97%

2023 NBCOT Pass Rate: Higher Than the National Average of 94%

100%

Employment within 6 months

2 Distinctive Formats

Original Weekend Format & New One-Day-Per-Week

>95%

Students Work >20 Hrs/Week

>150 Years

Combined OT Faculty Clinical Practice

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 97% pass rate on the NBCOT© OTR Certification Examination in 2021, surpassing the national average of 94%.
  • 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

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Additional Information


Who Can Apply?

Who Can Apply to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program?

All candidates for either the Weekend or One-Weekday-Per-Week format must have minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPAs of 3.0. Additionally, individual grade requirements for the prerequisites must be met (see Prerequisites)

Weekend Format Candidate Pathways – 4 options
Dominican University New York (DUNY) Undergraduate Degree Programs
Health Sciences – Pre-Occupational Therapy Track
Successful candidates will complete the BS in Health Sciences – Pre-OT Track including all prerequisites with specified minimum individual course grades and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Application to the OT program occurs in the Fall of the Senior year. Interested students should contact the OT Program well before the Senior year for details and to be included in special information sessions and events for DUNY students.

Social Science with Psychology Emphasis – 2 pathways

  • Traditional 4-year SS degree pathway – Successful candidates will complete the BA in Social Sciences, with an emphasis in Psychology, including all prerequisites with specified minimum individual course grades and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Application to the OT program occurs in the Fall of the Senior year. Interested students should contact the OT Program well before the Senior year for details and to be included in special information sessions and events for DUNY students.
  • Accelerated BA Social Science to OT Pathway* (Before Fall 2023) – Successful candidates will complete all degree requirements for the BA in Social Sciences with Psychology Emphasis in 3 years, earning no less than 93 undergraduate credits which include the OT prerequisite courses by the end of the Spring semester of the Junior year. The designation of ‘accelerated track’ must be earned and declared no later than the first semester of the Sophomore year. To be eligible, students must earn and continuously maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the start of the Sophomore year through the end of the Junior year. Application to the OT program is made in the Fall semester of the Junior year. Interested students should contact the OT Program well at the start of the Sophomore year for a determination of eligibility for the accelerated pathway, details about the application process, and to be included in special information sessions and events for DUNY students.
  • Accelerated BA Social Science to OT Pathway* (As of Fall 2023) – Successful candidates will complete all degree requirements for the BA in Social Sciences with Psychology Emphasis in just over 3 years, earning no less than 90 undergraduate credits which include the OT prerequisite courses by the end of the Spring semester of the Junior year. Accepted accelerated pathway SS students must take the final course that fulfills their selected Dominican Curriculum minor during the first Fall term in the Graduate OT Program. The designation of ‘accelerated track’ must be earned and declared no later than the first semester of the Sophomore year. To be eligible, students must earn and continuously maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the start of the Sophomore year through the end of the Junior year. Application to the OT program is made in the Fall semester of the Junior year. Interested students should contact the OT Program well at the start of the Sophomore year for a determination of eligibility for the accelerated pathway, details about the application process, and to be included in special information sessions and events for DUNY students.*The Social Science to OT Accelerated Pathway is only available to DUNY Social Science with Psychology Emphasis students who entered DUNY as a first- or second-semester Freshman and meet initial and ongoing minimum GPA requirements. Declaration and designation as an accelerated pathway student must be made no later than the start of the first semester of the Sophomore year.

DUNY undergraduate students interested in the pathways to the Graduate OT Program may stop by the OT program office on the first floor of the Prusmack Center during regular business hours, send an email to PreOT.Advisement@duny.edu, or call the OT Program office at 845-848-6000, to make an appointment.

Candidates with Bachelor’s Degree from Another U.S. Institution
Candidates with earned Bachelor’s degrees from outside of DUNY may qualify to apply to the OT Program upon successful completion of all admissions requirements and prerequisite coursework.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) with and without a Baccalaureate Degree

  • COTAs with a Bachelor’s Degree – may qualify to apply to the OT Program upon the successful completion of all admissions requirements and prerequisite coursework.
  • COTAs without a Bachelor’s Degree – may qualify to apply to the OT Program upon the successful completion of specified general education requirements, the OT prerequisite courses, and all other admission requirements. In addition, COTAs must submit verification of passing the NBCOT Examination for OTAs plus a minimum of one full year of work experience as a COTA in any setting. Upon completion of the OT program, COTAs entering without an earned Baccalaureate degree will be awarded a BS/MS degree.

