Help people. Work in a variety of settings.
Occupational therapists help individuals who are recovering from an illness or an injury to return to activities that are important to them. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, in patients’ homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, schools, private practice and community agencies.
Russell Sage College has the only accredited Occupational Therapy graduate program in New York’s Capital Region. As a student in our Occupational Therapy program, you’ll complete academic, clinical and research coursework and participate in five field placements.
Most full-time students complete the master’s in Occupational Therapy in two-and-a-half years, including summers. Part time options are also available.
Upon completing your Occupational Therapy graduate program, you’ll be eligible to take the certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), which leads to national certification and eligibility for state licensure.
Our faculty have extensive clinical experience and a real passion for teaching. Many professors in our Occupational Therapy graduate program hold leadership positions in professional organizations, and several hold advanced certification in pediatrics, neurorehabilitation, sensory integration, neurodevelopmental treatment, hand therapy or other areas. And our 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means professors get to know you and serve as mentors throughout your education and fieldwork — and even as you start your career.
3+2 Accelerated B.S./M.S. for Undergraduate Students
Eligible students can earn a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in just over five years — that’s less time than it would take to pursue the degrees separately.
The following Russell Sage College undergraduate programs are an excellent foundation for our Occupational Therapy graduate programs and can be completed in an accelerated 3+2 or traditional 4+2 format:
“We really are this wonderful conglomerate of … professions where we can help so many people in so many ways.”
Debra Collette, OTD, OTR/L
Associate Professor and Program Director, Occupational Therapy
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Our Occupational Therapy graduate program has a record of a 100% passing rate on certification exams and 100% job placement. You will graduate feeling confident and competent, ready to practice Occupational Therapy in the setting of your choice, from schools and hospitals to rehabilitation centers and nursing homes.
Russell Sage College’s Health Sciences programs stress interprofessional education and create opportunities for future occupational and physical therapists, nurses, dieticians, mental health professionals and others to learn together, in preparation for roles on interprofessional health-care teams. The Occupational Therapy graduate program has a leadership role in three interprofessional conferences each year, which attract hundreds of health sciences students from Sage and other colleges.
We also have an award-winning chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national honor society for Occupational Therapy students.
Fieldwork & Research
As an OT master’s degree candidate, you will work therapeutically with clients under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists during five fieldwork experiences: three multi-week placements in clinical and simulated settings connected with your first- and second-year coursework, and two full-time, 12-week fieldwork experiences with responsibilities leading to those of an entry-level occupational therapist.
More than 200 clinical sites throughout the country host students from our OT graduate program for fieldwork experiences.
You will also conduct original research under a faculty mentor and may be eligible for research funding from Russell Sage College’s Broughton Graduate Fellowship. Recent Broughton Fellows have investigated women’s maternal health, the impact of integrated play interventions on social skills and recommended sensory room features for an agency serving people with disabilities. Our students have presented their research at American Occupational Therapy Association conferences and Sage’s Graduate Research symposium.
Russell Sage College’s 80-credit master’s program in Occupational Therapy includes classes, research experiences and field placements centered around the foundations of occupational therapy; therapeutic evaluations and interventions; and professional identity and responsibility. The program prepares students for the certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), which leads to national certification and eligibility for state licensure as an occupational therapist.
Applicants to Russell Sage College’s Occupational Therapy graduate program should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25, and should have completed the following prerequisite courses:
- Anatomy & Physiology I and II (with labs)
Please note that a 3.0 average in Anatomy & Physiology I and II is required for admission.
- Introduction to Psychology (General Psychology)
- Human Development (Lifespan Development)
- Abnormal Psychology
- 3 credits of Sociology or Anthropology
- Physics I and Medical Terminology are recommended.
Additionally, students should complete and document a minimum of 20 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of an occupational therapist prior to beginning the professional program.
Please apply by February 1 and include the following materials with your application:
- official transcripts from all the post-secondary institutions you attended
- two letters of recommendation
- one-to-two page essay describing your career goals
- documentation of at least 20 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of an occupational therapist
- Occupational Therapy Supplemental Forms 2020
You may be eligible for preferred acceptance if you are applying to Russell Sage College’s Occupational Therapy graduate program directly from an undergraduate college with which we have an articulation agreement. Please visit the Occupational Therapy department’s partnership page to learn more.
The Russell Sage College Occupational Therapy program is registered with the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20852. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-6611 and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
For more information, visit the Russell Sage College Occupational Therapy program’s accreditation page, which includes graduation rates and NBCOT exam pass rates for the past three years.