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  • The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at Russell Sage College, which is accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association (ACOTE), achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Certification Exam in 2018 through 2020, according to the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

    Prerequisites

    For admission to the Occupational Therapy program, students must earn a minimum overall 3.25 GPA in undergraduate coursework and complete the following prerequisite courses.

    Please note that a 3.0 average in Occupational Therapy Program Science Prerequisites (Anatomy & Physiology I & II) is required for admission.

    Occupational Therapy Program Prerequisites (completed prior to entry into the graduate Occupational Therapy Program)

    • Anatomy & Physiology I and II (with labs)
    • Introduction to Psychology (General Psychology)
    • Human Development (Lifespan Development)
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics
    • 3 credits of Sociology or Anthropology
    • Medical Terminology
    • Physics I 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.

    The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program at Russell Sage College is registered with the New York State Education Department and has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. 

    The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be 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). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

    Russell Sage College’s Occupational Therapy program is registered with the NYS 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. You may contact ACOTE by phone at 301-652-6611, or by visiting www.acoteonline.org.