Occupational Therapy Entry Options
OTCAS and PTCAS applicants: We appreciate your patience as we review a record number of applications. You will receive an admission notice by March 15
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
- 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.
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
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.