Pre-Occupational Therapy

  • Pre-Occupational Therapy

  • 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.

    Program Requirements:

    Any bachelor's degree should include the following courses:


    The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford does have a special arrangement with the University of Pittsburgh that is called the Freshman Guarantee. If you meet certain criteria, you will be automatically accepted into the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh.

    In addition to earning a bachelor's degree and completing the required courses above, the following are other common admissions requirements into Doctoral of Occupational Therapy programs:

                *Earn a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses.

                *Complete the GRE examination

                *Occupational therapy experience in at least two different settings (pediatrics, geriatrics, medical rehabilitation, psychiatric rehabilitation, home healthcare, school system).

    Many graduate programs require a minimum of 40-50 hours.

                *3 letters of recommendations.


    Graduates of Pitt-Bradford have earned acceptance into the following Master of Occupational Therapy Doctor of Occupational Therapy programs:

    Gannon University
    Chatham University
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
    D'Youville College
    Alvernia College
    Wesley College



    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.