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/exercise science. 

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 www.shrs.pitt.edu/mot.