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Program Expectations

The OTA Program maintains the highest educational standards.  The study of occupational therapy is academically demanding. There is emphasis on accurate writing that is required in coursework, fieldwork and clinical practice. Professional behavior is expected in all aspects of the program, including verbal interactions in the classroom and written communication with instructors and clinical sites. There are many interpersonal demands that are required and you are expected to be respectful of and meet the needs of others; be culturally respectful and aware; and accepting of diversity of all persons.

Progression Policy

The OTA Program requires that all core OT courses be completed within eight (8) consecutive semesters (fall/spring).  Level II fieldwork must be completed within eighteen (18) months following completion of academic preparation.

Progression

Progression Policy after Withdrawal from a Core OT Course

A student enrolled in the OTA Program may withdraw from a core OT course (course designated OCC) only one (1) time throughout his/her curriculum. A withdrawal (course grade of W) may be granted with documentation outlining the necessity for the request. A student must submit an application to repeat, complete the appropriate self-assessment and remediation plan and meet with OT department personnel. Re-admittance to a course will be granted on a space available basis.

To pass a course on the second opportunity a student must achieve a final grade of B- or higher. If a passing grade of B- is not earned, the student may not repeat the course again. The student is then dismissed from the program.

Only one (1) core OT course (course designated as OCC) withdrawal is permitted while enrolled in the OTA Program. Subsequent withdrawals will result in dismissal from the program, If a student withdraws from a semester of core OT courses (courses designated as OCC), policy applicable to students re-applying to the OTA Program after failure, dismissal or withdrawal will be implemented.

Progression Policy for Repeating a Core OT Course after Failure

Students who plan to repeat a core OT course (course designated as OCC) following a failure in a previous semester must submit an application to repeat, complete a self-assessment and remediation plan and meet with OT department personnel. Re-admittance to a course will be granted on a seat available basis. To pass a course on the second opportunity a student must achieve a final grade of B- or higher. If a passing grade of B- is not earned, the student may not repeat the course again. The student is then dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  1. ENG 101, ENG 102 and all liberal arts requirements in the occupational therapy curriculum must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  2. BIO 110, BIO 111 and all core OT courses (courses designated as OCC) must be completed with a grade of C+ or higher. Any core OT course (course designated as OCC) repeated must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.
  3. Completion of MAT 065 and/or MAT 101 or 100 is a graduation requirement for all students whose entering math placement is MAT 065 and/or MAT 101/100 although math is not a curriculum requirement for OT. A math placement of MAT 101 or higher indicates that a student has met the graduation requirement and no additional math courses are required. Please note that should a student pursue an advanced degree in Occupational Therapy or another course of study, MAT 101 or higher may be required.
  4. All Level II fieldwork must be completed within eighteen (18) months following completion of academic preparation.
  5. All core OT courses (courses designated as OCC) must be completed within eight (8) consecutive semesters (fall/spring).
  6. All course and/or degree requirements on the OTA degree sheet in effect at the time of a student’s admission to the program are required for graduation.
  7. Students must submit a completed Application for Graduation to the Records Office and pay the required graduation fee prior to the last date to apply for graduation, as stated in the college calendar, in order to be eligible for graduation.
  8. Students must wait until after the end of the semester and final grades have been received by the Records Office before requesting a transcript which reflects graduation transcript. If students need earlier verification of graduation they can request this by contacting the Registrar.

Students who plan to repeat a core OT course (course designated as OCC) following a failure in a previous semester must submit an application to repeat, complete a self-assessment and remediation plan and meet with OT department personnel. Re-admittance to a course will be granted on a seat available basis. To pass a course on the second opportunity a student must achieve a final grade of B- or higher. If a passing grade of B- is not earned, the student may not repeat the course again. The student is then dismissed from the program.

Certification

Certification is awarded by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. It allows a student to use the identifying initials “COTA” after his/her name. It is granted as the result of passing the national certification examination. A committee of OTRs and COTAs selected by NBCOT who have a diverse practice background prepare the examination questions. The examination consists of 200 multiple choice questions to be completed in four hours. The examination is offered on-line by a testing service at sites throughout the United States.

Each student is responsible for completing his/her application and paying the fee/s. As of January 2018 the on-line fee for the Certification Examination is $515 ($559 for a paper application). An official transcript verifying graduation is required. For complete examination information including how to schedule a web-based practice examination contact:

The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
One Bank Street, Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878*
301-990-7979
www.nbcot.org

License

Licensure allows a student to be legally authorized to practice in a particular state or jurisdiction. An individual cannot practice in New York State without this credential and certification by NBCOT. A renewal application and fee will be required every three years for as long as one remains in practice. Most other states and jurisdictions have laws that also require legal licensure, certification and/or registration to practice. Most states issue a temporary license which allows the individual to practice in the interim between graduation and the passing of the initial certification examination.

As of May 2016, new OTA licensure will take effect in New York State.  Please refer to the address below for specific requirements/ additional fees.

It is the graduate’s responsibility to secure the proper credentials prior to practice. To receive an application contact:

NYS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Occupational Therapy Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000*
518-474-3817
www.op.nysed.gov

Disclosure:

*If you have a felony conviction it may interfere with the certification and licensure process. Contact the agencies (addresses above) for more information.

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