Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy Advisement Track

Dual-advising is available to assist students with timely completion of both the primary major coursework and the pre-health advisement track coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta. Students must declare a primary major and are encouraged to declare their intended Pre-Health Concentration for effective advisement. Students should confer with advisors for their primary major and specific Pre-Health Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The Pre-Health Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration, listed below.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration

  • Satisfies the course requirements for admission at most American occupational therapy schools.
  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required and can vary based on school.
  • Students must consult 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 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 occupational therapy school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their primary major advisor and their pre-health concentration advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

NOTE: Many pre-occupational therapy students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. Having a “growth year” between undergraduate studies and beginning occupational therapy 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 COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS

SPRING COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS
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 COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS

SPRING COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS
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 COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS

SPRING COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS
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 COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS

SPRING COURSEWORK

CREDIT HOURS
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

Centralized Application Service

  • 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

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

  • Preferred acceptance into the Sage Graduate Schools for students who have completed occupational therapy program course prerequisites and with completed application;
  • Waiver of the Sage Graduate Schools application fee;
  • Early acceptance;
  • Access to Sage advisors to coordinate undergraduate electives and coursework to reduce or eliminate prerequisites in the graduate program;

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
  • Minimum overall 3.25 GPA that includes the completion of occupational therapy program prerequisite courses with grades of C or better (see prerequisite courses listed below) and a 3.0 prerequisite science GPA (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Physics I)
  • Earn a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the MOT Program
  • Document completion of clinical observation hours under the supervision of an occupational therapist

To be given priority in placement in the OT Program students agree to submit the following information by June 1 of the year preceding graduation from SUNY Oneonta:

  1. Complete application online at https://www.sage.edu/admission/graduate/
    1. The career goals essay & resume can be submitted with the online application.
    2. The supplemental forms (clinical observation form, program prerequisite record and OT program academic standards statement) can be emailed as attachments to sgsadm@sage.edu.
  2. Email the OT Department, sageot@sage.edu, and Sage Graduate School Admissions, sgsadm@sage.edu, indicating application has been submitted via Articulation Agreement with indicated school.
  3. Submit official transcripts from all college institutions attended.
  4. Submit one letter of reference from the SUNY Oneonta faculty and an additional recommendation letter.

Within 30 Days of acceptance:

  1. Make enrollment deposit of $300 (non-refundable, though to be applied toward graduate tuition)

Upon graduation from SUNY Oneonta:

  1. Submit official transcripts documenting completion of undergraduate degree arid OT Program prerequisite courses
  2. Submit Clinical Observation Document: 20 hours of clinical observation with 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

Pre-Health-related questions should be directed to the Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator.