Occupational Therapy (MS)

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Why Occupational Therapy?

What could be more rewarding than helping someone improve their day-to-day quality of life? Occupational therapists help people with illnesses, injuries, and disabilities manage everyday activities like walking, getting dressed, cooking, or writing.

Why Study Occupational Therapy at Iona?

Iona’s full-time, 27-month program Occupational Therapy (OT) features small, collaborative cohorts. You’ll get to know your classmates and faculty very well, and you’ll also be fully integrated into the larger — but still close-knit — Iona community.

The OT program combines classroom and clinical instruction — including a six-month fieldwork rotation — and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences

As part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, occupational therapy students will develop the skills and experience needed for tomorrow’s workforce.

Students will have the opportunity to do clinicals and rotations at NewYork-Presbyterian, ranked New York’s #1 hospital by U.S. News & World Report 2021-22. Iona students will also be considered for full-time positions within the NewYork-Presbyterian network upon graduation.

Align your education with your career goals at the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences and earn a degree of tremendous value for your future.

What You’ll Learn

Our program follows ACOTE accreditation standards and educates students as generalists. Our students graduate ready for entry-level OT jobs, working with clients across the lifespan in a wide range of settings like hospitals, schools, assisted living centers, or private practices.

You'll build a strong OT foundation and go beyond. Our program consistently weaves community engagement and innovation into your training.

Our curriculum centers around four core competencies of an ethical, client-centered OT practice:

  • Occupational development and performance
  • Assessment and intervention processes
  • Evidence-based practice skills
  • Habits for reflective practice

Throughout the seven semesters, we’ll also teach you how technology can enhance your practice, serving as a tool for client education, assessment, intervention, and documentation of services.

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Program Overview with Dr. Olson

With service-learning and entrepreneurship embedded throughout the curriculum, Iona’s OT program is full of energy and dynamic experiences.

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Gurpreet Singh

Iona OT prioritizes community engagement and entrepreneurship, which is a unique quality that sets it apart from other colleges and programs.

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The Occupational Therapy lab allows students to gain hands-on experience while on Iona’s campus.

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Three occupational therapy students practice handing a ball back and forth as one of their grip exercises.

Program Highlights

Hynes Institute Collaboration

In partnership with the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, we create modules integrating OT coursework with principles of entrepreneurship and innovation. Develop ideas for products or projects to meet the particular occupational needs of persons with disabilities.

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Community Engagement

Engagement with the greater Iona community begins early in the program, as students learn from and work with Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC) participants. We also partner with many local organizations for community development projects as well as full-time fieldwork.



Iona’s location offers access to many service-learning and fieldwork partner sites across the New York metropolitan area. You might work with kids in the Bronx and Harlem at ABC Pediatric Therapy or with adults in New York State's nearby Rockland Psychiatric Hospital. Other local partners include:

  • Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC)
  • Andrus Children’s Center and Weekday Nursery
  • Guidance Center (Pre-K)

Careers & Outcomes

The field of occupational therapy is expected to grow significantly over the next decade, much more than the average career path according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Talented and compassionate OTs have been and will continue to be in high demand for the foreseeable future.

Occupational therapists have diverse, fulfilling careers and Iona OT students’ entrepreneurial programming will help them develop their own paths.

Licensed Occupational Therapists May Work In:

  • Hospitals
  • Private practices
  • Schools
  • Nursing homes
  • Home-based health services
  • Mental health centers

Modeling A Different Path

Aaron Philip, the first black trans model with a disability to be signed to a major modeling agency, recently gave a talk at the Hynes Institute and visited with our first-year OT cohort. Philip, who was born with cerebral palsy, rose to fame on Twitter and Instagram and was signed to Elite Model Management in 2018. She shared how OT made her life and career possible and talked with students about how they can be the best possible OTs for their clients.

Model and author Aaron Philip poses with members of the first-year OT cohort at the Hynes Institute.

Model and author Aaron Philip poses with members of the first-year OT cohort at the Hynes Institute.

Additional Information


The Iona College Graduate OT Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

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Occupational therapists require license to practice in all states. Most state licenses are based on the results of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Certification Examination.