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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.




Visit our Hudson Valley Campus  

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 2014 was 95%.  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!

Sr. Carmel McEneany, O.P
Phone: (845)848-7907
Email: carmel.mceneany@dc.edu




FAQsAdmissions InformationApplicationsCost of Attendance

Who Can Apply to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program?
Candidates for the entry-level Graduate Occupational Therapy Program include traditional and non-traditional students. Entry into the professional curriculum of the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program can be accomplished in three different ways, depending on the academic status of the applicant.

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) submit copies of their National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Certificate and documentation to confirm one year of work experience as a COTA for eligibility to enter the Spring Trimester (January).

Candidates with Baccalaureate Degrees from diverse educational disciplines can apply to into the Occupational Therapy professional curriculum upon successful completion of admissions requirements including prerequisite coursework.

Transfer students with or without Associate degrees including Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) can apply for entry into the OT professional curriculum after successful completion of prerequisite courses and a minimum of 60 credits of Liberal Arts Coursework, which include the College’s General Education Curriculum.
What if I am a Dominican College Freshmen and am interested in the BS/MS degree in Occupational Therapy?
For freshmen there are two possible paths:

Complete a Bachelor’s Degree at Dominican College then apply to the program. (Social Science and Psychology Degrees offer a closer fit with Occupational Therapy’s core programs prerequisites). Eligible students can be ready to apply to the program during the summer before their senior year, ready to enter the Fall class following graduation.

Accelerated Program Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Bachelor/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. This program requires students to switch to a Weekend Trimester Format beginning the summer of their Junior Year. Students who earn a minimum GPA 3.0 each semester and meet the individual grade requirements and conditions noted above may apply to the accelerated program.

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:

Sr. Carmel McEneany, O.P
Phone: (845)848-7907
Email: carmel.mceneany@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:

Sr. Carmel McEneany, O.P
Phone: (845)848-7907
Email: carmel.mceneany@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) 848-7907
Fax: (845) 365-3150
E-mail: admissions@dc.edu
Our toll-free admissions hotline is (866) 4DC-INFO (866-432-4636).



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 with the Standards within the mandated time period for correction will be submitted to ACOTE for review and approval at its December 2015 meeting.  Full details of the program’s accredited status are available on the American Occupational Therapy Association’s website.

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 the NBCOT score web page 

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

Sr. Carmel McEneany, O.P
Phone: (845)848-7907
Email: carmel.mceneany@dc.edu