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Occupational Therapy

The Iona College Graduate OT Program has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

Before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national occupational therapy certification examination which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), the program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted accreditation status. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

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 lolson@iona.edu or (914) 633-2574 for more information.


OTCAS Application

Prospective students who wish to be eligible for consideration into Iona's MS in Occupational Therapy program, must have a complete and verified application submitted through the Occupational Therapy  Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

Applications must be verified and all applicable documents must be submitted as indicated in OTCAS and received by the program deadline date. Please allow a few weeks for the OTCAS verification process.
Begin OTCAS Application