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About Occupational Therapy at Keuka College

If you’re a high-performing student interested in an in-demand, high-salary career in health and human service, Keuka College’s Occupational Therapy program is an exceptional place to begin. Occupational therapists are skilled professionals who help clients in a variety of settings gain independence in important life activities.

As an OT, you’ll enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by promoting health and wellness, and working with clients to prevent—or live better lives with—the challenges that life brings.

Occupational Therapy Program Highlights

Real-World Experience

Keuka College offers more hands-on OT experience than any other program in the United States.

Exceptional Opportunity

Half of our students have job offers before they graduate, and 100% have jobs within six months.

World-Class Faculty

Keuka College’s OT professors are outstanding teachers and clinicians, many of whom still practice.

Explore Occupational Therapy

Program Overview

Occupational therapy at Keuka College is a highly selective program for academically talented students who have a strong interest in both science and psychology.

For admission to the occupational therapy program, candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an 85% average in math and science coursework.

As a student, you’ll complete a four-year undergraduate degree (B.S.) in occupational science, followed by a one-year graduate degree (M.S.) in occupational therapy. At Keuka College, you are admitted into the OT division starting your freshman year and you have an OT faculty adviser. You are guaranteed a spot in the master’s program, provided you maintain a 3.0 GPA and successfully complete an undergraduate degree in occupational science from Keuka College. Only Keuka College graduates are eligible for admission to the master of science program.

Our 4+1 model also benefits you financially: you are eligible for undergraduate tuition, financial aid, and scholarships for four years of undergraduate study and only one year of graduate study, compared to 3+2 programs.


The occupational therapy program is accredited through 2018 by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at:

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-AOTA

Graduates of the master’s degree program 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 graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. For further information on these limitations, students may contact NBCOT at:

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
800 S. Frederick Avenue, Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
(301) 990-7979

In New York and most other states, a professional license is required for practice and the NBCOT examination serves as the licensing examination in most states. Students are, however, required to apply separately for licensure and certification upon graduation.

Student and Program Outcomes


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Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Keuka College Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2015-2017 was 107, with an overall graduation rate of 98 percent.

Program performance data on the NBCOT certification examination is available at the NBCOT website.

NBCOT Exam Results


Keuka College’s OT faculty are among the best and brightest in the field. Your future professors are accomplished professionals and scholars who have a passion for exceptional teaching. Your professors will get to know you by name, learn your strengths and weaknesses, and take a vested and personal interest in seeing you succeed. Meet our OT faculty:

Faculty in the Division of Occupational Therapy

Digital Learning

As an occupational therapy student, you will use the latest apps (on iPads provided by the department) to supplement your pediatric and anatomy studies—the same apps used in professional clinics.

Professors will encourage you to shoot video of your patient and use it to evaluate muscle movement from a clinical perspective, or for joint analysis. Looking for feedback? Share the footage with your professor and get their input on your client interaction.

A goniometer is the traditional tool used to measure the range of motion in joints. Numerous photo-based apps have been developed that claim to work just as well. As an OT student, you will have the opportunity to test these apps for reliability, and join the OT faculty as they move toward creating their own app that could be incorporated into clinics.


Occupational therapy is an ever-changing and evolving field. Keuka College’s faculty and graduate students are continuously studying the latest therapeutic techniques, authoring books and publications, and presenting scholarly projects at conferences and professional programs.


Our laboratories provide hands-on experience with actual clinical tools from day one, from apps that help treat clients to equipment that evaluates reflexes. With great thanks to the Alden Foundation, our laboratories were recently renovated and are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

An an OT student,you'll have round-the-clock access to the labs, meaning you can sharpen your skills or prepare for an exam whenever you need.

Professional Organizations

Membership in professional organizations is viewed as a professional responsibility. Professionalism begins during the college years, not upon graduation or licensure. Options for professional organization involvement are available at the student, local, state, and national levels. These organizations include:

Student Level: Student Occupational Therapy Association

SOTA is the occupational therapy student club at Keuka College and is open to all OT majors. It provides social and professional learning experiences in addition to promoting a sense of community amongst students and faculty. The organization sponsors educational speakers, fundraisers, and community service activities. SOTA is sponsored and funded by the Student Senate as an officially recognized club at Keuka College.

Membership in SOTA prepares the student for participation in professional level occupational therapy organizations.

* Several students attend both the state and national conferences each year with support from the student organizations.

PTE (Pi Theta Epsilon)

Keuka College has established the Alpha Sigma Chapter of this prestigious national honor society for outstanding occupational therapy students. Members are elected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and service.

Eligible students must have attained second semester junior standing, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, and rank in the top 35% of their occupational therapy class. Both full and part-time students are eligible. PTE is also sponsored and funded through the Student Senate as an official organization at Keuka College.

