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Occupational Therapy

Master of Science
  • 60 Credits
  • School of Health and Natural Sciences
  • Westchester
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Occupational Therapy Overview

Nationally recognized faculty prepare you for a rewarding career in a high-demand field. Help individuals achieve professional and personal growth, and develop skills to lead to more self-sufficient, satisfying lives.

If you want an endlessly rewarding career in Occupational Therapy, Mercy University's Graduate Occupational Therapy (OT) weekend program is for you. We offer a 60 credit, two year, full-time, weekend program with classes scheduled approximately every other weekend. The program incorporates a variety of learning methods including a mixture of lecture, discussion, small group problem solving, hands-on experiences, problem based learning (PBL) and our innovative "learning by doing" philosophy.

Our faculty is comprised of occupational therapy practitioners with various specializations, providing Mercy students with first-rate, well rounded instruction. Most faculty members have published within the field and are nationally recognized for their expertise.

Students with a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisite courses can apply into the M.S. degree program. Students without a bachelor's degree can apply to the B.S. in Health Sciences Program which includes prerequisites or pre-professional occupational therapy courses. Students apply one year in advance of entry into the graduate program.

How to Become an Occupational Therapist in NY

Whether you've already taken courses to earn your occupational therapist degree or are wondering how to get started, follow these steps to become a certified occupational therapist in New York.

1. Earn a Bachelor's Degree

The first step in becoming an occupational therapist is to complete a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisites. At Mercy, you must have a B.S. in Health Science or Biology — like the B.S. in Health Science with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy, for example — before applying to our OT master's program.

Another option is our Occupational Therapy Assistant associate's degree. This two-year program can help you complete many prerequisites before you move onto a bachelor's and then master's program.

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2. Complete Prerequisites

As you work toward your bachelor's degree, you must complete volunteer or observation hours. Depending on your specific interests, you'll want to log your volunteer and observation hours in a few different settings and with various patient populations.

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3. Graduate From Our Occupational Therapy Master's Program

Our master's degree in Occupational Therapy takes the health science skills you learned as an undergrad and brings them to the next level. Our OT programs in New York provide the experience and knowledge you need to make a positive impact from your first day on the job.

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4. Complete an Internship or Practicum

Students in our master's program are required to complete internships for hands-on experience before graduation. New York State requires all students to serve under a licensed occupational therapist for at least six months to qualify for their official license.

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5. Pass the Occupational Therapist Registered Exam

To be nationally certified as an occupational therapist, you must score at least 450 on the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

Our Occupational Therapy master's degree helps you prepare for this exam, as many of the skills you learn in the classroom and during internships appear on the test. With a 95% graduation rate, our program has helped many students turn their dreams of becoming an occupational therapist into reality.

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6. Apply for Your License in New York State

After passing the licensing exam and becoming an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR), you're officially ready to apply for your New York State Occupational Therapy license. After completing your application, take the following steps:

  1. Provide a check or money order for the licensing fee.
  2. Request to have our registrar's office send your transcripts to the New York State Education Department.
  3. Request the NBCOT to forward your exam results.
  4. Send proof of licensure from any other states you may have practiced in.

After receiving your license, you're ready to practice as an occupational therapist! Each license lasts three years, and you must complete 36 continuing competency contact hours to qualify for renewal.

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How Long Is Occupational Therapy School?

Earning an occupational therapy degree at Mercy consists of two stages:

  • Four years earning your bachelor's in a related field
  • Two to three years earning your master's, depending on your course load

From start to finish, this means it takes six to seven years to become an occupational therapist. By having a clear roadmap to your career, you can accurately prepare for your college journey ahead.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared as generalists, enabling them to work in a variety of practice settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and regional schools. The Mercy University Occupational Therapy program prepares graduates to work with people of varying diagnosis including people living with spinal cord injuries, cancer, stroke, autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, and many other conditions and illnesses.

Many of our alumni hold leadership roles where they work and have returned to the OT program as PBL facilitators, teaching associates, guest lecturers, and lab assistants. 

There are expanding opportunities for occupational therapists in the areas of health promotion and prevention within private practices, industry, social and public or community agencies.

