OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Dale A. Coffin, , EdD, OTR/L, CAPS
Interim Program Director & Associate Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy

Evening-Weekend Program Coordinator

1 University Plaza, Pratt Building 2nd Floor

718-780-6530
Bkln-ot@liu.edu

B.S./M.S. in Occupational Therapy


Occupational therapy is a vital area of the healthcare profession with enormous scope and increasing opportunity. Occupational therapy is the use of self-care, work/productive tasks and play/leisure activities to increase independent function, enhance development, and prevent disability. Occupational therapists help people across age and disability overcome physical, mental, emotional, and developmental issues and perform the everyday tasks and functions of life. 

LIU Brooklyn's Occupational Therapy programs are is designed to educate entry-level occupational therapists whose skills and training prepare them to practice competently in the rapidly changing urban health care environment and to equip patients and clients with skills for the workplace and for home. The Occupational Therapy curriculum offers students the opportunity to focus on individual professional growth, to participate in community-service learning, to refine cultural sensitivity and practice skills, to use health promotion in community settings, to utilize activity to promote health and independence, and to develop the skills required to treat the whole person.


A master's degree or higher in occupational therapy from an academic program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) is required in order to practice. Graduates need to pass the national certification exam (NBCOT exam) before applying for licensure in any state. 

Please visit https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx to see program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).



About the Program

The Department of Occupational Therapy at the Brooklyn Campus offers a 122-credit B.S./M.S. degree in Occupational Therapy, that is approved by the New York State Education Department and the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Prior to entering the professional phase of the program, students must complete the liberal arts and sciences core curriculum (64 credits), which offers a comprehensive base of sciences, humanities and social sciences. The professional phase of the program spans three years of full-time professional academic courses and clinical work that is integrated with several community-service learning experiences.

Cost of Attendance

Current Cost

Year 1

(Fall 2020 and Spring 2021)

Year 2 (Summer, Fall 2021 & Spring 2022)

Year 3 (Summer, Fall 2022, Spring & Summer 2023)

Total Cost of Program

(3-yr program

2020-2023)

Tuition

$37,182

$54,490

$55, 670

$147, 342

University Fee

$1,954

$2,431

$2,431

$6,816

Books and Supplies

$550

$1,095

$580

$2,225

Transportation

$1000

$1500

$1500

$4000

Total

 

 

 

$160, 383

Tuition and fees in years 2 and 3 include an estimated 2% increase; final rates are subject to change

According to the US Department of Education, a student’s cost of attendance is defined as the total cost of attending the program, which includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, supplies, and transportation costs, as well as loan fees and costs associated with distance education.

Graduation Rates

Our combined B.S. /M.S program is completed in three full years, inclusive of Level II Fieldwork. Students enter the program in September and graduate at the end of their 3rd year, in September.

The below chart outlines the percentage of students who have completed the program in the intended three years. These figures take into account students who may have withdrawn from the program for personal reasons.

Graduation Class

# of Students Expected to Graduate in 3 Years

# of Students who Graduated in 3 Years

% of Students who Graduated in 3 Years

 

Class of 2020*

50

45

90%

Class of 2019

60

54

90%

Class of 2018

58

49

84%

Total

168

148

88%

* 44 out of 45 students in the Class of 2020 completed their Level II Fieldwork on time and without a delay in graduation


Accreditation and Student Outcomes

For further information regarding accreditation, please refer directly to ACOTE in the following address:

ACOTE
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Accreditation.aspx

Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

Accreditation Information


Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), American Occupational Therapy Association. The corresponding Web address is https://acoteonline.org/. They can also be contacted at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, telephone 301-652-6611.

Our Department received initial accreditation in 2001 and was reaccredited for 10 years in August 2012.  Our next accreditation cycle is 2022.  As the Department is fully accredited, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist, administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) (www.nbcot.org). After successful completion of this exam, the graduate becomes an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the successful completion of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Students seeking the entrance into health and human service professions should be aware that the presence of a criminal record can result in the refusal of licensing/certification/registration agencies to issue the credential needed to practice in the field of study. Prospective students are urged to contact the pertinent state and/or federal licensing board to inquire whether a criminal record will have an impact on your eligibility to obtain licensure or certification. Students are also advised to seek further information at: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, telephone 301-990-7979.

Any formal complaints against Long Island University Occupational Therapy Program may be submitted in writing directly to the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) Chairperson, c/o the AOTA Accreditation Department, at the following address: 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929

NBCOT pass rate

Consistent with the Centennial Vision of our Profession (www.aota.org), our Department has developed an enrichment program to facilitate successful professional development for students from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. The total number of graduates who passed the National Board for Certification Exam (more information at www.NBCOT.org) within one year of graduation is presented on the following table.

