Admission Requirements

  • The program is designed as a full-time course of study, although part- time study may be designed with the student in special circumstances and with the Program Chair’s approval.

    Students in the final year of completion of a bachelor’s degree are accepted into the program with a minimum 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale grade point average in college courses. GRE’s are not required. Transfer credit for prerequisite courses will be completed on an individual basis but all transfer courses must fall at a “C” or higher level. Students may be accepted into the program contingent upon satisfactory completion of prerequisites at another university or may be accepted directly into the OT program if completing prerequisites at Gannon.

    The following prerequisites must be completed before formal matriculation into the OT program:

    • Intro to Psychology
    • Psychopathology
    • Intro to Sociology or a course in diversity
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab (total of 8 credits)
    • Developmental psychology or equivalent
    • Physics (one semester survey or two semester full sequence)
    • Statistics

    Students must have demonstrated efficiency in using tools common to distance education. This might include a learning platform, special courses, or job experience. Students taking an online course at Gannon University will require internet access to utilize Blackboard for their coursework. Blackboard can be found in the portal. Blackboard supports the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Chrome. 

    Additional Requirements for all Students

    • Prior to matriculation in the program, students must complete their bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer experience in an OT setting; two different sites are preferred. Documentation must be submitted from the clinical volunteer site. Students will also collect information for a student journal during their volunteer work. Gannon University provides a documentation template to be used as needed.
    • Deadline for applications is January 15; applications received after this deadline will be reviewed if space is available in the program
    • Interested students must complete the “Student Self-Report Transcript Evaluation” in accordance with the OT program and Graduate Admissions office.