Why you should choose Mercy's OT Program

Learn why you should select Mercy University's Occupational Therapy Program to launch your career.

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Clinical Education

Learn more about Mercy's Clinical Simulation Labs, Interprofessional Education and meet our Clinical Educators within our various departments.

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18% Growth

Career Outcomes

Job growth expected to rise 18% through 2028*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

$88K Salary

Average Pay

For occupational therapists in the New York region*

60 Credits

Total Credits to Earn Your Degree

Classes in therapy practice, assessments & research methods

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The Mercy Advantage

  • Highest level of National Accreditation of ten years from ACOTE. Current accreditation is in effect through the 2030/2031 academic year.
  • Relationships with clinics in NYC and Westchester.
  • Weekend format.
  • State of the art simulation and learning labs.
  • Program completion in 7 trimesters inclusive of 24 weeks of full time clinical fieldwork.
  • The majority of current employers report Mercy students are above average in their knowledge, skills, and behaviors as compared to students/graduates form other occupational therapy programs.
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IHELP at Mercy University

Mercy University is here to help our students and communities succeed. The new Interdisciplinary Health Education Learning Program (IHELP) fellowship aims to expand internship opportunities that provide services for children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth who are at risk for behavioral health disorders in high need and high demand areas for graduate Fellows in Mercy's School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Occupational Therapy programs.

Students participating in the IHELP Fellowship have the opportunity to be awarded up to a $10,000 stipend while they are participating in their Level II Fieldwork Placement. 

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The Hispanic Mothers of New York Research Center (HiMNY-RTC) is a federally funded research award with the Human Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) under the Maternal Health Research Network (MH-RN) for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The overarching goal of this grant initiative is to build research capacity at Mercy University, a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) through a joint collaboration between the graduate Occupational Therapy (School of Health and Natural Sciences) and Psychology (School of Social and Behavioral Sciences) programs.


Student Benefits

  • Enhanced training in research methodology
  • Active engagement in mentored research activities
  • Direct collaboration with community agencies and Hispanic mothers in exploratory research
  • Have an impact on maternal mental health outcomes among underrepresented groups
  • HiMNY-RTC Student scholars will earn up to a $10,000 stipend per year
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Interprofessional Education in Simulation Labs

Students from various health professions work with a simulated patient (a student actor from the University) in one of the simulation labs.  These interprofessional experiences help students learn about other professions’ roles and responsibilities, values and ethics, and teamwork.  These simulated experiences prepare them for their real-world clinical experiences.

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Tour the 3rd floor clinical simulation labs

This space includes a Clinical Skills and Assessment Lab, movement lab and home health labs, frequently used by students and faculty in our nursing occupational therapy, occupational therapy assistant, and physical therapy programs. 

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Alumni News

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OT Alumni Melissa Giberson '99

Mercy University OT alumna Melissa Giberson ’99 has written her memoir titled “Late Bloomer: Finding My Authentic Self at Midlife.” It will be released on August 8. Read more about her story.

Program Accreditation

The Mercy University Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) ( of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 7501 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 510E, Bethesda, MD 20814-6519. ACOTE's phone number is (301) 652-AOTA. The Mercy University OT Program currently holds a 10 year accreditation from ACOTE through 2031. Graduates of the Occupational Therapy program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

For further information on these limitations, you can contact NBCOT at: National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, 1 Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878, (301) 990-7979. Applicants are also encouraged to contact the State Board of Occupational Therapy in the state they anticipate practicing to investigate any limitations.

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Program Outcomes


Master entry-level proficiencies in occupational therapy knowledge and practice skills with individuals of all ages.


Display professional behaviors, cultural competence, ethical values and a commitment to maintaining currency with professional knowledge and practice.


Use a dynamic process of inquiry to guide evidence based clinical decisions to competently fulfill the responsibilities of the occupational therapist’s role within a complex and changing health care environment.


Demonstrate a commitment to advocate with professional colleagues for diverse populations of clients’ access to health, educational, and rehabilitative services to foster life and community participation.

How To Apply to the Occupational Therapy M.S.

Applications open annually between March 15 - June 15 for admission to the Graduate program for the following academic year. Communicating with an admissions advisor is strongly recommended. Please email Admissions at for information related to admissions requirements and procedures.

