The Occupational Therapy Schools in Pennsylvania are some of the best schools in the country. The students who graduate from these programs have high rates of employment and job satisfaction.
There are many factors that go into determining which school is right for an individual student. To help you make your decision, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 occupational therapy schools in Pennsylvania below:

1.Temple University

1.Temple University


  • A baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Submit all official transcripts;
  • 3 letters of recommendations;
  • A goal statement;
  • GRE or MAT score should be in the top 50th percentile;
  • Current resume or CV;
  • Demonstrate 40 hours of observation in at least two different OT settings.


  • Anatomy and Physiology (2);
  • Abnormal Psychology;
  • Developmental Psychology;
  • Introduction to Psychology;
  • Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology;
  • Statistics.

Admissions Deadlines For MOT

  • Fall early action application deadline: Nov. 1, 2019
  • Fall freshman application deadline: Feb. 1, 2020
  • Fall transfer student application deadline: June 1, 2020
  • Spring application deadline: Nov. 1, 2019

MOT Tuition Rates

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $19,536.00 per year
Out-of-state: $34,056.00 per year


Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Program in Occupational Therapy
1700 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

2.Salus University

2.Salus University

  • **Anatomy and Physiology 1 with lab (or Anatomy with lab)
  • **Anatomy and Physiology 2 with lab (or Physiology with lab)
  • Statistics (Psychology- or Sociology-based course recommended)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Development or Lifespan Psychology
  • Sociology (or Cultural Anthropology)

Master of Occupational Therapy 
Tuition: $34,830
Student Services: $465/year
Laboratory Fee: $80/term
Technology Fee: $155/term

Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Specialty Track Certificate Programs
Tuition: $1,161/credit 
Technology Fee: $155/term

  • A Bachelor’s Degree ;
  • A minimum of a 3.0 Cumulative GPA score;
  • Submit satisfactory score results (50 percentile rankings or higher recommended) on the GRE or MAT;
  • Acquire a minimum of 50 hours of observation experience with an Occupational Therapist (min of 8 hours in both pediatric and adult settings);
  • Three letters of evaluation are required. (1 letter from an OTR regarding your work, shadowing, or observation experience; 1 letter from a teaching faculty member; 1 letter must be written from a person with authority (i.e. faculty, work supervisor, OT professional, etc.) regarding your work.

    6) Start Date: January 2021; applications will be accepted until November 15, 2020

Department of Occupational Therapy
8360 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027-1576

3.Misericordia University

3.Misericordia University

  1. BS/MS Occupational Therapy
  2. Master of Science in Occupational Therapy- weekend (entry-level)
  3. Doctor of Occupational therapy (post-professional).
  • BS/MS track – 44 students
  • MSOT track- 20 students

5-year program for a freshman.3-year program for undergraduates.

Min Requirement (BS/MS- Freshman)

  • A minimum high school grade point average of 3.00;
  • A combined SAT score of 1080 (math and critical reading) with a critical reading score of at least 540;
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 22 may be presented instead of the required SAT scores;
  • A high school science background required in biology, mathematics, and physics is also recommended.
  • Technical competency in using MS Word, Excel;
  • Two letters of reference;
  • Submission of a 500-word typed statement of personal and professional goals.

Minimum Requirement (MSOT)

  • A Baccalaureate Degree ;
  • A minimum of a 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average;
  • Two letters of reference (at least one from an occupational therapist is highly recommended);
  • 6-8 hours of documented service in a health care setting with an occupational therapist;
  • Submission of a 500 word, typed statement of personal and professional goals
  • Technical competency in using MS Word, Excel.

Prerequisite Coursework (MSOT)

  • BIO 211 A&P I (with lab)
  • BIO 212 A& P II (with lab)
  • Math 115
  • Physics 117 (with lab)
  • PSY 290 Psychopathology (Abnormal Psych).


