Occupational Therapy (B.S./M.S.): Combined Program

The combined Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/Master of Science in Occupational Therapy is a 5.5-year program, which includes three years of pre-professional courses and a 2.5-year professional phase. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program provides entry-level professional education in the field of study. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824 1220, 301.652.2682, aota.org. It is also approved by the New York State Education Department. Graduates of the master's degree program are eligible to take the national certification exam for occupational therapists administered by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy. After successful completion of the exam, Individuals become OTRs, occupational therapists registered. Most states also require licensure to practice; however, eligibility for state licenses is usually based on exam results and other requirements.

This program is designed for undergraduates who wish to enter the master's program (professional phase) following three years of undergraduate work. To apply to the master's program, they must have finished all prerequisite courses (only one math or science course can be retaken one time to achieve the required grade), maintained an overall GPA of 3.0, received no grade below a C+ in undergraduate courses, and completed an interview with and received a recommendation from the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee. In addition, admission requirements include:

  • Documentation of 100 volunteer hours under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist to be completed by the undergraduate's sophomore year (at least 50 hours must be completed at time of application).
  • Essay on motivation to pursue occupational therapy as a career.
  • Two professional recommendations on letterhead, including one from a licensed occupational therapist.

Students may submit their applications online via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service. The B.S. in Life Sciences will be conferred upon successful completion of the first professional year of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. View Technical Standards for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.

Students in this track not accepted into the professional phase of the occupational therapy program must complete requirements for another undergraduate major to receive a baccalaureate degree.

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