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PreOccupational Therapy

Thinking About Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.

--Definition from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Occupational Therapy at a Glance

Track or Major? 

Occupational Therapy is a track made up of pre-requisite courses you complete along with a major of your choice. This prepares you for admission into an Occupational Therapy Doctoral program. 
Occupational Therapy became a Clinical Doctorate program fall 2018.  The master's program is no longer available.

  • track hours to complete: 24
  • time to compete: OT pre-requisite courses and Bachelors degree of your choice (4 years), + 3 years at the graduate level

Level of degree - Doctoral

Does KU have a program? 

Yes. Students spend their first 4 years on the Lawrence campus completing their pre-admission courses and a Bachelor’s degree. Once admitted, 3 years are spent on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, KS. 

More information about KU's program

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View KU's prerequisite list for Pre-Occupational Therapy students.

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Quick Tip: If you have specific questions related to courses, contact your academic advisor.

View the overview of KU's Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.

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Program Admission

KU's Program

How to Apply: Application Quick Links

GPA applicatoin requirement: 3.2

Competitive GPA accepted: 3.5+

Special KU application information

  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer experience with an occupational therapist in at least two settings. Experiences must have been completed within the last 3 years. More is always better!
  • Healthcare experience with direct patient contact and working/volunteering with people with special needs are highly recommended.
  • Graduate Record Exam is required. Must be taken within the last 5 years.
  • All applicants must submit three professional letters of reference from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s potential and capacity to succeed in the program.  One letter of recommendation must be from an academic reference.
  • All applicants must submit a professional resumé describing work and/or, volunteer experience. This is an opportunity to highlight participation in leadership, extracurricular, and life activities.
  • Applications will be required to complete an interview as part of the application process.
  • The University Career Center can help you prepare your resume and practice for your interview.
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Quick Tip: If you need assistance with your application resume and/or personal statement, schedule an appointment at the KU Writing Center and/or University Career Center!

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Gain Experience Before You Apply!

Gaining Experience: Quick Links

Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer experience with an occupational therapist in at least two settings. Experiences must have been completed within the last 3 years.

The University Career Center hosts an annual Volunteer Fair each year in early fall. You may also want to visit their Volunteering resources.

Quick Tip: The University Career Center can assist you in finding experiential opportunities. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 785-864-3624.

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Deadlines & Contact Information

Application due date:
rolling admission - Aug. 1 - Dec. 1

Advising home:
Exploring and pre-professional students: 
Undergraduate Advising Center, 785-864-2834

Students with a declared major: major department

Advising contact:
Robin Merrit for PreOccupational Therapy requirements

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