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 our graduates who seek employment upon graduation are employed!

  • 100% pass rate on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • 100% employment for program graduates
  • Finish your degree while continuing to work part time

Founded in 1984, the Occupational Therapy 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. If you’d like to visit and meet the faculty please choose your date. 

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 2017 was 100%.  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)848-7908
Email: heather.bergling@dc.edu

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Accreditation

The Graduate Occupational Therapy Program leading to either a Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (BS/MSOT) for COTAs with an Associate degree, or a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy for those with a prior earned Bachelor or Master degree, is fully accredited through 2019/2020 under “The Standards for an Accredited Educational Therapy Program for the Occupational Therapist – 2011” by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; telephone c/o AOTA (301)-652-AOTA (2682).

The program is responsible for complying with all ACOTE accreditation standards and policies and interacting with ACOTE with integrity and honesty.  The program will inform ACOTE of all major changes in curriculum, site locations, online/onsite formats, and the program director in a timely manner.  The program will honestly and accurately represent the program and its ACOTE accreditation status in all its publications and web page available to the public.

For more information about Accreditation:
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE)

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449.
Tel: 301-652-AOTA (2682)
www.acoteonline.org
www.aota.org

Students must complete all fieldwork requirements within 12 months of completion of the academic coursework portion of the program.  Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).  Most states, including New York, require licensure in order to practice; however, most initial state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination.

NBCOT Certification Examination

NBCOT Certification Examination New Graduate Pass Rate

3 Most Recent Calendar Years 2015-2017

NBCOT Pass Rate 2015 2016 2017 3-year Total/Average 
Number of New Graduate Test-Takers* 22 27 40 89
Number of New Graduates who passed the exam 20 26 40 86
Percentage of new graduates who passed 91% 96% 100% 97%
* includes graduates passing test not taken in the calendar year of graduation

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 

Felony Conviction Statement and Eligibility to Sit for Certification Examination

Please note that a felony conviction might affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT exam and/or attain state licensure.

An individual who has been charged or convicted of a felony is advised to contact The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) for an early determination review. The review process should be done prior to entering an educational program as prior approval is needed before an individual can sit for the certification exam. Once NBCOT has completed its review, the individual will be notified of the results in writing. More information >

NBCOT® policy regarding background checks for all exam takers, effective January 1, 2018

The NBCOT Board of Directors has approved the implementation of background checks as part of the exam process. This enhancement offers the unique opportunity to apply a national standard to all entry-level practitioners in support of NBCOT’s mission of public protection.

Background checks will be completed as part of the exam application process for all first-time applicants beginning January 1, 2018. Candidates reapplying for the exam will not be subject to a background check. There is no change to the application fee as a result of this addition. The 2018 exam application fee will remain $515 for online applications and $555 for paper applications.

The NBCOT character review will continue to be guided by the character questions found on page 8 of the Certification Exam Handbook. Additional review will be conducted only when an incident results in an affirmative answer to one or more character questions.

Similarly, a conviction of misdemeanor petit theft (that did not involve harm to another) with negative responses to all character questions would not be reviewed. However, if the candidate was suspended or expelled from their college or university due to the incident (character question #4), a review will be required.

If you have questions regarding the expanded background check program, contact professional.conduct@nbcot.org.

NBCOT® Policy Regarding Presumptive Denials

Effective January 1, 2019

Applications from individuals who have been convicted of serious crimes will not be accepted for initial certification or certification renewal. The specific list of serious crimes that presumptively disqualify an individual for certification or certification renewal may be found on NBCOT’s webpage.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

Dominican College of Blauvelt has been approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education.