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 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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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 Part-time:  Classes are held on the weekends, so you can work up to 20-25 hours 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 2016 was 96%.  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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FAQs Admissions Information, Applications, Cost of AttendanceOccupational Therapy Program Admissions StandardsApplication ProcessCost 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 a minimum of one full year of work experience as a COTA.

COTAs are eligible for a one term decrease in academic coursework, entering in the Spring term instead of the previous Fall.

Accelerated social science students may qualify to apply for entry into the OT professional curriculum with a minimum of 96 credits at the end of their junior year and upon successful completion of prerequisite coursework.

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.

Minimum GPA Standards

  • Overall GPA 3.0 (B) of all post-secondary coursework
  • Minimum Science GPA 3.0 (B)
  • Minimum English, Social Science, Math, and Communication prerequisite course 3.0 GPA (B)
  • Specific Individual Courses Minimum Grade Standards
  • Undergraduate Science Prerequisite – no course below B-
  • English, Social Science, Math, and Courses – no Grade of C (2.0)
  • Graduate Prerequisites Courses – Minimum Individual Grades of B
  • OT532 Kinesiology in Occupational Therapy – minimum of a B
  • OT421 Introduction to Occupational Therapy – minimum of a B
  • OT431 Overview of Occupational Therapy (for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants) – a minimum of a B

*Limit of one retake of any science and OT-designated pre-requisite course

In addition to the academic standard applicants noted above, all applicants for admission will be evaluated and scored on the following criteria:

  • Professional behaviors
  • Observation experiences and 40 hours in at least two different settings that cover the human life span
  • Writing skills (onsite and application essays)
  • Letters of Reference (3) – one from an occupational therapist, one academic, and one professional (e.g. supervisor)
  • Service/leadership
  • Interview

For questions, please contact:

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

How to Apply:

  1. Apply first to Dominican College as a transfer student through the Office of Admissions
  2. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary course work
  3. Based on the number of qualifying transfer credits you will be assigned an academic advisor to assist you with your eligibility and timeline for applying to the Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
  4. Complete all prerequisite courses
  5. You will be eligible to apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) at https://portal.otcas.org when you only have the following pre-requisite courses to take: Kinesiology, Neuroscience, Clinical Anatomy, Physics, Introduction or Overview to Occupational Therapy Practice
  6. The OTCAS Graduate Occupational Therapy application process opens and runs from mid-July and closes February 1st for the next Fall (September) Class
  7. Example: Fall 2018 Class OTCAS application cycle opens mid-July 2017 and closes February 1 2018
  8. All components of the OTCAS Application must be submitted by December 21st for the application to be full verified for by the February 1st deadline
  9. Make arrangements for taking the on-site essay by contacting the OT Admission Assistant to arrange an appointment for completing the on-site essay anywhere from September to October 31st
  10. Sitting to take the on-site essay may occur from November 1st to January 15th,
  11. and completed by January 15th
  12. Contact the OT Admission Assistant to arrange an appointment for completing the on-site essay anywhere from September to October 31st
  13. After all verified applications are reviewed and scored those applicants who meet all the above criteria will be contacted to participate in an interview for March
  14. Final decisions for offers of admission occur in mid-April

Applications for the Fall 2018 entering cohort open in mid-July entering cohort open in mid-July 2017 and close on February 1, 2018.

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* $13,289  per semester
Less than 12 credits $803 per credit

Undergraduate Audit Fee: $650

General Fees: non-refundable
Application fee $35
Registration: Full-time $430 per term
Registration: Part-time $200 per term

Replacement of I.D. cards: $20

Graduation Fee: $200

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Graduate Tuition:
All programs: $868 per credit
DNP and DPT: $940 per credit

Graduate Audit Fee: Per Course $750

General Fees: Non-refundable

Application fee $50
Registration: Full-time (more than 12 credits)  $430 per term
Registration: Part-time $200 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 

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 2014 2015 2016 3-Year Total/Average
# of students who entered the program (per anticipated graduation year) 40 39 39 118
# of graduates* 34 26 26 86
# of students in process of completing the program (within the maximum allotted time) 1 3 13 17
Graduation Rate** 85% 67% 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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