Prospective Student Advising

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MS in OT Graduate Admissions Coordinator

MS in OT Graduate Admissions Assistant

Undergraduate Pre-OT Advisor

Advanced Certificate in Mindfulness-Based OT Director

The goal of the Department of Occupational Therapy is to provide information and guidance to support students in their educational planning as they work to achieve career and life goals. If you have questions pertaining to our Master of Science degree program, please contact the appropriate coordinator (information on the left hand side of this webpage).

icon for word important  Notice for re-applicants 2018-2019 [pdf]

ADVISING Office Hours (Fall 2018)

Graduate Admissions Advisor, Dr. Gigi Smith

  • Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 207 -
    Wednesday, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 4:30 - 5:00 PM   
    Any other day - by appointment only; please send an email

Graduate Admissions Assistant, Kayla Armstrong

  • Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 207 -
    Thursday, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

MS in OT Group Informational Sessions

Attention:  Upcoming Advising Meetings 

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
    Central Classroom Bldg. (CCB), Rm 210

icon for the word 'new'Pre-Occupational Therapy Workshop [pdf]
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 209 & 210
San Jose State University

This event will allow individuals interested in occupational therapy to meet current SJSU MSOT students. Participants will explore stations to learn about Occupational Therapy and topics that are taught in the SJSU MSOT program. Topics covered include: positioning equipment, infant massage, wheelchairs, and more. Anyone is welcome and there will be free pizza!

These advising sessions are for individuals who are interested in applying to the master's program. During this session we will go over the Occupational Therapy Program at SJSU, discuss the criteria and prerequisites for applying to the program and answer any questions you might have. Please review the content on the website prior to attending the session. You need only come to one advising session. Applicants for this year are also welcome to attend.

Pre-OT Advising Powerpoint for SJSU undergraduates [pdf]

MS in OT Advising Powerpoint Info [pdf]

“Thank you so much for an informative session. I know we had gone over a lot of that info already, but it was great to hear it again, and to hear some of the questions the other potential students had. It's amazing what you forget to ask when you're by yourself. And just being in the classroom with everyone only increased my enthusiasm!” ~ Prospective MS OT applicant

These sessions provide information about the Master's program, the admissions process, prerequisite courses, and other issues of interest. There is no need to RSVP for these sessions. We hope to see you there!

  1. All group advising sessions will be held in the OT department, Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 210.  Link to recommended parking: Parking Services
  2. Individual advising sessions and departmental visits can be scheduled. Contact the Graduate Assistant to request an individual session.
  3. The neuroanatomy course prerequisite can be fulfilled by taking OCTH 190 (Foundations of Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy) at San Jose State University. Neuroanatomy, neurobiology, or neurophysiology courses from other universities may also fulfill this prerequisite. Send the course syllabus to the Graduate Assistant as early as possible for review (email, mail or fax--408 924-3088).

SJSU Advising

  • Advising Hub (for Master of Science in OT)
  • For any questions regarding your Graduate Admissions application (i.e. if they have received your transcripts) contact: Jessica Hernandez
    Phone: (408) 924-2406


Undergraduate Students Interested in Occupational Therapy

The department offers group and individual advising sessions to assist students to plan a program of study that will prepare them to apply to the occupational therapy Master's degree program.  It is important for each student to attend advising sessions in order to plan their optimal academic program. Please check this website for dates and times of advising sessions.  Please contact the undergraduate admissions coordinator, Dr. Gigi Smith, for more information.