1) Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (degree in any field) or be in the senior year of undergraduate study. A completed bachelor's degree is required prior to enrollment, as evidenced by a final official college/university transcript. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.
2) Candidates must achieve a grade of B or better in all prerequisite courses, which must have been completed within ten years prior to application.
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab||4|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab||4|
|Statistics (from a math department or psychology department)||3|
|Introduction to Psychology||3|
|Introduction to Sociology OR Introduction to Anthropology||3|
|Biology with lab||4|
|Medical Terminology||1 - 3|
In addition to the required prerequisites, students are recommended to complete Human Growth and Development, and the following courses are also helpful: Physics, Effective Writing, Public Speaking, and Computer Literacy.
3) Candidates must achieve competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past five years.
4) Candidates must complete a personal essay as part of the OTCAS application.
5) Candidates must demonstrate familiarity with occupational therapy in the form of a minimum of 50 hours of observational, volunteer, and/or work experience in occupational therapy prior to application.
6) At least one of the two recommendations required for application must be from a licensed occupational therapist.
7) Students need to be aware that felony related charges and convictions may prevent participation in fieldwork experiences. In addition, a criminal record may prevent the student from taking the NBCOT exam and also from becoming licensed. A student should contact NBCOT if there is a prior criminal record that might interfere with eligibility to sit for the national exam. National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).