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Masters Degrees in Occupational Therapy, USA

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Prepare yourself for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination and for a successful, gratifying career as a health care practitioner. Read more

Prepare yourself for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Examination and for a successful, gratifying career as a health care practitioner. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association, our M.S. and combined B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy programs teach you how to help patients recover from injuries, overcome disabilities, and live independently.

You’ll participate in interprofessional medical simulations with nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, and NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine students. You’ll also have the opportunity to conduct research with expert faculty members, present findings at major conferences, and demonstrate your knowledge at campus health fairs. In your third year, you’ll acquire professional experience through eight months of fieldwork rotations in public and private health care settings. OT is a profession in high demand not only locally but globally. You can explore the option of working abroad after graduation in countries such as Canada, Australia, and the Middle East, to name a few.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy will give you the tools to:

  • Increase a patient’s independence in daily living activities and apply adaptive equipment, functional splints, and assistive technology tools
  • Creatively use crafts to enhance function and improve physical and emotional well-being
  • Adapt the physical environments to facilitate participation and functioning of persons with disabilities
  • Enhance cultural awareness and competency to provide the best treatments for your patients while respecting their cultures and beliefs


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Earn your bachelor’s degree in life sciences and a master’s degree in occupational therapy in five and a half years. Read more

Earn your bachelor’s degree in life sciences and a master’s degree in occupational therapy in five and a half years. During your three-year pre-professional phase, you’ll begin where leading physicians, professors, and other health care practitioners all initiate their careers—by studying how living organisms function, survive, adapt, and evolve. Our curriculum provides the foundation in the core sciences of biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and other disciplines. Our professors actively conduct research in these fields to provide you with additional training opportunities. After completing the first three years of the pre-professional phase, you may apply and transition to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.

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Thanks for your interest in the Life Sciences, B.S./Occupational Therapy, M.S. program.

The combined program will enable you to achieve B.S./M.S. degrees in five and a half years. It includes a three-year phase of pre-professional courses and a two-and-a-half year phase of professional courses.



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The Master's in Counseling Psychology program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) prepares students to be socially and culturally responsive relationship and family therapists and mental health counselors. Read more

The Master's in Counseling Psychology program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) prepares students to be socially and culturally responsive relationship and family therapists and mental health counselors. At its core, the MFT’s clinical training program upholds values of equity, social justice, community and cultural wealth, and collaborative problem solving.

MFT Program Strengths

  • Curriculum attends to the mental health needs of diverse cultures and communities.
  • A focus on a community mental health recovery and wellness approach to serving clients and providing treatment options.
  • Three-course cognitive behavioral therapy sequence that includes theory, skill building, and practice of broad treatment interventions.
  • Courses that integrate a life-span development, family systems, multicultural, and social justice perspective in mental health practice.
  • Small class sizes with faculty who are invested in student growth and learning.
  • Many instructors are practicing mental health clinicians.
  • Emphasis on incorporating evidence-based practices and client strengths.
  • University-wide supportive services and opportunities to collaborate with instructors and students.
  • Collaborative cohort learning model facilitates future support, resources, and continued networking opportunities after graduation and licensure.

PROGRAM DELIVERY

  • 60-credit program with classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Cohort-based model with fall (eight semesters) and spring (seven semesters) entry dates.
  • Late afternoon (3:45-6:15 p.m.) and evening (7:20-9:50 p.m.) weekday classes with some Saturday sessions during fall and spring semesters.
  • Intensive summer sessions starting no earlier than 3:45 p.m. on weekdays with some Saturday sessions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Self-Awareness and Contextual Understanding: The MFT program will prepare students to become culturally competent therapists who can critically analyze themselves and their clients across ecological contexts. Students will be able to:

  • Develop a practice of cultural self-awareness and reflectiveness that critically evaluates how one’s beliefs, values, behaviors, personal experiences and cultural context affect one’s approach towards providing mental health treatment with clients of diverse backgrounds, belief systems, and relationship constellations.
  • Identify the ways in which the surrounding socio-political, historical, and cultural contexts impact the mental health experiences of individuals and communities of diverse identities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Explore and analyze power, privilege, and marginalization, as it relates to therapy practice, through multiple perspectives, worldviews, and epistemologies

Theoretical Grounding: The MFT program will prepare students to identify and critically analyze theory to address a wide range of clinical counseling and mental health issues, such that students will be able to:

  • Identify the legal and ethical standards related to marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counselor practice and understand how they apply in various service contexts and with diverse populations.
  • Understand the major theoretical concepts of counseling and mental health treatment to address a variety of mental health concerns and diagnoses from a strengths-based and culturally inclusive perspective.

Diagnosis, Assessment, and Research: The program will prepare students to become culturally competent therapists who understand socio-cultural complexities associated with diagnosis, assessment, and research. As culturally responsive therapists, students will be able to:

  • Conduct culturally sensitive clinical and diagnostic assessments of clients’ mental health functioning that account for the influences of relationships, cultural backgrounds, identity, biological determinants, historical context, and developmental variables.
  • Conceptualize psychopathology and psychiatric diagnosis in a way that recognizes the impact of environmental variables, social norms, cultural values, physiological and biological determinants, and relationship dynamics as variables that influence the presence of pathology.
  • Develop foundational crisis assessment and intervention strategies that promote stabilization, utilize community resources and strengths, and respects clients’ unique cultural, developmental, mental health needs.
  • Understand concepts of psychological trauma, including the range of traumatic experiences, symptomatology, and issues related to diagnosis, developmental impacts, and counseling treatment.
  • Understand ethical research, procedures and practices, such as reflexivity in the role of the researcher, and what methods align with distinct forms of inquiry.
  • Understand how to be a consumer of research in marriage and family therapy and how to use research to inform and improve culturally competent practice.

Therapeutic Interventions and Clinical Practice: Students in the program will be able to understand, develop, identify, and demonstrate the foundational components of culturally competent counseling in marriage and family therapy, clinical counseling, and relationship therapy. As practitioners, students will be able to:

  • Understand the components of collaborative treatment planning, employing a client-centered and strengths-based approach.
  • Identify culturally accountable, strengths-based evidence-based treatment interventions for application to diverse populations with a variety of mental health diagnoses.
  • Provide effective, evidence-based, and culturally responsive therapy and counseling treatment for individuals, children, groups, families, couples, and diverse relational constellations dealing with mild to severe mental health issues under appropriate supervision of trained mental health practitioners.
  • Demonstrate culturally responsive, evidence-based counseling and psychotherapy skills necessary for working with a wide range of individuals, families, couples, groups, and other relationship constellations across the lifespan.


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