The OT program culminates in a joint BS/MS degree. Admission requirements include specific pre-requisite bachelor's level courses.
In order to apply, you will need:
- a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, with a minimum science GPA of 3.0. Decisions regarding admission to the program are based on a rigorous and competitive review process. Meeting only minimum requirements cannot guarantee selection for an interview or admission to the program.
- official score reports for either the SAT, ACT, or GRE
- documentation of completion of 40 hours of volunteer experience under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, completed within the last 3 years. Volunteer hours must be complete and verified on the OT Volunteer Hours Form for an application to be eligible for review by the OT Admissions Committee. Volunteer experience with more than one type of setting or population is strongly recommended.
- two written recommendations on the required reference form, obtained no more than 3 years prior to application. The required form can be found on OTCAS. One reference should be from a licensed occupational therapist and one from a professional and/or academic source.
- a personal statement (no more than 500 words) must be submitted with the application through OTCAS. Your personal statement should address why you selected occupational therapy as a career and how an OT degree relates to your immediate and long term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you to achieve your goals.
- Students whose native language is not English, or who did not graduate from a college in the USA or other English-speaking country, must also demonstrate proficiency in English through satisfactory performance on the TOEFL examination or IELTS examination:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – minimum score of either 550 (paper-based), 213(computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – minimum score of 6
- Pearson’s Test of English – Academic (PTE) – minimum score of 58
- accepted students must provide, no later than the date of orientation, evidence of completion of initial training and/or re-certification in CPR (pediatric and adult preferred; Online certification is not acceptable; Basic-Life-Support or Professional Rescuer is suggested).
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission may petition the OT Admissions Committee for consideration of special circumstances. The petition must be made in writing at the time of application and should be sent to the School of Health Sciences Office of Admissions. It must clearly explain extenuating circumstances that have prevented the applicant from meeting the requirements, and describe elements of the applicant's background that would indicate the potential for success in the program. Admission decisions regarding students who have not met established admission requirements are based on the student's petition, application, interview and other supporting documents required as part of the application process.
Satisfactory completion of 60 credits in liberal arts and sciences is required and must include 36 credits in the specific subject prerequisites listed below, plus 24 additional credits in liberal arts and sciences. Only coursework completed with a grade of "C" or better can be accepted as prerequisites. No more than 15 prerequisite credits in total, and no more than 4 credits in prerequisite laboratory sciences, may be outstanding at the time of application. All outstanding prerequisites must be scheduled to be completed before the first day of classes at the OT program location where the student will be attending. Science courses completed more than 10 years prior to application cannot be accepted as prerequisites. Prerequisite courses are as follows:
- 8 credits Biology (Biology I and II, or Anatomy & Physiology I and II) with labs, offered through a biology department and designed for science majors
- 4 credits Chemistry or Physics, with labs, and designed for science majors
- 9 credits Psychology including: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Growth and Development covering the lifespan from early childhood to adulthood. (The lifespan requirement can be fulfilled with more than one course)
- 3 credits Introduction to Sociology
- 6 credits English Composition and/or English Literature (with a writing component)
- 3 credits Mathematics (algebra level or above; pre-calculus recommended)
- 3 credits Statistics (NOT Business Statistics)
- 24 additional credits in liberal arts and sciences. (There is a cap of 12 credits per subject area, such as history, that can be counted toward the additional 24 credits of liberal arts and sciences)
Students with previous occupational therapy experience or courses are not exempt from satisfying all admission requirements and completing all courses in the BS/MS degree program.
For information, contact:
Office of Admissions - OT Program
School of Health Sciences
1700 Union Boulevard
Bay Shore, N.Y. 11706