frequently asked questions​​​​

General


Q. How is UF’s occupational therapy program structured?

A. The UF OT program is offered in a combined bachelor’s/masters format. It is not a post baccalaureate program in which the student receives a bachelor’s degree in another subject and then applies to graduate school.   For a traditional student, our program provides 3.5 years of professional coursework, two at the undergraduate level and 1.5 at the graduate level.  For the weekend student, the program provides three years of professional coursework after all prerequisites are met.


Q. If I already have a bachelor’s degree, can I still apply?

A. Yes. We do accept students into the traditional or weekend program who have already attained a bachelor’s degree. The program's bachelor's degree is optional which may eliminate the need to take some general education courses and UF competencies.  See below for more information about determining which program is appropriate for you and how to apply to the weekend or traditional program if you already have a bachelor’s degree.


Traditional Program


Q. I will be entering UF as a freshman after​ high school.  How do I get admitted to the Traditional Master of Occupational Therapy Program?

A. There are two options available for admission into the OT program for students entering UF as a freshman. They are:

Direct Freshmen Admission
Incoming freshmen with strong high school grade point averages (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) and ACT (25) or SAT (1740) scores may qualify to be granted a seat into the traditional OT program early.  Specifically, students who are offered OT program acceptance as freshmen are guaranteed a seat in the professional phase of the program in the junior year as long as they also meet the program admission criteria by January 15 of the year prior to the fall start of the program.

Junior Admission

Once you are accepted to the university and meet the qualifications to become a health science major with pre-occupational therapy emphasis, you will be assigned an OT adviser as a freshman.  If a student meets the OT program application criteria (minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework) the student, will apply to the OT Program in the spring of the sophomore year using an in-house application provided by the program.

Q. What are the deadlines for admission to the OT Program?

A. OT traditional program applications  are accepted until December 14.

Q. When does the program begin?

A. The traditional program begins one time per year in the fall semester.

Q. How much does the program cost?

A. Once you begin the occupational therapy program you will be charged the tuition fee that is associated with the OT program. There is no difference in the tuition rate from undergraduate to graduate level. As of spring 2013, the current tuition fee associated with the OT program is $794 per credit hour.  Multiply that figure by the number of credits per semester to get the total cost per semester.

 

In addition to other costs associated with attending college (books, supplies, etc.) students should also consider the cost associated with six months of required full-time fieldwork that occurs at the end of the curriculum.

 

Click here for the Business Office​ for more information regarding tuition and fees.

 

For complete details regarding cost you should discuss your situation with the Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid.



  

Weekend Program

Q. How do I apply?

A. Application to the OT weekend program is a two step process. Your first step is to apply and get accepted to The University of Findlay. Fill out the undergraduate transfer application and send your transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Once you are accepted to the university you will receive a credit evaluation and the administrative assistant from the OT program office will call you to review the credit evaluation and discuss the necessary prerequisites that you may need in order to apply. To provide the best possible advising it is strongly suggested that you call for an appointment to talk with an OT advisor.

 

Q. I already have my bachelor’s degree.  Why do I have to apply as an undergraduate?

A. A combined bachelor's/masters OT program is a different format than a post-baccalaureate OT program. The UF OT program is NOT a post baccalaureate program; it is a combined/bachelor’s/masters program. Half of the courses are offered at the undergraduate level and the remaining coursework is at the graduate level.

Q. What’s the difference between the weekend and traditional program?

A. The UF traditional program is for students coming to college right out of high school or for those students who want to transfer in from another institution who do not yet have a degree or any work experience.  The weekend program is designed for an adult learner who is already an occupational therapy or physical therapist assistant OR someone who already has a bachelor’s degree AND health care work experience.

 

Q. Do I have to apply separately to the weekend program?

A. Remember that the weekend and traditional program options are designed for two different types of students.  If you are unsure, an OT advisor will determine if the weekend program is appropriate for you.  Remember, it is a two-step application process.  If it has been determined that you are eligible to apply to the weekend program your  first step is apply and get admitted to UF and the second step is to apply to the OT program after completing all prerequisite courses.

 

Q. Do I have to fill out the OTCAS?

A. No. At this time, the application to the weekend occupational therapy program is provided by the UF OT program office.

 

Q. What are the deadlines for admission?

A. Applications are accepted until the end of January each year. (Refer to checklist for specific deadlines.)

 

Q. What are the program prerequisites?

A. Program prerequisites include statistics, anatomy and physiology, technical writing, general, developmental and abnormal psychology, medical terminology and physics.  If you will be receiving the bachelor’s degree, UF general education and competencies must also be completed. It is recommended that you speak to an OT program adviser to discuss the necessary prerequisites that you may need in order to apply.

 

Q. Can I take the program prerequisites at another college or do I have to take them at UF?

A. OT program prerequisites may be taken at another institution; however, you must contact UF registrar’s office to discuss the eligibility of transfer credit. Weekend program applicants with an associate’s degree may transfer in only 62 credits from a two year institution.

