To be considered, an applicant must:
Submit a properly completed application to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) (www.otcas.org). Detailed instructions regarding the completion of the application and the essay are provided on the OTCAS website.
Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (or currently attending) directly to OTCAS.
Complete a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, prior to enrollment. It is highly recommended that an applicant have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA should consult the Admissions Office prior to applying.
Complete admissions prerequisites at the college level with a grade of ‘B’ or better.
- Submit satisfactory score results (50 percentile rankings or higher recommended) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
- Completion of the GRE or MAT is required within three years of your desired entrance date to the Program.
- If you are submitting the GRE, you may submit results directly to OTCAS (Designated Institution code is 1999).
- If you are submitting the MAT, you may submit results directly to the Office of Admissions (Institution code is 2556).
- Applicants who have received a Master's degree are exempt from this admissions requirement.
- Acquire a minimum of 50 hours of observation experience with an Occupational Therapist.
- Of these 50 hours, applicants must complete a minimum of 8 hours in both pediatric and adult settings (may be volunteer and/or employment).
- Three letters of evaluation are required. Arrange to have forwarded directly to OTCAS the following letters of evaluation:
- One letter from a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) regarding your work, shadowing, or observation experience
- One letter from a teaching faculty member (at the undergraduate level or above) or research supervisor assessing your ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
- One letter must be written from a person with authority (i.e. faculty, work supervisor, OT professional, etc.) regarding your work and/or assessing your qualifications for graduate education, ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
- Additional letters will enhance the file but will not fulfill our required letters of evaluation.
- Candidates from an affiliated institution applying to the 4+2 BS/MSOT program, please review any additional requirements and deadlines.
- International Students, please review any additional requirements needed.
- All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become a part of that applicant’s file with the University and cannot be returned.
The required course work listed below must be completed at the college level with a grade of 'B' or better. An applicant need not have completed all prerequisites prior to filing an application, but must be able to complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to enrollment.
Credit by examination (such as AP credits) is permitted for any prerequisites needed to apply for the occupational therapy program except
for the Anatomy and Physiology requirements. No credit is given for experiential learning.
A total of at least 18 semester credits are required in the following areas:
- **Anatomy and Physiology 1 with lab (or Anatomy with lab)
- **Anatomy and Physiology 2 with lab (or Physiology with lab)
- Statistics (Psychology- or Sociology-based course recommended)
- Abnormal Psychology
- Development or Lifespan Psychology
- Sociology (or Cultural Anthropology)
**Anatomy and Physiology course work completed within an Exercise Science or Kinesiology department will also be accepted. Similar course work may be reviewed on a case by case basis for an approved substitution. Note: Online Anatomy and Physiology course work will not fulfill the prerequisites.
Prerequisite credits completed ten or more years prior to the anticipated entrance date will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis.