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Admission Requirements

Occupational Therapist - Link to Department

Master in Occupational Therapy

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA as calculated by OTCAS and 3.0 GPA in the science prerequisite coursework with no less than a “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in individual prerequisites.   
    • Additional Considerations for Cumulative GPA
      • Last 60 Credit Hours Request and Eligibility
        • If the cumulative undergraduate GPA as calculated by OTCAS is lower than 3.0, applicants may request that their last 60 undergraduate credit hours be used to calculate the cumulative GPA. This request must be emailed to the WSU Office of Student Affairs at cphsinfo@wayne.edu, attention: WSU Occupational Therapy admission.
        • Please note: Only undergraduate coursework will be used in the calculation; no graduate coursework will be used. If undergraduate courses were taken after graduation, these courses may be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.
        • February 28 is the deadline for this request.  
        • Any questions regarding undergraduate coursework may be directed to: cphsinfo@wayne.edu.
      • Supplemental Essay
        • If the cumulative undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.31, applicants may complete the Supplemental Essay in the 'Program Questions Section' of the OTCAS application for additional GPA consideration.
        • The essay can be completed with or without the Last 60 Credit Hour Request and the essay is not required by the program for admission consideration.
        • Please noteSupplemental Essays from applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.31 or higher will not be considered.    
    • Use of Last 60 Credit Hour Requests and the Supplemental Essay are valid for one application cycle. Re-applicants must apply for a current admission cycle waiver and/or complete the essay, as waivers and essays do not roll over from one application cycle to the next.
  • All science coursework must be completed within six years of the time of admission to the professional program.​
  • A total of 64 transferable undergraduate credits before entering the program.
  • Complete a minimum of 20 contact hours under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR), or equivalent, prior to your admission to the program. The documentation for contact hours is provided in the application.
  • Pre-professional coursework taken at an accredited college or university is acceptable
  • All Science Prerequisites must be completed by December before the application deadline.
  • All Non-science prerequisites and University General Education requirements must be completed before entering the professional program.
    • Please Note - For Fall 2017 Admissions Cycle: All non-science prerequisites and general education requirements must be completed by May of application year. 
  • The program requests a background check once admitted into the program before matriculation.
    • Please note: Please be aware that a felony conviction may have a potential impact on a graduate's eligibility for certification and credentialing. If you have questions or concerns about this issue please contact NBCOT at 12 South Summit Avenue Suite 100 Gaithersburg, MD, 20877 - (301) 990-7979 www.nbcot.org
Prerequisite Coursework
Science Prerequisites - Must be completed by December the year before application deadline. 
  • BIO 1510 Basic Life Mechanisms (with lab)
  • BIO 2870 Anatomy & Physiology (with lab)
  • KIN 3580 Biomechanics 

Non-Science Prerequisites 

  • ENG 1020 Introduction to College Writing
  • ENG 3010 Intermediate Writing
  • PSY 1010 or 1020 Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 2400 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 3310 Abnormal Psychology 
  • STA 1020 or PSY 3010 Introduction to Statistics
  • *COM 1010 Introduction to Oral Communication
  • PS 1010 American Government
  • Social Science
  • *Mathematics Proficiency (MC) -  Mathematics Competency is not required of students who hold a previous bachelor's degree

In addition to the prerequisite coursework students who do not have a bachelor degree must complete the University General Education requirements prior to admission to the professional program. 

University General Education Requirements

  • Physical Science (PS)
  • Historical Studies (HS)
  • Visual & Performing Arts (VP)
  • Foreign Culture (FC)
  • Philosophy & Letters (PL)
  • *Critical Thinking (CT)

*Exams or coursework can be used to complete these requirements. Please contact the WSU Office of Testing & Evaluation at (313)577-3400 for further information.