Occupational Therapy : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Combined: BS/MS in Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy
Graduate: MS in Occupational Therapy, Graduate Certificate in Assistive/Rehabilitation Technology

Advisement

For academic advisement during the pre-professional phase of the program (years 1 and 2), entering freshmen should contact Cassandra Walker-Whiteside or Jillian Reading in the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) at 716-829-6769 or by email at sphhp-OASA@buffalo.edu. Transfer students should contact MaryAnn Venezia in the Rehabilitation Science Department at 716-829-6742 or by email at venezia3@buffalo.edu. Upon promotion to the professional sequence of the program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor from the Occupational Therapy program.

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 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. Promotion to the professional sequence is competitive for students whose prerequisite GPA is between 2.80 and 3.19. Students may not take any prerequisite course more than twice and are limited to repeating no more than two prerequisite courses. Acceptance to the professional sequence is limited to approximately forty students.

By January 15 of the second year (sophomore) of the program, students accepted into the Occupational Therapy program under the Freshman Admission or Transfer Student Admission Policy (see below), must complete a Promotion to Professional Sequence form and submit evidence of a minimum of seventy hours of volunteer/work experience in a United States occupational therapy setting providing direct patient/client care under the supervision of an occupational therapist. This 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.

Promotion to the professional sequence is competitive for students other than those admitted as freshman or transfer students. Students not accepted through the freshman or transfer admission policies must (1) have a minimum grade of C in all prerequisite courses; (2) complete, by January 15 of the year they wish to enter the professional program, a minimum of seventy hours of volunteer or work experience in a United States occupational therapy direct patient care environment, under the supervision of an occupational therapist; this experience must be undertaken within two years prior to application in a maximum of two (2) settings; and (3) submit an application, the Promotion to Professional Sequence form, by January 15 of the year they wish to enter the program.

Transfer Policy

Students can enter the occupational therapy program as transfer students from other institutions. Students who declare occupational therapy as their major on the UB application are provisionally accepted into the Occupational Therapy program. To be assured promotion to the professional component of the program, students must complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course. Promotion to the professional sequence is competitive for those students whose prerequisite GPA is between 2.80 and 3.19. Acceptance to the professional sequence is limited to approximately forty students.

Courses completed at other colleges or universities are not automatically accepted by the program as fulfilling the prerequisite requirements. Determination is made by an evaluation of the student's transcripts, descriptions of courses that he/she has taken, and credit hours completed. It is recommended that prospective transfer students contact the department to determine the suitability of prior coursework.

Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy - B.S./M.S.

Acceptance Criteria

In order to be considered for acceptance into the professional sequence of the program, students must:

1. Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better; students may not take any prerequisite course more than twice and are limited to repeating no more than two prerequisite courses. Repeating high-demand courses, e.g. ANA 407, may require approval of the program director;

2. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8 in all prerequisite courses;

3. Complete 70 hours of volunteer work in a United States occupational therapy setting providing direct patient/client care under the supervision of an occupational therapist; the volunteer form is to be submitted with the Promotion to Professional Sequence form.

4. Complete a Promotion to Professional Sequence form, which includes a personal statement, by the January 15th prior to the third year of the program.

The occupational therapy program has a freshman and transfer admission policy in effect. Students indicating on the University at Buffalo application that occupational therapy is their intended major are provisionally accepted into the program. To be assured promotion to the professional component of the program, students must complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course. Promotion to the professional sequence is competitive for those students whose prerequisite GPA is between 2.80 and 3.19. Acceptance to the professional sequence is limited to approximately forty students.

Advising Notes

For academic advisement during the pre-professional phase of the program (years 1 and 2), entering freshmen should contact Cassandra Walker-Whiteside or Jillian Reading in the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) at 716-829-6769 or by email at sphhp-OASA@buffalo.edu. Transfer students should contact MaryAnn Venezia in the Rehabilitation Science Department at 716-829-6742 or by email at venezia3@buffalo.edu. Upon promotion to the professional sequence of the program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor from the Occupational Therapy program.

