Information about the Occupational Therapy Program
- York College is a public institution, that is part of the City University of New York higher education system since 1973 and is the only occupational therapy program in CUNY, graduating students since 1978.
- We have small class sizes: only 40 students are accepted each year.
- About 53% of our faculty have graduated from this program and our Clinical Laboratory Technician, Mr. Saby also graduated from York, with a degree in Health and Education.
- We have a COTAD chapter (Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity) in our program: COTAD Chapters are OT/OTA student-led groups that work together to develop and promote JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, inclusion), anti-racism, and anti-oppression within occupational therapy education programs and in the profession. Students establish chapters in their University’s OT/OTA programs to develop skills, build community and promote JEDI, anti-racism, and anti-oppression.
- Our students and faculty represent the microcosm of Queens County of New York City, noted as the most diverse borough of New York.
- Students in our program have opportunities to apply for an internal scholarship: Dr. Yves Roseus Citizen's Award for Outstanding Service and Advocacy in Occupational Therapy. Dr. Yves Roseus was an esteemed York College Alumnus and Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Department of Occupational Therapy and led a life dedicated to service and advocacy. In addition to his dedication to the York College community, he was a Senior Occupational Therapist at Brookdale Hospital. He also served on the Roster of Accreditors for ACOTE, and was a Board Member of NYSOTA and NYSBOTC. His commitment to service and advocacy also helped to establish an occupational therapy program in Haiti. The Dr. Yves Roseus Citizen's Award at York College has been established in loving memory of Dr. Roseus's dedication and commitment to service and advocacy.
- Students in our program may also apply for a scholarship from the NYC Board of Education.
- Our students and faculty are active members of the New York State Occupational Therapy Association(NYSOTA) and are often presenting faculty-student research posters at the annual conference.
- Our small cohort groups allow students to be supported by faculty: