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Accelerated Pathway to the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (DrOT) Program

At University of the Sciences when you declare occupational therapy as your major as a freshman, you can complete the coursework for a BS in 3½ years and earn a DrOT with an additional 2½ years. You’ll move seamlessly from the pre-professional to professional phase of the program as long as you meet academic criteria and complete program requirements.

In your first two years, you’ll get a foundation in the sciences and humanities. Then you’ll enter the professional phase, where you’ll learn how to work effectively with people and how disease and disability can affect the way people think, feel, and live their lives. And you’ll actively participate in the classroom and out in the field as you begin to apply the skills you’ve learned in the world around you.

In addition to preparing you for general practice, our program offers you the choice of two specializations:

  • Community-based practice
  • Leadership

This allows you to hone your studies toward your future plans. The research or project you undertake in your final year, as well as your clinical practice, will be geared to the specialized track you choose.

Hands-on experience is an integral part of our program

  • Fieldwork at least one day per week starting in your third year
  • Two three-month clinical internships, working with patients of all ages from infants to the elderly
  • One four-month rotation, which will complement your specialty area

Students are required to maintain an overall 3.0 GPA with all grades above a B- throughout the professional phase of the program.

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