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3+3 Program in B.S. in Health Studies/Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

Launch your occupational therapy career with the leadership skills that will give you a distinct professional edge. In Monmouth University’s unique 3+3 program, you will begin with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with a Health Science track and secure your spot in the highly competitive Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program, contingent on meeting progression benchmarks. At the undergraduate level, you will engage in a broad and intensive curriculum that focuses on the relationship between lifestyle and health, and develop the skills needed to become a professionals who is capable of promoting health and wellness across diverse areas. As a student in the OTD program, you will benefit from fieldwork in seven of the nine semesters, as well as a doctoral capstone experience that will give you the opportunity to design, implement, and disseminate a project that meets your professional learning objectives, and is reflective of the goals of the faculty and program. You will also gain essential skills and experience in Monmouth’s dedicated laboratory space and in a variety of professional settings that offer outstanding opportunities for research and collaboration, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, schools, community and wellness centers, outpatient clinics, and other emergent practice areas.

Progression Requirements

  • Select the 3+3 program option on the Common Application when you apply to Monmouth University.
  • Applications are due December 1 and must contain a personal statement detailing interest in the program.
  • Admission to the program is extremely competitive.

The 3+3 BS/OTD accelerated program allows for students to enter into Monmouth University as an undergraduate student and complete their BS and OTD degrees in six years. Admission to the 3+3 program is contingent upon successful completion of the program requirements. During the student’s junior year at Monmouth, they would submit a Graduate Studies Application for Admission. To continue on to the Monmouth’s OTD program, students must meet the following standards:

  • Prerequisites: Successful completion of all pre-requisites with a grade of B or better. Competitive applicants will have no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses, including courses in progress, at the time of application. All incomplete prerequisite courses and observation hours must be completed by the time the program begins.
  • Grade Point Average: Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite courses.
  • GRE/MAT Scores: This is required for students who have been admitted to the undergraduate program as test-optional.
  • Observation Hours – 60 hours of observation in a minimum of two practice settings must be completed prior to admission to the program. An OT Observation Form will be provided to complete for each site observed.
  • Quality References – Three references are required and can be from academic advisors, licensed occupational therapists, and/or work managers. At least one reference must be from a licensed OT.
  • Criminal Background Check – Required of all admitted students. Must have prior to first day of beginning the graduate portion of the program.
  • Technical Standards – A completed Occupational Therapy Program Essential Skills and Standards Acknowledgement.

Prerequisite Course Requirements:

The courses listed below align with Monmouth University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Studies program.

Course Credits
EN-101 College Composition I 3
EN-102 College Composition II 3
MA-151 Statistics with Applications 3
PY-103 Introduction to Psychology 3
SO-101 Introduction to Sociology 3
HE-150 Medical Terminology 3
HE-212 Lifespan Development and Health Gen*Ed Reasoned Oral Discourse 3
PY-208 Psychopathology 3
BY-211 Physiology with Anatomy I 4
BY-212 Physiology with Anatomy II 4
PL-104 Ethics or AN-103 Cultural Anthropology or RS-101 Introduction to Religious Studies 3
Gen*Ed Cultural Diversity (CD) or Global Understanding (GU) (Choose CD or GU that is HE.EL. course type) 3

Current Monmouth University and Transfer Students:

Please note that internal and external transfer students may be accepted into the undergraduate direct entry program on a rolling basis. The program has a maximum enrollment level per cohort and must adhere to this maximum for the combined accelerated and post-baccalaureate entry points.

Students wishing to be considered for admission to the direct entry program must submit a Bachelors + Doctorate Application form which includes a statement of interest. All applications will be reviewed by the department, and students will be interviewed by the Chair or designee. The OTD department will make a decision on admission after the interview process is completed. Students who are admitted to the direct entry program will be advised if—based on course work completed to date—they are able to follow a 3+3 sequence or 4+3 sequence, along with all requirements needed for matriculation into the doctorate program. One year prior to their anticipated date of matriculation into the graduate portion of study, students will submit a Graduate Studies Application for Admission along with all required documentation.

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Accreditation Status

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.