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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 provides you with a BS in health sciences after 3½ years and a doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) after an additional 2½ years of study, with no additional application to enter the professional phase. 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 cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all courses with an OT prefix and prerequisites for the DrOT program by the end of the spring semester of their second year are guaranteed a place in the professional phase of the occupational therapy curriculum.
  • Entry into the DrOT program with an earned bachelor's degree: If you’ve already received a bachelor’s degree and have taken our prerequisite courses, you can complete the doctoral program in just 4 years.
  • Enter the Post-Professional DrOT online program: Enjoy the flexibility of asynchronous online courses and craft the DrOT curriculum to correspond with your career goals. To enter the online DrOT program, you must possess a master’s degree and two years of practice experience as an occupational therapist. You must also be initially certified by NBCOT and complete a 500-word essay stating your personal goals in pursuing a DrOT. The online option requires only two campus visits related to your Capstone project.
  • Transferring in: Students who have taken college coursework, but have not received a bachelor’s degree may transfer into the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of the DrOT program, depending on the coursework that has been completed. Please see our transfer student website for details.

We also offer admission to our current MOT program for students who have already taken some college coursework or obtained a bachelor's degree:

  • Entry into the post-baccalaureate MOT program: If you’ve already received a bachelor’s degree and have taken our prerequisite courses, you can complete the program in just 2½ years. But why not spend only 1½ years more and come out with a doctorate?

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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