An occupational therapy degree consistently ranks among the most meaningful college majors. A career in occupational therapy allows one to creatively work with individuals to help people engage in desired activities.

UVM’s Entry Level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (O.T.D.) Program in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences launches in Fall 2022 and will be offered both online and on-campus in a hybrid format. The entry level clinical doctorate in OT is designed for career changers without an Occupational Therapy degree. Further, UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program offers both a Pre-OTD track as well as a linkage agreement with upcoming UVM’s OTD program, which will guarantee an interview to all those who meet the requirements.

In order to be admitted to an Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program, prospective students without required undergraduate science courses can take advantage of the Pre-OTD track in UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program.

A Note from Your Advisor:

There are many blended program options available to students; the following curriculum is a sample for an ODT program designed for those with a bachelor’s degree. Programs that combine a bachelor’s degree with a graduate program often require application to both at the outset of the undergraduate program. Many programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This profession is physically demanding and offers career flexibility.

Sample Curriculum:

Applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater prior to entry into the program:

  • One semester of General Psychology (3 credits)
  • One semester of Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  • One semester of Human Development (3 credits)
  • One semester of Statistics (3 credits)
  • One semester of Biology (3 credits)
  • One semester of Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
  • One semester of Human Physiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Two semesters of Social Sciences (Anthropology, Humanities, Philosophy, Sociology: 6 credits )
  • One semester of Physics or Kinesiology (3 credits)

When published requirements are not specific regarding the number of credits or a lab, be sure to check with the admissions office of the school to which you are applying.