For program performance data please visit https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx

NBCOT Pass rate chart

Year

Number of Graduates Testing

Number of New Graduates Passing Exam Within One Year of Graduation

Percentage of New Graduates Passing Exam Within One  Year of Graduation

2018

48

46

96%

2019

46

43

93%

2020

43

39

91%

Over 3-year period

137

128

93.3%

Mission

LIU OT Mission 2021

Our mission is to educate students from diverse backgrounds to become clinicians who promote occupation, health and wellness through the lifespan for individuals, communities and populations.

  • We engage in reflective practice
  • We facilitate experiential learning, leadership & advocacy skills
  • We promote evidence based practice and research
  • We utilize current technology for student learning and client engagement

We are LIU OT!

Prerequisites

All accepted students begin the program in the fall semester. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entering the programs. The following are the pre-requisite courses for all internal and transfer students WITHOUT A DEGREE:

Beginning for our Fall 2022 incoming class: all science courses need to be taken within the past five years.

PREREQUISITE COURSES FOR STUDENTS WITHOUT A DEGREE
Biology (Bio 1 or 3, 2 or 4, General Biology 1 & 2) 8 cr
Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 137, A&P I) 4 cr
Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 138, A&P II) 4 cr
Statistics 3 cr
College Math (Math 16, Algebra or higher) 3 cr
General Psy (Psy 3) 3 cr
Developmental Psy (Psy 107) 3 cr
Abnormal Psy (Psy 110) 3 cr
English Composition (ENG 16) 3 cr
English Literature (ENG 61-64) 3 cr
History (HIS 1, 2) 3 cr
Philosophy (Phil 61, 62) 3 cr
Oral Communication (Spe 3) 3 cr
Introduction to Sociology/Anthropology 3 cr
Foreign Language 3 cr
Art, Dance, Music, or Media Arts 3 cr
Liberal Arts Credits 5 cr*
Total 60 credits


The following are the pre-requisite courses for all internal and transfer students WITH A DEGREE.

To transfer into the program with a two-year associates or a four-year bachelor’s degree, a student must have completed a minimum of 60 acceptable liberal arts and sciences credits including:

TRANSFER STUDENTS WITH A DEGREE
Biology (Bio 1 or 3, 2 or 4, General Biology 1 & 2) 8 cr
Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 137, A&P I) 4 cr
Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 138, A&P II) 4 cr
Statistics 3 cr
College Math (Math 16, Algebra or higher) 3 cr
General Psy (Psy 3) 3 cr
Developmental Psy (Psy 107) 3 cr
Abnormal Psy (Psy 110) 3 cr
English Composition and/or Literature (Eng 16; Eng 61-64) 6 cr
Introduction to Sociology/Anthropology 3 cr
Liberal Arts Credits 20 cr
Total 60 credits


Application Process (LIU Students)

Current students are required to provide the following items when submitting their application or your application cannot be processed

-  Department of Occupational Therapy Application (must be filled out completely) and signed.

Application Deadline: January 7, 2022

  • You can apply directly to the Department of OT at Long Island University.  Admission application and reference letter forms can be obtained from the OT Department (2nd floor of the Pratt Building, 718-780-4508) please email bkln-ot@liu.edu for an application ONLY IF you are a current LIU student
  • 3 letters of recommendation on the designated reference forms of the Department (these forms can be obtained from the Department of OT.)
    - These are the only forms that we will accept.
  • Your application will not be considered for an interview until all three reference letters are received and written on our specific forms. Evaluators may choose to provide a written letter however this letter is only in addition to the information on the back of the recommendation form.
  • We request that letters of recommendation be completed by people who know you well—for example, college professors, academic counselors, and/or employers, and by at least one occupational therapist.
  • The person completing the recommendation form MUST return it to you in a sealed envelope with his or her signature across the flap of the envelope.
  • You should collect all sealed envelopes and submit them together along with your application to the Department of Occupational Therapy.

- Personal statement

  • In your personal statement explain your career goals, your interest in occupational therapy, past work/volunteer experience that is relevant, and if there is a specialized area of occupational therapy that interests you most. You may also wish to describe your experience with illness and disability—whether the experience is your own or that of a family member or close friend.

-  Verification of a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work with a licensed occupational therapist. . 50 hours is the minimum requirement and should be completed by the application deadline. It is recommended that candidates engage in more than the minimum hours and in more than one setting. We are requiring that verification of these hours are provided. Candidates need to submit a letter from the occupational therapist or the facility confirming their volunteer work. 

  • In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, volunteer hours with an OT are NOT required for the 2020-2021 application cycle. However, we will consider Non-OT volunteer experiences and community service in non-clinical venues.
- Curriculum Vitae

We recommend you mail in or bring in all items of your application together.

