The B.S./M.S. 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, complete the application steps. That Admissions Office webpage also includes the deadlines.
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. O.T. students are required to meet the following criteria:
Students who want to change their major at Nazareth to become an OT major should contact the program no later than the end of freshman year.
You will be considered on a competitive, space-available basis and would enter the B.S./M.S. program with sophomore status (even if you have more credits) due to the sequence of the OT curriculum.
The requirements to be considered are:
Details for students interested in transferring from another college to Nazareth for occupational therapy.
As a result of the knowledge and skills needed for practice, candidates for the occupational therapy degree must have the communication, cognitive skills, motor, and behavioral attributes to function in a competent manner in educational, clinic and fieldwork settings. Each of these settings at times can involve demanding workloads and stressful situations.
Accordingly, candidates for the degree must be able to perform specific essential functions that the faculty deem necessary for the practice of occupational therapy. These functions, expressed as technical standards, ensure a safe and effective learning environment for the protection of the student, faculty and clients that you will evaluate and treat.
For the successful completion of degree requirements, the student must meet minimum essential standards in communication; perceptual/conceptual; motor; and behavioral, interpersonal, and professional skills (as explained below), with or without reasonable accommodation.
The standards are sent to students before the beginning of the program. Students are expected to sign them before starting the Occupational Therapy program.
(Includes speech, language, reading, writing, and computer literacy)