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Occupational Therapy

Prerequisites

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 university. The GRE is NOT required for admission into the program.

Statistics 3 hours
Anatomy and Physiology (with lab) 6-8 hours
Physics and/or Biomechanics and/or Kinesiology 3 hours
Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
Developmental Psychology (across the lifespan) 3 hours

 

GPA Requirements

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 pre-professional course. 

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. It is recommended that prerequisite courses be taken within the last 7 years. 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.

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