OT Graduate Admissions

at Saint Francis University

  • Eligible students holding an earned baccalaureate degree with the necessary prerequisite coursework may be admitted to the first year of the professional curriculum based on space available.

    Admissions Requirements

    Application Materials 


    Further Information

    Requests for further information on the Master of Occupational Therapy Program should be directed to:

    Ms. Amy Hudkins, MHS, COTA/L
    Instructor and Recruitment Coordinator
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    Saint Francis University
    P.O. Box 600
    Loretto, PA 15940-0600

    Applicants for Graduate Admission beginning Fall of 2013 are required to submit the following to the Department of Occupational Therapy in order to be considered for admission:

    1. A completed Application Form with a $30 (non-refundable) application fee to the Department of Occupational Therapy. Please make check payable to Saint Francis University.
    2. Evidence of a completed baccalaureate degree from a fully-accredited institution.
    3. Official transcripts from each college/university attended indicating an overall minimum QPA of 3.0. Transcripts must be submitted from the college/university to the Saint Francis University Department of Occupational Therapy in sealed envelopes, or they will not be considered official.
    4. A completed Collateral Course Check-off Form . with the noted Collateral Requirement Courses completed with a minimum grade of "C" in each course.
      Descriptions for the Collateral Requirements are provided in the application packet. Applicants who believe they have taken an equivalent of the course(s) must provide the appropriate course descriptions and/or syllabi with their application so that the Department of Occupational Therapy can make a determination of equivalency.
      *Please note that applicants must have no greater than six (6) credits of collateral coursework outstanding at time of application.
      Required Courses
      Course Number Course Name Credits
      BIOL 111 Biology I 4 credits
      BIOL 111L Biology I Lab 1 credit
      BIOL 205 Anatomy & Physiology I 3 credits
      BIOL 205 L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1 credit
      BIOL 206 Anatomy & Physiology II 3 credits
      BIOL 206 L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1 credit
      SPCH 101 Speech Fundamentals 3 credits
      PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
      PSYC 201 Research Methods and Statistics I  3 credits
      PSYC 202      Research Methods and Statistics II     3 credits
      PSYC 205 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
      PSYC 209 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
      PSYC 303 Memory & Cognition 3 credits
      PSYC 314 Biopsychology 3 credits
      PSYC EL Psychology Elective 3 credits
      CPSC 101 Introduction to Computer Systems 3 credits
       SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology  3 credits
      OT 301 OT Seminar I or equivalent* 1 credit
      OT 302 OT Seminar II or equivalent* 1 credit  
    5. Documentation of 50 hours (minimum) of volunteer or paid experience in Occupational Therapy. A copy of the Documentation Form for Occupational Therapy Observation Volunteer/Paid Employment Experience is provided in the application packet.
    6. Current Course Enrollment Form if currently enrolled at another college/university. Upon completion of the coursework, an official transcript must be sent to the Department of Occupational Therapy.
    7. Two professional recommendation (at least one from an Occupational Therapist) using the Professional Recommendation Forms provided in the application packet. These recommendations must be submitted to the Department of Occupational Therapy directly from the references in sealed envelopes.
    8. Submit a brief typed essay (300 words or less): "Describe your personal characteristics that you believe will lead to your success in the Occupational Therapy profession."
    9. International students must send their transcripts to an international agency where the transcripts will be converted to the American academic scale.  We recommend World Education Services, 1-800-937-3897.  In addition to meeting the requirements for admission, international students must submit satisfactory scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (T.O.E.F.L.), administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey.  Applicants whose native language is English are exempt from this requirement.  International students should apply for admissions and the required testing well in advance in order to ensure evaluation of their credentials in a time frame which is equitable to themselves and the Graduate Admissions Committee.

    Making Application & Materials

    Candidates should apply for admission by November 15 for the following summer semester.  
    Saint Francis University is NOT currently a participating school in the OTCAS. All applications and materials are managed through the SFU OT Department.
    The Graduate Admissions application process is closed for the 2015-2016 season.
    Applications for 2017 will be accepted beginning on September 1, 2016.

    Graduate Housing Options

    Graduate students are not currently eligible for campus housing. Many of our students lease apartments in Loretto. Some are within walking distance to campus. Other rental options are available within easy driving distance of Loretto.

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