Entry into the DrOT Program with an Earned Bachelor's Degree
If you have earned a bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences, sociology, psychology, or other related fields, you can broaden your options with a doctorate in occupational therapy (DrOT) from University of the Sciences. You attend class full-time and must complete 131 hours of coursework. If you have taken courses in equivalent material, you may be given credit for individual courses, based on review of material by the department chair. Graduates from the DrOT program are qualified to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination.
View the DrOT program with an Earned Bachelor's degree curriculum for a complete look at the coursework.
Applicants with a bachelor's degree may enroll in individual courses to increase their knowledge in the field of occupational therapy, or they can apply to complete the DrOT degree.
Students will be required to enter the program with some basic preparation for the professional DrOT program. This includes the following prerequisite courses:
- 2 semesters of Anatomy and Physiology
- 1 semester of Abnormal Psychology
- 1 semester of either Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
- 1 semester of Physics (with or without a lab)
- 1 semester of Human Growth and Development through the Life Span.
- 1 semester of Statistics
Students may get credit for the above courses through a CLEP process. In some instances, credit may be given for life experience.
Admission to the DrOT Program with an Earned Bachelor's Degree Program
The following will be required prior to course enrollment:
- Application for admission
- Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the baccalaureate degree program
- Statement of professional goals. Your typed statement should explain in detail:
- Your interest in the DrOT program
- Why you have chosen this degree program
- How you developed this interest
- Your career goals
- Any attributes and accomplishments you believe will enhance your future academic and career success
- Resume or curriculum vitae (optional)
- Application fee of $45 (payable to University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) (waived for online applications)
- International applicants are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if their college level studies were not conducted in English
- International students requiring an F-1 Student Visa should also apply as early as possible due to space limitations and visa requirements. The deadline for submission of an application for admission for students requiring an F-1 Student Visa is January 15.
- Interviews will be conducted at the discretion of the Occupational Therapy Department’s Admission Committee.
University of the Sciences recognizes that a diverse campus community is essential to enriching intellectual exchanges and enhancing cultural understanding and, as such, values equality of opportunity, mutual respect, and diversity. The University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or in violation of federal, state, and local laws or executive orders.