About the Program

NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for the Master's Program in OT.
We currently offer only the OTD (entry-level doctorate) degree program.

The Stony Brook Occupational Therapy Program is a full three-year program. The academic year for the program typically starts in June (usually the third or last week) and goes through until the following June, typically ending around the third or fourth week. This is the academic calendar for all three years. The program is also designed to run in modules, not semesters. With the exception of the summer, which runs typically eight weeks, the modules for the rest of the year run five weeks long. This means that a course in the year may run for anywhere between one to four modules. This affords the program to provide more detailed learning experiences for the occupational therapy learner. For example, we provide a 10-week course in understanding the theory and application of sensory integration principles instead of a few lectures on the topic. Learners are also exposed to 10 weeks of a course that addresses how vision, cognition and perception influence a client and how to assess and develop treatment plans for those affected areas. The program also provides a 15-week course on the assessment and treatment for upper extremity diagnoses, including the fabrication of prosthetics and orthotics.

Learners in this program will complete two Level II Fieldwork Experiences, which are 12 weeks full-time clinic learning experiences. During the first 18 months, learners will complete three Level I Fieldwork Experiences, while at the same time, taking courses within the program. Each of these Level I Fieldwork Experiences provide 40 hours part-time clinical exposure for the learner.  By the end of the third year, learners will complete their graduate education by completing a capstone project that provides support to a local community agency. This upholds the occupational therapy program's mission statement of service to communities.

Below are links that illustrate how our vision and mission statements are supported by the curriculum design and how all these components produce the program outcomes. There is also a link that explains the progression policy for the program and another link that illustrates the curriculum design for the three years (please note this chart may be adjusted or changed to support changes within the program).

Progression Policy for MSOT Program

MSOT Curriculum Chart

MSOT Mission, Vision, and Program Outcomes