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- Admission Entry Options
- Program Options
- Accreditation, Licensure and Outcomes
- Experiential Learning Opportunities
- Research Opportunities
- Costs & Financial Aid
- Career Outcomes
- Student Organizations
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Our accedited OT programs give you the necessary knowledge and skills to make an impact in a variety of patient and client settings. We offer three occupational therapy programs:
- An accelerated pathway to the DrOT, providing you with a BS in Health Sciences after 3½ years and a DrOT after an additional 2½ years
- A Post-Baccalaureate DrOT for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and satisfied all prerequisite courses
- A Post-Baccalaureate Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and satisfied all prerequisite courses
In each of our programs, you’ll build a strong foundation in the core and social sciences, learn how to work effectively with patients, and examine how disease and disability affect the way people think, feel, and live. Actively apply your skills in both the classroom and the field as you prepare for a rewarding career.
What Sets Us Apart?
- We’re one of only a handful of universities in the country to offer an accelerated
pathway to the clinical DrOT for students entering directly from high school.
- Our accelerated DrOT program prepares you for general practice and offers two specializations—community-based practice and leadership—allowing you to hone your studies for your future plans.
- Align your final year’s research or project, as well as your clinical practice, with your specialized track.
- Gain hands-on experience working in the field at least one day per week starting in
your third year.
- You’ll take six intervention courses rather than the typical two or three offered
by other occupational therapy programs.
- Get involved in grant-funded projects with noted professors —resulting in collaborations at national and regional conferences.
- We embrace a vision of community service and student leadership.
- You’ll complete two three-month clinical internships working with patients of all ages.
- In the DrOT program you’ll also complete a minimum of 640 hours in a specialty area.
- Lesson the total time and cost to complete a USciences MS or PhD—the integrated graduate credit program allows qualified undergraduate and professional students to take up to 15 additional credits of graduate coursework at no extra cost
Accredited OT Programs
Both the Master of Occupational Therapy program (MOT) and the Accelerated Pathway and Post-Baccalaureate clinical Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) options are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). ACOTE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
More information can be obtained at:
c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449
(301) 652-6611 extension 2914
PLEASE NOTE: A felony conviction may delay or prohibit certification through NBCOT and could prevent state licensure. For more information, refer to www.nbcot.org.
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John Patro Jr. Named Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at USciences
November 17, 2017
John Patro Jr., OTD, OTR/L, has been named assistant professor of occupational therapy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
Geraldine Healy Marini Named Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at USciences
November 17, 2017
Geraldine Healy Marini, OTD, MS, OT/L, has been named assistant professor of occupational therapy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
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