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Important Information for Post-Baccalaureate Occupational Therapy Students, accepted for 2021

Summer Courses  

The Occupational Therapy program begins on May 24, 2021 and consists of two courses that will be held virtually throughout the summer.  The Department of Occupational Therapy will send more information about these courses in mid-April and will include details about class times, required books and other materials. The courses will run as follows:  

Overview of Occupational Therapy Practice: May 24-June 7 

Neuroscience: June 8-July 26  

*Note that the university is closed Fridays in the summer and there will be no class sessions these days.  

Shadowing Hours

Admission to University of the Sciences OT programs require 50 hours of observation of a licensed OT practitioner per our accrediting body, the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). While we cannot change admissions requirements, we must be more flexible about observation experiences during the COVID pandemic.  

Documentation of 50 hours of OT observation needs to be completed AND submitted before May 15, 2021.  Documentation should be sent to Insufficient documentation will prohibit enrollment. Documentation hours will be verified by the Admissions department. Please refer to your acceptance letter for the remaining hours, if any, you will be required to verify by 5/15/21.  Hours already recorded in OTCAS require no further documentation. 

Click here for resources for alternative hour equivalents. 

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning classes in May. Outstanding items in your student file will impact your ability to progress in the program. It is the student’s responsibility to submit proof of course completion(s) by Friday, May 21, 2021 to Aimee Viggiani at or you will not be permitted admission to the class.

Technical Standards/Essential Functions

Applicants and students are required to be able to perform specified technical standards/essential functions (with or without reasonable accommodations) in order to enter into the program, to progress through the curricula, and to meet graduation requirements for the OT department. You are expected to read the Technical Standards document and will sign off on these through our Learning Management System once you are on campus.


Orientation is mandatory for all students. Orientation will provide information about campus, registration, ID cards, and technology accounts. A formal orientation typically occurs during the new student's first days on campus.  More information about Orientation will be forthcoming in the spring. The tentative start of the program for 2021 is May 24, 2021.

Student Health Requirements

You will need to complete health requirements for both Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) and the department of occupational therapy. More information will be sent to you from SHAC and the OT department’s fieldwork education team regarding health requirements by April. Exact due dates will be contained in the information you receive from SHAC and the OT department. Please do not schedule an appointment or complete your requirements until you receive these guidelines.

Student Housing and Commuting

Our Department of Residence Life is here to help you with on and off campus housing options. Short term on-campus housing is available for OT students starting this summer. Explore our Off-Campus Housing Website for current listings. Direct any questions that you may have to

Commuting to Campus? 

If you plan to take public transportation: The university partners with SEPTA for a select number of discounted student commuter passes per semester. Passes are purchased on a first come, first served basis. To obtain a SEPTA commuter pass, you will need to obtain a SEPTA Key Card (if you do not already have one) and register your card online. You will find details about where you can obtain a Key Card here. Record your Card Reference ID, which you will need to load your semester pass onto your card. Please email Lisa Corratofrom your USciences email account for more information. The deadlines set by SEPTA for the discounted passes are July 6th (fall passes) and the end of November (spring passes).

If you plan to drive: The university offers parking permits for commuter students on a first come, first served basis for an annual fee.  Please email Terry Reilly starting in early July to apply for a parking permit for a fall semester start or in November for a spring semester start. 

Financial Aid

Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible after October to be considered for financial aid. For outside scholarship information, click here.


Tuition and Fees

Post-Baccalaureate MOT students, review your tuition and fee information.

Post-Baccalaureate DrOT students, review your tuition and fee information.

Additional Information/Next Steps

  • Check your inbox and mailbox for additional accepted student information in late April. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call Carmela Matthews, Administrative Coordinator at 215-895-3123.
  • Join our Occupational Therapy Facebook group.