Welcome to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program. We are excited that you are interested in the field of Occupational Therapy.
Occupational Therapy is a quickly growing field and because there is a great need locally, nationally, and internationally for occupational therapists jobs are plentiful upon graduation.
- In 1984, the College responded to a request from Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) who were seeking the next level of Occupational Therapy Education and as a result the program was developed.
- In 2000 the Dominican College Occupational Therapy Weekend Program expanded its program to include students with diverse educational backgrounds who had expressed their interest in pursuing and education and career in occupational therapy.
- Also, in 2000 the program moved to the graduate level as required by the accreditation agency to award a BS/MS degree to diverse background students in 2000 and COTAs in 2003.
Since 1986, the Dominican College Occupational Therapy Educational Program has been a fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) offering the academic equivalent of a full time traditional program in a weekend format, to meet the needs of working adults.
Applicants attend classes, to complete 3 trimesters per year. Each trimester is 4 months and entails attendance for 6 weekends (approximately every third weekend), for a total of 18 weekends per year. Students can complete 9 credits each trimester and 27 credits per year. Classes are held on Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A schedule of weekend class meetings is available up to a year in advance for planning purposes. Although some students work full time while completing the degree, it is suggested that a 30-25 hour work week has been found to be more conducive to academic success.
The program’s purpose is to prepare its graduates for compassionate and competent entry-level practice by fostering critical thinking skills and providing occupational therapy knowledge and practice skills necessary to respond to societal trends, changes, and needs in human service. Occupational Therapy’s fundamental concern is to develop, maintain and promote individual/group/communities’ capacities for “living life to its’ fullest” throughout the lifespan.
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
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.
All programs except DPT: $815 per credit
DPT: $882 per credit*
Graduate Audit Fee:
Per Course $750
Application fee $50
Registration: Full-time (more than 12 credits) $385 per term
Registration: Part-time $180 per term
Replacement of I.D. cards:
*DPT students enrolled prior to Summer 2013 will be charged at the rate of $815 per credit
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.
For specific tuition information, fee schedules, or financial aid information, please contact the Office of Admissions:
Tel: (845) 359-3533
Fax: (845) 365-3150
Our toll-free admissions hotline is (866) 4DC-INFO (866-432-4636).
100 percent of graduates seeking employment following graduation are employed within one month. Employers surveyed report that graduates are prepared for entry level practice and demonstrate skills consistent with the goals of the program of being competent, compassionate occupational therapy practitioners.