The Mailing address for the department is:

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
1 University Plaza, Pratt 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Attention: Department of Occupational Therapy

Interview

Due the competitive nature of the program unfortunately only eligible students will be invited for an interview. The following criteria will be considered to determine eligibility for an interview:

  • Meeting application deadline
  • Cumulative GPA as well as Science GPA
  • Volunteer experience and extracurricular activities
  • Writing competency (personal statement, curriculum vitae)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Leadership Positions
  • Research Populations
  • Curriculum Vitae

For more information regarding the LIU Occupational Therapy Program please email bkln-OT@liu.edu

 

Application Process (Transfer Student)

All applicants can submit their application for admissions while they are in the final stage of the completion of their prerequisite courses. All prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the professional phase of the program.

The Department of Occupational Therapy accepts transfer students with or without a degree. Transfer students need to apply to the program via:

The OTCAS system: www.otcas.org.
Application Deadline: January 7, 2022
Long Island University uses the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

Please visit https://portal.otcas.org/ to create your OTCAS account.

All official transcripts should be sent directly to OTCAS:

Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)

P.O. Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471


Phone: 617–612–2860
Email: otcasinfo@otcas.org
Website: http://portal.otcas.org/

Where to Send Your Application:

OTCAS must receive the application, references, and transcripts well before the deadline listed above in order to be VERIFIED in time for consideration. Once your application is complete, OTCAS will verify your documents before releasing them to Long Island University. Please note that Long Island University cannot access unverified applications. Applicants should confirm their status as verified with OTCAS.

  • For any questions about the receipt, processing, and verification of your application, please contact OTCAS Customer Service at 617-612-2860, otcasinfo@otcas.org.
  • For other questions, please contact the Long Island University OT Office at bkln-OT@liu.edu or 718-780-4508.

No supplemental application is required.

Please note, only verified OTCAS applications can be considered for interviews. Please allow 2-6 weeks (depending on time of year) for OTCAS and the respective institutions to send/review/verify your transcripts once they are received. In other words, applications need to be VERIFIED by the deadline listed above in order to have priority consideration. Any applications verified after the application deadline will be reviewed once all other applications have been reviewed and class seating permits.

International students must submit an international evaluation and translation for all international transcripts to OTCAS. These transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited organization and must be submitted by the application deadline. Students must also alert the OT department of such transcripts by emailing bkln-ot@liu.edu. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.

Students are required to provide the following items when submitting their application or your application cannot be processed. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.

3 letters of recommendation

  • Your application will not be considered complete until all three reference letters are on file with OTCAS by the deadline.
  • We REQUEST that letters of recommendation be completed by people who know you well—for example, college professors, academic counselors, and/or employers and by at least one occupational therapist.

Personal statement

  • In your personal statement explain your career goals, your interest in occupational therapy, past work/volunteer experience that is relevant, and if there is a specialized area of occupational therapy that interests you most. You may also wish to describe your experience with illness and disability—whether the experience is your own or that of a family member or close friend.

Verification of a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work with a licensed occupational therapist (uploaded to OTCAS)

  • 50 hours is the minimum requirement and should be completed by the application deadline for full consideration.
  • It is recommended that candidates engage in more than the minimum hours and in more than one setting.
  • We require that verification of these hours are provided. Please make sure documentation is submitted to OTCAS for all hours for consideration. A letter or a log of hours signed by the OTR is fine.
  • In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, volunteer hours with an OT are NOT required for the 2020-2021 application cycle. However, we will consider non-OT volunteer experiences and community service in non-clinical venues.

Curriculum Vitae (uploaded to OTCAS)

INTERVIEW

Due the competitive nature of the program unfortunately only eligible students will be invited for an interview. The following criteria will be considered to determine eligibility for an interview:
·  Meeting application deadline with a Verified Application
·  Cumulative GPA as well as Science GPA
·  Volunteer experience and extracurricular activities
·  Writing competency (personal statement, curriculum vitae)
·  Letters of recommendation
·  Leadership positions
·  Research Participation
·  Curriculum Vitae

For more information or for questions regarding the LIU Occupational Therapy Program please email bkln-OT@liu.edu

Course Sequence

FIRST YEAR

FALL
OT 100

Introduction to Occupational Therapy

2 cr

OT 106

Therapeutic Skills 1: Interpersonal Skills

2 cr

OT 110

Human Development & Occupation 1: Pediatrics

3 cr

OT 140

Neuroscience

5 cr

OT 201

Professional Development 1: OT Student Academic Experience

2 cr

OT 301

Skills For Living 1: Play and Leisure

3 cr

 

 

17 credits

SPRING
OT 111

Human Development & Occupation 2: Adolescence

2 cr

OT 119

Anatomy

5 cr

OT 120

Theory 1: Introduction

2 cr

OT 202

Professional Development 2: Communication Skills

1 cr

OT 203

Professional Development 3: Advocacy & Disability Perspectives

1 cr

OT 206

Therapeutic Skills 2: Group Process

3 cr

 

 

14 credits

SUMMER
OT 112

Human Development & Occupation 2: Geriatrics

2 cr

OT 121

Medical Conditions 1: Physical Disabilities

3 cr

OT 129

Kinesiology

4 cr

OT 220

Theory 2: Learning Theories

2 cr

OT 302

Skills For Living 2: Work

3 cr

 

 

14 credits

SECOND YEAR

FALL
OT 122

Medical Conditions 2: Mental Health

3 cr

OT 200

Fieldwork Level I: Geriatrics

1 cr

OT 303

Skills for Living 3: Self-Care

3 cr

OT 306

Therapeutic Skills 3: Teamwork & Leadership

2 cr

OT 320

Comprehensive Models/ Mental Health Practice Guidelines

4 cr

OT 420

Theory 4: Physical Disability Guidelines for Practice

5 cr

 

 

18 credits

SPRING
OT 205

Professional Development 5: Health Promotion

1 cr

OT 210

Fieldwork Level I: Mental Health

1 cr

OT 215

Fieldwork Level I: Physical Disability

1 cr

OT 330

Practice 1: Mental Health

5 cr

OT 430

Practice 2: Neurorehabilitation

5 cr

OT 431

Practice 3: Ortho Rehab/Splint Fabrication

4 cr

 

 

17 credits

SUMMER
OT 432

Practice 4: Medical and Surgical Rehabilitation

2 cr

OT 506

Therapeutic Skills 5: Technology

2 cr

OT 520

Theory 5: Research

3 cr

OT 533

Medical Conditions 3: Pediatrics

3 cr

OT 620

Theory 6: Research Proposal

2 cr

OT 720

Theory 7: Community Practice & Health Promotion

2 cr

 

 

14 credits

THIRD YEAR

FALL
OT 507

Therapeutic Skills 6: Organization & Administration

3 cr

OT 510

Fieldwork Level II: Fieldwork 1

5 cr

OT 530

Practice 5: Pediatrics

5 cr

OT 535

Fieldwork Level I: Pediatrics

1 cr

OT 716

Professional Development 6: OT Student Clinical Experience

1 cr

 

 

15 credits

SPRING
OT 511

Fieldwork Level II: Fieldwork 2

5 cr

OT 820

Theory 8: Capstone Research Project

4 cr

 

 

9 credits

SUMMER
OT 512

Fieldwork Level II: Fieldwork 3

4 cr

OT 513

Elective Fieldwork Level II

2-4 cr

 

 

6-8 credits


Background Check and Drug Testing

A criminal conviction and/or the use of illegal drugs may impede or bar your entry into the field of occupational therapy. Students desiring entrance into the LIU OT Program should be aware that the presence of a criminal record can result in the refusal of licensing/certification/registration agencies to issue the credential needed to practice in the field of study. Prospective students are urged to contact the pertinent state and/or federal licensing board to inquire whether a criminal record will have an impact on their eligibility to obtain licensure or certification. A criminal conviction and/or the use of illegal drugs may impede licensure in New York State. Students who have had a prior conviction are advised to contact NBCOT (www.nbcot.org) for clearance before beginning an academic program. For a fee, NBCOT will review the circumstances which led to a conviction and the individual’s personal record and render a decision concerning whether or not the individual would qualify to work as an occupational therapist

In addition, many of our clinical/field experience affiliates now require the completion of criminal background checks and/or drug testing for employees, volunteers and students affiliated with the site. LIU OT students are required to participate in multiple clinical/field experiences and may be asked to undergo a criminal background check and/or drug screen by the site. A criminal conviction and/or the use of illegal drugs may impede or bar your ability to participate in a clinical/field experience, delay graduation and/or prevent you from completing the program. Our clinical/field affiliates can reject or remove a student from the site if a criminal record is discovered or if a drug test is positive. In the event that a student is rejected from a clinical/field site due to information contained in the criminal background check, or drug screen, you may be unable to complete a required clinical/field experience. If you are unable to complete program requirements, you may be advised to withdraw from the program.

PROFESSIONAL OUTLOOK

The need for occupational therapists is expected to increase as baby boomers age and increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with developmental disorders. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects occupational therapist employment growth of 29 percent between 2012 and 2022.

CONTACT

School of Health Professions