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Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy 5 Combined BS in Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Combined BS in Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy Doctorate

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy offers a combined Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science – Occupational Therapy Doctorate (BSOS-OTD) for all students who want to become an occupational therapist! A combined degree decreases time to graduation and tuition costs.


You must meet the following requirements by May in the semester preceding the start of the program:

  1. Completion of 60 hours of coursework, including prerequisite courses
  2. Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  3. A minimum of 4 “B”s and 1 “C” in the following prerequisite courses or their equivalents (BIO 307, BIO 308, STA 215 or STA 270, PSY 200, HSA 200)
  4. Completion of the Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT). Applicants should only take the HSRT one time for their application to the BSOS program. Additional test scores will not be counted. It is recommended to complete the HSRT during spring semester in which the student is applying to the program.
  5. Application with personal statement and resume
  6. Three completed recommendation forms

Some classes in the OTD portion are online courses (OTS 804, OTS 805, OTS 853, and OTS 905). Please ensure you meet the Minimum Technology Skills and Technology Requirements for online classes.

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Students who complete the combined OS/OTD program are eligible to take the national certification examination given by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and apply for licensure in all states, which is required to practice.

***Professional level graduates must apply for licensure and/or certification prior to practicing in any state. A felony conviction may make a person ineligible for national certification examination and/or licensure or state certification for practice. Students with such a history should contact NBCOT and relevant licensing or certifying bodies prior to enrollment to determine their situation.

The OTD program has achieved Accreditation status!


Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

521 Lancaster Avenue
Dizney 103
Richmond, KY 40475-3102
Phone: 859-622-3300

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