Pre-Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is based on the principle that people can improve their health and well-being by engaging in a self-directed, personally-initiated, goal-directed and organized dynamic process. Occupational therapists work as direct care providers, consultants, educators, managers, researchers and advocates for both the profession and the consumer.

Pre-Occupational Therapy at Arcadia University

The Pre-Occupational Therapy program at Arcadia University offers four competitive seats in the two-year full-time Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at Salus University to students who meet the criteria, according to an agreement between the two universities. Additional Arcadia applicants will be considered, along with all other non-Arcadia applicants, for admission to the MSOT program.

As a Pre-Occupational Therapy student at Arcadia University, you can earn a bachelor's degree in any major that allows you to complete the courses required for admission to the MSOT program at Salus. It is very important for students in this program to work with pre-OT Program Advisers to ensure timely completion of each required course.

Graduates of the MSOT program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR).

The MSOT program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Salus University is located in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, approximately two miles from Arcadia's Glenside campus. Its founding college, the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, was established in 1919. The university is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA).

Requirements for Admissions to the Occupational Therapy Program at Salus University


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