Pre-Occupational Therapy

  • Pre-Occupational Therapy

  • Program Designation: Pre-Professional

    Program Contact: Dr. Mark Kelley

    Academic Division: Biological and Health Sciences

    Program Description:

    Our Pre-Occupational Therapy program prepares students to apply to both Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) graduate programs and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) graduate programs. Occupational Therapists enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent, or live better, with injury, illness or disability.  Students commonly major in Exercise Science, Biology or Psychology while taking other prerequisites required for admission into MOT or DOT programs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Occupational Therapists is expected to by grow 24 percent from 2016-2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

    This just in:

    Joelle Atkinson, a pre-occupational therapy major from Franklinville, NJ, was accepted into the occupational therapy graduate program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

    What you can do with a degree in Pre-Occupational Therapy.

    Transfer Program Requirements

    The University of Pittsburgh’s occupational therapy program is an entry-level master’s degree program. The student will complete a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and then apply to the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Occupational Therapy program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). No specific bachelor’s degree is mandated, but biology, psychology, and sports medicine are majors commonly chosen. Any bachelor’s degree should include the following courses:


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    In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree and completing the required courses listed above, the student must earn a minimum overall and prerequisite 3.00 grade point average (GPA), take the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer or paid work in occupational therapy in at least two different practice areas.

    The University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences offers a freshman guarantee to the occupational therapy master’s program.

    Pitt Freshman Guarantee: Students must apply for this guarantee the very first time they register as freshmen at Pitt-Bradford by specifying occupational therapy, and then the Office of Enrollment Services will automatically review for granting of the guarantee. If all MOT admissions criteria are met, students are automatically accepted into the master’s program and will not have to compete for admission, but they will have to apply for admission during the senior year of their undergraduate program.

    University of Pittsburgh Freshman Guarantee in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences:

    • Indicate PREOT Pre-occupational therapy on the admissions application,
    • Minimum pre-2005 SAT score of 1200,
    • Complete an undergraduate degree at Pitt with an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, as well as a GPA of 3.3 or higher in the prerequisite courses,
    • Achieve a combined score of 1000 or greater on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical section of the GRE,
    • Complete 20 hours of volunteer experience.

    Check with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences ( for its most current requirements for the Freshman Guarantee.

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.