Program Standards

Candidates for the entry-level Master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy include traditional and non-traditional students. Entry into the professional curriculum of the Master’s degree program can be accomplished in three different ways, depending on the academic status of the applicant.

Candidates with Baccalaureate degrees can enter directly into the OT professional curriculum upon successful completion of admission requirements including prerequisite coursework.

OTAs and other transfer students who do not have Baccalaureate degrees 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.

Other applicants may enter a three-year or a two-year OT pre-professional curriculum at Dominican College, which will provide general education and will meet all of the Occupational Therapy Master’s program prerequisites. After completing this pre-professional curriculum, students may apply for admission to the Master’s Program.

Program of Study

The entry-level Master’s Occupational Therapy curriculum for students who have diverse educational backgrounds requires the students’ participation in seven trimesters of academic work (a minimum of 65 semester hours). In recognition of their professional experience, the curriculum for students who are OTAs is taught over six trimesters and requires twelve fewer credits. Both program tracks require the completion of two three-month, three credit clinical affiliations.

The student will enter the program with a basic knowledge in the liberal arts and specified prerequisites in the social sciences and natural sciences. A prerequisite course, Introduction to Occupational Therapy, will ensure that all diverse-background students have a basic understanding of the profession’s history, philosophy, and domains of concern. The prerequisite course Overview of OT Practice provides OTA students with a solid foundation in theory, clinical reasoning, and frames of reference to facilitate a successful transition from a technical level of knowledge and skill to professional-level education. The curriculum design incorporates a liberal arts foundation, a core of natural and social science courses, a sequence of professional courses, and fieldwork in Occupational Therapy. The program leads to a combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree.

Program Length and Time Limits for Program Completion

Dominican College Occupational Therapy Professional Academic Curriculum and 24 weeks of Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 150% of the program’s length.

  • Diverse Educational Background and OTA Program Length is 2 years, 10 months (34 months) which includes fieldwork.The program must be completed within 4 yrs., 3 month ( 51 months)
  • COTA’s Program Length is 2 years, 6 months (30 months) including fieldwork.The program must be completed within 3 years, 9 months (45 months).

Grading Criteria

Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and meet the following additional grade criteria:

  • Science prerequisites require a minimum GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a B-(2.7 or 80)
  • Other liberal arts prerequisites much be completed with no grade lower than a C (2.0) for an individual course with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all coursework
  • Students must earn a B (3.0 or 84) or better in OT 421, Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice, or OT 431, Overview of Occupational Therapy Practice, and a B or better in OT 532, Kinesiology in Occupational Therapy Practice, to be considered for admission into the Graduate Program

The OT Program uses the following uniform grading scale:

Graduate Grading Scale
Grade % Scale Quality Points
A (100 – 96) 4.0
A- (95 – 90) 3.7
B+ (89 – 86) 3.5
B (85 – 80) 3.0
C+ (79 – 76) 2.5
C (75 – 70) 2.0
F Below 70 0
W Withdrawal
I Incomplete
P Passing


Certification Examination

Students are eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) upon completion of the fieldwork experiences.  However, a student’s ability to sit for the certification examination as well as obtain licensure may be affected if a student has “been charged with or convicted of a felony… (or) found by a court, administrative, or disciplinary proceeding to have committed negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful  or intentional misconduct” resulting in harm to another.