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The BS/MS Occupational Therapy Program at Nazareth College accepts applicants for full-time study from the freshman year. Students are admitted directly into the program as freshman and are not required to reapply for admission to the graduate phase of the program. To apply, prospective students must complete the Nazareth College Application which can be found at http://admissions.naz.edu. To increase the opportunity for acceptance into the OT program, the student should adhere to the application deadlines found on the Nazareth College website.
In order to be considered for direct acceptance into the occupational therapy program, as a freshman, prospective students must show evidence of good academic performance in high school and a genuine interest in the profession of occupational therapy. All students are required to meet the following criteria:
1. A high school average of 85% or higher, or a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
2. Successful completion and demonstrated ability in the following high school courses with a grade of B or higher is recommended:
- Two years of Math
- One year of Biology with a lab
- A Physics course
Transfer students are accepted on a competitive, space-available basis in the second year of the BS/MS program (see requirements below). A minimum grade of C in any previously taken science courses is required to be accepted into the occupational therapy program. Science courses considered for acceptance must have been taken within 5 years of the student’s application to the OT Program. Point of entry depends on the number of transfer credits accepted by the registrar, including major course requirements. All of the science courses required in the OT curriculum (BIO 103, BIO 150, BIO 151) must be completed successfully with a grade of C prior to entering into OTR 313: Gross Anatomy which is offered in the summer between the sophomore and junior years.
Transfer Admission Requirements
Transferring into OT as a Sophomore
Transfer students may enter the sophomore (second year) of the program in the fall on a space available basis. Decisions will be made by date of application, and grade point average.
If transferring in the fall of the sophomore year, students with no previous exposure to occupational therapy in a clinic, hospital or school environment will be required or take OTR 101 in the fall and OTR 102 in the spring.
The student should also have taken BIO 103: Biological Systems with a lab and BIO 150; Anatomy and Physiology I with a lab. Both of these courses will require a minimum grade of B to be accepted into the OT Program. If these courses are transferred and accepted from another academic program, the student must also have obtained a minimum grade of B to be accepted into OT. If the student has not taken these courses in the freshman year, it may result in the necessity to be in the OT curriculum for six years instead of five, since BIO 151: Human Anatomy and Physiology that is required in the curriculum as a sophomore must be taken after BIO 150 which is its prerequisite.
All three of these science courses: BIO 103, BIO 150, BIO 151 must be taken and successfully passed with a B, prior to OTR 310: Gross Anatomy which is offered only in the summer between the sophomore and the junior years.