Students must have one of the following in order to apply:

  • An undergraduate degree, with a cumulative prerequisite grade point average of 3.0. Higher grade point averages (General Prerequisites and Cumulative), will make a stronger application portfolio. 
  • At least 90 credits toward an undergraduate degree and completion of the first level of prerequisites, as described in Step 2 below. NOTE: Students must complete their bachelor's degree before beginning the OT Graduate Program. 

There are two levels of prerequisites that must be completed before a student can begin the graduate program.

  • General Prerequisites (1st level of prerequisites completed prior to application) – can be taken as part of other undergraduate coursework and can be taken at any institution.  All General Prerequisites must be completed prior to application with a minimum grade of “C” (exception: a “B” or better in Anatomy and Physiology I & II).  These are listed in the General Prerequisite Coursework tab below.
  • Mercy-specific Prerequisites (2nd level completed prior to beginning the graduate program, if provisionally accepted). All students admitted to the Program are done so on a conditional basis. Students must complete the Mercy Specific prerequisites within one year of acceptance and pass with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 to begin the Graduate program. Students may choose to begin taking Mercy-specific prerequisites before they actually apply to the program. Students interested in this option must speak with the Occupational Therapy Graduate Advisor, who can be contacted at

Please note: Students must apply to the graduate program one full year before they begin graduate coursework. During that year, all of the Mercy-specific prerequisite courses must be completed. 

Additional information can be obtained from the OT Application Prerequisite Worksheet and OT Program Info Sheet

General Prerequisite Coursework

Course Name/Content Credits Special Requirements Mercy College Equivalent
Anatomy/Physiology I&II
(Must have at least one campus-based lab with vertebrae dissection)
8 Grade of "B" or higher to enter Mercy's Anatomy with Cadaver and taken within last 5 years. If less than "B" or over 5 years, a Faculty Review required.  BIOL 130/130A

BIOL 131/131A
Abnormal Psychology 3 Online is acceptable PSYN 312
Developmental Psychology 3 Must cover the entire lifespan; online is acceptable PSYN 233
Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Statistics course must be at the 200 level or above; online is acceptable BHSC 370
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 Introduction to Sociology, Anthropology, or Cultural Diversity; online is acceptable  


*There are specific requirements for prerequisite course content. Acceptance of the above courses as meeting prerequisite requirements is determined by the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program only, and may be different than what is accepted for credit as part of a typical admissions process at Mercy. The Office of Admissions can answer questions regarding course content. Please complete the “Request for Information” tab if you have questions, and Admissions Counselor will be able to assist you. 

Submit the application portfolio materials to the Graduate Occupational Therapy Program.  Important: Although applicants must have a 3.0 GPA to apply, a 3.4 GPA or higher in prerequisite coursework is strongly recommended for a more competitive application.

It will be important to follow the directions carefully, and include all of the required materials.  Failure to do so may result in your portfolio not being reviewed.

The following information is required:

  • Prerequisite Table completed with the following:
  1. General prerequisites: Identify the institution and term each course was completed, along with final grade
  2. Mercy-specific prerequisites: Identify dates for completion OR anticipated dates for completion for each course, along with final grades, as applicable.
  • A short paper (2 pages) in which the applicant describes and discusses his/her understanding of occupational therapy, and connection to the profession. Cite three current and relevant references. Please use one-inch margins, double spacing, and Times New Roman 12 font. Failure to do so may result in an incomplete review of the applicant’s portfolio.
  • Two references (using Mercy Occupational Therapy Recommendation form) – references should be from two previous or current instructors/educators, or one educator and one employer
  • Official transcripts (unofficial is acceptable only if student has a course in progress.) Students should request official transcripts be mailed directly from the institution(s) where credits were earned to SSSC via: or the postal address below:

Mercy University Student Services Support Center
828 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591

  • Updated résumé
  • Incomplete application may not be considered for admission to the program, as all materials must be present in order for an accurate and fair review to occur.

Applications submitted during the application window will be processed and evaluated. Once all portfolios have been evaluated, select students will be invited for an on-campus interview and an onsite writing sample. After interviews are completed, students are either provisionally invited into the program, put on a waitlist , or not invited. Students will be informed of the Admission Committee decisions by the end of August. 

