Frequently Asked Questions
The first cohort will begin classes in January of 2020.
We will accept 30 students per cohort, admitting one cohort per year.
Applications will be open through OTCAS, the centralized OT application system, beginning January 2, 2019. The program has a rolling admissions process and the first cycle of candidates to be reviewed will be on May 15, 2019. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a monthly basis until the class of 30 is filled and the alternate list is complete. Due to accreditation requirements, students will not be notified of acceptance into the program until August 2019.
No, but they do need to be complete by the start of the program. You are encouraged to get your prerequisites completed early so most are done at time of application.
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 UMHB MSOT Program.
You will need to submit any additional official transcripts to the UMHB OT office as soon as they are available to ensure all program prerequisites are adequately completed.
No, the GRE is not required.
The required GPA is 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework and 3.0 for prerequisite coursework.
Yes, interviews are required for those who make it to the second phase of application consideration. While we would love to have you on campus, we realize this is not a possibility for everyone. We will conduct video interviews for those unable to travel to campus.
The program will be 6 consecutive semesters (including summers) of coursework, followed by 24 weeks of Level II fieldwork.
The UMHB MSOT program is less concentrated than some other programs, meaning that we have chosen to require fewer courses and credit hours per semester. This will enable our students to get the most from interprofessional, community-based and service learning opportunities. It will also allow our student to have a healthy work-life balance.
No, we do not have a bridge program at this time. All applicants go through the same process and have the same prerequisite requirements.
There is no specific degree requirement, as long as all prerequisite requirements are met.
Master's Degree Level Occupational Therapy Program (Applicant 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 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 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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