Students interested in Occupational Therapy spend two years satisfying general education requirements and prerequisites at Carroll University required for the professional years of study at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. To progress into the
undergraduate junior year, Carroll University pre-occupational therapy students must apply for admission to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's occupational studies professional program in the spring of their sophomore year.
Entrance into the UW- Milwaukee Occupational Studies professional program is highly competitive with the following minimum requirements:
- Completion of UWM's General Education Requirements before the fall semester of the professional years.
- b. Verification that the following Carroll University equivalent courses will be completed before the fall semester of the professional years:
- Cultural Seminar (CCS 100)
- Writing Seminar (ENG 170)
- Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 130)
- Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 140)
- Introduction to Logic (PHI 105) (LSP 1)
- Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101) (LSP 3)
- Statistics and Experimental Design (PSY 205)
- Life-Span Psychology (PSY 221)
- Elementary Functions (MAT 130) (Provided Math 101 proficiency is met.)
- Problem Solving Using Information Technology (CSC 107)
- Introductory Physics (PHY 101) (LSP 2)
- Psycho-Social Aspects of Physical Activity (PED 421)
- General Education Courses
- Students must achieve a 2.75 GPA in the courses listed above and must obtain a C or better in each of these courses for entrance into the Occupational Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. No more than three courses may be repeated. It must be emphasized that a 2.75 GPA is a minimum GPA of 2.75 and does not guarantee admission into the professional program. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is also required and will be based upon all courses
taken including transfer credits and courses that have been repeated. Since students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies program must meet all eligibility requirements for graduate study, they are strongly
encouraged to maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout their undergraduate years.
- To ensure that students entering the professional occupational studies program have a basic understanding of "disability" and the impact of a disability on a person, a minimum of 70 hours in a disability-related experience is a requirement of the admission process. A disability is defined as a mental and/or physical impairment which interferes with participation in activities of daily living, work, and leisure. The 70 hours must be in an environment where the applicant directly observes and interacts with a person with a disability. The following situations qualify as a disability-related experience:
- Personally experiencing a disability,
- Involvement with a person with a disability,
- Working in a disability-related environment, or
- Volunteering in a disability-related environment.
This experience must be documented on a form provided by the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs by the first Monday in March of the year of application.
- Completion of a written application due the first Monday in March. Students are encouraged to submit an application if they plan to have all requirements listed above completed before the fall semester of application. Students are
admitted to the professional program once per year in the fall semester only.
Admission to the Occupational Studies program is determined by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee O.T. Admissions Committee. Following admission to the Occupational Studies program subsequent progression standards are at the discretion
of the host institution.
All students admitted to the Occupational Studies Program will be required to complete a Background Information Disclosure form (HFS-64). A background check, which identifies a past criminal record, does not necessarily preclude an individual
from pursuing studies in occupational therapy or becoming a successful practitioner. Should there be a discrepancy between the information reported by the student on HFS-64 and the reports issued by the Department of Justice and the Department of
Health and Family Services, the student will be subject to dismissal from the occupational therapy program and the reported to DHFS per HFS 12.20 (1)©,Wis. Adm. Code.