  • Application portfolios will be presented to the program’s Admission Committee.  The final admission decision is based on a combination of GPA, references, interview and written essays.
  • Candidates will be notified regarding their provisional acceptance into the next year’s occupational therapy class by late August. 
  • All acceptances will be provisional, and will not be finalized unless students complete remaining Mercy-specific prerequisites and/or bachelor’s degree courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a grade of C or better prior to the Fall semester into which they were accepted. 
  • Students accepted into the program will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 (effective Fall 2024) at the time of acceptance, which will be applied to the fall graduate tuition payment. 
  • Students must enter the program in the year for which they were accepted.  Any divergence from this policy must be approved through a faculty review.
  • After a provisional acceptance into the OT Graduate Program, students must complete Mercy-specific prerequisites listed below in the year prior to beginning the graduate program.
  • Students may choose to begin taking Mercy-specific prerequisites before they actually apply to the program to improve the competitiveness of their application. Students interested in this option must speak with the Occupational Therapy Graduate Advisor, who can be contacted at
  • Mercy-Specific Prerequisite courses are required to be completed at Mercy University. However, the Program may consider accepting courses deemed equivalent by the Program. Students interested in a review of course or courses for transfer must contact for specific information regarding procedure for acceptance of transfer credits.
  • Acceptance into the program is competitive.  Achieving the minimum prerequisite grade point average, or completion of the Mercy-specific prerequisites does not guarantee program admission. 
Mercy-Specific Course Terms Offered
HLSC 205 Safety Precautions for the Health Care Professional Fall, Spring and Summer
HLSC 210 Overview of Occupational Therapy Fall, Spring and Summer
HLSC 225 Intro to Accessing and Reading Scholarly Literature (optional if >3.5 in bachelors or master's degree) Fall, Spring and Summer
HLSC 402 Scientific Writing (optional if >3.5 in bachelors or master's degree) Fall and Spring
HLSC 344 Group Process for Health Professionals (must obtain a "B-" or better) Fall and Spring
HLSC 302 Pathology for Rehabilitation Fall, Spring and Summer
HLSC 303/303A Human Anatomy with Cadaver Fall, Spring and Summer
HLSC 314 Clinical Kinesiology Fall and Spring
HLSC 410 Applied Neuroscience Spring
HLSC 420 Foundations of Occupational Therapy Spring and Summer


Mercy Graduate OT courses are required to be completed at Mercy University. However, the Program may consider accepting up to 6 credits of graduate coursework, if deemed equivalent by the Program. Students interested in a review of course or courses for acceptance must contact the Program and complete the procedure to request review for the course or courses they are seeking for transfer, prior to starting the Graduate Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Many of our current students and alumni have volunteered to speak to prospective students about our program. Please contact the Occupational Therapy program at 914-674-7815 or for additional information.

Intense. The amount of information covered in one weekend is equivalent to four to five classes in a traditional program. There are lectures, discussions, small group problem solving and active hands on practice.

Your grades in the General Mercy University prerequisite courses (meeting minimum required grades for each course), grade point average, interview, recommendation forms, and written essays. All acceptances are provisional and require successful completion and grade attainment for the Mercy Specific prerequisites with a minimum GPA of 3.0. All Mercy Specific prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entering the program.

The adult learner who is motivated, self-directed and takes charge of his/her own learning.

Program Details & Curriculum

Occupational therapy is a health, education and rehabilitation profession that helps people maximize potential and build skills that are important for independent functioning, health, well-being and participation in communities. Occupational therapy practitioners work with people of all ages who may need specialized assistance in learning skills to enable them to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.

Occupational therapy includes: (1) administering and / or interpreting standardized and non-standardized assessments for the purpose of identifying areas of function and/ or dysfunction; (2) evaluation and treatment of motor, cognitive, sensory, psychosocial impairments contributing to difficulty in daily living; (3) customized treatment programs aimed at improving abilities to carry out daily life activities within the home, community, school, or work; (4) comprehensive evaluation of home and job environments and recommendations on necessary adaptations and environmental modifications to prevent injury or enhance independent functioning; (5) design, training and recommendations in the use of specialized tools, adaptive equipment, assistive technology and orthotics; (6) teaching methods that prevent injury or promote and maintain healthy habits and routines; and (7) the provision of consultative, educational or research services.