Prerequisite Courses

Please note that some prerequisite courses, notably Anatomy, ANA 113, and Physics, PHY 101, are in high demand by the general student population at UB. Students must give careful consideration to dropping a high-demand course. It may not be possible to schedule the course in a subsequent semester. This may delay eligibility for completion of the Promotion to Professional Sequence form for an entire academic year, thus extending the length of the program. Students may not take any prerequisite course more than twice and are limited to repeating no more than two prerequisite courses. Repeating high-demand courses, e.g. ANA 407, may require approval of the Program Director.

ANA 113/OT 113 Human Anatomy
OT 230 Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction (offered spring semester only)
OT 301 Orientation to Occupational Therapy (offered fall semester only)
OT 217 Medical Terminology
PGY 300 Human Physiology
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHY 101 College Physics I
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 336 Developmental Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
STA 119 Statistical Methods
UGC 211 American Pluralism or SOC 211 Sociology of Diversity
*ANA 407 Gross Human Anatomy
*To be eligible for ANA 407, students must have completed the Promotion to Professional Sequence form and have a minimum GPA of 2.8 in all other prerequisite courses, with no grade lower than a C.

Required Courses

Eligibility is limited to those students who have been accepted into the professional sequence of the Occupation Therapy program.

OT 314 Pediatric Dysfunction and Occupation
OT 322 Rehabilitation Medicine
OT 333 Human Occupation Across the Lifespan
OT 341 Critical Analysis of Scientific Literature
OT 342 Neuroscience I
OT 343 Neuroscience II
OT 344 Neuroanatomy I
OT 345 Neuroanatomy II
OT 346 Introduction to Scientific Writing
OT 352 Assistive Technology
OT 361 Functional Anatomy
OT 381 Occupational Therapy Theory
OT 382 Issues in Occupational Therapy Service Delivery
OT 402 Group Process Skills
OT 450 Prosthetics and Orthotics
OT 503 Psychosocial Practice w/lab and Level I Fieldwork
OT 504 Advanced Clinical Management for OT
OT 505 Applied Geriatrics
OT 506 Research Skills
OT 507 Art and Science of Sensory Integration
OT 508 Physical Disabilities Practice
OT 509 Community-Based Practice
OT 510 Applied Neurophysiology
OT 511 Application of Therapeutic Techniques
OT 544 Applied Treatment in Pediatrics w/lab and Level I Fieldwork
OTD 551 Occupational Behavior Theory
OT 560 Level II Fieldwork
OT 561 Level II Fieldwork
OT 563 Project Guidance I
OT 564 Project Guidance II
Two electives

Summary
Total required credit hours for the undergraduate portion (occupational science): 99

Total required credit hours for the BS/MS (occupational science/occupational therapy): 163

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall PSY 101
Spring ANA 113, OT 230, PSY 322

SECOND YEAR
Fall OT 217, PHY 101, PSY 336, SOC 101, UGC 211; OT 301 (direct transfer students only must take in junior year)
Spring PGY 300, PHI 101, STA 119

SUMMER BEFORE THIRD YEAR
Summer ANA 407

THIRD YEAR
Fall OT 314, OT 333, OT 341, OT 342, OT 344, OT 381; OT 301 (direct transfer students only)
Spring OT 322, OT 343, OT 345, OT 346, OT 352, OT 361, OT 382

SUMMER BEFORE FOURTH YEAR
Summer OT 402, OT 503

FOURTH YEAR
Fall OT 450, OT 508, OT 510, OT 511, OT 544
Spring OT 560, OT 561

FIFTH YEAR
Fall OT 504, OT 509, OT 563, OTD 551
Spring OT 506, OT 564, Advanced Clinical Seminar, Elective

Electives and Course Groupings

OT 530 Computer Access 1
OT 533 Wheeled Mobility and Seating
OT 534 Ergonomics and Job Accommodation
OTD 517 Principles of OT with the Physically Disabled
OTD 532 Societal Impact on Persons with Disabilities
OTE 514 Advanced Evaluation/Treatment Principles I - Infants and Toddlers
OTE 515 Advanced Evaluation/Treatment Principles II - Preschool Children
OTE 516 Advanced Evaluation/Treatment Principles III - School Age Children
Not all courses listed are offered annually

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:53 EST