One-Weekday-Per-Week Format Candidate Pathway
This format is offered in partnership with The New Seminary as of Fall 2023. Fully qualified candidates that have been vetted and recommended by The New Seminary, with a completed or nearly completed (by August) Bachelor’s degree, are eligible to apply to enter this format. It is important to note that all admission requirements, prerequisite coursework, and in-progress degrees must be completed before entering the official professional curriculum in the Fall term, if accepted by DUNY OT. For more information, please contact The New Seminary at (718) 769-8160 or the Dominican OT program at PreOT.Advisement@duny.edu, or 845-848-6000.

NOTE: Transfers from other OT programs
Due to the wide variations in curricula, transfers from other graduate occupational therapy programs are generally not accepted. Individuals seeking special consideration to transfer must follow the same admission requirements as all candidates for admission. Additionally, per university policy, no more than 6 graduate credits earned from the prior program may be considered for transfer to meet the Dominican University New York Graduate Occupational Therapy Program requirements. Decisions about course equivalence for credit transfer are made by the OT Program Director.


Occupational Therapy Program Admissions Standards

  • Minimum overall GPA 3.0 (B) for all post-secondary coursework
  • No grade lower than a B- in any prerequisite physical science course.
  • No grade lower than a C in any prerequisite liberal arts or social sciences course.
  • No grade lower than a B in OT532 (Kinesiology in OT), OT521 (Intro to OT) – only taken after acceptance to the OT program.
  • Minimum TOEFL scores, if required, per subtest:
    Reading – 22; Listening – 18; Speaking – 21; Writing – 24

NOTE – Limit of one retake of any prerequisite course. A withdrawal counts as having taken the course.
In addition to the academic standards noted above, all applicants for admission are evaluated on the following criteria:

    • Writing skills (two separate essays)
    • Observation or volunteer hours are encouraged but continue to not be required for the 2024-2025 application cycle.  A special video observation and essay are used in place of in-person hours for all applicants.
    • Three letters of reference – one academic, one professional (e.g., supervisor), and a third that can be either academic or professional. References provided by family members, friends, friends of the family, clergy, family physician, etc. will not be accepted, without exception. If you can submit one from an occupational therapist who knows you well and can speak to your potential, it will be a bonus.
    • All applicants are required to complete Altus Suite’s Casper assessment, a Situational Judgment Test. To learn more about and schedule your Casper, go to https://acuityinsights.app/casper/.
    • Holistic Interview – upon invitation after application verified as complete

    IMPORTANT NOTE – All accepted candidates must undergo a criminal background check, at their expense, before being admitted to the program.  Additionally, all students in the program who are preparing to enter clinical fieldwork will need to undergo a new criminal background check before being cleared to begin those experiences.

    How To Apply

    Weekend Format Applicants Not Currently Dominican University New York Undergraduates:

    • Applicants not currently Dominican University New York undergraduate degree students must first apply to the University as a transfer student
    • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary coursework to DUNY Graduate Admissions for evaluation of credits and prerequisites
    • Based on GPA , number of qualifying transfer credits, and highest degree earned, prospective candidates will be assigned an advisor to assist with registration for remaining prerequisite courses, eligibility for, and the timeline to apply to the Occupational Therapy (OT) Program. Acceptance into Dominican University New York is not acceptance into the occupational therapy program.
    • Complete all remaining undergraduate-level prerequisite courses
    • When you only have Physics* and Neuroscience undergraduate prerequisites to complete, apply to the DUNY Weekend format via the Occupational Therapy Centralized
    • Application Service (OTCAS) at https://otcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login
    • The OTCAS application opens on July 21, 2023, for the 2024 entering cohort.
    • Offers of admission to the program occur on a rolling basis until filled or March 30, 2024, whichever comes first

    * NOTE: Physics must be completed before May 1, 2024, as it is a prerequisite to OT 532 Kinesiology in OT Practice which begins in early May, the OT program’s summer trimester.

    Dominican University New York Social Science and Health Science Students

    • Contact the DUNY OT Program office to express interest in applying – the office will review the unofficial transcript to ascertain the student’s qualifications and readiness to apply.
    • Qualified applicants submit the required two (2) essays, a current resume/CV, and three (3) letters of reference. Letters of reference must include one academic, one professional (e.g., supervisor), and a third that can be either academic or professional. If can submit one from an occupational therapist who knows the student well and can speak to their potential as a student and in the profession, it will be a bonus. References from family members, friends of the family, clergy, family physicians, etc. will not be accepted.

