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MS in Occupational Therapy Admissions Criteria

Application Opens: November 5, 2018 (OTCAS for Fall 2019)
Interviews for Qualified Candidates: Begin in January 2019 and continue until the program is full.
Application Deadline: Rolling admissions until March 1, 2019

To be considered complete and eligible for review, an Occupational Therapy  Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) application 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. Visit otcas.org to begin the application process. For more information about OTCAS application process, visit portal.otcas.org.

Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally college or university prior to the start date of the program.
  2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  3. Completion of prerequisite coursework.
  4. Completion of a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer or observation experience with an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant prior to applying to the program.

Prerequisite Coursework

Students must complete the following prerequisite coursework with a grade of C+ or better prior to beginning the MS in Occupational Therapy program. Courses must have been completed within the last 7 years.
  • 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.

Application Requirements

  1. Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score report
    Score report should be for the general test which includes verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytic writing.
  2. Three professional (work, academic, etc.) letters of recommendation
    Applicants will need to enter the name, title and email address of the individuals writing the recommendations in the evaluation section of the online application. The persons whom you select to recommend you will receive an email from OTCAS with a recommendation form to be completed online. 
  3. Official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions attended
  4. Personal statement/essay

All data requested must be submitted for consideration for graduate admission to Iona College via OT Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

Verified, qualified applicants will be sent an interview invitation via email until March 1, or until the program is full. A personal interview is required as a part of the admissions process.

Additional International Student Application Requirements

  • Transcript evaluation by a NACES-approved evaluation that is compatible with CSDCAS. See instructions on how to send transcript.
  • Official TOEFL (80 minimum) or IELTS (6.5 minimum) scores.
  • A copy of your visa, if you are already in the U.S., or documentation of sufficient financial support for at least one year of full-time study.

Evaluation Criteria and Selection of Applicants

Entry into the Graduate Occupational Therapy program is competitive.  A number of factors are considered in selecting candidates including the balance of applicant experiences, attributes and academic performance.  

All students who are offered admission are required to have a criminal background check and receive child abuse clearance. Fieldwork sites that require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance, and/or fingerprinting may deny a student’s participation in a fieldwork experience because of a felony or misdemeanor conviction or a record of child abuse. Clinical sites may also deny participation in clinical experiences for other reasons such as a student failing a required drug test. 

Persons who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may be denied certification or licensure as occupational therapists.  Potential students considering entering an occupational therapy educational program and who are concerned about legal issues in their background that may preclude their eligibility to sit for the occupational therapy certification exam, should use the NBCOT’s Early Determination Review Process to assess their eligibility.

To earn the Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Iona College, students must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more for all semesters of academic work. 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.
  2. Meet ethical standards and professional behavioral expectations as determined by faculty review and as outlined on the Professional Behavioral Plan
  3. Successfully complete all Level I/Service-Learning and Fieldwork II experiences
  4. Complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months after completion of the academic portion of the OT program. Students will receive the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy following completion of all academic and clinical requirements of the program.