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Admission Requirements

  • Application Process

    Gannon University and the Occupational Therapy Department receives and reviews applications for the professional entry-level Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy program  and all applicant credentials exclusively through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS), provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This includes information from all previously attended university or college transcripts, letters of recommendation, OT observation hours, personal essay and supplemental materials. Full application instructions can be found on the Gannon University, Professional Entry-Level Master page by visiting

    Program Requirements

    The minimum requirements to be considered for acceptance into the Occupational Therapy program at the graduate level include:

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university conferred before beginning the graduate program.
    • Overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
    • Cumulative prerequisite courses GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. No grade lower than a "C" will be accepted.
    • All prerequisite coursework must be completed within the 5 years preceding the MSOT program start-date.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Personal Essay
    • Prior to matriculation in the summer, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of OT volunteer experience and it is recommended that hours are completed in two different settings. Documentation must be submitted from the clinical volunteer sites.

    Prerequisite coursework to include:

    • Introduction to Psychology  3 credits 
    • Psychopathology or Abnormal Psychology - 3 credits
    • Developmental Psychology  - 3 credits 
    • Introduction to Sociology or a course with emphasis on cultural diversity - 3 credits 
    • Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab - 4 credits 
    • Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab - 4 credits 
    • Statistics - 3 credits
    • Physics I - 3 credits

    Please note: The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program starts in the summer with on-line and hybrid coursework (up to 12 credits). Full-time, on- campus graduate coursework starts in the fall semester.

    Students must have demonstrated efficiency in using tools common to distance education. This might include a learning platform, special courses, or job experience. Students taking an online course at Gannon University will require internet access to utilize Blackboard for their coursework.