Admission to the Program
The academic phase of occupational therapy education begins in late May each year. A Bachelor's Degree is required prior to beginning the program. The completion of the courses listed below are required prior to starting the program.
Hours may be completed in any regionally accredited community college, college or
|Anatomy and Physiology (with lab)
|Physics and/or Biomechanics and/or Kinesiology
|Developmental Psychology (across the lifespan)
For electives: We recommend courses focusing on human behavior, biomechanics, developmental
psychology, physical/ cultural/ social environment or human occupations and/or on
the skills needed in contemporary healthcare practice.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum science prerequisite
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. A competitive GPA in the science prerequisites
is a consideration for admissions. A grade of C or better is necessary in each required
The Application Process
Applicants seeking early acceptance should submit their application by October 1st;
all other applications must be submitted by December 15th. It is in the best interest of the applicant to apply as early as possible.
To be considered for admission, the applicant must complete and submit the online
application and the required documentation. Documentation to be submitted includes:
transcripts, verification of observation/ experience hours in occupational therapy
setting, two recommendation letters, verification of required immunizations, verification
of current CPR certification, and personal essay. We do not require the GRE. The application is located online at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sah/admissions/application.aspx
Transcripts and coursework: Applicants must submit transcripts of all institutions attended. At the time of application,
the student must demonstrate the ability to complete all pre-professional coursework
prior to enrollment in the first semester the professional curriculum. At the time
of application, all science coursework must be completed within the last seven years.
Applicants whose science coursework is more than seven years old should contact the
academic advisor in the Office of Admission and Student Affairs for decisions concerning
course acceptability. No more than 9 hours of prerequisites can be in progress and at least two science
prerequisites must be completed for file to be reviewed. Ap and CLEP credit will not
be accepted for any science prerequisite course. There is no advanced placement,
transfer of credit or experiential learning credit within the TTUHSC MOT Program.
Experience: Applicants are expected to have some knowledge of the occupational therapy profession.
This can be acquired in several ways: volunteer work, paid work and/or observation
in occupational therapy settings/ services. It is in the best interest of the applicant
to complete a substantial number of experiential hours in occupational therapy (a
minimum of 40 hours, preferably in a variety of different settings) prior to the
application deadline for the program. Verification of observation/ experience hours
in occupational therapy practice must be submitted as a part of the application. Applicants
are also encouraged to become familiar with the occupational therapy profession through
exploring the professional literature and online sources.
Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be completed by an occupational
therapist. Letters should be completed by professional personnel who have: (a) observed
you during any related volunteer or paid work, (b) previous or present instructors
and/or counselors, or (c) previous or present employers.
Immunizations and CPR: Verification of required immunizations and CPR certification must be submitted prior
to enrollment in professional curriculum OR application deadline. CPR certification
must be maintained throughout the professional program. The CPR certification must
be in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Once you are admitted into the program,
immunizations will be maintained by a national database which requires an annual fee
that is to be paid by the student.
Personal essay: The personal essay should be submitted with the application.
Personal interview: A Master of Occupational Therapy admissions committee will review all completed applications.
Competitive applicants are interviewed via phone or onsite during the fall or spring
semester. Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.