Oct 20, 2017
Students who are admitted to the 4+2 program at RSC complete the bachelor’s degree in four years. This program allows greater latitude for taking additional elective courses of interest to the student and may be more conducive to success. Student who are admitted at the undergraduate level to the MS in Occupational Therapy program are guaranteed continuation into the professional OT program at the Sage Graduate Schools providing all prerequisite courses and academic requirements (see below for a list of these requirements) are met during completion of the 4+2 program.
Undergraduate transfer student who have completed courses at other institutions may progress into the MS in Occupational Therapy program, with acceptance based on space availability, students’ qualifications, and previous college coursework. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 45 credits at RSC prior to entering the graduate program, during which time College undergraduate major coursework, general education requirements and OT program course prerequisites must be completed. In some cases with transfer students it may take more than 120 total credits to complete the bachelor’s degree in order to meet all undergraduate and graduate prerequisite requirements and this will be determined by advisement.
The first formal review for eligibility to progress into the graduate program will occur at the end of the fall semester of the fourth year at RSC. Students not meeting the requirements at that time will be re-reviewed at the end of the spring semester. If they meet the requirements at that time, they will be admitted on a space-available basis.
Prerequisite Requirements for Admission into the MS in Occupational Therapy Program
Academic Standards for Admission into the MS in Occupational Therapy Program
Students who enroll at RSC in the 4+2 Bachelor leading to the MS in Occupational Therapy program are guaranteed acceptance to the graduate level of the OT Program in the fourth year of study, providing they maintain the following academic requirements in the first three years:
- Achieve a minimum 3.250 cumulative GPA for coursework completed during undergraduate study. Earn a minimum grade of “C” or higher in each of the OT Program prerequisite courses and a 3.000 cumulative science GPA in all OT Program prerequisite courses (Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Physics I).
- Document at least 20 hours of clinical observation under the supervision of an occupational therapist before beginning the professional program. Students are encouraged to complete clinical observation hours as early as possible.
- Complete RSC bachelor’s degree, including all general education requirements, OT program prerequisite coursework, and the requirements in their chosen undergraduate majors.
The first review for eligibility to continue into the OT professional program will take place after the fall semester of the fourth year.
Procedures for Progression into the MS in OT Program
By January 15 of the fourth year (or equivalent) of undergraduate academic study at RSC, students who are progressing into the MS in OT program will:
- complete OT Program progression forms: Academic Standards Statement, Clinical Observation Hours Documentation, and OT Program Prerequisite Record (available on the web at http://www.sage.edu/ot)
- submit current resume
First Year (Freshman) Applicants
Students can be admitted directly from high school into the Russell Sage College accelerated 3+2 program as described above. The successful applicant will demonstrate the following academic profile:
- High school overall grade point average (GPA) of 85 percent
- High school science GPA of 85 percent
- Minimum combined SAT score of 1050
- Class rank in top 20%
Undergraduate Transfer Applicants
Undergraduate transfer students who are occupational therapy assistants (OTA) will be considered for admission as Interdisciplinary Science Majors to the accelerated 3+2 degree program, with acceptance based on space availability, students’ qualifications, and previous college coursework.
Undergraduate transfer students who are not occupational therapy assistants (OTA) will be considered for admission to any Russell Sage College major leading to the OT track as a 4+2 (non accelerated) program.
The successful transfer applicant will demonstrate the following academic profile:
- Overall minimum 3.250 GPA for all college coursework
- Minimum grade of “C” or higher in each of the OT Program prerequisite courses and minimum Science GPA of 3.000 in OT Program prerequisite courses (Anatomy & Physiology I & II, and Physics I)
Note that Sage regularly accepts transfer credits, but grades for courses taken outside of Sage do not count toward a student’s GPA at Sage. However, the OT department will look at all grades for OT Program prerequisites (including those from transfer courses) when considering a student for entry into the graduate program. All OT program prerequisite courses (institutional and transfer courses) must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher and the earned science GPA (based on Anatomy & Physiology I & II, and Physics I courses taken at Sage or elsewhere) must equal 3.000 or higher. If transfer courses do not meet this standard, OT program prerequisites may need to be retaken at Sage to meet GPA requirements.
The Sage Graduate School Occupational Therapy Program is registered with the NYS Education Department and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220, 301/652-2682. The most recent reaccredidation was granted in April 2007 for a ten-year period. Upon graduation students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam that is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice occupational therapy, however state licenses are usually based on the results of the national certification exam. A felony conviction may affect a student’s placement in fieldwork settings, or a graduate’s ability to sit for the certification exam or to attain state licensure.