Occupational therapists work with people experiencing daily living problems that may result from the effects of normal aging, disability or illnesses such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, cancer, autism, cerebral palsy or developmental problems, congenital conditions, and mental illness. Occupational therapists work in a wide range of practice settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities, home health agencies, outpatient rehabilitation programs, psychiatric facilities, private and public schools, community centers and private practices. There are expanding opportunities for occupational therapists in the areas of health promotion and prevention within private practices, industry, social and public or community agencies. 

Professional Courses: 48 Credits

Clinical Education: 12 Credits

Total: 60 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.

The curriculum is organized around the life-span stages of childhood, adolescence, adulthood and geriatrics. Concepts related to health, learning, the impact of illness and occupational therapy practice are integrated within each life-span stage. The program provides an intense learning experience and is especially designed for the motivated adult learner.

The program incorporates a variety of learning methods including a mixture of lecture, discussion, small group problem solving, hands on experiences and problem based learning (PBL).

Each life span module is linked to a PBL course where students meet in small groups with a faculty facilitator to discuss clinical cases. The case context drives learning, requires students’ active participation and involvement in the learning process, and reflects the actual process occupational therapists engage in within practice. The cases require students to call upon previous learned knowledge from prerequisite courses, engage in independent and self-directed learning, and use a variety of learning resources. PBL allows students to learn the content specified for the course by applying clinical reasoning and inquiry skills.

Each life-span module is also linked to a Level I Fieldwork course designed to connect theory to practice. Students are assigned to various clinical and community settings for a minimum of seven weekdays each fall and spring trimester.

The Occupational Therapy Program incorporates three strands of knowledge within courses in the curriculum. The strands are 1) the importance of engagement in occupation in promoting health and participation; 2) client centered occupational therapy evaluation and intervention approaches focused on the interaction of the person, environment and occupation; and 3) exploration and application of available evidence based knowledge and information to support critical thinking and clinical decision making. All three strands contain themes that are reflective of the program’s philosophy and mission.

The program provides students with entry-level proficiency in occupational therapy practice with people of all ages, cultures and disabilities. The program places a strong emphasis on encouraging clinical reasoning and critical thinking and is designed to reinforce the self-directed learning style inherent in the professional role. The Occupational Therapy Program is committed to preparing practitioners who can competently fulfill responsibilities of the professional role within a changing health care world.

The Master of Science Degree Program in Occupational Therapy is a full-time weekend program that takes 7 trimesters to complete. The student is required to take nine - eleven credits per trimester. Classes are completed in 5 trimesters and are followed by twenty-four weeks of full-time clinical fieldwork. During the final two trimesters, while completing the Level II fieldwork, the student registers for 4.5 - 5 credits and is considered a part-time student. The required 24 weeks of fieldwork must be completed within 24 months following the completion of the didactic component of the program unless the program Faculty Review Committee grants and extension for extenuating circumstances.

The Occupational Therapy Program is committed to meeting its mission as it relates to serving our students, potential students, staff, faculty, adjunct faculty, clinical faculty and the public consumer of occupational therapy. To that end, we are committed to ensuring that exceptional complaints for which there is no established College, School or program policy or procedure are considered and resolved in a timely, fair, consistent and equitable manner.  Additional information may be found in the College graduate catalog.

Procedure:  Complaints should be addressed to the Program Director through the online form. If the program director is the subject of the complaint, the complaint should be addressed to the Dean, School of Health and Natural Science.

The total number of graduates from Mercy University Graduate Occupational Therapy Program during the three-year period 2022-2023 was 144, with an overall graduation rate of 95%.

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2021 37/35 95%
2022 35/34 97%
2023 A* 36/34 94%
2023 B* 36/34 94%
TOTAL 144/137 95%

*Due to the University changing conferral date there was a double cohort for this graduation year.

