Program Facts

  • GU Occupational Therapy Facts

    • The Gannon occupational therapy program is a five-year, direct-entry BS/MS program, and is one of the few programs to offer fifth year financial aid for graduate studies.
    • Graduates are eligible to sit for the national occupational therapy registration exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
    • The program includes two 12-week, level two fieldwork courses (full-time clinical experiences), plus numerous other opportunities to observe and participate in clinical situations. Additionally, all students work in teams to plan and carry out clinical research.
    • Occupational therapy students at Gannon gain professional, leadership and volunteer experience through the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA).
    • Occupational therapy students who maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 are eligible to join the national OT honor society, Pi Theta Epsilon, during the third year of the program.
    • Many Gannon occupational therapy students have jobs lined up prior to graduation and all graduates have jobs in the field within months of graduation.

    Major Facts

    • The average starting salary of an occupational therapist ranges from $45,000 to $60,000, and career opportunities exist in all areas of health care, including: hospitals, private practices, long term and home health care, as well as nonhealth care areas such as schools, industry, consulting and private practice.

    About the Program

    • Gannon offers a wide range of allied health programs, and students have the opportunity to interact with other students from nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, respiratory care and more.
    • The Gannon occupational therapy faculty have a combined 85 years of clinical and education experience.
    • Our faculty’s clinical experience includes work in hospitals, nursing homes, school systems, psychiatric facilities, community mental health and military fixed and field medical facilities.
    • Our faculty have recieved numerous awards and nationwide recognition as scholars and educators.