 

Q. When does the program begin?

A. The weekend program begins in the summer.

 

Q. If I want to apply to the weekend program, what qualifies as health care experience?

A. Health care experience is one year of paid employment or extensive volunteer experience with clients with identified disabilities in settings such as nursing homes, hospitals, rehab centers, special schools, etc.

 

Q. How often do the weekend college classes meet?

A. There are four modules for the weekend college within three semesters per academic year. The weekend program meets six weekends per module , year round, for three years. The weekend classes are scheduled on Fridays from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am-8pm, with no classes on Sundays. 

Students should plan that courses will begin in the summer and follow this timeframe:

Summer Module: June-August

Fall Module: September- December

Winter Module: January-March

Spring Module: April-June

Q. How much does the program cost?

A. Once you begin the occupational therapy program you will be charged the tuition fee that is associated with the OT program. There is no difference in the tuition rate from undergraduate to graduate level. As of spring 2013, the current tuition fee associated with the OT Program is $794 per credit hour.  Multiply that figure by the number of credits per semester to get the total cost per semester.

In addition to other costs associated with attending college (books, supplies, etc.) weekend college students should also consider the cost of meals, traveling and lodging for attending weekend college weekends when determining the appropriate budget. Students should also consider the cost associated with six months of required full-time fieldwork that occurs at the end of the curriculum.



TRADITIONAL PROGRAM FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS

Q. How do I apply?

A. Application to the OT traditional program is a two step process. Your first step is to apply and get accepted to The University of Findlay.  Fill out the undergraduate transfer application and send your official college transcripts to the undergraduate admissions office. If you are accepted to the university and meet the qualifications to become a health science major with pre-occupational therapy emphasis, you will be assigned an OT advisor.  Students apply to the program once three semesters of specific prerequisite coursework are completed. If a student meets the OT program application criteria the student will apply to the OT program in the spring prior to the fall semester when the OT curriculum begins.

 

Q. I already have my bachelor’s degree.  Why do I have to apply as an undergraduate?

A. A combined bachelor's/masters OT program is a different a format than a post-baccalaureate OT program where the student receives a bachelor’s degree in another subject and then applies to graduate school. The OT program is NOT a post baccalaureate program. It is a combined/bachelor’s/masters program. Our program provides 3.5 yrs of professional coursework, two at the undergraduate level and 1.5 at the graduate level.

 

While we welcome transfer students this program was specifically designed for students to receive a master’s degree in 5.5 years. If a student starts at UF as a freshman it can be completed in 5.5 years. If a student transfers into UF it may take longer to complete the degree. Once any student is accepted into the professional program, as long as they successfully complete the coursework and follow program/university policies, they will move seamlessly from the undergraduate to graduate level. (No GRE’s required!)


Q. A
re the general education courses and UF competencies waived, since I’ve earned my bachelor's degree?

A. If you have a bachelor’s degree and do not want to obtain a second bachelors degree, you do NOT have to complete the UF general education and competency requirements.

What’s the difference between the weekend and traditional programs?
The traditional program is for students coming to college right out of high school or for those students who want to transfer in from another institution who do not yet have a degree or any work experience. The weekend program is designed for an adult learner who is already an occupational therapy assistant or physical therapist assistant OR someone who already has a bachelor’s degree AND health care work experience.

If you have a bachelor's degree but are not sure if you are eligible for either the traditional or weekend program, it is strongly suggested that the student apply to UF, send official transcripts to be evaluated, and then meet with an OT advisor to discuss the different options available.

 

Q. Do I have to fill out the OTCAS?

A. If you are transferring to UF with the intent to complete your prerequisite coursework at UF the student does not need to use the OTCAS application process. If the student is transferring in all prerequisite coursework or already has a bachelor’s degree and is prepared to start the professional curriculum at UF as an undergraduate student, the student must apply using the OTCAS application. In order  to verify all completed prerequisites, a student must have transcripts sent to Undergraduate Admissions Office, then meet with an OT advisor once the official credit evaluation is received.
 
What is the deadline for admission to the OT Program?
 OT Program applications through OTCAS are accepted until December 1.

Can I take the program prerequisites I still need at another college or do I have to take them at UF?

OT program prerequisites may be taken at another institution; however, you must contact UF registrar’s office to discuss the eligibility of transfer credit. Applicants who have attended a community college may only transfer 62 credits from a two year institution.
 

Q. When does the program begin?

A. The traditional program begins one time per year in the fall semester.
 

Q. How much does the program cost?

A. Once you begin the occupational therapy program you will be charged the tuition fee that is associated with the OT program. There is no difference in the tuition rate from undergraduate to graduate level. As of spring 2013, the current tuition fee associated with the OT program is $794 per credit hour.  Multiply that figure by the number of credits per semester to get the total cost per semester.
 
In addition to other costs associated with attending college (books, supplies, etc.) students should also consider the cost associated with six months of required full-time fieldwork that occurs at the end of the curriculum.

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