Admission Guidelines for the OT Program

Information on applying to and screening for the BS/MS Occupational Therapy Program.
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We are no longer accepting applications for admission to our Fall 2014 entering class.  Information and application documents for Fall 2015 admissions will be posted in October 2014.

Separate application and acceptance for matriculation to York College is required for admission to the Occupational Therapy program.

Visit www.cuny.edu/undergraduate for information or to apply online. 

Eligibility Requirements for the Occupational Therapy Program

To apply, you need:

  • Completion of 56-60 college credits (Transfer students must have all prerequisite courses completed.) A minimum grade of C is required to transfer credits from another institution
  • Effective for Fall 2015 admissions, pending approval, the minimum overall GPA will be 2.9.
  • Completion and documentation of at least 50 hours of volunteer work in an Occupational Therapy setting
  • OT-specific prerequisites and York College general education requirements that must be completed prior to enrollment in program:

OT-specific prerequisites (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, OT-specific prerequisite courses taken more than 10 years ago must be repeated.

*Effective for Fall 2015 admissions: students must be registered for all outstanding OT prerequisites in the Spring semester prior to admission, and only ONE course may be a Natural Science course.

General Education and Pathways Requirements

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

General Education requirements for existing York College students (York students prior to Fall 2013):

  • 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

Pathways Requirements - for new York College students (including new transfer students) as of Fall 2013 (effective Fall 2013):

I. Required Core – Stem Variant Courses

  • English 125
  • English 126

II. Flexible Core

World Cultures and Global IssuesAnthropology 101 suggested
(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 DiversityHistory 204 suggested
(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 entering 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 who enter York College with more than 30 credits, but without an associate’s degree

  • Foreign language, 0-6 credits, as per department placement
  • One (1) 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’s degree- AA, AS, or AAS

  • Two  (2) 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.

    Application and Screening for Occupational Therapy Program

    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.  Applicants must keep in mind the highly competitive nature of this admissions process.

    Incomplete application packets will not be accepted. Your complete application packet should include:

    • Completed Department of Occupational Therapy Application
    • Official transcripts from all schools attended besides York College
    • In addition to submitting official transcripts, transfer students not attending York College at the time of application must request a courtesy transcript evaluation from the York College Registrar's office. Without the evaluated transcript, no advisement or screening can be done by the OT program.  It is the student's responsibility to provide an unofficial copy of all transcripts to the OT program for submission to the Registrar's office for evaluation.
    • *Two letters of reference using the supplied form; one from a supervisor or professor and one from an Occupational Therapist (this letter should also include verification of completion of at least 50 hours of volunteer work)
    • A current resume
    • Proof of acceptance to York College for transfer students

    * Applicants may submit their application packets with ONE of the two letters of reference outstanding.  The second letter must be submitted by the end of the summer of they year they are applying for.

      Students should provide accurate contact information, including home phone, cell phone, and email, so that eligible candidates can be contacted for an interview appointment.  The interview process can take 1-2 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.

          Acceptance into the Occupational Therapy Program

          Approval by the Occupational Therapy Evaluation 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 an occupational therapist
          • Professional interview
          • GPA and appropriate courses

          Candidates for the program 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 chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.

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

          Required Competencies for Online and Hybrid Courses

          In additional to traditional face-to-face courses, Occupational Therapy Program required courses may include online or Hybrid courses. Our current Hybrid course offerings include OT 643 and OT 645B.  Both online and Hybrid courses require students to complete a free Blackboard workshop offered by the York College Department of Educational Technology at the beginning of the semester when these courses are offered. This instruction teaches students how to use the York College online management system Blackboard.  Students participating in these courses must have regular access to a computer with an Internet connection, Word or Word –compatible software, and be able to use Word or Word-compatible software to complete and post required online assignments using Blackboard.

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