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Occupational Science BS/Occupational Therapy MS - Academic Experience

(HEGIS: 12.01 HEALTH PROFESSIONS- GEN, CIP: 51.2306 Occupational Therapy/Therapist)

School of Public Health and Health Professions

501 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

Sue Ann Sisto
Rehabilitation Science Department Chair

Janice Tona
Occupational Therapy Program Director

Turquessa Francis
Occupational Therapy Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

MaryAnn Venezia
Occupational Therapy Program Coordinator

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Academic Opportunities

Research Opportunities

There are several opportunities for research experiences for occupational therapy students. All occupational therapy students develop, implement, and analyze a group research project that includes receiving Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Faculty are involved in research in a variety of areas including understanding the needs of caregivers, studying the impact of assistive technology and environmental adaptations on elders and persons with disabilities, effects of activity and exercise on functional abilities on persons with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities, Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy with individuals who have sustained a stroke, and in understanding occupational implications of neuropsychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.

Experiential Learning

Independent Study
Students can elect to study specific topics of interest under the mentorship of OT faculty.

The Occupational Therapy BS/MS program includes many clinic-based experiences throughout the program along with six months of Fieldwork Placement in various settings throughout the United States. The fieldwork is required for all OT majors, and includes three months of fieldwork in a selected service area (e.g. mental health, homecare, pediatrics, or geriatrics), and three months in physical disabilities practice.

Study Abroad

Occupational therapy students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of study abroad programs in the winter session and summer through the University at Buffalo and other SUNY schools.

Extracurricular Activities

Honors and Awards

Phi Theta Epsilon (OT Honor Society)
Alpha Eta (Allied Health Honor Society)

Departmental Honors

Published: Oct 18, 2021 15:41:17