Russell Sage College offers an innovative program whereby undergraduate students can complete both a Bachelor’s degreeand the MS in Occupational Therapy in an accelerated 3+2 program. During the first three years of coursework students complete requirements for the major, undergraduate general education courses, and OT program prerequisites. Students who earn an overall minimum 3.250 grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate coursework and no less than a “C” (2.000) in the eight OT Program prerequisite courses, can accelerate into the MS in Occupational Therapy program by enrolling in first year occupational therapy graduate coursework during their fourth year of undergraduate studies. At the end of the fourth year students are awarded a baccalaureate degree, and upon completion of fifth year OT courses and fieldwork, the Master’s degree is awarded (end of fall term). Entry into this accelerated program and completion of the prerequisites as described above guarantees the student acceptance into the MS in Occupational Therapy program. Students who are unable to achieve the standards listed in Academic Standards for Admission into the MS in Occupational Therapy program are not eligible to accelerate and must complete electives during their fourth year as a means of finishing their baccalaureate degrees. They can reapply for admission to the MS in OT program at that time.
3+2 BA or BS Leading to the MS in Occupational Therapy
There are multiple routes of undergraduate entry for students interested in occupational therapy at Sage. Listed below are RSC undergraduate majors that provide an excellent foundation for becoming an occupational therapist and are designed to fit into the 3+2 format. Students who choose from among these majors will have faculty advisors in both undergraduate and graduate programs. In particular the Biology, Creative Arts in Therapy, Health Sciences, Psychology, or Sociology majors provide students with a broad range of relevant courses, group work, and learning experiences to enhance students’ understanding of human behavior and development, health, and wellness. Refer to the specific undergraduate major section of the catalog for the relevant course sequence. Refer to the Russell Sage CollegGraduate School catalog for details about the MS in OT program course sequence.
Prerequisite Requirements for Admission into the MS in Occupational Therapy Program
BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab : 4 credits
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab : 4 credits
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology : 3 credits
PSY 308 Abnormal Psychology : 3 credits
SCI 110 Medical Terminology : 3 credits
Complete one of the following Courses:
PSY 202 Human Development : 3 credits
PSY 208 Developmental Science : 4 credits
Complete one of the following Courses: 3 credits
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
HSC 206 Cultural Perspectives of Health, Disability and Wellness
Complete one of the following Statistics Courses: 4 credits
PSY 207 Statistics with Computer Applications
MAT 220 Applied Statistics
Academic Standards for Admission into the MS in Occupational Therapy Program
Students who enroll at TSC in the 3+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 minimum grade of “C” or higher (2.000) in each of the OT Program prerequisite courses
Achieve a minimum Science GPA of 3.000 in Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Medical Terminology.
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 undergraduate general education requirements, OT program prerequisite coursework, and the requirements in their chosen undergraduate majors.
Transfer students must complete a minimum of 45 undergraduate credits at Sage prior to entering the graduate program
The first review for eligibility to continue into the OT professional program will take place after the fall semester of the third year.
Procedures for Acceleration into the MS in OT Program
By December 1 of the third year (or equivalent) of undergraduate academic study at RSC, students who are accelerating into the MS in OT program will:
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 Sage 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 and minimum grade of “C” or higher (2.000) in each of the OT Program prerequisite courses.
Achieve a minimum Science GPA of 3.000 in OT Program prerequisite courses Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II, and Medical Terminology.
Note: 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 Medical Terminology 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 Russell Sage College 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 reaccreditation 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.