Admission Requirements | Master of Occupational Therapy
Admission to the Carroll University Master of Occupational Therapy requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and satisfactory completion of prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation. The program considers all qualified applicants without discrimination regardless of race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national or ethnic origin, or handicap that does not interfere with the performance of professional occupational therapy practice as provided by law. Thirty (30) students are admitted each summer based on individual merits.
Carroll utilizes the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) to collect application materials. The MOT Admissions Review Committee reserves the right to conduct interviews at its discretion.
All required application materials, including a VERIFIED OTCAS application, must be received by Carroll by Dec. 1 each year.
Candidates are welcome to schedule an individual meeting with admission to discuss any questions about the program or application process at dbuehler.youcanbook.me.
Required Application Materials
- Verified OTCAS application The OTCAS verification process can take up to 4-6 weeks to complete, therefore early submission of application is highly recommended. Click on link for more details regarding the OTCAS verification process.
The following items must be submitted directly to OTCAS and/or addressed within the OTCAS application:
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions. NOTE: Carroll University undergraduate students must also send all official transcripts directly to OTCAS
- Three letters of reference – suggested authors include a college instructor, a supervisor and an occupational therapist
- Pending coursework – no more than 2 courses can be pending at the time of application
- Personal essay
- GRE score report – Official GRE scores must be sent to Carroll/OTCAS with ETS code #1211. GRE scores must be current within the last 5 years
- Carroll University supplemental questions
- Evidence of exploration of the occupational therapy profession (volunteering, observations, internships and/or work experience within a setting where occupational therapy services are conducted). No additional documentation is required. Application updates are not accepted outside of OTCAS
- Involvement in community service is highly recommended
- Carroll University MOT Program Supplemental $25.00 Fee
Prerequisite Coursework — One Semester Each
Prerequisites must be completed from an accredited junior college, college or university prior to matriculation. No more than 2 courses can be pending at the time of application. Most courses can be completed either in a classroom setting or online. Anatomy must be completed in a classroom setting within 5 years of matriculation, 3 years is preferred.
- Anatomy with lab
- Physiology with lab (or 2 semesters combined anatomy and physiology I and II with labs.)
- Abnormal psychology
- Lifespan psychology or (Developmental course covering birth to death)
- Introductory sociology, cultural anthropology or social psychology
- Medical terminology
- General chemistry is highly suggested and will be required starting with the 2021-2022 application cycle
- Physics will be required starting with the 2021-2022 application cycle
If a prerequisite course requirement is in question, please email email@example.com. Please include the school where the course was completed, course number and course description in your message. The MOT Admissions Review Committee may request a Petition for Prerequisite Substitution Form be submitted.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to matriculation. The program neither requires nor recommends the degree be earned in any particular major. Liberal arts majors are encouraged to apply.
- OTCAS calculated cumulative and prerequisite GPA minimum of 3.0
- Completion of prerequisite courses with a "C" or higher prior to matriculation. Note that a "C-" will not be accepted
- Evidence of exploration of the Occupational Therapy profession (volunteering, observations, internships and/or work experience within a setting where occupational therapy services are conducted).
- No specific form of documentation is required
- 40 hours of OT-specific observation are highly recommended but not required
- All healthcare exposure will be reviewed instead
- Involvement in community service is highly recommended
- Optional: Complete the Occupational Therapy Online Shadowing Experience.
Covid-19 Impact on Admission for 20-21 Application Cycle
- Prerequisite courses successfully completed as pass/fail (without letter grades) during the spring, summer and fall 2020 terms will be accepted
- Prerequisite lab science courses successfully completed online during the spring, summer and fall 2020 terms will be accepted
- No OT-specific observation hours will be required
Attributes of Competitive Candidates
- Strong performance in anatomy and physiology coursework
- Commitment to community service
- Average cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.3 or higher
- GRE score in the 40th percentile or higher in quantitative and verbal scores
- GRE writing score of 4.0 or higher
Other Admission Information
- Students need not have received their bachelor's degree from Carroll University, but those who do will receive a calculated advantage in the admission process
- AP courses are accepted for sociology and statistics if listed on a university transcript and on the OTCAS application
- The Carroll University MOT program does not accept transfer students or transfer credits for any required courses in occupational therapy. Students accepted into the program must complete all required occupational therapy courses. Advanced placement is not granted for any reason, including prior academic studies or professional experience.
Admitted students are asked to respond to their offer of admission within 10 days of notification. A $500 seat deposit is required.
Admitted students must submit ALL official college transcripts directly to Carroll University prior to matriculation. Admitted students are required to have a completed health screening, updated immunizations and tuberculosis screening according to current Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for health professionals, background investigation and drug screening prior to matriculation.
International applicants and those who graduated from a non-US college or university must complete the following in addition to the above:
- Three (3) hours of English composition completed at an accredited US or Canadian college or university if the initial education was not taken at an English-speaking university
- 20 hours of natural sciences taken at an accredited US or Canadian college or university. These hours must include 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology coursework. Anatomy must be completed in a classroom setting
- Documented completion of baccalaureate degree from accredited institution or equivalent via an international credit evaluation must be sent directly to OTCAS
- Official TOEFL scores must sent directly to Carroll University for those who graduated from a non-US college or university
- Documentation needed to issue I-20
Please also see the Office of International Education for more information.