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  • Admission Requirements

    • Evaluation Criteria - An applicant is evaluated for admission based on academic preparation; quality of references; insightful goals in personal statement; successful completion of observation hours and academic prerequisites; work and service activities; Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score; and, personal interview.
    • Bachelor's Degree - A bachelor's degree must be completed at the time of application or completed by the time the program begins at the end of May/beginning of June.
    • GPA - At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA as well as in the prerequisite courses. (Note: All completed courses will be used in the GPA calculated by OTCAS.
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - Competitive applicants will score in at least the 35th percentile on the MAT and at least 152 on Verbal, 150 on Quantitative, and 4.0 on Analytical Writing on the GRE. (Test codes needed at time of test for scores to be submitted to OTCAS: MAT = 3112; GRE = 2366)
    • Quality References - Three references are required and can be from academic advisors, licensed occupational therapists, and/or work managers. At least one reference must be from a licensed OT.
    • Interview - By invitation.
    • Completion of Prerequisite Courses and Observation Hours - Competitive applicants will have no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses, including courses in progress, at the time of application. Applicants with outstanding prerequisite courses that are not shown as "in progress" on the OTCAS application, must submit a Word document outlining the completion plan to All incomplete prerequisite courses and observation hours must be completed by the time the program begins. 
    • Background Check - Required of all matriculated students. Details and instructions will be given at Orientation. 

    Admission Requirements: International Students
    • In addition to the admission requirements above, international applicants must be a permanent resident or eligible for an F-1 visa.
    • Required English proficiency test - A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing Systems (IELTS) score report is required for non-native English speaking applicants in place of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The required scores are as follows:
      • 79-80 on the internet-based test (I.B.T.) TOEFL, or
      • 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or
      • 6.5 on the IELTS
    • International applicants must submit to OTCAS an official course-by-course transcript evaluation completed by one of the member organizations of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Please visit for a list of those participating organizations. Note that each organization will have its own instructions on how to submit required documents for evaluation. The evaluation must also show that a bachelor's degree equivalent to one in the United States has been earned. 


    • At least 30 clinical observation hours under the supervision of a licensed OT in multiple settings with different clients.
    • Completion of the prerequisite courses listed below (semesters or equivalent quarters) with a B or better. AP and CLEP courses are not accepted for prerequisites.
    • The following prerequisite courses must be completed in the past five years: one semester of Anatomy & Physiology with lab (course number must be at least 200); Neuroscience OR Brain and Behavior; Lifespan OR Human Development; Abnormal Psychology.

    All new students must show proof of current CPR certification. This certification MUST include First Aid/CPR and AED training for both adults and children (pediatrics). Online courses will not be accepted.


    Course Credits
    Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (Course number must be at least 200)  4 cr
    Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (Course number must be at least 200) 4 cr

    Neuroscience OR Brain & Behavior (Must include a neuroanatomy component)

    3 cr
    Lifespan OR Human Development OR three courses to include Childhood, Adolescent and Adult Development OR two courses that cover the lifespan of development. 3 cr

    Cultural Ideas and/or Global Perspectives (any course in one of the following areas: world religions, gender studies, sociology, anthropology)

    3 cr
    Abnormal Psychology 3 cr
    Statistics (social science or Biostatistics preferred)

    3 cr
    Medical Terminology 1 cr
    English Composition OR
    Technical Writing
    3 cr
    Ethics OR Philosophy OR Theology 3 cr

    Download prerequisites checklist


    Applications must be submitted through and admission is on a rolling basis. The application deadline is March 1 with priority review of applications received by November 15

    Application Review Dates

    • OTCAS application deadline = Admission is on a rolling basis through the application deadline of March 1. Applications received by November 15 will receive priority review.
    • Interviews (by invitation) = Offered on a rolling basis and conducted by phone or video conference call.
    • Admission decision notification = Rolling
    • $500 deposit deadline = Rolling; due by date stated in admission notification letter.
    • Orientation and the start of classes = May 2020

    Tuition and Fees

    The OT program is full-time and 24 months in length (six semesters). Tuition and fees can be found on the Bursar's web page.

    Itemized tuition and fees for the two-year program.



    For questions concerning the application process and admission requirements:

    Office of Graduate Admission 
    Grewen Hall Room 322
    Phone: (315) 445-5444


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