Effective April 4, 2019, the American Occupational Therapy Association requires entry level education at the either the master’s OR doctoral level for occupational therapists. Either level of entry into practice is acceptable.

Description of Occupational Therapy

  • What is Occupational Therapy? 
  • The entry level Master of Occupational Therapy Program (MSOT) was designed around the curricular themes of Interprofessional Education, Professional Responsibility, and Excellence in Practice.
  • The program start date is mid-May every year. 
    • Year-round program designed to be completed in eight semesters  (2 years, 8 months) - (81 credit hours)
      • Level II Fieldwork must be completed within 1 year of completing didactic study


The mission of the Occupational Therapy program is to provide competent health care providers who possess basic skills as health care providers, consultants, educators, managers, researchers, and advocates for the profession and the consumer. In addition the program seeks to improve patient access and quality care for rural and underserved populations through interprofessional education.


Description of Essential Functions

Educational Outcomes / NBCOT

Occupational Therapy Faculty / Staff

Application Deadline:

For the Cohort Beginning Summer of 2021

We admit 30 students per year. We have just changed our application deadlines.

  • OTCAS application submission opens on July 21, 2020.
  • OTCAS application must be VERIFIED by November 6, 2020
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  • Supplemental application to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies must be completed by November 6, 2020 in order to be considered for the program. 

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  • All coursework must be uploaded and verified by OTCAS by November 6, 2020 with no more than 2 prerequisite courses pending.
  • All required materials must be uploaded to OTCAS by November 6, 2020.
  • All recommendation letters must be completed and uploaded to OTCAS by November 6, 2020.
    • Three (3) recommendation letters are required, one from EACH of the following categories:
      • Occupational Therapist (OTR/OTA) who supervised an observation
      • Licensed rehabilitation professional (OT/PT/SLP) or program director who has direct knowledge of your ability to engage individuals with physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities
      • Professor or Academic Advisor
  • Cumulative and Prerequisite GPA must be 3.0 or greater as calculated by OTCAS.
  • Combined GRE score of 290 or higher is recommended.
  • Preview day must be attended on either December 4 or 5, 2020. Applicants can expect to complete an in-person interview(s), campus tour and meet and greet with current students, faculty and staff. (This is by invitation only. Some exclusions may apply.)
  • Decision letters will go out no later than January 15, 2021.


Estimated Costs


The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20852-4929 (previously 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814). ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is 301-652-AOTA. http://www.acoteonline.org