Occupational Therapy

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 required 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, part of the College’s new School of Health and Human Services. 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. (Like we said, Occupational Therapy is hands-on!) College instructors work as nurses, therapists, and in a variety of other 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.

Pharmacy School Pathways

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) articulation agreements guarantee seats for Keuka College students in top-tier programs at:

Thinking Vet or Med School?

Veterinary and medical schools are highly competitive. If this is your goal, personalized advising starts your first year.

Alumni have earned their D.V.M., M.D., or D.O. degrees at Purdue University, University of Tennessee, University of Florida, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and a host of others.

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.

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals and clinics (public and private)
  • Prisons
  • Government agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • K-12 schools
  • Mental health facilities
  • Community centers
  • Home health care agencies

Potential Careers Include:

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

Keuka College's Field Period

Much More Than An Annual Internship

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You'll Use in Your Field and Throughout Your Life

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Learn What You Like and Where You Want to Go

The Field Period® trip to the Dominican Republic was an opportunity I could not pass up. There is so much that can be learned—even about yourself—from traveling to a new country and experiencing another culture and its people.
This trip to the Dominican Republic made me realize how important culture is to providing effective patient care. I will forever remember the people I met, and how this has impacted me. The experiences I was given will never leave me.

Courtney Boyea ’18

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:

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

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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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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