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Pre-Occupational Therapy Plan

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Pre-Occupational Therapy (Pre-OT) Plan for Clarkson University undergraduates

Clarkson University offers a Pre-Occupational Therapy program to highly qualified and motivated incoming high school students who wish to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Students accepted into the Pre-Occupational Therapy program will be invited to participate in activities in the OT department and will be granted preferential consideration for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program as long as they demonstrate successful completion of the milestones and MSOT pre-requisites.

Applicants will signify on their CU application for admission a request to be accepted into the Pre-OT plan. The records/transcripts of those applicants will be forwarded to the OT department for review. The Health Professions Graduate Admissions Coordinator will review the high school records and application and return an acceptance decision to Admissions. Those that matriculate at Clarkson and meet all requirements of this opportunity and formally apply will be granted an interview and given preferential consideration. Successful applicants will be granted a seat in the next cohort of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy class following their May graduation from Clarkson University. Those students that accelerate their graduation to December will be considered on a case-by –case basis for the cohort beginning the following Fall semester. Ten seats will be reserved for Clarkson University graduates in each incoming class. Being a Pre-OT student provides a significant advantage in gaining acceptance into Clarkson’s OT program.

Requirements and milestones to be reached:

  • Complete the application and essay (state your interest in the field of Occupational Therapy) for entry into the Pre-OT plan
  • At all times remain in good standing with Clarkson University. This includes disciplinary action and legal action on or off campus.
  • The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the end of each semester in all prerequisite courses, while maintaining an overall cumulative grade-point average greater than or equal to 3.0.
  • In the first 2 years as a CU undergraduate, candidates will show satisfactory progress in completing OT prerequisite courses. A minimum of 3 prerequisite courses must be completed by that time. Grades on prerequisite courses shall be C or above.
  • The candidate will begin or continue gaining experience related to occupational therapy.
  • Meet at least once per academic year with the Health Professions Graduate Admissions Coordinator to gauge progress. The Coordinator will review the candidate’s transcripts, review progress experience, and assess the candidate’s aptitude and attitude as a potential OT. Candidates may be released from the Plan at any time if requirements have not been met.

After completion of their second year as a CU undergraduate, candidates will present themselves to the OT faculty for review of their progress. Those who have reached the milestones will continue in the program, then, they must:

  • Continue progress and complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 required hours of experience by the time of application.
  • Graduate in good standing from Clarkson University.
  • Formally apply to the Clarkson University OT program via the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) at the appropriate time while meeting all deadlines and requirements of the application. A verified application must be ready for review by September 20th of their senior year. (Note that it takes approximately 4-6 weeks for OTCAS to verify applications.)
    • Three letters of recommendation (letters from a faculty member and an OT professional are required)
  • Have a successful interview following application.
  • Ten seats are reserved in each class for CU graduates. CU graduates not selected for the reserved seats will remain in the applicant pool for any remaining seats in the cohort.

Clarkson undergraduates that are not part of the Pre-OT Plan are also welcome to apply via OTCAS at the appropriate time with the applicant pool for that cohort. These requirements are in addition to the major that the student has declared. OT advising is not intended to replace advising by faculty in the student’s declared major.

If you have any specific questions about our pre-occupational therapy plan, you can contact Jennifer Zoanetti, Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Academic Support Assistant, at or 315-268-4476.