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Combined Occupational Science/OTD Program

Combined BS in Occupational Science/ Occupational Therapy Doctorate

The combined BSOS-OTD program is for all students who want to become an occupational therapist! A combined degree decreases time to graduation and tuition costs.



Students seeking admission to the Combined BSOS-OTD program 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 (BIO307, BIO308, STA215 or STA 270, PSY200, HSA 200)
  4. No more than 1 repeat per course in the following prerequisites or their equivalents (BIO307, BIO308, STA215 or STA 270, PSY 200, HSA 200)
  5. Completion of the Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT)


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Application to the Combined BSOS-OTD program does not guarantee acceptance.  Students seeking admission must follow this process:

Students who are accepted by EKU’s Admission office and declare their major as Occupational Science are admitted to the University as pre-Occupational Science majors; however, admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Occupational Science program.  Admission is competitive and based on a review of the applicants’ academic history by the Department’s Admission, Progression and Retention Committee. 

  1. By April 15th prior to progressing to starting the program, all students must submit an Application for Admission to the Department Chair. The application will be an online evaluation process, and not available until February 2021. Keep watching our website for updates.
  2. Transfer students must be fully admitted to the University by April 15th to be considered for admission.  Students are responsible for submitting their official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar.
  3. Based on a competitive admissions review, students will be informed of admission to the Combined BSOS-OTD program after Spring semester grades are posted.  This is typically around the end of May.
  4. Students admitted to the Combined BSOS-OTD program will be then be allowed to register for classes in the program.


Selection into the BSOS program also secures admission into the OTD Program contingent on successful academic progression. Each student’s progress is reviewed annually to assure the academic requirements are met and the high standards expected of a student participating in the combined degree program are maintained. Students will continue to meet admission criteria for the OTD while they progress through the BSOS program.

When students complete the 60 credits required in the BSOS program, they will graduate with a BSOS degree and seamlessly move on to the OTD program.

Have Questions?

Students who complete the Combined BSOS-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 those states requiring it.

***Professional level graduates must apply for licensure and/or certification prior to practicing in any state. A criminal record (excluding minor traffic violations) 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 Candidacy status. For more information click here!

Renee Causey-Upton

BSOS Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

MaryEllen Thompson

Graduate Coordinator and Professor

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