    One-Weekday-Per-Week Format – in partnership with The New Seminary

    • Contact and register with The New Seminary (TNS) as a prospective candidate for the DUNY OT program
    • TNS will review your academic record and begin advising toward the completion of your Bachelor’s degree if needed, and all remaining OT prerequisite courses
    • TNS communicates with DUNY Graduate Admissions and OT Program to provide names of qualified candidates for consideration
    • Qualified candidates must also apply to DUNY as a transfer student and submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, US and international; Acceptance into Dominican University New York is not acceptance into the occupational therapy program
    • The OT program receives a credit evaluation from DUNY Graduate Admissions showing degrees and prerequisites completed, including grades and GPAs
    • Students are jointly advised by TNS and DUNY toward readiness to submit the official OT Program application via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) at https://otcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login selecting the option for the “Weekday New Seminary Program”
    • The OTCAS application opens on July 21, 2023, for the 2024 entering cohort.
    • Offers of admission to the program occur on a rolling basis until filled or March 30, 2024, whichever comes first

    * NOTE: Physics must be completed before May 1, 2024, as it is a prerequisite to OT 532 Kinesiology in OT Practice which begins in early May, the OT program’s summer trimester.

    All Applicants

    • Applicants who complete all application requirements and meet all standards will be invited to an interview with OT Faculty – The interview may be in-person or virtual.
    • Accepted students are required to attend a mandatory orientation session of two full days – if unable to attend any portion of the orientation, you will need to postpone your admission to the OT program for one year.
    • Once accepted, all remaining degree and prerequisite requirements MUST be completed before the start of the Graduate OT Program professional curriculum in the Fall term.
    • The inability to satisfactorily complete any pre-program requirement results in rescinding your acceptance to the program.

    For questions about the DUNY application process, please contact:

    Janet Barron
    Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions
    Phone:
      845-848-7908
    Email: janet.barron@duny.edu


    Cost of Attendance

    Cost of Attendance (Annualized by Academic Year) – 27 credits per year, Year 1 and 2, 15 credits Year 3

    2023-20242024-2025*2025-2026*
    Tuition (per credit)$1,080$1,113$1,146
    Registration Fees (per term)$220$230$230
    OT Program Fee (per term)$200$225$225
    Books and Supplies**$1,000$1,100$1,100
    Transportation ***$1,100$1,100$1,100
    Total$32,520$33,616$34,507

    * Based on a maximum 3% annual increase in tuition fees per year
    ** Approximate cost as some textbooks are used in multiple courses
    *** Approximate cost – varies with individual driving distance and tolls or other transportation mode (train, bus, cab, etc.)

    Miscellaneous fees – 2023-2024 academic year

    Graduation Fee: $250
    Replacement ID Card fee: $20
    Student Liability Insurance: $45 per year – beginning in the second year
    Note: The tuition and fees set forth in this bulletin are necessarily subject to change without notice at any time.

    Eligibility to Sit for Certification Examination

    A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.  An individual who has been charged or convicted of a felony is advised to contact The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for an early determination review. The review process should be done prior to entering an educational program as prior approval is needed before an individual can sit for the certification exam. Once NBCOT has completed its review, the individual will be notified of the results in writing. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT at: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy One Bank Street, Suite 300 Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 301-990-7979

    NBCOT® Character Review

    To ensure the protection of the public, all first-time exam applicants undergo a character review. There are eight (8) character questions on the exam application that all applicants must answer. Exam applicants must submit documentation related to any affirmative response. NBCOT will also conduct a background check, using a third-party vendor, for all first-time applicants as well as anyone reapplying with a new affirmative answer.

    Please refer to the Certification Exam Handbook to review the eight character questions and for specific information about the character review process.

    NBCOT® Early Determination

    If you plan on entering or have already entered an occupational therapy degree program, you can choose to undergo the character review prior to applying for the exam by requesting an Early Determination Review.

    After NBCOT has completed its Early Determination Review, you will be notified in writing about whether you will be eligible to take the certification exam, provided that all eligibility requirements are met at the time you apply.

    In order to find out if an issue resulting in a “Yes” answer to a character question would result in ineligibility for the exam, you will need to undergo the character review process either through Early Determination Review or when you apply for the exam after graduation.

    To request an Early Determination Review, complete and submit the Early Determination Review Payment Form found on the NBCOT website.

    State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements
    Dominican University New York has been approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education.


    Meet the Program Director

    Pamela Story, O.T.D, is the Director of the Occupational Therapy program. To learn more about how the program has responded to the pandemic, read her welcome letter.

    Our Location  

    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.

    Visit the Campus

    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

    Janet Barron
    Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions
    Phone:
      845-848-7908
    Email: janet.barron@duny.edu

    Accreditation

    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

    NBCOT Certification

    Contact Information

    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