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Pre-Occupational Therapy

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Applications for Winter 2025 is OPEN

Saginaw Valley State University is introducing new dual entry points for the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program starting Winter 2025. Students can now enter the program in either semester, providing flexibility for Freshman Direct Admit, 3+2, and Bachelor’s entry students. This change accommodates varying academic and personal needs. The MSOT program will have rolling admissions, reviewing applications throughout the cycle.


Students who pursue a career in Occupational Therapy (OT) have a strong commitment to helping people of all ages do things they want and need to do in their everyday life. SVSU's Pre-OT program and MSOT degree prepare students to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, mental health facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics and more. OT students become experts in promoting health, wellness and quality of life from a holistic perspective, where the individual is the center of the therapy team.

As innovative adaptors, students in the OT program will build their confidence in the health field through frequent use of SVSU's state-of-the-art Activities of Daily Living Suite combined with extensive clinical fieldwork with real clients. Here, they will take a hands-on approach to collaboratively designing intervention processes to meet the unique needs of each patient.

Whether students thrive in the energy of a hospital or gravitate towards community work—as Cardinals, they will be fully prepared to soar as OT professionals.

Cardinal Points

  • Students are trained in SVSU's state-of-the-art Activities of Daily Living Suite.

  • The Occupational Therapy program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. 

  • A limited number of first-semester freshman students will be accepted for guaranteed admittance into the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. Other SVSU undergrads are able to apply for the 3+2 MSOT degree program.

  • SVSU students have joined faculty-led in and out of country study abroad programs to several sites in Zambia, Washington State, Detroit and more.

  • Students can pursue coursework in clinical care, administration, education and research, which include: mental health, spinal cord injury, hand therapy, geriatrics, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, oncology, neurology, post-traumatic stress, rheumatology, dysphasia and general home health care.

A variety of academic learning experiences in the Occupational Therapy program ranges from integrated real-life experience through the use of SVSU's state-of-the-art Activities of Daily Living Suite to SVSU's accredited curriculum. Combined, these tools will prepare students with the knowledge, techniques and clinical reasoning skills necessary to complete clinical internships, fieldwork and other leadership opportunities. 

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Our Students After Graduation...


Skill Builders Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre
Rehab and Mobility Systems, LLC
InTeliCare Health Services
The Lighthouse Neurological Rehabilitation Center

Career Opportunities

Occupational Therapist
Sales/Equipment Specialist

  • 16% projected growth for the employment of an occupational therapist through 2029, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The increasing elderly population will drive growth in the demand for occupational therapy services. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook - Occupational Therapists)
  • $84,270 is the median yearly pay for an occupational therapist in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a degree from SVSU’s Occupational Therapy program, career doors are open to a multitude of fields including clinical care, administration, education and research.

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