Application Process

Before you apply, check our admission requirements and technical standards for becoming an occupational therapist. There are two separate admission cycles for the Bay Shore and Manhattan campuses. 

We accept applications through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).


Classes Begin

  • Classes begin in mid- to late- August on our Bay Shore campus. All new students are expected to attend a full-day orientation, usually held on the Thursday in August prior to the date classes begin. 
  • Classes begin in early February on our Manhattan campus. All new students are expected to attend a full-day orientation, usually held the Thursday in late- January or early- February prior to the date classes begin.

Application Deadlines

  • March 1 for the Bay Shore campus.  
  • September 1 for the Manhattan campus. For students with superior academic records you can select the "Early Decision" option on OTCAS. The early decision application deadline is June 1. Candidates choosing this option will receive priority consideration in the admission process. 

Please submit the completed application and all supporting documents by the application deadline. Applications received after the deadline may be considered if places in the entering class are still available.

Selection Process

The Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee evaluates applications, selects qualified candidates for an on-campus interview, and makes decisions regarding admission to the program based on a rigorous and competitive review process. Meeting only minimum requirements cannot guarantee selection for an interview or admission to the program.

Candidates who are selected for an on-campus interview will be asked to produce a spontaneous writing sample during their interview visit.

Applicants will be informed in writing of the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee’s decision. If offered a place in the OT program, a deposit will be required from the applicant to confirm his/her intention to attend.