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Iona Offering Academic Degrees In Growing Industries

Occupational Therapy

In keeping with its strategic goals of strengthening academic excellence and distinctiveness, creating more opportunities for student success, and acquiring the best and brightest faculty, Iona College has developed a new MS in Occupational Therapy (OT). Under the direction of Laurette Olson, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, who has over 30 years’ experience as a practicing occupational therapist and has written and presented extensively on the subject, Iona’s program has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This is a critical step in the path toward achieving full accreditation status from ACOTE.

“Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent — or live better with — injury, illness or disability.”


Occupational Therapy faculty are building the program around the strengths of the College including the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Iona’s focus on community engagement and service-learning. OT students will be active members of the Iona community as well as the surrounding health care, education and community organizations in Westchester County and New York City. Throughout the graduate OT curriculum, students will also be involved in lectures, activities and events at the Hynes Institute in order to grow their entrepreneurial mindset and skills for design thinking and innovation in the interest of persons with disabilities.

“Iona prepares its students for both service and success in the classroom and in life. Our OT program opens up new opportunities for our students to shine in their lives and


“We will also be collaborating with different departments that are educating helping professionals across campus including the Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate program,” Olson added. The OT and CSD faculty are working to develop authentic interprofessional learning opportunities where students will collaborate around clinical activities and service. In addition, the occupational therapy program is proud to join with other Iona College allied health programs in launching a student allied health interdisciplinary scholarly journal.


Cybersecurity is expected to grow faster than av-erage for all occupations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybercrime experts
are needed to find innovative ways to prevent hackers from stealing critical information.

Banks and financial institutions, who have been hit hard by cyberattacks, will need to continue to increase their cybersecurity efforts in the face of growing threats. In particular, the health care industry, with its expansion of electronic medical records, has to work even harder at ensuring the privacy and protection of patient data.

$500 billion:
Microsoft’s estimate for the total potential cost of cybercrime to the global community in 2016.


Iona College has stepped up to meet the demands of this ever-growing field by offering the Advanced Online Certificate for Cybercrime & Prevention. All credits can be applied toward a master’s degree in criminal justice and qualifying undergraduates who complete this course finish with an advanced graduate certificate.

This 12-credit certificate is useful for those interested in advancing their careers in law enforcement, private firms involved with cybercrime and security monitoring, financial institutions, and government and private contractors focused on preventing and detecting cyber espionage.

The U.S. has had the most data breaches of any country, by a large margin. There were 1,013 data breaches in the U.S. in 2016. By comparison, the U.K. was in second place with just 38 breaches.


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