St. Bonaventure University

Occupational Therapy Early Assurance Programs


Qualified incoming freshman will receive a reserved seat in our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program upon satisfactory completion of their undergraduate studies.

Student observing client moving from bed to wheelchairEach year, St. Bonaventure guarantees a reserved seat in its Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program for 20 incoming freshmen and eligible transfer students.

Students accepted into the early assurance program are entered into the pre-OT track upon admission to SBU. A minimum high school GPA of 80% is required for acceptance into one of two early assurance programs:
  • Traditional 4+2 program: four years of undergraduate studies followed by entry into the two-year graduate OT program.
  • Accelerated 3+2 program: three years of undergraduate studies followed by entry into the two-year graduate OT program.
A student in either program will be eligible if they achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in an approved undergraduate major. The student will then be automatically admitted to our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.

Students in either early assurance program (3+2 or 4+2) pursue courses in anatomy and physiology, human development, abnormal psychology, sociology, human movement/physics, among others.

Early assurance programs:

3+2 accelerated B.S./MSOT option

Qualified students may pursue our 3+2 B.S./MSOT option, enabling them to complete undergraduate and graduate degree requirements in just five years, a year earlier than the traditional pathway of four years of undergraduate studies and two years in the MSOT program.

Students in the 3+2 program must select one of two undergraduate majors: health science or public health.

The accelerated 3+2 option is based on a student beginning freshman year studies without any credits from high school, but with the expectation that they will work diligently throughout the three years of undergraduate studies (including winter and summer sessions) to earn the required 120 credit hours. Students need to achieve a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 to enter the graduate MSOT program.

For a suggested plan of study for a 3+2 OT student majoring in public health, 
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For a suggested plan of study for a 3+2 OT student majoring in health science,
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4+2 B.S./MSOT option

Students who elect to pursue the 4+2 B.S./MSOT option have the opportunity to select from a wider array of undergraduate majors, such as biology, psychology, chemistry, public health, health science, education or others.

As is the case with the 3+2 option, students in the 4+2 program must achieve a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 to enter the graduate MSOT program.

Which is right for you, 3+2 or 4+2?

Upon acceptance to either early assurance program, students will consult with their academic adviser at the beginning of their freshman year to select either the 3+2 or traditional 4+2 program, and to review their detailed plan of study.


Requirements, benefits & maintenance standards

  • When applying for admission to St. Bonaventure as an incoming freshman, whether using the free Common Application or St. Bonaventure’s institutional free application, applicants should indicate, under the “Franciscan Healthcare Program” question, that they wish to apply for our early assurance programs, either the 3+2 or 4+2 traditional MSOT program.
  • High school students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 80% or above will be considered.
  • The completed application review process begins on Sept.15 of the senior year and admissions are made on a rolling basis (decisions will be made within two weeks).
  • SAT/ACT scores are not required.
  • Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be in good standing with Student Life prior to joining the graduate-level cohort.
  • Students become Pre-OT members of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) at SBU and may participate in academic, social, and professional programs beginning in the freshman year.
  • OT student advisement will determine advancement through the undergraduate curriculum/prerequisite course performance and professional development.

Applying for the OT early assurance program

Freshman applicants to St. Bonaventure who intend to enroll in our early assurance programs: 3+2 or 4+2 traditional program in occupational therapy will be contacted to discuss their interest in applying. For more information, please email our Office of Admissions at admissions@sbu.edu.

Transfer students are strongly encouraged to apply for both early assurance programs, 3+2 or the traditional 4+2, but need to understand their length of program to completion will vary by student.

Alumni strongly considering the field of occupational therapy will be contacted to discuss their previous coursework and interest in the 4+2 traditional program.