Admission Guidelines for the BS/MS Occupational Therapy Program

Information on applying to and screening for the BS/MS Occupational Therapy Program. Applications can be downloaded from this page or picked up in 1E12-Department Office, phone number 718-262-2720.
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Eligibility 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 on line.
  • Completion of 56-60 college credits A minimum grade of C is required to transfer credits from non CUNY colleges.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.9.
  • Completion and documentation of 50 hours of volunteer work in an Occupational Therapy setting
  • Occupational Therapy prerequisite courses and York College general education requirements that must be completed prior to enrollment in program:

Occupational Therapy prerequisite courses (students cannot be waived from these courses):

  • Mathematics 111 (or a college level statistics and probability course)
  • Psychology 102 (Introductory Psychology)
  • Psychology 214 (Lifespan Development) OR 215 and 216 (Human Development I and II)
  • Psychology 338 (Abnormal Psychology)
  • Sociology 101 (Introductory Sociology)
  • Chemistry 108 + 109 (Chemical Principles I lecture and lab - formerly Chemistry 101) OR Chemistry 106 + 107 (Essentials of College Chemistry lecture and lab - formerly Chemistry 105)
  • Biology 201 and 202 (Biological Principles I and II) OR Biology 234 and 235 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II)
  • Physics 140 (The Physical Universe)

*Please note that a grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite courses listed above, additionally, Occupational Theapy  prerequisite courses taken more than 10 years ago MUST be repeated. Students must be registered for all outstanding Occupational Therapy prerequisites in the Spring semester prior to admission, and only ONE course may be a Natural Science course.

Pathway and General Education Requirements 

For more information on Pathways, please visit the York College Pathways website.

Pathways Requirements - for entering York College students who have not earned a Bachalorate or Associate degree or admitted to York College with 45 credits or greater of accepeted Libral Arts courses:

I. Required Core – Stem Variant Courses

  • English 125
  • English 126

II. Flexible Core

World Cultures and Global Issues  
(Other options: English 200; History 100, 108, 113; Humanities 350; Political Science 202, 241; World Literature 201, 205, 207, 210, 211, 212, 225)

Creative Expression – choose one course from the following:
English 286, Fine Arts 104, Humanities 224, Humanities 260, Music 101, Music 250, Music 253, Music 270, Speech 160, Theater Arts 110, Theater Arts 210

U.S. Experiences in its Diversity 
(Other options: Anthropology 246; History 201, 202; Humanities 250, 253; Political Science 103; Sociology 235, 289)

III. The York College College Option (All courses are to be chosen under advisement according to major program of study)

12 Credits: For native students and those admitted to  York College with fewer than 30 credits

  • Foreign language, 0-6 credits, as per department placement
  • Health Education 111, 3 credits
  • Any WI course at the 200-level or higher, 3 credits, or Writing 300, 3 credits

9 Credits:    For students admitted to York College with more than 30 credits, but without an Associate degree

  • Foreign language, 0-6 credits, as per department placement
  • One WI course at the 200-level or higher, 3 credits, or Writing 300, 3 credits

6 Credits:   F or students who enter York College with an Associate degree (AA, AS, or AAS)

  • Two writing courses (These include WI courses at the 200-level or higher, 3 credits, and Writing 300, 3 credits and Writing 300, 3 credits)

*General education requirements waiver may be applicable if possessing a degree. This determination is made by the York College Registrar.

General Education requirements for non Pathways York College students:

  • Writing 303 (Research and Writing for Professional Programs)
  • English 125 (Introduction to College Writing) and English 200 (Understanding Literature)
  • Physical Education 150 (Fitness for Living)
  • Two lower division (100 or 200 level) Writing Intensive courses (please see bulletin)
  • Speech 101 (Oral Communication in Contemporary Society)
  • Cultural Diversity 101 AND 201 or 202 or 203 or 210 (please see bulletin for course titles)
  • Foreign Language: up to intermediate level (8 credits)

History and Philosophy - one course from the following:

  • History 100, 108, 113, 201, 257, 275, 276
  • Philosophy 102, 103, 121

Fine and Performing Arts - one course from the following:

  • Fine Arts 104, 150, 152, 155, 264, 381
  • Music 101, 110, 225, 250, 253
  • Speech 110, 114, 160, 211, or 215-219

Application and 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.

Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview.  Additionally, an interview does not guarantee admission to the program. 

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.

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.

Please be aware that the Occupational Therapy program will only screen a candidate twice (for two separate years).  No subsequent applications will be considered.

*NOTE: Incomplete application packets will not be accepted.

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, one of which must be from a licensed Occupational Therapist
  • Professional Interview
  • Overal GPA
  • Successful completion of prerequesit 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. 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.

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


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