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Become an Occupational Therapist

SRU's Psychology program is an excellent choice to start your journey to becoming an OT

Psychology: Pre-Occupational Therapy

Offered by: Psychology

Choose Psychology if you're preparing for graduate study and a career as an occupational therapist.

Why Choose Psychology: Pre-Occupational Therapy?

As a SRU Psychology student, you will become skilled in understanding human behavior and function. You will learn the science of behavior change as a basis for promoting well-being and addressing the psychological and physical health goals of your patients. It is estimated that approximately 50% of our physical health status is determined by our behaviors. As a psychology student, you will learn about psychology from applied and biobehavioral perspectives, as well as understanding mental disorders and mental health work with future patients from diverse populations and at different stages of development. With a degree in Psychology, you will be especially well-suited to help patients with their mental health needs including emotional support, coping with setbacks from trauma, strategies for coping with memory loss, advocacy in the workplace, and recovery from addiction. 

What are your options?

Psychology Pre-Occupational Therapy SRU 3+3: Earn a Doctor of Occupational Therapy in six years rather than seven. In the first three years, you complete your Psychology major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU OTD program. At the end of your second year, you apply for admission into the SRU OTD program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU OTD program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program. The accelerated option is for incoming freshmen only.

Psychology Pre-Occupational Therapy (SRU Traditional): Complete the requirements for your Psychology major and the pre-requisites for the SRU OTD program and apply to the SRU OTD program in your senior year.

Careers In Occupational Therapy

Upon completion of the Psychology undergraduate program and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program you will be well prepared to embark on your career as an Occupational Therapist, a growing profession with increasing demand.

Earn your degrees in psychology and occupational therapy at SRU!

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