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Admission Standards

Minimum Admission Requirements
1) Applicants must have at least one year of work experience as a fully credentialed occupational therapy assistant or physical therapy assistant working with an occupational therapist (OTR).

2) Candidates must have completed a minimum of 90 semester equivalent credits from a regionally accredited college or university.  A minimum overall grade point average of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in coursework from the most recent 90 semester credits is required.

3) Candidates must achieve a grade of “B” or better on all prerequisite courses, each which must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university within 8 years prior to the semester for which you are applying.  The Admissions Committee may waive the "8 year" requirement for some prerequisites if you have been continually employed as an occupational therapy or physical therapy assistant since the completion of your OTA or PTA program.  The Committee will consider such an appeal only after you have completed your application for admission to the MSOT program with all supporting documents submitted.

Required prerequisites include:
Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab May be satisfied with Human Anatomy with lab
Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab May be satisfied with Human Physiology with lab
Statistics A statistics course from a math department or psychology department
Human Growth & Development A human development course in any discipline can be used as long as it covers the life span.
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Intro. to Anthropology
Either course will satisfy this requirement.
6 semester credits of Communication courses Includes courses in English, Writing, or Public Speaking.

4) At least one of the two recommendations required for application must be from a licensed occupational therapist.

5) Candidates must complete a Personal Essay answering the questions listed on the application. For a scoring rubric detailing what the admissions committee will be looking for, please CLICK HERE.

6) Candidates who are physical therapy assistants must demonstrate familiarity with occupational therapy through completion of a minimum of 50 hours of observational, volunteer or work experiences.

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