About the Program

We welcome all interested applicants to apply to our full-time weekday program via OTCAS at https://portal.otcas.org

Our Program Brochure has information on prerequisites and the OTCAS web address: 

  • March 15 application deadline -- It is strongly recommended that all science prerequisite courses should be completed at the time of applying through OTCAS.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed the 20 credits of the science prerequisites at the time of applying through OTCAS.
  • It is strongly recommended that all applications should be submitted to OTCAS no later than January 1 (this includes submissions of all final transcripts into OTCAS) in order to allow processing time for authentication of those transcripts.
  • It is important to monitor OTCAS to see if transcripts and references have been received by OTCAS. Late documents could affect the processing of one's application.

Applications are available through OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Central Application System). The link for OTCAS is: https://portal.otcas.org

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 clincal 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