St. Bonaventure University

Occupational Therapy Early Assurance Plan

Qualified undergraduate students have a reserved seat in our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program upon 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 undergraduate students, including incoming freshmen and eligible transfer students.

Students are entered into the pre-OT track upon admission to SBU. Upon completion of an undergraduate degree in public healthhealth science or a related field, and the maintenance of identified academic standards, students are automatically admitted into the MSOT program.

Students in the early assurance plan pursue courses in anatomy and physiology, human development, abnormal psychology, sociology, human movement/physics, and others.

Accelerated 3+2 B.S./MSOT option

Students may qualify for our accelerated 3+2 B.S./MSOT option. This enables qualifying students the opportunity to earn their bachelor's degree and the MSOT in just five years, a year earlier than the traditional pathway of four years of undergraduate studies and two years in the MSOT program.

Upon acceptance to the early assurance plan, students consult with their academic adviser during the freshman year to select either the accelerated 3+2 or traditional 4+2 program.

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 free application, applicants should indicate, under the “Franciscan Healthcare Program” question, that they wish to apply for the 3+2 accelerated pathway or 4+2 traditional MSOT Program.
  • High school students with a cumulative GPA of 80 or above will be considered most competitive.
  • The completed application review process begins on September 15 of the senior year and admissions are made on a rolling basis (decisions will be made within two to four 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.
  • Students will be eligible for a graduate assistant position.
  • 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 target advancement through the undergraduate curriculum/prerequisite courses and professional development.
Students failing to meet maintenance standards will be terminated from the early assurance plan.

Applying for the OT Early Assurance plan

Freshman applicants to St. Bonaventure who intend to enroll in the 4+2 Early Assurance in Occupational Therapy program or 3+2 Accelerated Pathway (upon completion of three-year BS) will be contacted to discuss their interest in applying. For more information, please email our Admissions Office at

Transfer students are not eligible for the Early Assurance Program (4+2) or the Accelerated Pathway (3+2) but may qualify for admission through the transfer student admission process.