University of Pittsburgh BradfordAcademics
Pre-Occupational Therapy

Program Contact:

Kelley, Mark -- Director of Sports Medicine Program, Visiting Instructor of Sport and Exercise Science

Honeck, Jason -- Program Director of Athletic Training, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training

As an occupational therapist, you could help someone who is disabled cook or drive a car. Or you could help a person with permanent disabilities use special equipment. If that interests you, our program in occupational therapy may be just what you’re looking for. 

Our program is an entry-level program that leads to a master’s degree. First, you’ll complete a bachelor’s degree on our campus. You can choose any major. Most students who want to be occupational therapists pick biology, psychology or sports medicine. 

Then, you will apply to the University of Pittsburgh’s master of occupational therapy program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

We have a special arrangement with the University of Pittsburgh that we call a Freshman Guarantee. It means that if you meet certain criteria, you will automatically be accepted into the master’s degree program. You won’t have to compete for admission.

This just in:

Joelle Atkinson, a pre-occupational therapy major from Franklinville, NJ, was accepted into the occupational therapy graduate program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. 

What you can do with a degree in Pre-Occupational Therapy .

Any bachelor's degree should include the following courses:

In addition to earning a bachelor's degree and completing the required courses listed above, you will need to earn a minimum overall and prerequisite 3.0 grade point average, take the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer or paid work in occupational therapy in at least two different practice areas.

Additional Information:

Pitt Freshman Guarantee:

Occupational Therapy Guarantee
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

  • When you apply for admission, indicate Pre-Occupational Therapy on your application.
  • Complete an undergraduate degree at a regional campus with an overall GPA of at least 3.5 or higher. You need to complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C and prerequisite GPA of 3.5.
  • Achieve minimum scores at the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 3.5 or better on the analytical writing section of the GRE General Test.
  • Complete the OT Centralized Application Service process as required.
  • For information about the OT program, go to