Occupational Therapy Department
301 Lake Street, Passan Hall
Dallas, PA 18612-1098

Gannon University

4.Gannon University

BS/MS Occupational Therapy (entry-level);


Completion of 16 academic units at the high school level, 4 of which must be English; the remainder of units are to be compromised of 4 units of social sciences, 2 to 4 units of mathematics including algebra, 2 to 4 units of science including biology and chemistry with labs.


  • Completion of 16 academic units at the high school level, four of which must be English; remainder of units are to be compromised of four units of social sciences, two to four units of mathematics including algebra, two to four units of science including biology and chemistry with labs.
  • Your academic course selection, grades, rank in class, school counselor recommendation and SAT/ACT scores will be carefully reviewed for admission consideration.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • An SAT score of 1080 or above (math and critical reading sections only), ACT score of 21 or above (composite score)
  • Demonstrate motivation and curiosity through interests and extracurricular activities.
  • Letters of recommendation are considered, as is the personal statement that is submitted as part of the application process. It is encouraged that the essay discuss a student’s reasons for pursuing a career in occupational therapy.
  • Observation or volunteer hours in occupational therapy clinics are not required for admission, but 40 hours are required for the Introduction to Occupational Therapy course your first semester. Getting these hours ahead of time is recommended; additionally, you then have the possibility of getting letters of recommendation from therapists, which can increase your chances of acceptance.
  • Students must have demonstrated efficiency in using tools common to distance education. This might include a learning platform, special courses, or job experience. Students taking an online course at Gannon University will require internet access to utilize Blackboard for their coursework. Blackboard can be found in the portal. Blackboard supports the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Chrome.
Occupational Therapy Program
109 University Square
Erie, PA 16541-0001
Email –

5.Elizabethtown College

5.Elizabethtown College

BS/MS Occupational Therapy (entry-level);

5½-year program (4+1)

45 students


  • High School Class Rank and GPA
  • High School science grades
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Occupational Therapy (including field experience).


Department of Occupational Therapy
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298

6.Duquesne University

6.Duquesne University

Post-Baccalaureate Admission Entry Option

Please note: the Post-Baccalaureate programs begin in the Spring semester (January) every year, not in the Fall semester.
The next available program entry date is January of 2021.

You can complete the MOT program in just under 2½ years of full-time study, or the OTD program in just 3 years of full-time study.


18 credits – Biological/Physical Sciences (must be from a four-year academic institution)
• 6 in Anatomy (must include a cadaver lab)
• 3 in Physiology
• 3 in Physics
• 6 in another Biological or Physical Science

12 credits – Social Sciences
• 3 in Psych
• 3 in Sociology
• 3 in Ethics
• 3 in Human Life Span Development (must be human development and cover the entire life span)

Additional Course Requirements:
• 3 credits – Statistics
• 3 credits – Medical Terminology

Freshmen Admission Entry Option

Our accelerated pathways to the MSOT and OTD degrees provide you with a BS in Health Sciences after 4 years of full-time study. 

If you chose the MSOT pathway, you will receive your MS degree after an additional 9 months of full-time, post-baccalaureate study.

If you chose the OTD pathway, you will receive your OTD after an additional 19 months of full-time, post-baccalaureate study. Students who pursue the OTD program do not earn a Master’s Degree.

  • Students earn a Bachelors of Health Sciences in May of their 4th year.
  • Students who continue in the MSOT Program are eligible to earn a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in February of their 5th year.
  • Students who decide to pursue the OTD, declare their intent in the Fall of their 4th year and earn an OTD degree In December of their 6th year.
  • Students declare their intent during the Fall semester of their 4th year.
  • The OTD curriculum initiates in the spring semester of their 5th year and encompasses 3 semesters.
  • The OTD curriculum is currently 11 months of coursework after the MSOT curriculum is completed.
  • This is a full-time program. Students who pursue the OTD program do not earn a Master’s Degree

