Occupational Therapy (MS)
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 has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
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.
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 particular occupational needs of persons with disabilities.
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)
What I love most about the OT program is the entrepreneurship and innovative treatment techniques infused throughout the courses. It prepares students for the future of what is to come in the field of occupational therapy.
Jackie Anderson '22
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:
- Private practices
- 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.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. You must also have completed prerequisite coursework and 40 hours of volunteer or observation experience with an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. Applicants must complete an application, with all documents verified, with Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) before the application deadline.
Our program has been granted candidacy status by ACOTE and will have a pre-accreditation review and on-site evaluation before being granted full accreditation status.
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.