Adviser: Manuel Campos, Don Fischer, David Mitchell
Occupational therapy employs "occupation" or purposeful activity to help people of all ages with physical, developmental, or emotional dysfunctions and assists people to prevent, lessen, or overcome disabilities.
Occupational therapists direct the patient's participation in selected tasks to restore, reinforce, or enhance performance and learning of those skills and functions essential for daily activities. Working cooperatively with other members of the health team, occupational therapists help patients improve their basic motor skills, reasoning, and functional abilities, while utilizing purposeful activity in a variety of settings to reduce physical and psychosocial disability.
View a PDF of courses at CSB/SJU that count as prerequisites for the following schools:
GPA: At least 3.0 with no single grade lower than a C.
Tests: GRE required.
Experience: Min. 20 hrs of OT observation in at least two areas OR completion of Orientation to Occupational Therapy course.
OTCAS Personal Statement: Your personal essay should address why you selected OT as a career and how an Occupational Therapy degree relates to your immediate and long term goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you to achieve your goals.
Diversity Statement: The growing diversity of the nation's population underscores the need to prepare future therapists, educators and researchers who represent this diverse population. The Program in OT seeks to admit and educate a diverse student body to enrich the students' educational experience and prepare them to meet the needs of a multicultural society. Student characteristics that will enhance diversity in the program and the field include (but are not limited to) race, ethnicity, rural geographic background, first generation college graduate, underrepresented sex, economic disadvantage and disability. Addressing the characteristics outlined above, describe the ways you will contribute to the student experience in the OT curriculum and the profession by your diversity of life experiences.
St. Catherine University
GPA: 3.2 or higher with no grade lower than a C (one retake available).
Tests: GRE required.
Experience: Two volunteer and/or work experiences in OT or other healthcare settings that had to have been at least 25 hrs each.
Required: Official Transcript
University of North Dakota
GPA: 2.75 or higher with no grade lower than a C.
Experience: 60 hours of observation, of which 45 hours must be with a professional occupational therapist or certified occupational therapy assistant and should be distributed over the three required areas (Psychosocial, Physical Dysfunction, Pediatric).
Recommended: Courses in physics, abnormal psychology and pathophysiology.
GPA: Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than a C in prerequisite courses.
Experience: A minimum of two observations: 20-hours at each of two separate facilities, completed within two years prior to application, with a Registered and/or Licensed Occupational Therapist.
GPA: 3.0 minimum
Tests: GRE NOT NECESSARY
Experience: Applicants must complete a minimum of 20 hours of job shadowing with an occupational therapist or a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). These 20 hours must be completed in two different facilities that serve different populations. For example, completing the two experiences at a nursing home and an adult hospital is acceptable. Using an elementary school and a pediatric hospital for the two experiences is unacceptable as the populations are identical - children.
Personal Potential Index (PPI):
Three to five individuals complete evaluations with ETS in order to create the applicant's PPI - an evaluation of personal attributes critical to success in graduate school. Letters of reference sent to the program on previously available reference documents will no longer be accepted.
Inclusion of a professional resume with application packet is required. Items applicants may want to note in their resume are awards, collegiate extracurricular participation, honors, scholarships, study abroad experiences, volunteering, college work experience, etc.
Concordia University Wisconsin
GPA: 3.0 minimum with 3.0 in prerequisite courses.
GRE: NOT REQUIRED
Experience: 40 hrs of job shadowing.
GPA: 3.0 with a 3.0 in prerequisite courses.
Tests: GRE required
Recommended: A course in physics and a course in orientation to occupational therapy.
GPA: Overall, pre-requisite and science GPA of 3.0 or better with no single grade lower than a C in prerequisite courses.
Tests: GRE required
Experience: They do not require a specific amount of hours but say that having ample experience in occupational therapy or a related area of medicine is important.