Entry-Level MS Graduate Coordinator

Entry-Level MS Graduate Admissions Assistants

Undergraduate Pre-OT Coordinator

Undergraduate Pre-OT  Assistant

  • Name:  Jessica Reid
    • Location: CCB 207
    • Phone: 408.924.3094

Post-Professional Masters Program Director

Post-Professional Masters Program Assistant

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. After having gone through proper Advising, please go to the OT Programs for more information on the various degrees the department offers. If you have questions pertaining to a specific degree line, please contact the appropriate coordinator (information on the left hand side of this webpage).

new Attention:  Students who applied last year and are reapplying this year must notify the Grad Asst. that you want to reactivate your application.  Send any updated documents (or any document you want to substitute in your file) directly to the OT department.  You must also reapply to the University via CSU Mentor.
update icon The following documents are to be completed through OTCAS:

1. Application/personal statement

2. Transcript submission

3. Letters of Recommendation
Note: For the Fall 2014 application period, applicants can either submit their letters of recommendation via OTCAS or send them directly to the OT Department. The online application/personal statement and official transcripts must be submitted via OTCAS unless you are reactivating your application from last year. (Also, please note: Letter of Recommendation Forms should NOT be filled out by a person completing the "Evaluation Form for Volunteer Experience”.)

Entry-Level Master's Group Advising Sessions

Group advising sessions for students who are planning to apply to the Entry-Level Master's program will be held on the dates listed below:

  • An advising session will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 5:00 - 7:00pm at SJSU's Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 210   (Campus Map to locate CCB)
    *(This information session will feature a panel of current ELM students!)

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“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 ELM applicant

These sessions provide information about the Entry-Level 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 Biology 109 at San Jose State University. An online format is available for students who are not enrolled at SJSU through Open University (Special Sessions). 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).

ADVISING Office Hours (Fall 2014)

Graduate (ELM) Advisor, Professor Gigi Smith

  • Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 207 -
    Tuesdays - By appointment only
    Wednesdays - mornings only

Graduate (ELM) Assistant, Jessica Reid

  • Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 220 -
    Tuesdays - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Graduate (ELM) Assistant, Christine Gaw

  • Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 220 -
    Mondays - 1:30 - 4:30 pm

SJSU Advising

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


Attention Pre-Occupational Therapy Students

The Occupational Therapy Undergraduate Degree Program is Discontinued.

The Department of Occupational Therapy has announced its plan to discontinue the BS in OT (Pattern I -- BS/MS track) effective Fall 2013.  While in the discontinuation process the Department has authorized the campus to remove this degree program from CSU Mentor in Fall 2012 so that entering students will not be confused or misled. 

Students who are currently at SJSU and have been pursuing the BS in OT, as well as those entering SJSU in Fall 2012, may still pursue and complete this degree; please see the advising link for instructions on how to proceed.  Students entering a California Community College through this year (Fall 2012), who maintain continuous enrollment in pursuit of the BS OT, may still pursue and complete this degree if they transfer to SJSU; please see the advising section below for instructions on how to proceed. 

Students seeking this degree should be aware that the State of California requires an MS OT as a minimum for licensure in California.  The department has an alternative degree program to prepare students to successfully prepare for the MS OT and subsequent licensure.  If your goal is to become a licensed Occupational Therapist in California, please contact the department about your options before making your choice of major. 

The department will continue to offer group and individual advising sessions to assist students in planning a program of study that will allow them to complete their bachelor's degree in a timely manner and prepare them to apply to the occupational therapy Master's degree program (Entry-level Masters).  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.  You can also contact the undergraduate admissions assistant, Jessica Reid

Please note that these changes do not affect the Entry-Level Master's program. Prerequisite courses and other application requirements remain the same. Specific information about the Entry-Level Masters program can be found by clicking on this link.  You can also contact the graduate admissions coordinator, Gigi Smith.

Undergraduate Pre-OT Advising Sessions

Advising Information for Undergraduate Occupational Therapy Majors

With the discontinuation of the Bachelor's degree program in occupational therapy (OT), the OT department is committed to supporting undergraduates students who have declared a major in OT in completing their undergraduate degree in a timely manner and preparing themselves to apply to the Entry-Level Masters program in OT.  We have scheduled several advising sessions for Fall semester 2014.
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*Attention non-OT majors interested in pursuing a career in occupational therapy. There are two information meetings scheduled designed to cover key points for pursuing a future career in occupational therapy, including how to apply for the Entry Level Master’s (ELM) program here at SJSU.  All information sessions will be held at the Central Classroom Building (CCB) 209 except as indicated.  Hope to see you there!
(Campus Map to locate CCB)

Entry Level Masters (ELM) Information Sessions (open to all)

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photo icon with word 'new' Please come to an informational meeting to learn more about how what is required to apply to the Entry Level Master's Program in Occupational Therapy at SJSU. You can also learn more about the Pre-OT Club on campus.

            When:  Wednesday, November 19th, 12:00 PM
            Where:  Central Classroom Building (CCB) Rm 209


*Attention OT Majors: The following dates are the advising dates scheduled for next semester.  Please mark your calendars.   

(If you are unable to attend any of the sessions please email the Graduate Assistant ASAP.  Looking forward to seeing you in the coming semester.) 

BS OT Major Advising Sessions for Fall 2014
(Location:  All information sessions will be held at the Central Classroom Building (CCB) 209 except as indicated. BS OT Majors must attend an advising session this semester!)

All BS OT Major students must attend one of the following advising sessions in order to have their registration hold removed: 

  • TBD

If you are a declared OT major and have elected to change your major, but have not been officially admitted into your new department, please notify Professor Gigi Smith via email to remove your hold.

ADVISING Office Hours (Fall 2014)
Undergraduate Pre-OT Advisor, Professor Gigi Smith

  • Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 207 -
    Tuesdays - By appointment only
    Wednesdays - mornings only

Undergraduate Pre-OT Admissions Assistant, Jessica Reid

  • Central Classroom Building (CCB), Room 220 -
    Tuesdays - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm