An occupational therapist (OT) works with people of all ages who need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives due to physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems. Occupational therapists are skilled licensed/certified health care workers who implement treatment plans, assess patients’ needs, determine therapeutic goals, plan treatment activities, communicate with patients and health care providers, and document patient progress. Occupational therapists use the “occupations” of self-care, work, and play/leisure activities to increase independence, enhance development, and/or prevent disability. They may work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, school systems, psychiatric hospitals and private practice outpatient clinics. Occupational therapy is a challenging and fascinating job combining creativity and problem solving with the ability to make practical, meaningful changes in a person’s life. As an OT, you will use your knowledge, critical thinking, and hands-on skills to help others.
Students who are accepted to the combined Bachelor’s/Master’s program start off earning their undergraduate degree at Excelsior College. The prerequisite courses are taken at Bramson Ort College, located in Brooklyn, NY, in separate classes exclusively for TTI students. These credits are transferred to Excelsior College, and under the personalized guidance of TTI, students continue seamlessly to our Master’s program. TTI partners with New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) to offer an all-women’s master’s program with classes scheduled around the Yomim Tovim for our students’ convenience. NYIT’s Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Separate classes are held at NYIT’s Long Island campus, generally two days a week.
The program is designed to give you the edge you need to succeed as an Occupational Therapist. It combines classroom lecture and clinical experience. TTI will secure the fieldwork placement; there are Level 1 and Level 2 internships interspersed throughout the program, with Level 2 fieldwork being full-time. Throughout our program, you’ll acquire the necessary practical skills for a solid entry-level position as an occupational therapist. Our rigorous coursework focuses on medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, growth and development, kinesiology and occupational therapy for mental and physical health. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).