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 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.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org; 215.596.7505.
The total number of graduates from the University of the Sciences Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) program’s first year was 8, with an overall graduation rate of 100%.
We also offer admission to a Post-Baccalaureate Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program:
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.