Major Information

First-year undergraduates may complete a Bachelor of Science in health science and a Master of Science in occupational therapy in 5.5 years. The professional portion of the program begins in your fourth year and continues through 1.5 graduate years, including two summers.

Admission into the occupational therapy program is competitive, with more applications (approximately 240) than admission seats (approximately 30).

Admissions Criteria

  • The average grade point average (GPA) of students admitted to the occupational therapy program is a 3.5.
  • The average SAT score of students admitted to the occupational therapy program is a 1150 (evidence-based reading/writing and math).
  • The average ACT score of admitted students is a 25 (composite score).
  • Documented job shadowing hours (minimum 10-20) with an occupational therapist
  • Letter of recommendation from the occupational therapist shadowed or health-care professional
  • Character reference from a person of your choice
  • Complete occupational therapy supplemental essays within the Common Application
  • Four years of high school college preparatory mathematics (junior/senior year: pre-calculus, calculus, etc.)
  • Four years of high school college preparatory science (junior/senior year: physics, AP biology, etc.)
  • Must satisfy other general Springfield College admissions requirements

Matriculation Standards

  • Meet the performance standards for academic and professional behavior outlined in the Occupational Therapy Student Manual
  • Earn a C or better for all major requirements
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Earn a minimum 3.2 GPA in the foundational science requirements
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in the social science requirements
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in the occupational therapy preprofessional requirements
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in the occupational therapy professional core requirements
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 GPA in the occupational therapy professional science requirements

Clinical Fieldwork

Clinical courses include two full-time internships of 12-week duration each, working in the field under the direction of experienced therapists. Such collaborative activities facilitate the learning of essential technical and clinical skills, critical problem-solving techniques, leadership skills, and the development of self-confidence and professional identity.

Springfield College occupational therapy students accumulate fieldwork experience throughout the entire program at a wide variety of fieldwork sites, both near and far. The occupational therapy department has active contracts with more than 300 affiliating fieldwork sites across the country, and a full-time fieldwork coordinator who works closely with students to arrange fieldwork placements that help meet their professional goals.