LIU Occupational Therapy Department’s mission statement declares its commitment to prepare health professionals who will demonstrate mastery of a complex body of skills, knowledge, attitudes and values reflecting best practices sensitive to the needs of a diverse urban community.

Occupational therapy is a vital health care and rehabilitation profession that employs practitioners who help clients to develop or to restore and sustain the highest quality of productive life while recovering from illness or injury. Occupational therapists work with individuals across the lifespan to promote health, wellness and recovery from illness that can impact sensory, motor, cognitive and psychosocial functions.

It is a field that provides many opportunities for the candidate who has the intelligence, the empathy, the personal integrity, and the skills to provide a wide range of services to various population and age groups. Please refer to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s website for more information about the profession.

The New Seminary entered into an affiliation with Long Island University to offer the B.S. /M.S. Degree in Occupational Therapy with the first group of women beginning their studies in Fall of 2010. Several classes have already graduated and enjoy singular success. Most of the students had multiple job offers before graduation; their services are highly in demand, with agencies constantly requesting them.

LIU Occupational Therapy Department’s mission statement declares its commitment to prepare health professionals who will demonstrate mastery of a complex body of skills, knowledge, attitudes and values reflecting best practices sensitive to the needs of a diverse urban community.

As graduates, these occupational therapists will promote people’s health and wellness via their engagement in meaningful occupations. They will provide skillful care grounded in scientific evidence and research, adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards, and recognizing the inherent dignity of all people.

It is the Department’s vision that the occupational therapy services of the graduates will be guided by humanistic and ethical values and an appreciation of scientific inquiry. They will assume roles as innovators, leaders and scholars for the profession and the community. They will empower each person to attain a healthy, satisfying and meaningful quality of life in the context of their unique life experience.

The Department of Occupational Therapy at Long Island University provides the individualized attention of private education and a state of the art preparation of future Occupational Therapists. The didactic and clinical parts of the curriculum prepare graduates for leadership roles in the field. The Department has recently (Summer 2012) received a 10 year of accreditation from ACOTE, receiving nationwide acknowledgement for its curricular excellence and forward thinking. The LIU OT graduates are commented by the workforce for their excellent clinical preparation and their dynamic and progressive contributions. The LIU OT graduates are ready to assume leadership roles in the field and well prepared to develop and implement new programs.

For further information on accreditation visit the website: or via mail


c/o Accreditation Department

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200

Bethesda, MD 20814-3449


The Seminary is proud of the high caliber of the students and of their excellent achievements both in the classroom and in their clinical experiences.

Unique Features of the OT program in the New Seminary/Long Island University Affiliation:

  • Separate cohorts
  • Sensitivity to the nuances of our unique community – without any compromise on the content of the material
  • Welcoming guest speakers to address issues from the perspective of the Occupational Therapist as an Orthodox Jewish professional
  • Regular availability of Rabbonim in collaboration with the OT program to address halachic issues encountered in a clinical or other professional setting.
  • Scheduling never conflicts with Shabbos and Yomim Tovim
  • Highest quality of skill development and clinical preparation for practice.


What are the requirements for admission?

  • B.A. from a regionally accredited university or
    • Successful completion of all prerequisites and required liberal arts courses, within an Associate degree, or
    • a minimum of 67 credits completed from an accredited and respected institution
  • Minimum 3.0 overall G.P.A and a preferred 3.0 or better GPA in science courses(most students have entered with a G.P.A. well over 3.0)
  • Strong grades in all the prerequisite courses

What is the Application Process?

  • The application process is a three-tiered one – one application is to The New Seminary – for admission as a part of the Seminary cohort of students – application to Long Island University, and an application for the Department of Occupational Therapy.

The student must first be accepted to the Seminary in order to be considered by the University for their admission to the Evening/Weekend Jewish Women Cohort Program.

Candidates must meet the criteria set by the University.

  • Transcripts from an accredited university (or from as many colleges/universities whose credits are part of the final transcript).
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation – preferably from instructors, supervisors or occupational therapists in which you did volunteer work at;
    • References are asked to please complete the LIU recommendation form – with its assessment chart,
  • Minimum of 50 volunteer hours with a licensed occupational therapist. Verification letter is required
  • A written statement is required (2-page limit) to provide a rationale for the decision to become an occupational therapist.
  • Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • Education Plan: This needs to clearly show how the applicant plans to complete all requirements before the start of the fall semester. Please note that for students entering without an Associate Degree or a B.A., an additional 4 credits in liberal arts are required.
  • In evaluating applicants, in addition to the academic criteria, prerequisites, etc., the University seriously considers independent research in which students have engaged.
  • An interview with an adviser from the occupational therapy faculty is a very important part of the admissions process. During the interview portion of the process, the candidate will also be asked to write a short essay answering a question pertaining to the field of occupational therapy.

How long is the program and how many credits are part of the B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy degree?

  • The program is usually completed in 3 years
    • First Year – Fall (17 credits), Spring (14 credits), Summer (14 credits)
      • Academic classes and community service requirement
    • Second Year – Fall (18 credits – including Fieldwork Level I: Geriatrics), Spring (17 credits – including Fieldwork Level I: Mental Health and Fieldwork Level II: Physical Disability), Summer (14 credits)
    • Third Year – Fall (15 credits – including Fieldwork Level II: Mental Health and Fieldwork Level I: Pediatrics), Spring (13 – 17 credits, Fieldwork Level II: Physical Disability, Fieldwork Level II: Pediatrics and Elective Fieldwork Level II [2-4 credits])


How many clinical hours are required?

The OT Department at Long Island University has embedded in their curriculum their clinical affiliations. This is how the clinical hours are distributed through the 3 years of the program

  • First year: 24 hours of community service a semester
  • Second year: Level I Fieldwork
    • fall semester: one time a week for 10 weeks,
    • spring semester: two times a week for 6 weeks
  • Third year: Level I and Level II Fieldwork Experiences
    • Fall Semester: two times a week for 6 weeks
    • Fall/Spring/Summer Semester: a minimum of 28 weeks of full-time Level II Fieldwork experience in three different practice areas (at which time students will be responsible for providing all occupational therapy services to their own caseload, under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists).


Who may supervise?

  • Supervision must be by a licensed occupational therapist with a least one year of experience for Level II Fieldwork. Supervision for Level I Fieldwork can provided by but not limited to, currently licensed or credentialed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, psychologists, physician assistants, teachers, social workers, nurses and physical therapists.


Who is responsible for these arrangements?


  • Long Island University takes full responsibility for all aspects of the program – both academic and clinical.
  • Long Island University has personnel (professors) designated to oversee the fieldwork and to establish relationships with sites for fieldwork (throughout the 5 boroughs of New York, its suburbs, and New Jersey)
  • The role of the Seminary during the course of studies is to be available as an ongoing resource to the students and to the University. Wherever possible, the Seminary serves as a liaison to resources and opportunities within the community.

When and where are classes held?

Health Science Building located at 1 University Plaza

Brooklyn Campus (Flatbush Ave & DeKalb Ave)


For more information, please visit the LIU OT website: