned Bachelor or Master degree, is fully accredited through 2030/2031 under “The Standards for an Accredited Educational Therapy Program for the Occupational Therapist – 2018” by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
The program is responsible for complying with all ACOTE accreditation standards and policies and interacting with ACOTE with integrity and honesty. The program will inform ACOTE of all major changes in curriculum, site locations, online/onsite formats, and the program director in a timely manner. The program will honestly and accurately represent the program and its ACOTE accreditation status in all its publications and web page available to the public. Students must complete all fieldwork requirements within 18 months of completion of the academic coursework portion of the program.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states, including New York, require licensure in order to practice; however, most initial state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification. examination
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 Phone: (301) 652-6611 X2042 or www.acoteonline.org