Occupational Science and Occupational TherapyPost-Baccalaureate Students
The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy invites all interested individuals with a degree to apply for entry into the MOT program. Please review the information below regarding the MOT program and application. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that applicants attend one of the scheduled information sessions; dates can be found on the Request Information page of the department website.
We only accept students into the Summer term as everyone MUST take Gross Anatomy before the Fall term.
To apply to the MOT program, applicants use the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS)*. We no longer accept Saint Louis University paper or online applications.
The application period begins in mid-July and runs through January 15th. All application materials, including final transcripts submitted to OTCAS, must be received by January 15th to be considered eligible for admission.Items needed to apply:
- The 9 Prerequisite courses
- A Personal Essay
- Two professional letters of reference
- Completion of Extracurricular Activities, Honors, Work Experience and Licenses
*The OTCAS is a centralized service that enables prospective Occupational Therapy students to submit all application materials electronically.
IMPORTANT: It may take 2-4 weeks for OTCAS to verify your application. Unverified applications will not be reviewed. Please keep this in mind as you submit your application and allow plenty of time for verification.
Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS)
We do not accept Saint Louis University online applications. ·
- Cumulative 3.2 GPA in the 9 Prerequisite courses (grades below a "C" will not be accepted)
- ALL 9 Prerequisite courses must be completed within the last 10 years and submitted by January 15th. Transcripts must be submitted to the OTCAS system and will not be accepted by the department. ALL coursework must be completed by January 15, 2013.
- Biology with lab - 4 credit hours
- Chemistry with lab - 4 credit hours
- Basic Anatomy (lab optional) - 3 credit hours (Applicants who took Anatomy and Physiology I will receive Anatomy credit)
- Physiology (lab optional) - 3 credit hours (Exercise Physiology will count for this requirement and applicants who took Anatomy and Physiology II will receive Physiology credit)
- Physics (lab optional) - 3 credit hours
- Lifespan Human Development or Developmental Psychology - 3 credit hours
- Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology - 3 credit hours
- Research Methods or Statistics - 3-4 credit hours
- Medical Terminology - 2 credit hours
- A Personal Essay
- Up to 500 words. Please include experience in the field and reasons why you want to pursue a degree in Occupational Therapy. This essay will be included in the OTCAS application under "General Essay."
- 2 professional letters of reference submitted electronically using the OTCAs application. These letters should be educational, employment, or volunteer related references. Please note that after January 15, 2013, applicants will be required to submit three (3) references by using the Personal Potential Index electronic reference system. Please click here for information on the PPI system. You may request up to three references via the PPI system at no charge, as long as you have taken the GRE which will be required effective January 15, 2013.
- Completion of Extracurricular Activities, Honors, Work Experience & Licenses listed on your application (see OTCAS application for specifics).
- The GRE is not required for applicants who are applying by the January 15, 2013 date for admittance into the Summer 2013 class. After January 15, 2013, applicants will be required to take the GRE for admittance to the MOT Program starting with the Summer 2014 class.
- Mid-July: Application period begins. All materials MUST be submitted to OTCAS* by January 15th.
- OTCAS is a centralized service that enables prospective Occupational Therapy students to submit all application materials electronically.
- January 15th: All application materials are due. Late applications will not be accepted
- February 1st: Preliminary decisions will be made. Applicants will receive status update via e-mail.
- February 15th: (week of): Applicant interviews
- March 1st: Final Admission decisions
- Late May: Gross Anatomy begins