Admission Requirements

Admissions Information and requirements for the Occupational Therapy Program
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Admissions Requirements for the Occupational Therapy Program

To apply, you need:

  • Separate application to the City University of New York is required. Students who do not currently attend York College must also complete and provide proof of completion of the CUNY Undergraduate Transfer Application for Admission to York College. Visit for information or to apply online.
  • Completion of 56-60 college credits A minimum grade of C is required to transfer credits from non CUNY colleges.
  • Occupational Therapy prerequisite courses and York College general education requirements that must be completed prior to enrollment in program
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.9
  • Updated Resume
  • Completion and documentation (using form provided) of 50 hours of volunteer work under an OTR/L in an Occupational Therapy setting
  • Letter of reference from a Licensed Occupational Therapist  (using form provided)
  • Letter of reference Academic or Professional (using form provided)
  • Official transcripts (hardcopy) from ALL college schools attended. Current York students must print out unofficial transcripts from CUNYfirst and include it in your application.

*Note:  Students must complete all outstanding prerequisite courses by the Spring semester prior to admission, and only ONE course may be a Natural Science course.

Screening for the BS/MS Program in Occupational Therapy

All applicants must complete the Occupational Therapy Program Admissions Application in order to be considered for admission to the program.  Additionally, students who do not currently attend York College must also complete the CUNY Undergraduate Transfer Application for admission to York College.

After admissions applications are handed in:

  • Confirmation checklists will be mailed out or handed to the applicant
  • Admissions Committee will review all applications.
  • Selected applicants will be invited ( by phone or e-mail) for a one on one professional interview. An interview does not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Letters will be mailed out to the rest of the applicants regarding their status
  • After interviews with selected applicants the Admissions Committee will make their final selections
  • Letters will be mailed out to those selected for our new incoming class
  • A welcome letter with orientation dates will be mailed out to those selected students
  • A declaration of major form (given by the Registars Office) will need to be filled out by the incoming students upon starting their Fall semester

Acceptance into the BS/MS Program Occupational Therapy Program

Approval by the Occupational Therapy Screening and Selection Committee is required. This Committee bases its recommendations on the following criteria:

  • Completed Department of Occupational Therapy application and two reference letters
  • Professional Interview
  • Overal GPA
  • Successful completion of prerequesite courses (grade of C or above)

Candidates must keep in mind the competitive nature of the admissions process.  Completion of required courses and initial eligibility to be screened does not guarantee admission into the program.

NOTE: Please be aware that a felony conviction may preclude an individual from taking the certifying examination and obtaining a state license to practice.

Additional Information

  • Students should provide accurate contact information, including home phone, cell phone, and email, so candidates can be contacted for an interview appointment.  The interview process can take up to four hours; students should allow for adequate time.
  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview.
  • Incomplete application packets will not be accepted.
  • OT prerequisite courses taken more than 10 years ago MUSTbe repeated
  • A grade of C or better is required for OT prerequisite courses.
  • The Occupational Therapy program will only screen a candidate twice (for two separate years).  No subsequent applications will be considered.
  • There is no advanced standing in the program regardless of qualifications or experience of the applicant.  All candidates must complete the entire course of study.
  • Applicants are not considered accepted into the program until they receive a letter of acceptance from the Program Director/Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.