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Occupational therapy has changed to an entry-level master’s program. The preprofessional OT track within the health science program gives students the opportunity to learn core health science content while simultaneously completing 3000 and 4000-level prerequisite course work now required for the graduate-level occupational therapy program at UF. In order to be admitted to the pre-OT track, students must have completed all 2000-level prerequisites required for the graduate program in occupational therapy and have a 3.0 GPA. Students who make satisfactory academic progress in their health science and pre-OT course work receive a Bachelor of Health Science degree and are given priority for admission to the graduate level OT program in the college as long as students meet the graduate school admission criteria and as long as space is available. Successful completion of the graduate program is required for eligibility to take the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) Occupational Therapist Registered (O.T.R.) Certification Examination and for eligibility to become licensed by the Florida State Board of OT Practice, Department of Health. For additional information, please refer to the Department of Occupational Therapy Web site at: www.hp.ufl.edu/ot
The following course sequence permits completion of general education requirements and health science and occupational therapy prerequisites. The pre-OT program accepts AP, IB, or CLEP credit for a maximum of two prerequisite courses. All other prerequisite courses must be completed at the university level with grades of C or better. Students should consult a college adviser if they have questions.
In order to be ‘on track’ for the pre-OT track at the junior level, students must meet the critical tracking criteria listed below each semester of enrollment beginning with the first fall or spring term. Students must remain on track for each subsequent fall and spring term for a total of four semesters in order to be considered for admission at the junior level. Students also must submit a college application. Off-track students must speak with a college adviser before registering for the next semester.
Students may complete missing course work in the summer, but all first-year tracking criteria must be completed by the end of summer term.
For semesters 5-8, students must enroll in all semesters and take all core courses in the term/order indicated with the exception of statistics, which can be taken any time in the junior year. A minimum grade of C is required in all health science core courses and pre-OT course work, which are listed in bold.
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