Pre-Occupational Therapy

PreOccupational Therapy Professional Program students must declare a primary major

Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both primary major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta and should confer with advisors for their Primary Major and specific PreHealth Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements
    • Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.
  • The PreHealth Advisor guides the student through the PreOccupational Therapy Concentration, listed below.
    • Students are encouraged to declare their intended PreHealth Profession for effective prehealth advisement.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration

The PreOccupational Therapy Concentration coursework satisfies the course requirements for admission at most American occupational therapy schools.

  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required.
  • Students should review information regarding the schools to which they intend to apply for further information regarding recommended electives.

Students must consult the SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance

Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.

Required Coursework
TOTAL: 39-42 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 205-206 16 sh
CHEM 111* Prerequisite for BIOL 205-206 at SUNY Oneonta 4 sh
PHYS 103 4 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
PSYC 100 3 sh
SOC 101 (SOCL 100) or ANTH 100 3 sh
PSYC 240, 246*, 274 (374) [choose two or three] *246 preferred at most schools 6-9 sh



Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course sequence is based on a student taking the the GRE (if necessary) and applying to Occupational Therapy School the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a "growth year", or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly.

Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter physical therapy school and what primary major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their primary major advisor and their prehealth advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

NOTE: Many pre-professional students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning professional school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering, or pursue non-academic interests.

YEAR 1
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 4 sh PSYC 100 4 sh
major coursework or elective or Gen Ed 3-4 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh
major coursework or elective or Gen Ed 3-4 sh major coursework or elective or Gen Ed 3-4 sh

 

YEAR 2
FALL
SPRING
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh PHYS 103 (General Physics I) 4 sh
SOC 101 or ANTH 100 3 sh PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 or 274 (374) 3 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 6-8 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 6-8 sh

 

YEAR 3
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 205 4 sh BIOL 206 4 sh
PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 or 274 (374) 3 sh PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 or 274 (374) 3 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 6-8 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 6-8 sh

 

YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*
FALL
SPRING
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh

 

Applying to Occupational Therapy School

Application to Occupational Therapy School is made through the centralized application OTCAS.

 

Requirements for Occupational Therapy School

Applicants to Occupational Therapy schools are evaluated on:

  • observational experience
  • GRE (not all schools require the GRE)
  • GPA
  • letters of recommendation

 

4 + 2 in Occupational Therapy at The Sage Graduate School

SUNY Oneonta and Sage Graduate School have developed an articulated 4 + 2 agreement in Occupational Therapy for qualified students applying for admission to the The Sage College's Master of Occupational Therapy Program in Troy, NY. Students complete four years and a bachelors degree at SUNY Oneonta followed by two years of graduate study at The Sage Graduate School, leading to a MOT degree.

Admission to Sage’s MOT program is not guaranteed and is highly competitive.

The SUNY Oneonta-Sage 4 + 2 OT agreement provides for:

  • Priority review of application (application must be postmarked June 1 of year preceding graduation)
  • Preferred acceptance (on a space available basis) into the Occupational Therapy Program for students who have completed MOT prerequisites at time of application, after initial advisement, interview, and completed application
  • Waiver of Sage Graduate School application fee
  • Advisement to coordinate undergraduate electives and coursework to address OT Program prerequisites
  • Opportunity to apply early for graduate assistantships

 

Qualified students will:

  • Submit application to SAGE prior to the June 1 deadline
  • Complete prerequisite coursework prior to application to SAGE through the 4+2 OT agreement
  • Maintain a minimum overall 3.25 GPA in their undergraduate program & OT prerequisite courses
  • Earn a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the MOT Program
  • Document completion of clinical observation hours under the supervision of an occupational therapist

 

SAGE 4 + 2 OT
PROGRAM COURSE REQUIREMENTS
ANTH 100 or SOC 101 (SOCL 100)
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology
BIOL 180 - 181
General Biology I & II
BIOL 205 - 206
Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (CHEM 111 is a prereq for BIOL 205)
PHYS 103
General Physics I
PSYC 100
Introductory Psychology
PSYC 240
Developmental Psychology
PSYC 274 or 374
Intro to Abnormal Psychology or Abnormal Psychology
STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics

 

 

PreHealth related questions should be directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, PreHealth Professions Program Coordinator.

 

last update 18 July 2017 (TLL Webmaster)