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Become an Occupational Therapist on the Weekends, with Dominican College

Occupational Therapy is one of the best jobs in healthcare, today’s hottest field. A Master’s in Occupational Therapy is listed as one of the top Master’s degrees for jobs, and the field is rapidly growing locally and around the world. A degree in Occupational Therapy will ensure you always have job opportunities. A full 100% of graduates who seek employment upon graduation are employed!

The OT Master’s program is open to students from diverse traditional and non-traditional backgrounds. Students receive the academic equivalent of a traditional full-time program, in a non-traditional weekend format, to meet the needs of contemporary adult learners.

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Classes are held approximately every three weekends for a total of 18 weekends throughout the course of the year at Dominican College’s Rockland County location. The campus is central to the Hudson Valley region, including the Metro New York City area and New Jersey’s Bergen County.

The Dominican College Advantage

  • Keep Working:  Classes are held on the weekends, so you can work a part-time job while completing your degree.
  • Get your degree from a trusted name with proven results: The new graduate passing rate on the national professional certification exam in 2015 was 91%.  Employers of Dominican College graduates have reported that our graduates are well prepared for entry-level practice, demonstrating both the clinical skills and compassionate care necessary for highly competent occupational therapy practitioners.
  • Get a 21st-Century Education: The Occupational Therapy program incorporates the latest research and trends in the ever-evolving field of practice.
  • Study with the Best Faculty: Learn from a highly experienced team of occupational therapists who are leading practitioners and educators in the field.
  • Affordable Tuition: Dominican College has competitive tuition, with financial aid and flexible payment available

Speak to an Admissions Counselor about applying to Dominican College today!

Heather Bergling
Phone: (845)848-7909
Email: heather.bergling@dc.edu

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FAQsAdmissions InformationApplicationsCost of Attendance

Who Can Apply to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program?

Candidates for the entry-level Graduate Occupational Therapy (OT) Program include those from traditional and non-traditional education backgrounds.  For candidates who have earned a post-secondary degree or a significant number of course credits from another institution, entry into the professional curriculum may be accomplished any of four different ways, depending on the academic status of the applicant.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) submit verification of both their National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and, at least, one full year of work experience as a COTA for eligibility for a one term decrease in academic coursework, entering in the Spring term instead of the previous Fall.

Candidates holding Associate Degrees or a minimum of 60 transferable credits, including Occupational Therapy Assistants without NBCOT certification, may qualify to apply for entry into the OT professional curriculum after successful completion of prerequisite coursework including a minimum of 60 credits in the Liberal Arts from the College’s General Education Curriculum.

Candidates with Baccalaureate Degrees and higher from other disciplines may qualify to apply to the OT professional curriculum upon successful completion of all admissions requirements and prerequisite coursework.

All candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in post-secondary coursework and meet the individual prerequisite grade requirements.

What if I am a Dominican College undergraduate student and am interested in the BS/MS degree in Occupational Therapy?

For Freshmen or transfer students in the first semester of the Sophomore Year, there are two possible paths:

 The first is to complete a Bachelor Degree, including all of the OT prerequisites, and then apply to the program (Social Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology offers the closest fit with the OT program prerequisites).  Students who earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 and meet individual prerequisite grade requirements may submit an application during the summer before, or the fall of their Senior Year.

The second is an accelerated path of a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science to Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. This permits the student to complete both the Social Science degree requirements and the OT prerequisites by the end of the Junior Year.  Successful candidates enter the professional curriculum in what would have been their Senior Year.  To qualify for the accelerated path, students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 during each semester and meet the individual grade requirements for the OT prerequisites. Students in the accelerated path apply to the program during the fall of their Junior Year.

Transfer students who enter the College later than the first semester of the Sophomore Year are not eligible for the accelerated path and must complete a Bachelor Degree, including the OT prerequisites. As with all candidates, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and meeting the individual grade requirements for prerequisite courses must be achieved to qualify to apply.

