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Occupational Therapy Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When can I apply to the Occupational Therapy Program?

A. Applications are available online from July – November for students starting our program in June of the following year. For example: you would apply July – November 2010 for program start date June 2011. Click here for an application:

Q. After I have applied online, when will I be notified if I have been accepted to the OT Program?

A. After the application deadline, applicants are notified by the Admissions Department on the status of their application. When your application is complete, it is forwarded to the OT Program for further review. Final decision letters on your application -Accepted, Alternate, Rejected - are then mailed from the Admissions Department. Decision letters are mailed as decisions are made. Applicants typically receive their decision letters between February and April. We will not relay any information on your status over the phone.

Q. How many students are accepted each year?

A. We accept 30 students each year.

Q. Does the program begin in Fall?

A. No, our program begins at the beginning of June. There is no fall or spring start option.

Q. How long is the program?

A. Our full-time program is 2½ years long.

Q. When are the OT classes offered?

A. All courses during the OT Masters Program are given during the day Monday – Friday, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. We do not have a weekend or evening program.

Q. Do you have a part-time program?

A. Accepted students to our program are required to attend the first summer semester full-time. After that, students can request to attend the program on a part-time basis with permission and counseling from their faculty advisor.

Q. What are the prerequisite courses for the OT program?

A. Prerequisite courses must be completed by the first day of classes in June. In addition, you must have obtained your bachelors degree by the program start in June. The list of program requirements can be found at the following link: or from the Downstate homepage, click on Prospective Students, then Admission Criteria, then Occupational Therapy.

Q. I took Anatomy & Physiology or Kinesiology as part of my undergraduate curriculum. Can I substitute these courses and credits to satisfy the Master's Program requirement for those same classes?

A. No. Undergraduate courses cannot be transferred for graduate level credit. They can be used to satisfy prerequisites if they meet the content and credit requirements.

Q. Does your program require the GRE?

A. No GRE is required. If you have taken the GRE, consider sending the score report to support your application.

Q. Can I take the prerequisite courses at SUNY Downstate?

A. No, the prerequisite courses are not offered here. We do not offer any undergraduate, liberal arts courses. All applicants take their prerequisites at other accredited colleges and universities.

Q. I already have a BA/BS and I have been out of college for several years. Where should I take the prerequisite courses?

A. At any accredited college or university. Be sure that the course has the amount of credits required and, where applicable, labs are included.

Q. I received AP or CLEP credits for a prerequisite course. Will Downstate accept these credits?

A. In order to accept AP or credit by exam credits such as CLEP or REGENTS you must submit the official score report from the organization administering the courses. We will accept up to 12 credits of credit by exam for prerequisites if the grades received are acceptable. Please see further information on credit by exam by going to the Application Instructions (PDF) on the admissions office website.

If you have trouble with the link, go to the Downstate homepage, click on Prospective Students, then College of Health Related Professions, then Occupational Therapy, then Click to apply, then click on Step 1, Download and read the Application Instructions.

Q. I have credits from a foreign institution. What do I do?

A. Instructions for foreign credits are found in the Application Instructions (PDF) on the Admissions Office website (See pages 2 and 4). If you have trouble with the link, go to the Downstate homepage, click on Prospective Students, then College of Health Related Professions, then Occupational Therapy, then Click to apply, then click on Step 1, Download and read the Application Instructions (p.2,4).

Q. What is the tuition?

A. Tuition and fee information is found by going to the Downstate homepage, click on Student Life & Services, then Bursar, then Tuition and Fees.

For additional questions:

  • About specific prerequisite courses or about the OT Program - send an email to:
  • About the application itself, issues with the online process or the application process, due dates, accreditation status of colleges/universities, or foreign credits send an email to: