The Iona College Graduate OT Program submitted its candidacy application to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 2081-3449, in August 2018 and will learn whether it has been granted candidacy status as a developing OT program in December 2018. If the program achieves candidacy, the program will begin interviewing and admitting qualified applicants in early 2019 for a Fall 2019 start.
After a developing OT program achieves candidacy status, it must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). ACOTE's telephone number care of AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA or (301) 652-6611 x2914. Its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
The Iona College Graduate OT Program has also applied for NYS Education Department program registration. This approval is also pending and is contingent on the program achieving candidacy status from ACOTE. Both ACOTE and NYSED have given permission for the Iona College Graduate OT Program to accept applications for its Fall 2019 class.
Iona's Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is an 80-credit full-time program that includes day and evening classes with intermittent focused clinical instruction and Saturday practice sessions. In 27 months, students complete this MS program, which includes didactic classes, concurrent service-learning, and clinical experiences, and six (6) months of full-time fieldwork.
What Makes the Iona Degree Different
Community Engagement and Service Across the Curriculum: Students will extend academic learning by applying newly learned skills to solving real-life problems of people/groups, who may not otherwise have access to the types of service that occupational therapists can provide, through community activities and local nonprofit service organizations.
Integration of Entrepreneurship and Innovation into the Curriculum: Faculty from the OT program and Iona's Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will collaborate to provide students with modules that integrate occupational therapy coursework with principles and practices of entrepreneurship and innovation. Students will participate in open sessions and activities at the institute’s collaborative student workspace, to develop ideas for products/projects to meet particular occupational needs of persons with disabilities.
Collaboration with Communication Sciences and Disorders Program: Intentional alignment of courses with those in the CSD course schedule will provide authentic opportunities for interprofessional preservice experiences such as participating in interdisciplinary evaluations and clinical discussions. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary scholarly journal to share research, community engagement projects, scope reviews, case studies, position papers and more.
Prospective students who are interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree at Iona College should contact Laurette Olson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, at email@example.com or (914) 633-2574 for more information.