Occupational therapists help patients of all ages overcome physical, mental, and emotional challenges that prevent them from living normal, everyday lives. They are compassionate, patient, and have excellent communication and listening skills. Occupational therapists evaluate a client?s specific problem area, provide a tailored plan of action, and follow up with the patient to see if goals are being met or if another plan needs to be created. Forty-eight percent of OTs worked in offices of physical, occupational and speech therapists, and with audiologists or in hospitals in 2010.
Students interested in becoming an occupational therapist should be prepared for a curriculum heavy in math and science. Students will learn how to assess and record patients? activities and progress, demonstrate certain exercises and equipment, and help patients and their families better understand their disabilities. In order to enter the profession, students must have a graduate degree, and they must be licensed by their state before they can practice. Certification is also available, although not mandatory. However if you?re interested, there are four specialization areas that the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) offers certifications for: pediatrics, geriatrics, mental health, and physical rehabilitation. OTs should consider joining AOTA because membership includes subscriptions, quality continuing education, professional and career resources, and discounts for its more than 40,000 members.
New York University offers 5 Occupational Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 74 Occupational Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 71 Master's degrees, and 3 Doctoral degrees.
University at Buffalo offers 2 Occupational Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 154 Occupational Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 78 Bachelor's degrees, and 76 Master's degrees.
Keuka College offers 2 Occupational Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a faraway town. In 2019, 69 Occupational Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 36 Bachelor's degrees, and 33 Master's degrees.
New York Institute of Technology offers 1 Occupational Therapy/Therapist degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 42 Occupational Therapy/Therapist students graduated with students earning 42 Master's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|New York University New York, NY||17 : 1||52,885|
|Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY||28 : 1||26,814|
|Long Island University Brookville, NY||33 : 1||15,546|
|D'Youville College Buffalo, NY||17 : 1||3,048|
|Russell Sage College Troy, NY||20 : 1||2,448|
|SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University Brooklyn, NY||14 : 1||1,899|
|University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY||26 : 1||31,923|
|Touro College New York, NY||27 : 1||11,631|
|Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY||19 : 1||3,326|
|Keuka College Keuka Park, NY||21 : 1||1,777|
|Dominican College of Blauvelt Orangeburg, NY||25 : 1||1,868|
|Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, NY||43 : 1||10,557|
|New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY||30 : 1||7,230|
|CUNY York College Jamaica, NY||44 : 1||8,337|
|Utica College Utica, NY||31 : 1||4,947|
|Nazareth College Rochester, NY||16 : 1||2,979|
|Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY||19 : 1||31,456|
|Ithaca College Ithaca, NY||12 : 1||6,266|
|Hofstra University Hempstead, NY||22 : 1||10,804|
|Clarkson University Potsdam, NY||18 : 1||4,301|