Competitive Admission | 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 occupational therapy practice as provided by law. Thirty (30) students are admitted each May based on individual merits and in competition with others. Each student will be considered holistically based upon an academic and non-academic evaluation. The submitted materials will be used to evaluate applicants for potential success in the program based on proven academic performance and potential; knowledge of the OT profession, work, community service and other experiences; letters of references; and essays. In some circumstances, a personal interview may be requested.

Admission Process

Competitive applicants are those who are Carroll students without Direct Admission status or those who have completed a degree at an institution other than Carroll University. Competitive applicants submit documents via the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). The OTCAS application opens for each cycle mid-July.  The priority application deadline is January 15th. Early application is encouraged as seats are filled on a rolling basis.

GPA Requirement

Prerequisite Coursework and Guidelines

Prerequisite Coursework:

Application Requirements

  1. Verified OTCAS application, which includes the following: 
    • 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 two courses can be pending at the time of application
    • Personal statement
    • Supplemental Essays
    • 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
      • 20 hours of OT-specific observation are highly recommended but not required
      • All healthcare exposure will be reviewed
      • Optional: Complete the Occupational Therapy Online Shadowing Experience. Password: LucasQU (case sensitive)
    • Involvement in community service is highly recommended
  2. Carroll University MOT Program Supplemental $25.00 Fee

COVID-19 Impact on Admission  

Attributes of Competitive Candidates

Other Admission Information

Admitted Students

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 official college transcripts from the institution where their undergraduate degree was earned as well as any institution where outstanding prerequisites are being completed 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.

As part of a comprehensive health science education curriculum, students participate in various clinical education or experiential learning experiences.  Carroll-operated health and wellness clinics require standard vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccination, for students in training.  These requirements are consistent with CDC recommendations for healthcare providers subject to an approved medical/religious exemption. Similarly, students placed in external healthcare sites will likely have these same or unique requirements.  Students must comply with host site vaccination policies, most of which follow CDC Healthcare Provider recommendations.  Individual sites may have their own exemption processes, defer exemption screening to the University, or may not include an exemption option.  

Admitted students must BLS and AED certified. This certification course is also known as BLS for Health Care Providers. BLS certification must be procured through the American Heart Association from a qualified and approved provider. Please note that BLS certification is NOT the same as CPR certification, as the BLS certification includes both a CPR and AED component. CPR certification will not be accepted as a substitute.

Admitted students must be first aid certified. This can be completed via an online module from American Red Cross, American Care Association or American Heart Association.

International Applicants

International applicants and those who graduated from a non-US college or university must complete the following in addition to the above:

Please also see the Office of International Education for more information.


Contact Dave Buehler at 262.524.7359 or email with questions regarding admission. Or schedule an individual meeting using this scheduling link.  

Admission and standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing and or certification needs.

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