Admission Requirements: Life Sciences, B.S. / Occupational Therapy, OTD

Thanks for your interest in the Life Sciences, B.S./Occupational Therapy, OTD program.

The combined Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/Occupational Therapy degree is a 3+3 year program, which includes three years of pre-professional courses, two and one half years of professional coursework, and 24 weeks (six months) of clinical/fieldwork experience. The Occupational Therapy program provides entry-level professional education in the field of study.

The New York Tech entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted pre-accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The program must complete an on-site evaluation and be granted accreditation status before its graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR).

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is part of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and can be contacted at ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, or at acoteonline.org or by phone at 301.652.2682.

New York Tech is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, most recently in 2019.

Graduates of the doctorate 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 are usually based on exam results and other requirements.

This program is designed for undergraduates who wish to enter the graduate program (professional phase) following three years of undergraduate work.

Admission Requirements

First-Year

  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1100 (critical reading and math only) or ACT score of 24. Please note that while a combined SAT score of 1100 and ACT score of 24 are the minimum scores needed for consideration for admission, it does not guarantee admission. This program requires standardized test scores.
  • Minimum high school average of 85
  • 100 hours of volunteer or paid experience under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist
  • Preference is given to applicants with a three- to four-year sequence in high school math and science Regents courses
  • Competence in written and spoken English and computer skills (preparation of documents, spreadsheets, graphs, databases, research and presentations)

Transfer

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Received no grade in a science or math course below B- and no grade below a C+ in non-science prerequisites. Only one math or science course can be retaken one time to achieve the required grade.
  • 100 hours of volunteer or paid experience under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Copies of transcripts of all high school work, including college-level courses. Your mid-year and final grades will be required. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Official SAT (critical reading and math only) or ACT test scores. If you have fewer than 24 credits of previous college work completed, you will need to submit official SAT or ACT scores:
    • NYIT SAT Code: 2561; NYIT ACT Code 2832
  • Two letters of recommendation; one letter must be from the licensed occupational therapist documenting volunteer hours
  • 300–350 word essay on your desire to work in the field of occupational therapy

Progression to the graduate program

To advance to the doctorate portion of the program, students must meet these admissions criteria:

  • Submit an application through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS)
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0
  • Complete all prerequisite courses
  • Receive no grade in a science or math course below B- and no grade below a C+ in non-science prerequisites
  • Only one math or science course can be retaken one time to achieve the required grade
  • Complete an interview with and receive a recommendation from the Occupational Therapy admissions committee
  • Document 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)
  • Complete an essay on motivation to pursue occupational therapy as a career
  • Obtain two professional recommendations on letterhead, including one from a licensed occupational therapist
  • Fulfillment of Technical Standards for the Doctorate in Occupational Therapy

The B.S. in Life Sciences will be conferred upon successful completion of the first professional year of the graduate phase 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.