Clarkson University, Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy

Two (2) seats will be reserved in each cohort of the Clarkson University Occupational Therapy (OT) Program for two designated SUNY Plattsburgh students. Other students may apply in the same year under the normal open admission procedures.

The program has the following requirements:

1. A bachelor’s degree including the following prerequisite courses:

OT Prerequisites
Content Area Course
General Psychology PSY 101 General Psychology
Abnormal Psychology PSY 443 Abnormal Psychology (prerequisite PSY 340)
Developmental Psychology PSY 311 Human Development
Statistics STAT 161 Statistics or BIO 333 Biostatistics
Biology BIO 101General Biology or other BIO
Physics/Kinesiology PHY 111 General Physics or PHY 103 Physics for Life Sciences
Anatomy ( A & P I) BIO 326 Human & Physiology I
Physiology ( A & P II) BIO 327 Human Anatomy & II
English Comprehension ENG 100 or other ENG
Critical Thinking Upper level course within major
Social Science ANT/ HIS/ HDF/SOC
Social Science ANT/ HIS/ HDF/SOC
  • A grade less than 2.0 (C) is not acceptable for any pre-requisite course
  • Overall GPA for all required courses must be at least a 3.2
  • Overall SUNY Plattsburgh undergraduate GPA must be no less than 3.0
  • Graduate in good standing with a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh.

2. Supplemental Application Requirement

3D skill/craft: The 3D requirement may be fulfilled by a college course or a portfolio of individual work (i.e., self-taught or outside a university setting) involving actual hands-on manipulation of media/materials. Examples include a 3D science or engineering project, woodworking, sculpting, loom work, fly tying, boat making, electric car construction, ceramics, sewing, beading, knitting, etc. The artifacts should be the equivalent of 45 hours of work or 3 credits.

3. Application and Essay

Complete the application and essay (state your interest in the field of Occupational Therapy). Applicants must complete the OTCAS (Occupational Therapy Centralized Application System) application, meeting all deadlines and requirements. At all times remain in good standing with SUNY Plattsburgh. This includes disciplinary action and legal action on or off campus.

4. Interview

The candidate will meet with Clarkson University OT faculty/staff at least twice prior to their interview with the SUNY Plattsburgh Health Science Committee. This may be completed through tele-communication services. The candidate must have a successful on-campus interview at Clarkson University.

5. Letters of Recommendation

A total of three letters are required, one of which must be from an Occupational Therapist or COTA. A second letter must come from the SUNY Plattsburgh Health Science Committee.

6. Experience

All applicants must have a minimum of 40 hours of related experience at the time of application

7. Deadline

To be considered for the fall semester start, the applicant must apply with a verified application by September 20th of their senior year.

Clarkson University OT Program reserves the right of final decision.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about pre-health professions advisement at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Donald Slish
Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee Chairperson
Office: Hudson Hall 325
Phone: (518) 564-5160
Email: slishdf@plattsburgh.edu