General Admission Requirements
The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Clarkson University is a full time graduate program. In order to be considered for admissions, applicants must:
- Complete a baccalaureate degree, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Take all the necessary pre-requisite courses. The overall grade point average in all pre-requisite courses should be a minimum of 3.2 with no grade lower than C.
- Submit documentation of a minimum of 40 hours of observation/volunteer work or work experience under the supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant.
- Submit Clarkson’s supplemental application (includes the submission of your 3D skill/craft).
- Submit three letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty member from a university or college who can speak to your academic or professional character, and at least one letter must be from an occupational therapy professional. Letters from family or friends will not be accepted.
- Satisfactorily complete an on-campus interview (in some cases may be satisfied via tele-meeting technology).
Applications may be submitted through the Occupational Therapy Common Application Service (OTCAS).
The deadline for submission of applications is April 18th.
However, please note that the department uses a rolling admissions process, and as such, applications will be reviewed and students offered admission on an on-going basis. If applicable, Clarkson will contact academically eligible applicants via email to schedule an interview (provided space is still available).
For more information, contact Jennifer A. Zoanetti, Graduate Admissions Coordinator & Academic Support Assistant at (315) 268-4476 or email@example.com.
Fieldwork can be likened to the Thomas Edison of academia at Clarkson University’s Department of Occupational Therapy! It is a time where “light bulbs” go off as students begin to make connections between didactic instruction and occupational therapy practice. Fieldwork provides an opportunity for students to synthesize didactic coursework with clinical skills by applying theoretical and scientific constructs throughout the occupational therapy process, understanding and integrating the occupational needs of various client populations, refining clinical skills through evidence based practice and establishing professional collaborative relationships with supervisors and future colleagues.
Students engage in two Level I fieldwork experiences. The first is a 2-week full-time rotation and the second is embedded during the fall or spring semester of the second academic year to allow simultaneous classroom and clinical education opportunities. This fieldwork experience runs one day per week for 10 weeks. Students will enhance their understanding of occupation across the lifespan and explore factors, including psycho-social, that influence occupational performance. Students begin to cultivate not only professionalism but their professional identity.
Level II fieldwork experiences occur at the end of all academic coursework. Students are required to complete two 12-week fieldwork experiences. Level II fieldwork experiences are designed to promote practice skills reflective of current evidence, enhance clinical reasoning skills and to develop entry-level competence.
Jennifer A. Zoanetti
Graduate Admissions Coordinator & Academic Support Assistant
Clarkson University Occupational Therapy Program
Box 5883, 8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699
Phone: (315) 268-4476 Fax: (315)268-7743
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