Undergraduate Pre-Professional Sequence

You must apply to the University at Buffalo as an undergraduate and complete the courses in the first two years of the program, known as the pre-professional sequence. If you are a transfer student, you must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at UB and have all transfer coursework approved. All students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at UB when applying to the program. Applicants to the professional program are required to complete 70 volunteer/observation hours prior to applying as well, though this has been modified for 2021 and 2022 applicants due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Modification

Traditionally, 70 hours of volunteer work with an occupational therapist are required before applying to the OT program.

We recognize that COVID-19 has made it difficult for students to ascertain volunteer hours in 2020. Therefore, we are modifying our requirements to 35 hours of volunteer or observation (this includes Telehealth) with an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant. This could have taken place at any point within the last three years (not two years), and must be signed by an OTR or COTA. Students who have not been able to complete 35 hours are eligible to apply to the OT program but must submit a plan to complete 35 hours of volunteering or observation by May 1 of the year of application, and must have the hours completed before beginning PAS 407 if accepted to the OT professional program.

Students are responsible for securing volunteer hours. Many find volunteer offices at hospitals, nursing homes, agencies for individuals with disabilities, public schools, or private practices to be helpful.

Students who have completed volunteer hours in a way that does not meet the above criteria may submit a request for an individualized plan to be considered.

If you are a transfer student, you must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at UB and have completed the prerequisites or approved equivalent coursework, and the minimum of 70 hours of volunteer/observation hours prior to applying to the professional sequence.

Questions about the admissions process?

Applying to the Professional Program

All students must apply to the professional program through Graduate School Application Manager by January 6, prior to the summer they expect to begin the professional program. That includes those students who are reapplying to the program.

Students must complete the prerequisite and the UB Curriculum requirements.  Students may not take prerequisite courses more than twice and may not repeat more than two prerequisite courses.

Questions about applying to the professional program?

For questions regarding the application process contact
MaryAnn Venezia, Program Coordinator at (716) 829-6742 or

For questions regarding how to complete the application, contact Jaclyn Levesque at

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