Occupational therapy (OT) helps people of all ages develop the skills needed to manage everyday life activities and support participation in their roles in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings. Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, community centers, and private homes. As an OT, you may help a developmentally disabled child build the skills she needs to copy assignments from a classroom whiteboard. Or, you might suggest modifications to the home of a senior adult to prevent falls, or coach a teenager recovering from a head injury through the transition between school and independent living. The work is challenging, and extremely rewarding.
Want to help others help themselves? Once you complete our three-year program, you’ll earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and you will be prepared to pass the national board exams, start your career, and make an impact.
Our faculty includes accomplished professional practitioners and researchers. We keep classes small to ensure you get the individual support you need from professors.
We offer classes at the Bay Shore, Long Island and Manhattan campuses so you can find a location that works best for you. Classes at our Bay Shore campus begin in August of each year, and in February at our Manhattan campus.
Service and Skills
All students participate in three full-time fieldwork experiences, strategically placed throughout the program, and fulfill a community service requirement. By working with diverse patient populations, students develop a passion for service, and compassion for all.
The Touro College School of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy program is registered with the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). ACOTE accredited occupational therapy programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE accredited occupational therapy educational program are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.
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What is the pre-requisite coursework?
We require 60 credits of pre-requisite coursework, but you can apply when 45 are completed and 15 credits (4 or less credits in prerequisite laboratory sciences) are in progress.
How do I apply?
You can apply to the Occupational Therapy program through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). The deadline to submit the application and all supporting documents varies by the campus to which you’re applying. March 1 for Bay Shore, September 1 for Manhattan.