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Thesis Requirements

Students are guided in their selection of a thesis topic and in the successful completion of the thesis experience. Students participate in a small group, original research project with a faculty mentor, which culminates in a publishable paper and multiple presentations of their thesis.


The program is designed as a full-time course of study, although parttime study may be designed with the student in special circumstances and with the Program Chair’s approval. Students in the final year of completion of a bachelor’s degree are accepted into the program with a minimum 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale grade point average in college courses. GRE’s are not required. Transfer credit for prerequisite courses will be completed on an individual basis but all transfer courses must fall at a “C” or higher level. Students may be accepted into the program contingent upon satisfactory completion of prerequisites at another university or may be accepted directly into the OT program if completing prerequisites at Gannon. The following prerequisites must be completed before formal matriculation into the OT program: • Intro to Psychology • Psychopathology or Abnormal Psychology • Intro to Sociology or a course in diversity • Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab (total of 8 credits) • Developmental psychology or equivalent • Physics (one semester survey or two semester full sequence) • Statistics *Additional requirements for all students • Prior to matriculation in the program, students must complete their bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer experience in an OT setting; two different sites are preferred. Documentation must be submitted from the clinical volunteer site. Students will also collect information for a student journal during their volunteer work. • Deadline for applications is January 15; applications received after this deadline will be reviewed if space is available in the program • Interested students must complete the “Student Self-Report Transcript Evaluation” in accordance with the OT program and Graduate Admissions office.


The program confers scholarships in the final two semesters of the program. Awards are based upon academic performance, professional behaviors, and leadership/career potential. Graduate and teaching assistant positions may be available in the final two semesters of the program. Graduate students at Gannon may also apply as Resident Advisors in the undergraduate dorms to defray college expenses.


The Occupational Therapy Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Its graduates are therefore eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the certification examination. For further information on accreditation, the address and telephone number for ACOTE are 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; (301) 652-2682.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY POST BS/BA SEQUENCE First Year Summer GOCCT 501 Foundations of OT GOCCT 513 Occup Science & Analysis GOCCT 651 Theoretical Foundations of OT Total 9

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First Year Fall GOCCT 505 Clinical Neuroscience GOCCT 509 OT Psychosocial I GOCCT 541 Analysis of Human Movement GOCCT 586 OT Medical Sciences Total 15

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First Year Spring GOCCT 508 Neurorehab Techniques GOCCT 510 OT Interven: Psychosocial II GOCCT 550 The Research Process or GOCCT 552 Qualitative Research GOCCT 526 Structure and Function of the Neuromusculoskeletal and Knowledge: Laboratory Total 15/13 (depending on Research course) Second Year Fall GOCCT 515 OT Intervention: Physical Disabilities I GOCCT 521 OT Intervention: Pediatrics & Dev Disabilities I GOCCT 530 Community Based Intervention GOCCT 650 Research Seminar Total 15

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Second Year Spring GOCCT 516 OT Intervention: Physical Disabilities II 5 GOCCT 522 OT Intervention: Pediatrics & Dev Disabilities II 4 GOCCT 630 OT Intervention: Gerontology 3 GOCCT 640 Clinical Reasoning Seminar I 3 GOCCT 750 Thesis I 1 Total 16

Gannon University Graduate Catalog 2014-2015  
Gannon University Graduate Catalog 2014-2015