Direct 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

Direct admission applicants are those who were granted “Direct Admission” status for Occupational Therapy upon acceptance to Carroll University as a first-time freshman AND have retained that status at the time of application. All other applicants need to apply as competitive applicants. Direct admission students should plan to submit materials no later than November 1st for consideration. Early application is encouraged.

Note: If you are a current high school student interested in Carroll’s Master of Occupational Therapy program, learn more about our Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) 4+2 Direct Admission

GPA Requirement

  • Candidates must earn a calculated cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and a professional GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • The program neither requires nor recommends the degree be earned in any particular major. Liberal arts majors are encouraged to apply.

Prerequisite Coursework and Guidelines

  • AP courses are accepted for sociology and statistics if listed on a university transcript and on the OTCAS application.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed with a "C" or higher prior to matriculation. Note that a "C-" will not be accepted.
  • Candidates are strongly encouraged to have only one prerequisite course repeated.
  • Anatomy and Physiology courses need to have been completed within five years, three years preferred.
Prerequisite Coursework:
  • One semester of each of the following:
    • Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab 
    • Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab 
    • Chemistry w/lab 
    • Abnormal Psychology 
    • Lifespan Development 
    • Medical Terminology 
    • Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, or Social Psychology 
    • Statistics 
    • Physics w/lab (highly suggested)

Application Requirements

  • Submit the Graduate Studies Application online for free
  • Submit the following documents via the application status portal (created when submitting an application):
    • Personal Statement
    • Resume
    • Evidence of 20 hours of shadowing an occupational therapist or completion of the Occupational Therapy Online Shadowing Experience (password: LucasQU)
      • The Occupational Therapy Observation Hours Log must be completed with the signature of the occupational therapist(s) that was observed.
      • A copy of the completion certificate will be needed for proof of completion of the Occupational Therapy Online Shadowing Experience.
    • One letter of recommendation from an Occupational Therapist or instructor

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.


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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