Enter with a Bachelor's Degree
Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in any discipline may apply to the program under the entry-level OTD track.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the program early to assess the need for completion of prerequisite course work. Courses taken in preparation for entry may be completed at Widener University or at another university or college.
Enter through Widener's Pre-Occupational Therapy Pathway
Through our pre-occupational therapy pathway, students are encouraged to apply to the professional OTD Program through the OTCAS system. Students within the College of Arts and Sciences who major in anthropology, biology, visual & performing arts, psychology, or sociology will be able to take courses to meet all prerequisite requirements. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree before entering the OTD Program.
Accelerated 3+3 Program
Undergraduates who are admitted to the graduate occupational therapy program after their junior year are considered to be 3+3 students. The courses they take in their senior year count toward both their fourth undergraduate year and their first year of the graduate degree. Applications for the graduate program are completed in the fall of junior year. A baccalaureate degree is conferred upon successful completion of the first year of graduate study. After successfully finishing the graduate program, students earn their doctor of occupational therapy degree.
This option is only available to students majoring in anthropology, visual and performing arts, psychology or sociology. Students wishing to be considered for the 3+3 program must identify their interest by the end of their first undergraduate year.
The 4+3 option allows students to complete all required courses for their academic major and all pre-requisite courses for the graduate program in four years. It provides a less intense class schedule for students as they finish undergraduate study in the traditional four-year span. Applications for the graduate program are completed in the fall of senior year. Students who complete their undergraduate study at Widener University will be given preference on admission to the graduate program.
Students in both the 3+3 and 4+3 programs must also provide documentation of at least 20 hours of observation in an occupational therapy facility under a licensed occupational therapist.