Step 1: Submit your application through OTCAS
Required documents for a completed UMHB OT application:
- Original transcripts
- Must have 3.0 GPA minimum for last 60 completed hours at time of application
- Must have B (3.0) or better on all UMHB OT prerequisites
- Use instructions on UMHB OT webpage/OTCAS page
UMHB OT will not review the essay required by OTCAS or references required by OTCAS.
The UMHB OT program has a rolling admission process. The first applications will not be reviewed until after May 15, 2019, and application is verified as complete. We anticipate the top 50% of applicants will be invited for an interview after the initial review. Applicants will be notified of initial status (invited for an interview, or declined) by June 15, 2019. We will continue to review applications on a monthly basis and extend interview offers for selected dates each month until the class of 30 is filled and the alternate list is complete.
Step 2: Interview Process (for applicants invited to interview)
Interviews will occur beginning in July 2019 and will include breakfast with applicants and faculty, individual interview with faculty, and a group interview/project activity.
Three essay prompt options will be provided when the interview is scheduled, and one will be randomly selected for an essay on interview day.
Campus tours will be offered to those interested.
Step 3: Notification of Selection
The earliest notification of acceptance into the cohort will be in August 2019. This will occur once UMHB OT is notified of Candidacy Status by ACOTE (see below) as we are presently in Applicant Status.
Master's Degree Level Occupational Therapy Program (Applicant Program)
The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must be granted Candidacy Status, 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. Students must complete Level II fieldwork within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program.
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