Calling all undergraduate & current OT students
Join the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) for a student-led social to learn more about SBU's graduate OT program. Network with OT students, ask questions, and learn how to secure a guaranteed seat in the program.
Pizza and drinks will be provided.
4-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in Swan 103
(Please register by March 25)
SBU's Free OT Program Application
Occupational Therapy (MSOT) Program
The Master of Science degree in occupational therapy is a professional degree program that prepares students academically and professionally for responsibilities and services as an occupational therapist.
The occupational therapy program educates students as generalist practitioners, in accordance with the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
Occupational therapists provide holistic and client-centered care in a number of settings, including inpatient and outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, and community-based mental health programs. OTs build and utilize skills specific to the setting and client population served. For this reason, occupational therapy students will gain knowledge and entry-level competencies across all settings and with all ages so that they are prepared for employment in any area of practice.
Our program is fully accredited by ACOTE
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Earn your MSOT in 23 consecutive months
The program includes a summer semester of fully online courses and technology requirements for face-to-face online learning.
Students can complete the program in 5+ consecutive semesters. This includes one (1) summer session that is completely online and a semester off campus (the final semester) during which students complete Level II fieldwork requirements.
Three of the courses within the summer semester are delivered as 100% online courses. These courses (9 credits total) make up 12.3 % of the total credits required to complete the program. Please see our Curriculum & Courses
page for more information.
Admitted students are expected to have technology that will support face-to-face and online learning, reliable internet access, and a webcam. For details, please see "Technology requirements for distance learning" on our Admission Criteria
Why choose OT? Why a master's, not a doctorate?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 12% from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for occupational therapists with a master's degree was $93,180 in 2022.
According to CNBC in 2019, OT was included in the top 5 of the 11 most meaningful college majors and how much they pay
And there are a number of sound reasons, from cost to time, for choosing to pursue a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy over the Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree. Click on the plus sign below for a review of why the MSOT may be the right choice for you.
Learn in modern state-of-the-art surroundings
The OT program is part of the Dennis R. DePerro School of Health Professions, which is located in Francis Hall, one of the most iconic buildings on campus. A comprehensive $18 million renovation project in 2020-2021 created a new, modern home for OT and other DePerro School programs.
A comfortable and welcoming space for students, Francis Hall boasts state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, from high-tech classrooms and labs to exam rooms, group study spaces, student breakout rooms and other modern amenities.
iBona Initiative: Apple-certified faculty & student iPads
Instructors in the occupational therapy program have earned Apple Teacher Certification as part of their commitment to utilize Apple iPads to enhance the learning experience for students. It's part of the program's iBona initiative. Learn more
Department mission, philosophy & expectations
Our mission is to advance the health and well-being of society through the preparation of highly skilled occupational therapists, and through scholarship to discover, evaluate, and implement new knowledge to improve models of practice and methods of intervention in both our local rural context and globally.
Feb 23, 2024 | Dr. Connie Perkins, founding director of nursing, and Tom Buttafarro, director of the Office of Government & Community Relations at SBU, lobbied with Master's Entry to Practice nursing students at the Olean office of state Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio on Feb. 16.
Feb 23, 2024 | Dr. Connie Perkins, founding director of nursing, and Dr. Darla Kent, clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy, both national Mental Health First Aid trainers, presented a course to help OT and Master's Entry to Practice nursing students complete their MHFA certification.
Feb 23, 2024 | Dr. Suzanne Soltysik, clinical assistant professor of nursing, presented Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning to the New York State Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certified Instructor Update Course for EMS instructors, which took place on Feb. 13.