Criteria for applying to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Professional Program
Minimum GPA Standards

Overall GPA 3.0/85 (B)
Minimum Science GPA 3.0/85 (B)
In addition to meeting above Minimum GPA Overall and Science GPA Standards, students must also meet the individual grade standards below:

Undergraduate Prerequisites Courses Minimum Individual Grade Standards

Undergraduate Science Prerequisite Minimum Grades of B-/80 (2.7)
Liberal Arts Prerequisite Minimum Grades of C /70 (2.0)
Graduate Prerequisites Courses – Minimum Individual Grades of B

OT532 Kinesiology in Occupational Therapy Science Prerequisite (80)
OT421 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (Diverse Education Background and OTA) (84)
OT431 Overview of Occupational Therapy (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants) (84)
*Limit of one withdrawal and one retake of any science course

For questions, please contact:

Heather Bergling
Phone: (845)848-7909
Email: heather.bergling@dc.edu

How to Apply:

Applicants interested in the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program, apply first to Dominican College through the Office of Admissions.
Once accepted to the college, you will be assigned a Coordinator of Academics and Fieldwork who will work with you to determine your eligibility status and timeline for applying to the Graduate Program.
Applying to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program is a separate process through the  Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) at https://portal.otcas.org
The OTCAS Graduate Occupational Therapy Application Process opens mid-July for eligible applicants applying for the Fall (September) Class of the following year.

For questions about the application process, please contact:

Heather Bergling
Phone: (845)848-7909
Email: heather.bergling@dc.edu

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate Tuition:

12 – 19 Credits* $12,840  per semester
Less than 12 credits $776 per credit

Undergraduate Audit Fee: $650

General Fees: non-refundable
Application fee $35
Registration: Full-time $385 per term
Registration: Part-time $180 per term

Replacement of I.D. cards: $20

Graduation Fee: $200

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Graduate Tuition:
All programs except DPT: $839 per credit
DPT: $908 per credit

Graduate Audit Fee: Per Course $750

General Fees: Non-refundable

Application fee $50
Registration: Full-time (more than 12 credits)  $385 per term
Registration: Part-time $180 per term

Replacement of I.D. cards: $20

Graduation Fee: $200

In addition to the general tuition and fees described above, students should anticipate the following estimate of annual expenses associated with attending the College during the 2014-2015 Academic Year.

Books                           $1,450

Transportation             $1,700

Personal Expenses       $1,950

For specific tuition information, fee schedules, or financial aid information, please contact the Office of Admissions:

Tel: (845) 848-7909
Fax: (845) 365-3150
E-mail: admissions@dc.edu
Our toll-free admissions hotline is (866) 4DC-INFO (866-432-4636).

 

Accreditation

The  Graduate Occupational Therapy Program at Dominican College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Contact Information

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814-3449 (301) 652-AOTA or www.acoteonline.org

The Graduate Occupational Therapy Program at Dominican College was issued the accredited status of Probationary Accreditation effective August 8, 2015.   A Plan of Correction to return the program to full compliance the Standards within the mandated period was submitted and accepted by ACOTE during the December 2015 meeting.  ACOTE additionally determined that the program was back in compliance with 11 of the 16 identified Areas of Noncompliance.   Another Progress Report has been submitted for the April meeting.  Full details of the program’s accredited status are available at www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Find-School/AccreditEntryLevel/OTMasters.aspx

NBCOT Certification Examination Outcomes

Data is provided by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), which administers this national examination. Data can be found at https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

Program Graduation Rate

Graduation Year 2013 2014 2015 3-Year Total/Average
# of students who entered the program (per anticipated graduation year) 36 40 39 115
# of graduates* 24 34 26 84
# of students in process of completing the program (within the maximum allotted time) 4 11 15
Graduation Rate** 67% 85% 67% 73%
* – number may include students completing the program later than the original anticipated graduation year, but within the maximum allotted time of 150% of the published time frame to complete the academic courses, and fieldwork within one year of completion of the academic courses ** – number may include or exclude students completing the program later than the original anticipated year, but within the maximum allotted time of 150% of the published time frame to complete the academic courses, and fieldwork within one year of completion of the academic courses

Speak to an Admissions Counselor about applying to Dominican College today!

Heather Bergling
Phone: (845)848-7909
Email: heather.bergling@dc.edu

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