General Prerequisites

Admissions

To be eligible for admission to the MOT Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

1.  A baccalaureate degree and all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.00 scale.

2. The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in each course and reported on official transcripts to OTCAS before an application for admission will be considered. Prerequisite courses may include on-site or online content.

Prerequisite Requirements

  • General Biology (or Zoology)
  • Anatomy & Physiology*
  • General Chemistry*
  • Kinesiology*
  • English Composition
  • Oral Communication
  • General Psychology
  • Lifespan Psychology (or Human Growth and Development)**
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • General Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Statistics
  • Medical Terminology

*The anatomy and physiology and kinesiology courses must be taken within five years of planned enrollment and the biology, anatomy and physiology and chemistry courses must include a laboratory component. Higher-level science courses may be substituted if current and approved.

**Course content MUST cover conception to death. Two or three psychology courses may be required to fulfill the across the lifespan requirement at some institutions.

No credit is awarded for prior experiential learning to meet the prerequisite requirements.

Prerequisite Recommendations       

Humanities***

Electives****   

***Recommended courses include: foreign language (Spanish preferred), philosophy, logic, ethics, literature, and/or fine arts.
****Recommended courses include: computer/technology skills, education, technical or critical writing, logic, fine and performing arts, language and communication systems, philosophy, and industrial arts or activity-based courses (e.g., woodworking, ceramics, photography).

2.  A competitive score on the GRE taken within the last five years. The highest score in each category will be considered if the test has been taken more than once. A minimum of a 3.5 on the analytical writing is required.

3.  A completed application must be submitted to the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (www.otcas.org) on or before January 5 for early admissions, or March 5 for standard admissions of the year prior to the January start date. To qualify for early admissions, applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 3.2 or higher, and required prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to the application submission. The student will submit all official transcripts to OTCAS. ALL application materials, including transcripts, GRE scores, OT observation hours, and pre-professional evaluations, must be verified by OTCAS within four (4) weeks of the application close date for the Admissions Committee to consider the application. 

4.  In addition to coursework completed, the student will report the following information on OTCAS on or before the application deadline:

  1. Plan for completion of remaining coursework
  2. GRE Scores
  3. Three professional or academic references (recommend at least one by an occupational therapist)
  4. Volunteer observation hours
  5. Leadership and service experiences
  6. Essay

5.  A personal interview (based on GPA and GRE scores) is required for admission.

6.  All application materials should be submitted to the OTCAS website at www.OTCAS.org. Applicants seeking assistance with the application process should be made to otcasinfo@otcas.org.

7.  For accepted students, proof of the following is required prior to January start date:

  • Ability to meet published technical standards of the College of Health Professions and the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program
  • Background check
  • Health insurance
  • Transcripts showing completion of bachelor’s degree and all prerequisites with a “C” or better grade
  • Official copy of GRE scores
  • A signed copy of the UTHSC Honor Code 
  • A complete Eligibility of Entitlement Act form

8.  Students do not receive credit for work experience and coursework from another program may not be transferred to meet the requirements for admission to or graduation from the MOT program.

 

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