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Occupational Therapy

Become an Occupational Therapist on the Weekends with Dominican College

Occupational Therapy 

Interested in pursuing one of the best jobs in healthcare? Occupational Therapy is one of  today’s hottest fields, and Dominican College graduates are uniquely prepared to succeed.  A full 100% of our graduates who seek employment upon graduation are employed!

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The program is designed to allow you to pursue your degree while working and maintaining family and life responsibilities

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Learn from expert practicing OTs, many of whom have been recognized with awards for advancement, excellence, and innovation

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Our Location  

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 campus. The College 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 the campus and meet the faculty, please choose from among our many visiting opportunities.

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The Dominican College Advantage

  • Keep Working Part-time:  Many of our students work while completing their degree.
  • Get your degree from a trusted name with proven results: The new graduate passing rate on the national professional certification examination in 2017 was 100%.
  • 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

Additional Information

Who Can Apply?

Who Can Apply to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program?

All candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in post-secondary coursework and meet the individual prerequisite grade requirements (see OT program admissions standards).

Entry into the professional curriculum may be accomplished in 3 different ways:

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants

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 holding an Associate degree will earn a BS/MS degree in occupational therapy upon successful completion of the program.  Those who hold a Bachelor degree or higher will earn an MS degree in occupational therapy upon successful completion of the program.

Candidates with a Baccalaureate Degree

Candidates with Baccalaureate Degrees and may qualify to apply to the OT professional curriculum upon successful completion of all admissions requirements and prerequisite coursework.

For Dominican College undergraduate students:

4-year traditional track students will first complete a Bachelor Degree – either Social Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology OR Health Sciences with the Pre-OT track – including all of the OT prerequisites and then apply to the program. Students who earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 and meet all individual prerequisite grade requirements may apply in the fall of their Senior Year.

3-year accelerated track 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. The designation ‘accelerated track’ must be made no later than the first semester of the Sophomore year.  This designation allows students to apply to the OT program in the fall of their Junior year, and start the professional sequence as Seniors. 

*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.

Transfer from other graduate occupational therapy programs

Due to the wide variations in curricular structure, transfers from other graduate occupational therapy programs are generally not accepted.  Individuals seeking special consideration to transfer must follow the same admission application process as all other potential candidates.  It is important to note that as per College policy, the program is not able to accept any more than 6 graduate credits earned from the prior program toward meeting the Dominican College Graduate Occupational Therapy Program requirements.

Occupational Therapy Program Admissions Standards

  • Minimum overall GPA 3.0 (B) of all post-secondary coursework
  • Minimum Science GPA 3.0 (B) with no grade lower than a B- in a prerequisite science course.
  • Minimum Prerequisite GPA 3.0 (B) with no grade lower than a B- in any undergraduate liberal arts prerequisite course.
  • No grade lower than a B in OT532 (Kinesiology in OT), OT521 (Intro to OT)
  • Minimum TOEFL scores, if required, per subtest:
    Reading – 22; Listening – 18; Speaking – 21; Writing – 24

NOTE – Limit of one retake of any science or OT-designated prerequisite course

In addition to the academic standards noted above, all applicants for admission are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Writing skills (onsite and application essays)
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic no observation hours are required for the 2020-2021 application cycle. Please view the following informational video in lieu of conducting the required mandatory hours. Please compose a 3-page double-spaced essay based on this video by answering the following statement: Describe and discuss 3 aspects of OT that is meaningful and appeals to you as an applicant of a graduate occupational therapy program. Click Here
  • Letters of Reference (3) – one academic, one professional (e.g., supervisor), and a third that can be either academic or professional – NO family members, friends of family, clergy, family physician, etc. – if able to submit one from an OT that knows you well and can speak to your potential, it will be a bonus
  • CASPer®results-
  • Holistic Interview – upon invitation

IMPORTANT NOTE – Beginning with the candidates for the Fall 2019 entering cohort, all applicants must undergo a criminal background check before being admitted to the program.  Additionally, all students in the program who are preparing to enter fieldwork will need to undergo a new criminal background check before being cleared to begin those experiences.

How To Apply

  • Applicants not currently Dominican College students must first apply to Dominican College as a transfer student. – all transfer students must complete both the Math and Writing Placement Tests, regardless of prior coursework
  • Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary coursework
  • Based on GPA and the number of qualifying transfer credits you will be assigned an academic advisor to assist you with registration for prerequisite courses, eligibility, and timeline for applying to the Occupational Therapy (OT) Program.  Acceptance into Dominican College is not acceptance into the occupational therapy program.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses
  • You will be eligible to apply through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) at when you only have the following prerequisite courses to complete: Physics, Neuroscience, Introduction to Occupational Therapy Practice, and Kinesiology in OT* (* – indicates a course that must be taken at Dominican College)
  • The OTCAS Graduate Occupational Therapy application process for the Dominican College OT program opens and runs from mid-July and closes January 31 for the entering September cohort. Example: Fall 2021 entering cohort OTCAS application cycle is open from mid-July through January 31 of 2020.
  • All components of the OTCAS Application should be submitted by January 1 to OTCAS for sufficient time to process and ‘verify’ all submitted materials by January 31 due date.
  • Applicants who meet all standards and scoring criteria will be invited to campus for an onsite interview and essay component.
  • Final decisions for offers of admission occur in early March.

For questions about the application process, please contact:

Ashley Scales
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: (845) 848-7908

Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (Annualized by Academic Year)

Tuition (27 credits per year)$26,055$26,840$27,650
Registration Fees$600$600$600
Books and Supplies**$1350$1500$1500

* Based on maximum 3% annual increase in tuition fee per year

** Approximate cost as some textbooks are used in multiple courses

Miscellaneous fees

Graduation Fee:  $200

Replacement ID Card fee: $20

Student Liability Insurance: $40 per year

“Note: The tuition and fees set forth in this bulletin are necessarily subject to change without notice at any time.

Eligibility to Sit for Certification Examination

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination 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. For further information on these limitations, contact NBCOT at: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy One Bank Street, Suite 300 Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 301-990-7979

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

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.

Contact an Admissions Counselor

An Admissions Counselor is easily accessible by phone, texting or e-mail.  You are also welcome to visit the campus and meet the counselor

Phone: (845) 848-7910


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 2020/2021 under “The Standards for an Accredited Educational Therapy Program for the Occupational Therapist – 2011” by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

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. Students must complete all fieldwork requirements within 18 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.

Contact Information

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) c/o Accreditation Department American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD  20852-4929    Phone: (301) 652-6611 X2042  or