Occupational Therapy Program Admission

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

Admissions Requirements

Only complete application packets will be accepted. All documents must be complete and contain in the application package when submitted to the OT Department. 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 60 college credits (including pre-requisites for the OT 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 semester prior to admission. In the Spring semester students can be registered for no more than two OT prerequisites, with no more than one course being a Natural Science course.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.9 (weighted grade point average from all colleges attended)
  • Updated 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.
  • Official transcripts in hardcopy, from ALL colleges attended must be submitted with the OT Admissions packet. Current York students must print out unofficial transcripts from CUNYfirst and include it in the application packet.
  • Applications submitted by mail must be post marked no later than the deadline.
  • 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 Screening and Selection Committee is required. This 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 2016 class will be sent. The OT Program 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.
  • 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 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.

Additional Information

  • OT prerequisite courses taken more than 10 years ago 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.

Admissions Application