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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What makes the Iona Graduate OT program different from other programs?

    While preparing students to work in all areas of occupational therpay (OT) practice and with persons across the lifespan, Iona's OT program has an embedded curricular strand of community engagement which supports students applying their growing OT knowledge base in active, focused, and compelling community service throughout the curriculum.

    The program has developed collaborative relationships with a number of organizations that provide services for persons across the lifespan with various life challenges or disabilities. Developing students as potential entrepreneurs and innovators is another embedded curricular strand. Throughout their graduate OT education, students will be participating in lectures, activities and events at Iona’s Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
  • What is the accreditation status of Iona’s graduate OT program?

    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 accepting 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.

  • What are the prerequisite courses needed before starting Iona’s graduate OT program?

    The prerequisite courses are:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II (lab component required)
    • General Psychology
    • Lifespan Development
    • Abnormal Psychology,  Sociology or Anthropology
    • Statistics/Research design in behavioral or health sciences
    These course may be taken at any regionally accredited community, public, or private college or university. Online courses at regionally accredited colleges are also acceptable for psychology, sociology, anthropology, or statistics courses. Anatomy and physiology courses must be taken in a classroom setting.
  • I took some of the prerequisites a long time ago. Are there any time restrictions?

    Yes, you must have taken the prerequisite courses within the past seven (7) years and have received a grade of C+ for the prerequisite to be accepted.
  • What if I have not completed my prerequisites at the time that I apply to the program?

    Students applying in fall 2018 for admission to the graduate OT program in fall 2019, may have up to three (3) pre-requisite courses in process at the time that they apply to the program. If a student is accepted into the program while currently enrolled in one to three (1-3) required prerequisite courses, the student will be provisional accepted. The provisional acceptance will be changed to full acceptance once transcripts are received that confirm successful completion of outstanding pre-requisite courses with a grade of C+ or better and an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.   
  • When is the application deadline?

    All application materials are due on or before March 1. This includes your OTCAS application and all required supporting documentation. 
     
    We strongly encourage you to submit your application and materials as early as possible so that your OTCAS verification process can occur in a timely fashion. If you have questions related to the OTCAS verification process, please direct these questions to OTCAS.
  • Does Iona have rolling admissions?

    Yes, the OTCAS application submission opens November 5, 2018.
  • What is the minimum GPA needed for an application to be reviewed?

    Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered as a potential candidate for admission.
  • How many OT observation hours do I need?

    Students are expected to complete 40 hours of volunteer or observation experience with an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant prior to applying to the graduate OT program. Experiences in community engaged service are also recommended.
  • How many students will be accepted into Iona’s first graduate OT class?

    There will be 15 students in Iona’s first graduate OT class.
  • Does Iona accept credits from other OT programs?

    Applicants interested in advanced standing credits to be applied to the Occupational Therapy program shoulld apply for admission through the standard entry-level admission process. Once accepted, a request for advanced standing credits may be submitted to the program director for review. Decisions about the transfer for previous graduate-level OT courses will be made at the discretion of the program director and faculty. Previous completed OT courses will not be reviewed prior to acceptance into the program.
     
    An admitted student would then need to meet with an OT adviser and provide course syllabi for courses being considered for advanced standing credit. For a course from another institution to be considered for advanced standing credit, the course must have a similar scope, learning objectives, and skill competencies to a course in the Iona College graduate OT curriculum. Up to nine (9) credits can be considered for advanced standing credits to be applied to the 80 total credits needed for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.
  • If I am having trouble with the OTCAS application process, who should I contact?

    Please contact OTCAS. They will be able to address any difficulties that you are having with the OTCAS application process and can be contacted through email or phone.

    Email: otcasinfo@otcas.org
    Phone: (617) 612-2860
  • Where do I send my transcripts?

    Submit your official transcripts for each college or university attended directly to OTCAS for verification.
  • When will students be notified of acceptance into the graduate OT program?

    The program must achieve candidacy status before students can be accepted into the program. If the Program achieves candidacy status in December 2018, qualified students who have completed applications verified by OTCAS will be invited for interviews in January 2019. Admission decisions will begin to be communicated to applicants in February 2019.

    Admitted students who wish to confirm their place in the program will be asked to submit a non-refundable deposit. Accepted students have two weeks after receiving a letter of acceptance to send in their deposit and confirmation letter. Deposits will be accepted until the first class is full. Please note that the selection process is competitive; not all eligible candidates will receive an offer of admission. 
  • Do students need to maintain minimum grades and GPA to stay in the program?

    Yes, students need to maintain a grade point average of 3.0. Students who earn a grade less than a B in any course will be placed on academic probation. Students who receive a grade of C or below in any course will be required to repeat that course.  Students who receive more than one grade of C or below will be dismissed from the program. Any student who fails a Service-Learning/Fieldwork 1 placement will be placed on probation and will be required to repeat the rotation prior to beginning the next semester.
  • What undergraduate degree is best for admission into the graduate OT program?

    Any undergraduate degree is acceptable.  Iona will admit students from diverse academic backgrounds, and the College does not have a preference of undergraduate majors for admissions. If you are looking to complete a bachelor’s degree in the near future, choose a major that interests you, but be sure to incorporate the prerequisite courses into your academic plan.
  • What is the approximate cost of the graduate OT program?

    The graduate Occupational Therapy program will have the same tuition and fees as the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. See Iona's tuition and fee schedule.
  • What are the options for financial aid?

  • When do classes for the graduate OT program begin?

    Classes begin at the end of each August. Accepted students should be prepared to attend orientation in mid-August.
  • Does Iona offer part-time or online options for graduate OT classes?

    No, the graduate program is a ful- time, face-to-face program.
  • Is it possible to work while enrolled in the graduate OT program?

    Yes, but remember that the program is full-time. If you decide to work while enrolled, we suggest that you seek a flexible part-time job that demands no more than 15 hours per week. It is possible to work on most weekends, but it may be difficult to work during the week.

    In addition to academic classes, you will also have service-learning and fieldwork 1 experiences that will require an additional day of your time. Classes are typically held during the day with some classes in the evening. Schedules vary by semester and by year. In fall and spring academic semesters, students take five to six (5-6) courses that will be spread over four to five (4-5) days depending on the semester. In summer academic sessions, students take four (4) courses from May through July.  Following the academic portion of the curriculum, students complete six (6) months of full-time fieldwork experiences.
  • Does Iona provide housing for graduate students?

    Yes, Iona has graduate housing options. The College also offers assistance in providing housing in the local area. See more information about graduate housing.
  • Does Iona offer services for commuting students?

  • What about my health, wellness and safety as an Iona College student?

    Iona College takes students health, wellness and safety very seriously and offers a range of supports and services. See more information on health, wellness and safety at Iona College.
  • What is the outlook for employment and salaries in the field of occupational therapy?

    The employment and salary outlook for occupational therapists is excellent. Please review the U.S. Department of Labor career data and growth projections.