Skip to Main Content

By completing this program, students earn a Bachelor's degree from the College of Saint Rose and a Master of Science from the Sage Graduate School.

The Occupational Therapy (4+2) program is a collaborative college-st-rose-science-ctrprogram between the College of Saint Rose and The Sage Colleges.  A student takes four years of classes at The College of Saint Rose to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.  Any major can be chosen, but the basic coursework requirements for the Occupational Therapy program must be completed. A major of Biology or Chemistry is strongly recommended.

The student then completes an additional two years at Sage Graduate School to obtain a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.  The MS in Occupational Therapy at Sage Graduate School is the only accredited master-level Occupational Therapy Program in the Capital District and Upstate Region of New York State.


The College of Saint Rose will provide you with an advisor for your chosen major as well as an advisor for the occupational therapy program track. You will meet with both of your advisors at least once a semester to track your progression in the program. The current advisor for this program is: Brian Jensen, Ph.D. Professor of Biology.

Articulation Agreement & Program Requirements

The College of Saint Rose and The Sage Colleges have developed a collaborative agreement to provide qualified students from Saint Rose who wish to pursue an MS in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Sage Graduate School (SGS) preferred acceptance as indicated below. This collaborative agreement provides for:

  • Preferred acceptance into the Sage Graduate Schools for students who have completed occupational therapy program course prerequisites and with completed application;
  • Waiver of Sage Graduate School application fee;
  • Access to Sage advisors to coordinate undergraduate electives and coursework to reduce or eliminate prerequisites in the graduate program;
  • Early acceptance;
  • Admission is guaranteed on a space-available basis after consideration of applicants, who are undergraduates at the Sage Colleges.  Please contact the admissions administrator for the projected number of spaces available in the upcoming class.

Terms of Agreement for Occupational Therapy Admission

The College of Saint Rose students will be given preferred admission to the Sage Colleges School of Health Science for the MS in OT degree, who demonstrate the following:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum overall 3.25 GPA (including OT prerequisite courses)
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.0 (Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs or approved equivalents; Physics I)
  • Completion of occupational therapy program prerequisite courses with grades of C or better in each (see prerequisite courses listed below).

To be given priority in placement in the OT Program, students agree to:

By June 1 of the year preceding graduation from The College of Saint Rose:

1.     Submit completed graduate application packet with supplemental documents (fee waived):

  • resume
  • clinical observation form
  • program prerequisite record
  • OT program academic standards statement
  • career goals/personal essay

Forms can be found at The Sage Colleges – Occupational Therapy Admission

Forms should be mailed to:

The Sage Graduate Schools
Office of Admission
65 First Street
Troy, NY 12180

2.    Email the OT Department ( and Sage Graduate School Admissions (, indicating application has been submitted via Articulation Agreement with indicated school.

3.    Submit official transcripts from all college institutions attended

4.    Submit one letter of reference from the College of Saint Rose faculty.

Within 30 Days of acceptance:

5.    Make an enrollment deposit of $50 (non-refundable, applied toward graduate tuition)

Upon graduation from the College of Saint Rose:

6.    Submit official transcripts documenting completion of undergraduate degree and OT program prerequisite courses

7.    Submit Clinical Observation Document: 20 hours of clinical observation with an occupational therapist


Occupational Therapy Licensure

The Sage Colleges Occupational Therapy Program is registered with the NYS Education Department and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220, 301/652-2682. The most recent re-accreditation was granted in May 2007. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam that is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice occupational therapy; however state licenses are usually based on the results of the national certification exam. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the certification exam or to attain state licensure.

Course Requirements

Course credits
BIO 199 Anatomy & Physio I 4
BIO 200 Anatomy & Physio II 4
PHY 190 Fundamentals of Physics 1 4
PSY 295 Research Methods/Statistics 1 or
MAT 184 Statistics
PSY 110 Introductory Psychology 3
PSY 250 Developmental Psychology: Childhood 3
PSY 252 Adolescence and Adulthood 3
PSY 363 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 111 Introduction to Sociology or
SOC 112 Social Issues or
ANT 110 General Anthropology or
ANT 111 Cultural Anthropology

All 4-credit physics and biology courses have a required laboratory component.