Occupational Therapy Department

600 Forbes Ave., Rangos 234
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.5945
Fax: 412.396.4343

7.Jefferson University

7.Jefferson University(Philadelphia University
+ Thomas Jefferson University Integration)

BSMS in Occupational Therapy (BSMS OT)
Center City


On-site, Full-time, Weekday


Fall Semester


BSMS (Transfer Students)


OTCAS Open: July 18, 2019

(Transfer Students)

Rolling Admissions to
March 1

Anatomy & Physiology I with lab*4
Anatomy & Physiology II with lab*
Physics with lab**4
Abnormal Psychology3
Developmental or Lifespan Psychology3
Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology***3
General/Free Electives*****
  • Minimum overall high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 1080 for Critical Reading and Math, or 21 on the ACT
  • Four years of science (strongly encouraged).

Accelerated BS/OTD (3+3) in Occupational Therapy, East Falls


6 years


On-site, Full-time


Fall Semester


BS in Health Sciences
BS in Psychology Option
University of Delaware BS Partnership Program


December 16

  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement (for prompts, please click here)
  • Official high school transcript.
  • Supplemental OT Essay 
  • Documentation of OT Healthcare Experience 

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

Center City Campus


  • PROGRAM FORMAT:On-site, Full-time, Weekday

  • PROGRAM START: Fall Semester


Application Requirements

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy,
East Falls

  • PROGRAM LENGTH : 2.5 Years
  • PROGRAM FORMAT : Weekend
  • PROGRAM START Fall Semester


Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

Center City

  • PROGRAM FORMAT: On-site, Full-time
  • PROGRAM START: Fall Semester
  • PREREQUISITES: BA or BS | See More

Post-Professional Doctorate (PPOTD)

  • Center City
  • PROGRAM LENGTH: Variable

Center City Campus

Jefferson College of Health Professions
901 Walnut Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5233
www.jefferson.eduEast Falls, Philadelphia Campus
Occupational Therapy Program
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497

8.University of the Sciences

8.University of the Sciences

  • Accelerated BSHS-DrOT -6 year program;
  • DrOT- 4 year program;
  • MOT- 2 ½ year program.
  1. Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT entry level)
  2. Accelerated Pathway (BSHS-DrOT)
  3. Master of Occupational therapy (MOT).
  1. An accelerated pathway to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT), providing you with a BS in Health Sciences and a DrOT in 6 years.
  2. Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT) for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and satisfied all prerequisite courses
  3. Post-Baccalaureate Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and satisfied all prerequisite courses

Minimum requirement (Accelerated DrOT)

  • Official high school transcripts;
  • SAT or ACT scores. Or both.
  • An essay at least 250 words, on a topic of your choice;
  • A letter of recommendation.

Minimum Requirement (DrOT- post-baccalaureate and MOT)

  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Be fluent in both spoken and written English;
  • A GRE is not required;
  • A minimum of 50 hours of shadow experience with a licensed occupational therapist is required of all applicants.

Prerequisite Coursework ( Accelerated DrOT)

  • Human Structure and Function I;
  • Human Structure and Function II;
  • Human Structure and Function I Laboratory;
  • Psychology of Human Development;
  • Abnormal Psychology;
  • Survey of Physics;
  • Introduction to Sociology;
  • Introduction to Biostatistics.

Prerequisite (DrOT & MOT)

  • Anatomy and physiology;
  • Abnormal psychology;
  • Either sociology or cultural anthropology;
  • Physics (with or without a lab;
  • Statistics ;
  • Human growth and development through the life span.
Department of Occupational Therapy
600 South 43rd Street, Box 8
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Alvernia University offers two Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree tracks based upon a student’s previous coursework.

9.Alvernia University

9.Alvernia University

  • 5-year program for a freshman.
  • 3 ½ -year program for undergraduates.
  • BS/MS track – 60 students
  • MSOT track- 35 students.
  • The five-year Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation, is designed to prepare graduates for entry into professional level occupational therapy practice.
  • The Entry Level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in another area of study and wish to become qualified as an occupational therapist.

Min Requirement (BS/MS- Freshman)

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • A score of 1080 or better on the SAT or a score of 22 on the ACT.
  • Observation of O
  • ccupational Therapy in a practice setting is encouraged but not required.

Prerequisite Coursework (MSOT)

  • Human anatomy and physiology with a lab;
  • Introduction to sociology or anthropology;
  • Introduction to psychology;
  • Lifespan development or developmental psychology;
  • Abnormal psychology;
  • Statistics.

Minimum Requirement (MSOT)

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended;
  • 3 letters of recommendation;
  • Write an essay about What is occupational therapy;
  • GRE or MAT Scores.
  • A minimum of 100 hours of observation of occupational therapy practitioners working in a clinical setting is required. Additional evidence for success as a graduate student such as academic or professional awards, special certificates, continuing education, or completion of specialized examinations (not required but encouraged).

For Admissions:

For the 5 year BSHS & MSOT track contact:

For the entry-level MSOT track contact:

Occupational Therapy Department
400 Saint Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607-1737
Email –

10.Chatham University

10.Chatham University

Important Dates for Fall 2021 Admission

Application Deadline: November 1
Admission Interview Date: TBD (by invitation only)

In order to be eligible for an invitation to the admission interview date:

  • Applicants must have 3 of the 5 prerequisite courses completed by August 31, and at least one of those courses must be human anatomy with lab or physiology (animal or human) with lab or anatomy & physiology I with lab
  • Applications must be e-submitted to OTCAS by November 1*
  • Applications must be complete and include all other Chatham admission requirements (see below) by November 1.
  • It is highly recommended that you submit your application to OTCAS on or before October 15

Admission Requirements 

  1.  completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or completion of undergraduate requirements for the Integrated Degree Program (IDP) prior to the beginning of classes.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions attended sent directly to OTCAS.
  3. Overall combined GPA of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0 as calculated by OTCAS.
  4. Prerequisite courses:
    • Human Anatomy with lab – one term**
    • Physiology (human or animal) with lab – one term**
    • Developmental Psychology or Lifespan Development – one term
      • A combination of developmental psychology courses that cover the lifespan—birth to death—are also acceptable
    • Abnormal Psychology – one term
    • Statistics or Research Methods – one term
    • Neuroscience – one term
      • Neuroscience is not required; therefore, students who have not taken this course will not be disadvantaged during the admission review process. Exposure to this course content is helpful for matriculated students.

A prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale is required. Additionally, grades less than a “C” are not acceptable, and prerequisite courses must have been completed no more than ten years prior to the anticipated start date of the program. Applicants must have three of the five prerequisite courses completed by August 31st of the application year, and at least one of those courses must be human anatomy with lab or physiology (animal or human) with lab or anatomy & physiology I with lab.

**If taking anatomy with physiology, both Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs are necessary to fulfill the anatomy and physiology requirements.

  1. Official GRE scores sent directly to OTCAS using Chatham University’s OTCAS code: 4271.
    • GRE scores will only be accepted if taken within three years of the application date.
    • There is not a cutoff or minimum GRE score, however, a competitive score is considered a 295 combined with an analytical writing score of 4.0.
    • Chatham will use your highest section—quantitative, verbal, writing—scores across all GRE test dates.
  2. A minimum of ten hours of OT shadowing at two different occupational therapy sites (20 hours total) included in the OTCAS application. Please note that verification of this shadowing is not required.
  3. Three letters of reference included in the OTCAS application: one academic (faculty or advisor), one OTR involved in shadowing experience, and one supervisor or staff from a non-OT volunteer or work experience.
  4. Attendance at on-campus interview.

Occupational Therapy, Post-Professional (PPOTD) Overview

  • Free, online application
    • Please list former last or maiden names that may appear on transcripts
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent directly from the institutions to Chatham University via email or postal mail:
    • Chatham University
      Graduate Admissions
      1 Woodland Road
      Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Please provide the following:

  • Current resume
  • Copy of OT license
  • Essay of 500 words or less
    • Explain your understanding of evidence-based practice versus research, and then describe an area of interest and/or potential problem you plan to focus your evidence-based capstone project. Include why you are interested in this area and why it is relevant for occupational therapy practice.

To be considered for admission review, please note that either a master’s degree or undergraduate degree in occupational therapy is required, as well as a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0. The GRE is not required.

Master of Occupational Therapy Program
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2826

11.Messiah College

11.Messiah College

Messiah College

  1. S/MS Occupational therapy;
  2. Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT- entry-level)

30 students each year


Life Sciences – 6-8 credits from the following two courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab — 3 or 4 credits
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab – 3 or 4 credits

Psychology – 6 credits from the following two courses:

  • Abnormal Psychology – 3 credits 
  • Life Span Development or Developmental Psychology – 3 credits
  • (Life Span Development can be substituted by taking these three courses:  Child Development; Adolescent Development; Adult Development – 9 credits)

Statistics (Mathematics, Sociology or Psychology Department) – 3 credits

  • Statistics

Health – 1 to 3 credits from the following:

  • Medical Terminology


  • Completion or anticipated completion of a bachelor’s degree (must be completed prior to enrollment in the MOT) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from an OT)
  • A minimum of 40 observation hours/volunteer work must be completed. Plan to complete your hours by observing at least two different areas of  OT therapy practice (e.g., adult rehab, pediatric, psychosocial, etc.) with a minimum of 10 hours at each practice area you select.
  • Documentation of community service, leadership experiences and work experience is required. This information should be entered in the “Experiences” section under “Supporting Information” within your OTCAS application.
  • Select students will be invited to an interview


The tuition rate for the MOT for the 2019-2020 year is $890/credit hour. A $30 technology fee will be assessed for each course. Students should anticipate additional costs for the program not billed through Messiah College (background checks, clearances, course materials, fieldwork expenses, etc.).

Accelerated B.S./MOT

  • Obtain a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree at the end of your fourth year of study; a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) at the end of your fifth year of study
  • Prepare to work with individuals of all types and with a wide array of conditions
  • Develop strong professional networks in the field through clinical experiences
  • Enroll in classes that stretch you intellectually, physically and spiritually
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (Grades of A or B in all high school science and math courses)
  • Minimum 1170 SAT or 24 ACT
  • High school students must apply to Messiah College by Feb. 15


Leah Smock
Graduate Enrollment Counselor

12.1Gwynedd Mercy University

12. Gwynedd Mercy University

  1. BS/MS Occupational therapy;
  2. Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT- entry level)
  • BS/MS- 5 year program
  • MSOT- 2 ¼ year program


  • A baccalaureate degree in any discipline;
  • The GRE is not a requirement of admission into the MSOT Program;
  • Completion of 50 hours or more of clinical shadowing/volunteering and super­vised by an OT practitioner;
  • 3 letters of recommendation (1 must be from an OTR);
  • A personal essay;
  • Conduct an interview with members of the Occupational Therapy faculty.
  • Must be able to meet occupational therapy student technical standards;
  • TOEFL required for any student without English as the first language.


  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II (with a laboratory component);
  • General Psychology;
  • Abnormal Psychology;
  • Developmental (Lifespan) Psychology;
  • Sociology/Anthropology;
  • Statistics.


Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-0901

13.Slippery Rock University

13Slippery Rock University

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD-entry level)

OTD- 3 year program 35 students


  • Anatomy & Physiology: two semesters of lecture and laboratory (in-class only)
  • Biomechanics/ Kinesiology or Physics: lecture with laboratory (in-class only)
  • Statistics: one course
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Life Span Human Development of Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Sociology or Anthropology: one course in either area
  • Research Methods: an undergraduate introductory or intermediate research course.
  • Medical Terminology: either in-class or online format


  • A baccalaureate degree preferably in the nat­ural or behavioural sciences;
  • Completion of 20 hours or more of clinical shadowing/volunteering and super­vised by an OT practitioner;
  • Professional Aspirations Statement- Please address Why OT? Why OT at SRU?
  • Criminal background check;
  • Must be able to meet occupational therapy student technical standards;
  • Must have a method of transportation for both academic and fieldwork experiences;
  • TOEFL required for any student without English as the first language;
  • No history of Conviction of misdemeanor, felony or illegal act;
  • Health insurance and liability insurance with proof required.


Occupational Therapy Program
1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock, PA 16057-1314 Email-

14.University of Scranton

14.University of Scranton

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Students who are entering the Occupational Therapy program in the fall of 2020 will have the opportunity to apply to the OTD track at the end of the junior year.  Whether students opt for the 6 ½ -year OTD or remain in the 5 ½-year MS program, they will have a recognized entry-level degree and will be eligible for certification and licensing upon graduation.

  • Official high school transcript;
  • Submit SAT I/ACT scores from the College Board or ACT.
  • *SAT/ACT Optional: In lieu of standardized test scores, students applying SAT/ACT Optional must submit two graded essays from high school. In addition, an on-campus interview may be requested by the Admissions Committee;
  • A letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor is required;
  • List of extracurricular activities (optional).

Master of Science  Degree Program in Occupational Therapy
The 5-year, entry-level, Master of Science degree program in occupational therapy accepts students at the freshman level to allow sufficient time for academic preparation, professional socialization, and personal growth. Students begin classes within the occupational therapy department in their first semester on campus.

Department of Occupational Therapy
Carol A. Coté, Ph.D., OTR/L
Chair & Program Director
(570) 941-4125

15.University of Pittsburgh

15.University of Pittsburgh

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (with a laboratory component), 8 credits  
  • Lifespan Human Development, 3 credits     
  • Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology, 3 credits     
  • Statistics, 3 credits   

Additional Requirements

  • Students are admitted into the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) Program after successful completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (based on 4.0).
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE General) scores taken within the past 5 years (at or above the 50th percentile preferred). 
  • Experience in Occupational Therapy: Complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer or paid work experience. These experiences should occur in at least two different occupational therapy practice areas (e.g., children and youth/pediatrics, health and wellness, productive aging/geriatrics, rehabilitation, mental health, work/industry, home care).
  • Attest to satisfactory performance of the technical standards/essential skills required for successful completion of the OTD curriculum. Students admitted to the OTD program must review the Technical Standards and submit a signed form at the time of matriculation.​ View more on Technical Standards/Essential Skills.

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

The MOT Program is only available to candidates with a University of Pittsburgh Freshman Guarantee for Occupational Therapy who began undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh in Fall of 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016. 

  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Experience in Occupational Therapy [20 hours]
  • Letters of Reference – 3 letters
  • Self-Evaluation Essays
  • Technical Standards/Essential Skills

Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. For international students, a bachelor’s degree or diploma must be from a school/university approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) in the year that the applicant graduated and/or national governmental institutions that approve/accredit occupational therapy programs to grant a degree in occupational therapy (e.g., Ministry of Health).
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.0).
  • Evidence of graduate-level writing skills
  • Documented evidence of knowledge of rehabilitation through previously paid work experiences, internships or field experiences, or volunteer work experiences.
  • Complete the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences ApplyYourself application
  • Submit the application fee of $50 (U.S.)
  • Submit a self-evaluation essay that demonstrates evidence of graduate-level writing skills and discusses goals, strengths, skills, and experiences that will contribute to success in the program and in the profession. The essay should also include a brief statement discussing interest in the field of study and reasons for applying to the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation, preferably from individuals who have taught the applicant in an academic setting and/or supervised clinical activities. Letters of recommendation should address academic, professional and personal attributes and potential for successful graduate education.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. For international students, original or certified (notarized) copies of all original language academic records (mark sheets, transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended. Where the official original documents are issued in a language other than English, certified English translations must also be submitted. Certified copies of the original certificates or diplomas awarded at the completion of studies must also be submitted.
  • Interview (personal or virtual) with the MS Program Director and at least one other faculty member from the Department of Occupational Therapy. 
  • Additional requirements for international applicants – including academic credential evaluations and the English language proficiency requirement.

Doctor of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists with Bachelor’s Degrees

Occupational therapists with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy, and no additional graduate degrees, should apply to the Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy. Credits in this program will satisfy the requirements for the first 30 credits of the required 72 credits of the CScD program.

Occupational Therapists with Master’s Degrees

Occupational therapists with 1) an entry-level master’s degree in occupational therapy, or 2) a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and an advanced master’s degree in occupational therapy (or another field) may be able to transfer up to 30 credits from their master’s degree, providing that these credits meet requirements in the CScD curriculum.

Additional Requirements

  • National certification in occupational therapy (NBCOT) or eligibility
  • Pennsylvania state licensure in occupational therapy or eligibility
  • Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 (based on 4.0)
  • Successful completion (3.0 based on 4.0) of a statistics or research methods course within the past 5 years
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE General) scores at or above the 50th percentile within the past 5 years
  • Graduate level writing skills in an essay that addresses (a) rationale for pursuing an advanced practice doctorate, (b) chosen area of concentration, and (c) how the program is likely to change the applicant’s practice
  • Demonstration of professional skills and conduct, collegiality, oral and written communication skills, and leadership through two letters of recommendation
  • Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself application.
  • Submit the application fee of $50 (U.S.).
  • Submit required documents listed above.
  • Additional requirements for international applicants

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science

Admission Requirements

  • Complete the SHRS online application
  • Submit an essay stating career goals, specific research interests and experience, and clinical interests and experience.
  • Provide three to five academic or work related letters of recommendation (at least one academic reference must be included).
  • Have a letter of support from their identified Research Mentor.
  • Submit a resume including work history, formal education, continuing education, licensing and certification, professional organizations, honors and awards, publications, presentations, and grants.
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE General) scores to institution code 2927. The GRE must have been taken within the past 5 years.
  • Provide at least one example of written work (class project, course assignment, publication for which candidate is first author, etc.).
  • Additional requirements for international applicants

16.Saint Francis University

16.Saint Francis University

  1. BS/MS Occupational Therapy
  2. Master of Occupational Therapy (entry-level).
  • 5-year program for a freshman.
  • 2-year program for undergraduates.
  • A Baccalaureate Degree ;
  • A minimum of a 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average;
  • Two letters of reference (at least one from an occupational therapist);
  • Documentation of a minimum 50 hours of volunteer or paid experience in Occupational Therapy;
  • Submit a brief typed essay (300 words or less): “Describe your personal characteristics that you believe will lead to your success in the OT profession.”;
  • TOEFL score needed for an international candidate.
  • Biology I, 4 Credits;
  • Biology I Lab, 1 Credit;
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II, 3 Credits each;
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II Lab, 1 Credit each;
  • Speech Fundamentals, 3 Credits;
  • Introduction to Psychology, 3 Credits;
  • Research Methods and Statistics I & II, 3 Credits each;
  • Abnormal Psychology, 3 Credits;
  • Developmental Psychology, 3 Credits;
  • Memory & Cognition, 3 Credits
  • Biopsychology, 3 Credits;
  • Psychology Elective, 3 Credits;
  • Introduction to Computer Systems, 3 Credits;
  • Introduction to Sociology, 3 Credits;
  • OT Seminar I & II or equivalent*, 1 Credit each.

Department of Occupational Therapy
P.O. Box 600
Loretto, PA 15940-0600

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