Pass Rates on National Exam
Program results from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) can be found online at:

Overall, employer surveys indicated that employers are satisfied with Mercy University graduates. Ninety-five percent of employers rated graduates as average or above average. Eighty-five percent indicated that preparation for the current position was good or excellent, with no ratings of "poor." One hundred percent of employers stated they would hire a Mercy graduate in the future.

Each life-span module is linked to a Level I Fieldwork course designed to connect theory to practice. Students are assigned to various clinical and community settings for a minimum of seven weekdays each fall and spring trimester. Level I Fieldwork in Pediatrics is completed in settings such as children's specialized hospital and rehabilitation centers, private schools, school based practices, special education schools, pediatric units in general hospitals and outpatient clinics. Level I Fieldwork in Adolescence is completed in residential care facilities for children and youth with emotional disabilities or after school programs for impoverished and "at-risk" youth that are located primarily in the counties surrounding the college. Accommodations may be made for students outside of the tri-state area. Level I Fieldwork in Adults is completed with a physically disabled population in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, private practices, outpatient clinics. The final Level I Fieldwork course in Geriatrics is completed in community settings typically in social based adult day programs for individuals with dementia.

Absences of more than one fieldwork day (even if rescheduled) are considered excessive and may result in a non-passing grade for the fieldwork course. Students are expected to attend fieldwork for the entire scheduled day unless they are ill or have extenuating circumstance. Students who are ill should use their judgment when deciding if they should attend fieldwork. Students are required to complete a total of at least seven days of fieldwork each fall and spring term. Students must meet the minimum required hours (forty-two hours) to successfully complete each Fieldwork Level I experience. Students assigned to fieldwork sites that have less than a six hour workday must complete a minimum of 42 hours. Students assigned to sites with six or more hour workdays must complete seven days.

A total of 24 weeks of Level II Fieldwork experiences is required for students to graduate and be eligible for national certification and state licensure. This fieldwork is usually completed at the end of the curriculum sequence as two full-time 12-week unpaid placements. Modifications, such as part-time (i.e., 3 day a week schedule) or placement in three practice sites (e.g., 12 weeks in physical disabilities, 8 weeks in pediatrics and 8 weeks in mental health) may be possible depending on a student's GPA, work schedule and availability of fieldwork sites with contracts with Mercy College. Part-time fieldwork experiences may limit the populations and settings in which the fieldwork can be completed and will lengthen the time needed to complete the program, but for some students offers the opportunity to balance education requirements with work or family responsibilities. Specialty or third affiliations are offered in focused areas such as hand rehabilitation or pediatric early intervention after the student completes the basic fieldwork experiences. All fieldwork placements must be successfully completed within 24 months of didactic course work unless the program Faculty Review committee grants and extension for extenuating circumstances. Participating in a Level II Fieldwork frequently involves a commitment commensurate to a full-time job.


Items Fall 2023 Trimester Year 1 (11 credits) Total Cost of Program (60 credits) 9/2023 - 12/2025
  (11 credits)  
Tuition $12,166.00 $68,241.00*
Mercy Registration Fee $217.00 $1,576.00*
OT Program Fees  $330.00 $1,590.00**
Books & Supplies $500.00 $2,330.00
Loan Fees Varies*** Varies***
Distance Education Fees NA NA
Total $13,213.00 $73,737.00


*Illustration based on a 3.5%  increase annually, however tuition and fees are subject to change

**University and Program fees are subject to change

***Loan fees are based on the amount borrowed and determined by the loan program the student qualifies for. These fees are paid directly to the lender. 

According to FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), cost of attendance is defined as total amount of attending the program, which includes tuition and fees, book, supplies, transportation, loan fees as well as fees associated with distance education

The Occupational Therapy program leads to a professional license administered by each state. Applicants and potential students should review information available on the College's NC-SARA page. We advise you to contact your state licensing board or appropriate licensing entity to determine whether the program meets requirements for Professional Licensure in the state where you are located or the state in which you intend to pursue licensure. Please contact the OT Program Director if you have further questions.

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Contact the Occupational Therapy Program

Dr. Francine Seruya
Program Director, Occupational Therapy
(914) 674-7816

Dr. Jeanine Stancanelli
Associate Program Director, Occupational Therapy
(914) 674-7817

Felisha Ali
Administrative Assistant,
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