The College of Health Sciences, Education and Rehabilitation Occupational Therapy Programs accept applications to the Master of Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program only through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

The processing of applications by OTCAS ( begins mid-July, one year prior to the year of desired enrollment. Applications must be submitted on or before April 1 of the year of desired enrollment.
  • Student application reviews begin when an application is verified by OTCAS.
  • Interviews are scheduled and initiated, beginning in September. 
  • Candidates meeting the requirements are admitted on a weekly basis until class capacity is reached. 
See a profile of the most recent Entering Class (PDF)

It is to an applicant’s advantage to apply as early as possible to ensure priority consideration for admission. 

Apply at OTCAS               

Criteria & Prerequisites

The College of Health Sciences, Education and Rehabilitation actively seeks individuals with an undergraduate degree and diverse life experiences who desire to become occupational therapists.

To be considered, an applicant must:

Admissions requirements for the 2021-2022 cycle have changed. Please review the below requirements carefully. (updated: 7/27/21)
  • Submit a properly completed application to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) ( 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 has 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.
  • ​Three letters of evaluation are required. Arrange to have forwarded directly to OTCAS the following letters of evaluation:
    • Two letters must be written from persons with authority (i.e. Registered Occupational Therapist, faculty, work supervisor, etc.) regarding your work, professionalism and/or assessing your qualifications for graduate education, ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
    • One letter from a teaching faculty member (at the undergraduate level or above) or supervisor assessing your 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. 
  • Strongly recommended, but not required: Acquire a minimum of 50 hours of observation experience with an Occupational Therapist. Observation in both pediatric and adult settings is encouraged (may be volunteer and/or employment).
  • Optional: Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score results.
    • If you choose, you may submit GRE results directly to OTCAS (Designated Institution code is 1999). However, submission of the GRE is now optional.
  • 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 below.
  • 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 Anthropology/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. 

Prerequisite credits completed ten or more years prior to the anticipated entrance date will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis.
International Students & Practitioners


For applicants who have attended foreign and French-Canadian schools, please provide the Office of Admissions with the following information:

Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in a Salus University academic program as well as to help ensure patient/client safety and/or effective communication with members of a healthcare team. Official results from the TOEFL (or IELTS) examination are required for all students for whom English is a second language (ESL).

Exceptions will be made for ESL applicants who hold degrees or diplomas from accredited post-secondary institutions in countries where English is the official language and in which English is the language of instruction (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand).  

The TOEFL (or IELTS) examination must be taken within two years prior to the start date of the entering class to which an applicant seeks admission. 
Admissions Selection Process

The Admissions Committee has established policies that include the selection of applicants best qualified to serve the public and the profession in the years to come. Many factors are considered in selecting students for our program, including:

  • academic performance
  • motivation
  • extracurricular activities and interests
  • related and unrelated work experience
  • personal achievements
  • essays
  • letters of evaluation
  • communication skills, including a demonstrated command of the English language, both written and oral

When evaluating academic performance, the applicant’s overall grade point average, the grade point average of the last 60 hours of academic coursework, performance in prerequisite courses, number of college credits completed and degree status are taken into consideration.



Individuals successfully meeting the required admissions selection criteria may receive an invitation to visit our campus for an interview, which provides further insight into the applicant’s character and motivation, and allows an applicant the opportunity to interview one-on-one with a faculty member and meet with an Admissions staff member to discuss his or her application. The applicant is given the option to tour our campus with students/admissions staff.

The interview should be conducted in a two-tier process. The first consisting of an interview conducted by a CHER faculty member, preferably from the Occupational Therapy Programs. The faculty will follow a standard interview questionnaire which includes questions to assess the applicant's apparent motivation, career awareness, personal characteristics and communication skills. The faculty interviewer should not have access to the candidate's file, thus allowing the interviewer to pursue the objectives of the interview, without bias. The faculty interviewer will submit an individual interview summary report to the Admissions Committee.

The second tier of the interview process includes an "Exit Interview" with a member of the admissions staff. The admission staff member will have the candidate's file and will discuss items which will assist the Admissions Committee in reaching a final decision. The purpose of the Exit Interview is to verify that admissions requirements have been met, review any questions related directly to the application as well as provide the committee with additional insight to the candidate’s personal characteristics and communication skills. It also provides the candidate with the ability to discuss any questions or concerns about the faculty interview and/or the admissions process. The admissions staff person will submit an "Exit Interview Evaluation" to the Admissions Committee.

After the interview, the applicant file is presented to the Admissions Committee and a decision is rendered. The applicant will be notified of this decision by the Office of Admissions within two to three weeks after the interview. 

Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19, the interview process will be conducted virtually until we are able to return to normal campus operations. 



An applicant may be notified of his or her acceptance as early as October, prior to the desired year of enrollment. Upon receipt of acceptance, an applicant is required to pay a $1,000 matriculation fee to the University prior to the start of classes, payable as follows:
  • Return the matriculation form along with a $250 deposit within 14 days of the date of the acceptance letter.
  • The balance of $750 for the matriculation fee is due April 1.
  • If accepted after April 1, the offer of acceptance will detail payment requirements.
  • All monies received above are non-refundable and will be applied toward first term fees.

Advanced Standing or Transfer Credit

As per the College of Health Sciences, Education and Rehabilitation policy, credit by transfer may be accepted for any course within the curriculum when it is determined that the transfer course is substantially equivalent to that offered by the College and OT program. This equivalency will be determined by the course instructor and the program director. Only courses in which the student receives a grade of ‘B’ or above will be considered for transfer. The maximum number of semester hour credits a student may earn by transfer is six (6) semester hour credits. No credit is given for experiential learning.

Deferment of Admission

An accepted student with an unforeseen, extenuating circumstance prohibiting them from matriculating may request a deferment of admission in writing. The request must be directed to both the Dean of Student Affairs and the OT Program Director, and made via the Office of Admissions.

For deferment consideration, the following is required:
  • A deferment request submitted in writing by May 15, before the August start of the academic year. Please note, submission of a deferral request by the deadline does not guarantee approval.
  • Official documentation verifying the extenuating circumstance.
  • All non-refundable deposit fees and the matriculation supplement must be received (as directed in the University’s official Letter of Acceptance.)
If deferment is approved:
  • Admission will be extended to August matriculation of the next academic year.
  • A deferment will not extend beyond one admission cycle.
  • The student must contact the Office of Admissions, in writing, by April 1st of the deferred admission calendar year regarding his/her intention to resume enrollment.
  • The student will be required to meet with a member of the Admissions Committee prior to matriculation.
If a deferral request is denied:
  • A student has the option to withdraw acceptance from the Program, or reapply through OTCAS for future admission.
For questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Admissions at 


Enrolled students who withdraw or are dismissed from the University will be responsible for the payment of tuition in accordance with the institutional refund schedule.