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Occupational Therapy Entry Options

There are three starting points into our Entry Level Doctor of Occupational (DrOT) program:

  • 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 for students who have declared occupational therapy as their major. 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.
  • Transferring in: Students who have taken college coursework, but have not received a bachelor’s degree may transfer into the 1st or 2nd undergraduate pre-professional year of the DrOT program, dependent upon coursework completed. A student MUST complete a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours at UScience to be considered for the accelerated DrOT program. 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.
  • 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.

The total number of graduates from the University of the Sciences Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) program’s first three years was 30, with an overall graduation rate of 100%.

Year Graduated Student Entering/
Graduating
Graduation Rate
2014 8/8 100%
2015 6/6 100%
2016 16/16 100%
Total 30/30 100%

 

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)

    The total number of graduates from the University of the Sciences Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program during the 3-year period of 2014-2016 was 135, with an overall graduation rate of 96.4%.

  • Year Graduated Student Entering/
    Graduating
    Graduation Rate
    2014 58/53 91%
    2015 43/39 91%
    2016 39/43 110%*
    Total: 140/135 96.4%

    *Graduation rate in 2016 was impacted by the delay in the progression of 4 students from the prior year’s class.

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 applications from practicing occupational therapists who hold a master's degree. Additionally, applicants must hold initial NBCOT certification and submit an application and supporting documentation which includes an essay stating personal and professional goals for pursuing post-professional doctoral students. 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.

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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