The Alpha Sigma Chapter promotes intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and professional development. PTE is known for promoting the profession of OT during April, which is National Occupational Therapy Month. Each year, the organization brings speakers to campus who cover topics well beyond the entry-level practitioner.


Students are encouraged to become members of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association and participate in district level meetings. Keuka College is located within the Rochester District, however students may also participate in the district they reside in.

National: American Occupational Therapy Association

AOTA was established in 1917 to promote the profession of OT and to foster excellence in practice. It does so through many routes such as:

  • Developing standards for practice and education
  • Accreditation of educational programs (ACOTE: Accreditation Council for OT Education)
  • OT education
  • Continuing education
  • Consumer education
  • Political action

AOTA's future depends upon the active involvement of all of its members, particularly our present stufents and future OTs.

Award Opportunities

Future OT Practitioner Award

The Future OT Practitioner Award is presented to an occupational therapy student whose enthusiasm and interest represents an exceptional commitment to the ideals of the profession of occupational therapy.

Award for Excellence in Clinical Reasoning

The Award for Excellence in Clinical Reasoning is presented to the student who demonstrates commitment and skills in the clinical reasoning process throughout academic and practice settings.

The Occupational Therapy Award for Academic Excellence

The Occupational Therapy Award for Academic Excellence recognizes a student for their overall academic excellence as demonstrated in Grade Point Average, classroom participation, field period and field work performance and research endeavors.

Leadership in Occupational Therapy Award

The Leadership in Occupational Therapy Award recognizes a member of the occupational therapy senior class for their collaborative effort to promote the profession of occupational therapy. The award acknowledges the individual’s efforts to promote public awareness and understanding of OT at Keuka College and the community at large.

Michael A. Wiley ’00 Scholarship

Michael Wiley '00 was an Occupational Therapy student at Keuka. He was, by all reports, a fine young man, an excellent student, and excited about his chosen profession. He and his fiancée, Alissa Putnam, were killed in a car accident in March of their junior year. His parents established this scholarship to remember Michael and to help other Keuka students like him who choose to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.

Barbara Neuhaus Scholarship

Barbara Neuhaus graduated from Keuka in 1950 with a degree in sociology. After Keuka, Barbara earned a certificate in occupational therapy, a Master’s degree in special education, and a doctorate in teaching from Columbia University. She worked as, lectured on, and taught occupational therapy throughout a long and distinguished career, winning numerous awards and commendations for her work. This scholarship is presented to honor Barbara Neuhaus– Her dedication to her profession, determination, integrity, and special humor are noteworthy.

It is hoped that this scholarship will help a senior occupational sciences major finish their studies here and embark on a career that’s just as distinguished as Barbara’s.


By graduation day, you’ll have more than 1,380 hours of hands-on experience in the real world—more than any other OT graduates in the country. Although every OT program mandates a fieldwork component, we have our own additional requirements to ensure our OTs are among the most well-prepared health care practitioners in the world.

Field Period™

Each year you’re studying occupational therapy at Keuka College, you’ll be responsible for completing two two-week Field Period internships in January.

You’ll be encouraged to complete these Field Periods in a variety of different settings (hospitals, nursing homes, school districts, private practices, adult day care centers, and child care centers) so that you’ll gain the most hands-on, real world exposure possible.


Level I Fieldwork

During your senior year, you’ll need to complete two two-week Level I Fieldwork placements. You’ll work with the academic fieldwork coordinator to design these experiences and work under the guidance of an experienced OT clinician.


Level II Fieldwork

You’ll also complete two full-time, 12-week placements that you’ll arrange with the academic fieldwork coordinator. These in-depth experiences will focus on delivering occupational therapy services to patients and will be guided by experienced OT clinicians in the field.

Fieldwork Educators

Experienced OT clinicians spend countless hours supervising students in the field of occupational therapy. Level I students spend two weeks shadowing clinicians and performing minor tasks. Clinicians supervise Level II students for 12 weeks and provide valuable feedback to students preparing for entry-level positions.

Becoming a Fieldwork Educator

Interested clinicians with a minimum of one-year experience in the field should contact academic fieldwork coordinator Dr. Michele Bennett, assistant professor of occupational therapy.

Forms for Clinical Fieldwork Educators

  • Fieldwork Data Form: This form is completed by the site annually and provides valuable information to students about the site prior to their arrival for Level Is and IIs.

Level I Forms

Level II Forms

Continuing Education Credits for Fieldwork Educators

Keuka College's Division of Occupational Therapy is proud to offer a professional continuing education opportunity to fieldwork educators. To earn continuing education credits, please view the fieldwork educator’s informational video below. Once you have completed viewing the video, click on the link provided for the exam. Questions may be directed to Michele Bennett, assistant professor of occupational therapy, at (315) 279-5720 or

Examination for Continuing Education Credit and Certificate of Completion

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• Occupational Therapist
• OT
• Registered Occupational Therapist

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Occupational Therapists

Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

$80,150 52,600 30,400 Master's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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