Occupational Therapy

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Improve Lives with an Occupational Therapy Degree

Occupational Therapy is a hands-on discipline. Literally! This branch of health care is dedicated to helping people overcome barriers to a full, active, and rewarding life.
 
Whether the challenges are emotional, physical, or social, Keuka College’s Occupational Therapy degree program will give you the tools you need to assess and relieve these personal obstacles. You’ll learn how to analyze daily activities and tasks, and create therapy programs that enable individuals to participate more fully in daily occupations and functions.
 
In other words, you’ll not only improve lives, you’ll change them for the better.

Program Highlights

Internships and Field Work

Thanks to Keuka College’s Field Period® internships, you’ll have the chance to experience real-world training in different OT settings every year — starting as a freshman. And that’s in addition to your fieldwork placements. As a result, you’ll graduate from Keuka College knowing exactly how you’d like to focus your practice.

Brand New Facilities

As an Occupational Therapy major, you’ll receive instruction in the recently completed Center for Health Innovation. The center includes six distinct labs with additional space for instruction. That’s in addition to a separate Community Skills Lab that features pediatric play space, a fully functional kitchen, and a driving simulator.

Practicing Faculty

Keuka College’s Occupational Therapy faculty stays current the old-fashioned way: On the job. Your professors practice as OTs in a variety of professional settings, ensuring they’re always up-to-date on new challenges, therapies, and practices. 

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The Division of Applied Health and Wellness at Keuka College offers a four-year undergraduate, B.S. degree in Occupational Science followed by a one-year graduate, M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy.

After completing your undergraduate degree, you’re guaranteed a spot in the graduate program as long as you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and are in good professional standing. This 4+1 model has many benefits for you. For example, our students are eligible for undergraduate tuition, financial aid, and scholarships for their entire undergraduate four-year studies compared to other 3+2 programs.

At Keuka College, you’ll be part of the OT family from day one. As a freshman, you’ll be assigned an OT advisor who will guide you throughout your undergraduate career.

You will be encouraged to take part in Occupational Therapy student organizations and division events and activities. You’ll also take an OT course during your very first semester on campus which provides you with an early introduction to the profession.

What Can I Do with an Occupational Therapy Degree?

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

  • Aging-in-Place Specialist
  • Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services
  • Director of Care Coordination
  • Director of Clinical Services
  • Director of Rehabilitation
  • Driving Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Ergonomist
  • Independent Living Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Professor
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Engineer
  • Researcher
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Wheelchair and Mobility Specialist
  • Workflow Analyst

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Field Period® helps prepare you to know what your future career entails. Experiencing occupational therapy sites first-hand taught me how to apply what I learned in lectures to real situations through observing. I also learned the role of occupational therapy professionals and how they work with their colleagues as a team.

Lily Nelson '21

Where Can an Occupational Therapy Field Period® Take You?

Occupational Therapy majors often use Field Period® to explore different career paths in various professional settings across the country and around the world. Some recent Field Period® sites include:

  • Child Advocacy Center 
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida 
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center 
  • Falconer Central School 
  • Finger Lakes Center for Living
  • Ira Davenport Hospital 
  • Keuka College D.R.I.V.E. Program 
  • King Fahad Medical City, Saudi Arabia
  • North West Essex Community Health Care Network 
  • Robert Reid Children’s Hospital, Dominican Republic
  • Second Wind Cottages
  • Southwestern Vermont Medical Center 
  • Upstate Cerebral Palsy 
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Centers

Your future occupational therapy professors are much more than exceptional teachers — they're accomplished researchers and extraordinary academic advisors. 

Your occupational therapy professors will get to know you as an individual. They'll help you maximize your strengths, improve upon your weaknesses, and advise you on the courses you'll need to take so you can make the most of your occupational therapy degree and enjoy the career of your dreams, whether your next step is a career or graduate school.

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Affording Your Keuka College Education

Keuka College scholarships, state and federal grants, employer tuition remission, and military benefits are financial aid options that may be available to you. Our financial aid team is here to help you navigate the process and find as many opportunities as are available to you. 

Your application for admission is also your application for financial aid. It's free to apply, so why not start your application today?

Comparing Us to a SUNY or CUNY?
"Free tuition" at state schools doesn't come without costs. Even though Keuka College is private, that doesn't mean a state school will be less expensive for you, even if you're eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship.

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The following estimates tuition, fees, and expenses for Keuka College's Occupational Therapy program do not include financial aid. See the Financial Aid website for additional information, including the ability to estimate your scholarship.

These rates are based on the 2022-2023 academic year and are subject to change. See the College's tuition and fees page for the latest information.

Undergraduate

Year Tuition Books & Supplies Comprehensive Fee
2020-2021 $32,700 $1,300 $1,332
2021-2022 $33,681 $1,300 $1,332
2022-2023 $34,691 $1,300 $1,400

Graduate

Year Tuition Books & Supplies Comprehensive Fee
2020-2021 $1,042/cr. $1,300 $690
2021-2022 $1,073/cr. $1,300 $690
2022-2023 $1,105/cr. $1,300 $728

We can't wait to have you as part of our #KCFamily! Your admissions counselor is here to help guide and support you every step of the way.

Admissions Requirements

  • Submit an Application for Undergraduate Admission and Scholarship Opportunities.
  • Keuka College is test optional and believes there's much more to you than just a test score. The admissions committee considers all application materials in its holistic review of your eligibility. 
  • There is no deadline to apply, and we offer rolling admissions. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you'll receive your admissions decision and scholarship. In most cases, you'll receive a response from us within 1-2 weeks. 

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The occupational therapy program is accredited through 2025 by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at:

ACOTE
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
(301) 652-AOTA
www.acoteonline.org

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
One Bank Street, Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(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.

Program Outcomes

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

NBCOT Exam Results

Graduation Rates

The total number of graduates from the Keuka College Master of Occupational Therapy program during the 3-year period of 2018-2020 was 102, with an overall graduation rate of 98 percent.

Year

Students Entering Master's Program

Students Graduating Master's Program

Graduation Rate

2018

36

36

100%

2019

33

33

100%

2020

35

33

94%

TOTAL

104

102

98%

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