Occupational Therapy : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria

Students must complete the required prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better and have a minimum GPA of 2.8 in the prerequisite courses in order to apply to the professional component of the occupational therapy program. Students must submit evidence of completion of a minimum of seventy (70) hours of volunteer experience in a United States OT setting providing direct patient/client care under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist. This volunteer experience must be undertaken within two years prior to application in a maximum of two (2) settings. Verification/Evaluation forms are available online; only ratings of "Excellent" or "Good" will receive credit toward this requirement.

Acceptance Information

The occupational therapy program has a freshman admission policy. Students who declare occupational therapy as their major on the UB application are provisionally accepted into the occupational therapy program. Courses in the first two years of the BS program meet the general education requirements and constitute the occupational science prerequisite courses. To be assured promotion to the professional component of the program, which begins in year three, students must complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course. Students may not take any prerequisite course more than twice and are limited to repeating no more than two prerequisite courses. Promotion to the professional sequence is competitive for students whose prerequisite GPA is between 2.80 and 3.19. Acceptance to the professional sequence is limited to approximately forty students.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

Each faculty member is committed to teaching, research, and community service as part of his/her responsibilities to fulfill the mission of the department, school, and university.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Independent Study
Students can elect to study specific topics of interest under the mentorship of OT faculty.

Six months of fieldwork in New York or another state is required of all majors, including three months of fieldwork in a selected service area (i.e. mental health, homecare, pediatrics, or geriatrics), and three months in physical disabilities.

Study Abroad
Occupational therapy students have the opportunity to travel to Brazil to visit occupational therapy educational programs, rehabilitation programs, clinics, and hospitals. Students also have the opportunity to host and interact with Brazilian students, both professionally and socially, who are visiting the University at Buffalo.

Research Opportunities
There are several opportunities for research experiences for occupational therapy students. Faculty are involved in research in a variety of areas including: school to work transition for students with disabilities, impact of assistive technology and environmental adaptations on elders and persons with disabilities, and effects of activity and exercise on functional abilities on persons with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

A number of scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available each year to OT students. The following are some of the scholarships routinely available:

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF)
A limited number of scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate OT students. An applicant for a foundation scholarship must: (1) be a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, (2) be enrolled as a full-time student in occupational therapy, (3) demonstrate a need for financial assistance, and (4) have a record of outstanding scholastic achievement.

New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA) Scholarships
Awards are granted annually from the Wollman Scholarship Fund. To qualify, students must (1) be currently enrolled full-time or accepted into a professional occupational therapy program in New York State leading to a graduate degree, (2) be a resident of New York State, and (3) be a NYSOTA member. Awards are granted on the basis of community and professional involvement, academic excellence, personal maturity, professional promise, and financial need, not necessarily in that order of importance.

Stonegraber Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in memory of Eleanor and David Stonegraber. Mrs. Stonegraber was an OTR in the Buffalo and Rochester areas and director of occupational therapy at Rochester Psychiatric Center at the time of her retirement in 1959. The fund provides financial aid for students in occupational therapy and physical therapy at the University at Buffalo. The amount varies from year to year, ranging from 0 to [ CATALOG : PAGE CONTENT ],500. To qualify, a student must (1) demonstrate financial need, (2) show academic promise, and (3) have a firm commitment to the profession.

Linda Walters Memorial Scholarship
This award was established to remember the efforts of Linda Walters, an OT student whose ill health prevented her from completing the professional program at UB. Beginning 1993, this scholarship has been issued to a senior OT student who is a COTA. To apply for this award, students must demonstrate professional promise and financial need.

Niagara Frontier District, NYSOTA (NFD/NYSOTA)
The district OT association provides scholarship assistance to students at the University at Buffalo. Other district associations of the NYSOTA also offer scholarships to students whose permanent residence is located within one of these other districts.

Extracurricular Activities

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Occupational TherapyMinors that Complement Occupational Therapy
Courses Outside Occupational Therapy that Could Improve Employment Opportunities
  • Introduction to health care
  • Medical ethics
  • Sign language
  • Nutrition

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:53 EST