Occupational Therapy Program Admission

Admissions Information and requirements for the Occupational Therapy BS/MS Program

Admissions Requirements Fall 2017

Only complete application packets will be accepted. All documents must be complete and contain in the application package when submitted to the Department of Occupational Therapy. Hand delivery is STRONGLY recommended.

Please Note: There have been significant changes in the Admissions process. Candidate interviews, on site writing examples and letters of recommendation have been eliminated from the screening process.

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 www.cuny.edu/undergraduate for information or to apply online.
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 college credits (including pre-requisites for the Occupational Therapy program). A minimum grade of C is required to transfer credits from non CUNY colleges.
  • Occupational Therapy prerequisite courses and York College General Education Requirements must be completed prior to enrollment in program. *Students must complete all outstanding prerequisite courses by the end of Spring 2017 semester prior to admission. In the Spring semester students can be registered for no more than two Occupational Therapy prerequisites, with no more than one course being a Natural Science course. A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite courses.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.9 (weighted grade point average from all colleges attended)
  • Current Resume
  • Using the form provided in the admission packet, document completion of 50 hours of volunteer work under an OTR/L in an Occupational Therapy setting must be completed, and submitted with your application. 
  • Official transcripts in hardcopy, from ALL colleges attended must be submitted with the Occupational Therapy Application packet. Current York students must print out unofficial transcripts from CUNYfirst and include it in the application packet. (Transcripts mailed on your behalf must be sent to: York College, CUNY, Department of Occupational Therapy, Admissions Committee, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Room AC1E12, Jamaica, New York 11451) If your official transcript(s) are not submitted within the application packet, you must provide proof of dated official transcript(s) request(s).
  • Applications submitted by mail must be post marked no later than the deadline February 1st 2017.
  • Students applying for the second time are required to submit a complete application packet, containing all required documents and transcripts.

Acceptance into the BS/MS Program

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

  • Completed Department of Occupational Therapy application packets
  • Overall GPA (weighted grade point average from all colleges attended)
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses (grade of C or above) and core courses

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.

After admissions packages are handed in:

  • Letters of acceptance, waiting list, and those not invited for the Fall 2017 class will be sent. The Department of Occupational Therapy reserves the right to accept students from the waiting list up until the start of classes.
  • A welcome letter with orientation dates will be mailed out to those accepted students.   The orientation historically occurs during the last week of August.
  • A declaration of major form, given or provided by the Registrar Office will need to be filled out by the incoming students upon starting their Fall 2017 Fall semester.

NOTE: Please be aware that a felony conviction and/or the inability to pass a background check may preclude an individual from being placed at fieldwork sites, compromise ability to complete the program, take the National Certification Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) examination and/or obtain a state license to practice.

Notice to Students on Criminal Background Checks, Drug Testing and Licensure

Federal law limits the issuance of professional licenses, registrations and limited permits to the United States citizens or qualified aliens.

Current laws generally permit a state licensing board or agency to deny a license to practice if the applicant has been convicted of a felony or other specified crime.

The Department of Occupational Therapy at York College does not require a criminal background check for admission to our degree program, but the Department’s educational requirements include placement at one or more hospitals or other off-campus clinical training sites, and these sites frequently require a student to undergo a criminal background check before the student can be placed for clinical training.

If, based upon the results of a criminal background check the site determines that a student’s participation in its clinical training program would not be in the best interest of the site, the site may deny that student admission to the training program. Even if the student has already begun the placement when the results are received, the site may elect to dismiss the student, regardless of the student’s performance while in the training program. Each clinical training site that requires a criminal background check sets its own standards and procedures, and you may be asked by the site to pay the cost of the background check. You may also have to complete more than one criminal background check during the course of the Health Professions at York College depend on the number of sites where you are placed and the requirements of each site.

Some clinical rotation sites may also require that students submit to a drug test as a condition of their participation. Students will be responsible for the cost of this testing. Refusal to have a test may result in an inability to complete the rotation and possibly the professional program.

Please note that if a clinical training site determines that you may not take part in its training program based on the results of a criminal background check or drug test the results of a criminal background check or drug test (or due to refusal to submit to a drug test), you may be unable to complete your course requirements and to continue in the professional program. It is important for you to consider this before you enroll in a program offered by the Department of Occupational Therapy at York College, as York College has no obligation to refund your tuition or fees or to other accommodate you in the event you are ineligible to complete your course requirements based on the results of a criminal background heck, or if you denied a license to practice.

*Fingerprinting may be required.

Additional Information

  • Clinical education sites may also require fingerprinting. Students are responsible for any incurring expenses.
  • Occupational Therapy prerequisite courses taken more than 10 years ago, at the time of application, MUST be repeated.
  • Individuals can apply up to two times for admission to the BS/MS Occupational Program. 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 and or Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.
  • Admission to the Occupational Therapy Program is highly competitive and the numbers of seats are limited each year.
  • This professional program is a Full time/Day program which may require classes scheduled in early morning or evening (schedule is preset for students). We do not offer weekend or summer classes.
  • Students who are interested in the program must meet the requirements for admission to York College and additional eligibility requirements for admission to the Occupational Therapy Program.
  • Students having earned over 120 credits will be charged graduate rates of tuition. For Financial and College Costs information please contact the Financial Aid Department by phone: 718-262-2230; on site AC-1M08; on the web: https://www.york.cuny.edu/administrative/finaid
  • There is no fee for the Occupational Therapy application.
  • We do not accept faxed or emailed applications. All applications must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2017. Hand delivery preferred.
  • No GRE required.