The Clarkson University Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association. ACOTE awarded the program a 7-year, full accreditation in August 2017. Scroll down to read more information related to accreditation.
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 who can speak to your academic or professional character, and at least one letter must be from an occupational therapy professional. Letters from family, friends or clergy 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 January 15th each year.
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).
Pre-requisites & Requirements
Pre-requisites for the MSOT Program at Clarkson University
- General Psychology, 3 credits
- Abnormal Psychology, 3 credits
- Developmental Psychology, 3 credits
- Statistics, 3 credits
- Biology (in addition to A&P), 3 credits
- Human Anatomy, 3+ credits
- Human Physiology, 3+ credits
- English Composition/Critical Thinking, 6 credits
- Social Sciences (Anthropology, Humanities, Philosophy, Sociology), 6 credits
- Physics or Kinesiology, 3 credits
- Scientific writing, 3 credits
- Communication/Public Speaking, 3 credits
Supplemental Application Requirement:
3D skill/craft: The 3D requirement may be fulfilled by a college course or a portfolio of individual work (i.e., self-taught or outside a university setting) involving actual hands-on manipulation of media/materials. Examples include a 3D science or engineering project, woodworking, sculpting, loom work, fly tying, boat making, electric car construction, ceramics, sewing, beading, knitting, etc. Should be the equivalent of 45 hours of work or 3 credits.
*Human Anatomy and Physiology may be taken in the following combinations only:
Human Anatomy (3 or more credits) + Human Physiology (3 or more credits) OR
Anatomy & Physiology I (3 or more credits) + Anatomy & Physiology II (3 or more credits)
*Transfer credits from other OT programs are not accepted as waivers for the MSOT curriculum.
The supplemental application is in addition to the OTCAS application. After verification of the OTCAS application, the program will review and invite qualified applicants to complete a supplemental application. Supplemental applications received that have not been requested by the program will be disregarded and will not be considered for admission to the program. The supplemental application is to be completed only at the request of the program, and applicants who complete the supplemental application are not guaranteed an interview.
For the supplemental application to be completed, it will include:
- Signed statement of Meeting Technical Standards.
- Your plan to complete the 3D skill/craft: The 3D requirement may be fulfilled by a college course or a portfolio of individual work (i.e., self-taught or outside a university setting) involving actual hands-on manipulation of media/materials. Examples include a 3D science or engineering project, woodworking, sculpting, loom work, fly tying, boat making, electric car construction, ceramics, sewing, beading, knitting, etc. If a portfolio is selected as means to fulfill this requirement, it must be turned in by the date of interview. The candidate may choose to take a college course to fulfill the requirement, but the course must be completed or in-progress by the time of the interview.
- Official transcripts for grades not verified in OTCAS.
- Reference letter – a total of three letters are required, one of which must be from an Occupational Therapist. A letter must also come from a faculty member who can speak to your academic or professional character. (Note that if OTCAS has 3 letters and one is from an Occupational Therapist, no letter is required with the supplemental application.)
- $50.00 application fee (made payable to Clarkson University).
All materials are to be mailed directly to Clarkson University at:
Department of Occupational Therapy
Box 5883, 8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699-5883
For questions about completing the Clarkson University supplemental application, contact the Clarkson University Department of Occupational Therapy at email@example.com or 315-268-4476.
The supplemental application must be returned within 15 days of the request from the program. If the supplemental application is not received within 15 days, the entire application will close and applicant status will change to withdrawn.
Incomplete applications, applications received after the deadline, or applications received without the application fee will not be considered.
Welcome to fieldwork! Fieldwork is an exciting time during your academic occupational therapy program here at Clarkson University! Throughout the OT program you will participate in two Level I fieldwork rotations and two Level II fieldwork rotations.
Before beginning any fieldwork experiences all students are required to have:
- Current immunizations
- 2 step PPD
- Updated physical
- CPR for Healthcare Providers and First Aid Training
- HIPAA Training
- Infection Control Training
- Satisfactory results of Certified Background Check
Below we have provided you will many resources and required documents to support you on your fieldwork journey.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any of your fieldwork questions!
Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Academic Support Assistant