Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy invites all interested individuals with a baccalaureate degree to apply for entry into the MOT Program.
Student information meetings focus on providing prospective post-baccalaureate students with general information about the application process and an orientation to the program. We anticipate that you are familiar with our website prior to the meeting which results in a much more productive discussion and you will be able to leave the session with answers pertaining to your individual situation.
To RSVP for a session, please email Jennifer Elwyn at email@example.com.
April 22, 2016 4:30 - 6:30 pm
June 10, 2016 4:30 - 6:30 pm
September 16, 2016 4:30 - 6:30 pm
November 4, 2016 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Senior Year/ Entry Point Curriculum for Post-Baccalaureate Students
- Apply through the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS).
- The OTCAS is a centralized service which enables prospective occupational therapy students to submit all application materials electronically.
- We do not accept Saint Louis University paper or online applications.
- Application materials that must be submitted to OTCAS:
- Official Transcripts
- Test Scores
- Letters of Reference
- Nine (9) Prerequisite Courses.
- You must have earned a Cumulative 3.2 GPA for the Prerequisite Courses.
- Grades below a "C" will not be accepted.
- It is recommended that science courses be taken at a four-year university but community college coursework will be accepted.
- Science courses taken online will not be accepted.
- All 9 prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 10 years.
- Transcripts must be submitted to the OTCAS system and will not be accepted by the department.
- All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the application deadline.
- No minimum score requirement.
- Average GRE scores of admitted students:
- Quantitative: 150
- Verbal: 152
- Writing: 4
- Must have been taken within the last 5 years
- 2 professional letters of reference.
- These letters should be educational, employment, or volunteer related references
- Information about your Extracurricular Activities, Honors, Work Experience and Licenses
- A Personal Essay
- Up to 500 words.
- Please include a discussion of your experiences in the field and reasons why you want to pursue a degree in occupational therapy.
- This essay will be uploaded into your OTCAS application under "General Essay."
Applications must be submitted to the Centralized Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS).
Only complete and verified applications will be reviewed.
- Application period begins
- January 22
- All application materials are due
- Late applications will not be accepted
- February 1
- Preliminary decisions will be made regarding the interview process.
- Applicants will receive a status update via email.
- Please make sure your email address is correct in OTCAS.
- February 15 (week of)
- Applicant interviews will take place
- March 1
- Final admission decisions will be made and communicated to applicants.
- Late May
- Gross Anatomy course begins on the Saint Louis University campus
How many students do you admit each year?
- The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will admit 10-15 new post-baccalaureate students each year.
How many applications do you receive each year?
- We typically receive between 165 and 180 applications each year.
- Of these applications, only 25% will actually meet all of the requirements for consideration by the admissions committee.
What is the average GPA of admitted students?
- Students admitted have an average prerequisite GPA of 3.5/4.0 and an overall GPA of 3.5/4.0 for all coursework taken at all universities and colleges.
Can you tell me what courses to take to fulfill the prerequisite requirements?
- The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy does not pre-evaluate transcripts for admission. Acceptance of coursework is determined by a course title match process. This means that the title of your course needs to match the title of the course listed in the Admission Requirements section.
- If your course does not match the title listed in the Admission Requirements section and you believe that you should be considered please send an email to Jennifer Elwyn at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the course description, full title, and a university name.
Can I meet with someone to discuss my application?
- We offer informational meetings to help applicants navigate the application process. Please bring your questions to this meeting. If you still have a question after attending an information session, you may send your question to Jennifer Elwyn at email@example.com assistance.
What makes an application complete?
- OTCAS will mark your application as "complete" when you have submitted all sections of the application.
- In addition, all 9 prerequisite courses must be complete with a verified transcript grade.
- All documents need to be submitted.
What does "verified" mean?
- OTCAS verifies your application by comparing your submitted documents with what has been entered into the online application. This process includes a review of your official transcripts. Until this is done, your application cannot be considered for admission.
- The verification process can take 2-4 weeks.
It is past February 1 and I have not heard from your program, what should I do?
- Please double check the email address you submitted to OTCAS and verify that your letter has not gone into your SPAM/TRASH folder.
- If you still cannot locate an initial email regarding your application, please contact Jennifer Elwyn at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will check your application status.