- If currently enrolled in classes with regular labs that have had to go on-line for the remainder of the semester, we will accept those labs this semester given current circumstances.
- Students given an option of pass/fail at their institution are preferred to decline that option for all prerequisite courses – however, due to the uniqueness of the current circumstances pass/fail or credit/no credit courses taken this semester will be accepted.
- Applications will be accepted without the minimum 40 hours of observation documented with the expectation that all observation hours are complete with appropriate documentation by program start if accepted.
Applications will be open through OTCAS, the centralized OT application system, beginning January 15, 2020. The program has a rolling admissions process; applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the class of 30 is filled and the alternate list is complete.
For students who have an application already in progress:
- OTCAS will shut down on June 22, 2020
- No applications or associated documents will be saved
- OTCAS will reopen on July 17, 2020
- A new application fee will be required with new entry of information and upload of all required documents
- The UMHB OT application cycle will close October 31, 2020
Below are admissions requirements and prerequisites required.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for last 60 hours at time of application is required and must be maintained prior to start of program (3.0 for prerequisites)
- All science courses must have been taken within the last 7 years at time of application
- Grade of “B” or better required for all prerequisite courses
- 40 hours of observation required in at least 2 different practice settings (download observation documentation form for specifics)
- GRE not required
- Must have a bachelor’s degree in any field prior to January of 2020 (start of program)
- Submit resume with initial application.
- Please review the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education Prospective Applicant Letter.
Master's Degree Level Occupational Therapy Program (Developing Program)
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
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