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Occupational Therapy Entry Options

There are four entry routes to our DrOT program:

  • Guaranteed freshman entry into the major: Our accelerated pathway to the DrOT degree provides you with a BS in health sciences after 3½ years of full-time study and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) after an additional 2½ years of full-time study. No additional application to enter the professional phase is required. Qualified students admitted to the freshman year will be able to identify occupational therapy as their major field of study. Students in the Accelerated BSHS/DrOT program who achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a program specific cumulative GPA of 3.00 (all courses with an OT prefix and prerequisites for the DrOT program) are guaranteed a place in the professional phase of the occupational therapy curriculum which typically begins in the third year of study at USciences.
  • Entry into the Post-Baccalaureate DrOT program: If you’ve already received a Bachelor’s degree and have satisfied all prerequisite courses, you can complete the full-time doctoral program in just 4 years of study.
  • Entry into the online Post-Professional DrOT program: Enjoy the flexibility of asynchronous online courses and craft the DrOT curriculum to correspond with your career goals. This program is accepting applicants who currently hold a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and have two years of work experience as an occupational therapist. Additionally, applicants must hold initial NBCOT certification, complete a 500-word essay stating your personal goals for pursuing a DrOT, and file an official application. Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA throughout the program is also required. Additionally, the online option makes necessary only two campus visits related to your final capstone project.
  • Transferring in: Students who have taken college coursework, but have not received a bachelor’s degree may transfer into the 1st or 2nd undergraduate year of the DrOT program, dependent upon coursework completed. Please see our transfer student website for details or contact Ms. Aimee Viggiani, Associate Director of Transfer/Professional Admissions, a.viggiani@usciences.edu; 215.596.7505.

We also offer admission to a Post-Baccalaureate Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program:

  • Entry into the Post-Baccalaureate MOT program: If you’ve already received a bachelor’s degree and have taken all prerequisite courses, you can complete the Master of Occupational Therapy program in just 2½ years of full-time study. The current terminal degree in occupational therapy is a Master’s degree. It is noted that USciences also offers a Post Baccalaureate DrOT option (see above)

       2012  2013  2014
    Newly Enrolled
     47 37 51
    MOT Graduates Retained
     40  23 46
    Graduation Rate
     85%  62%* 90%
    *Graduation total reflects newly introduced enrollment option of the entry-level doctorate and 2012 revision of minimum program progression requirements

For further information on program options or to discuss which option is best for you, please call the Occupational Therapy Department at 215.895.3123.

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