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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 6, 2015 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Friday, May 1, 2015 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Friday, June 19, 2015 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Entry Point for Post-Baccalaureate Students
Summer: Pre-requisite for MOT Program: ANAT-400 Gross Anatomy (10 week course, mid-May-July, six credit hours, must successfully complete for progression into Fall Semester
MASTER OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY I
|MOT 502||Professional Development I||1||MOT 503||Professional Development II||1|
|MOT 520||Clinical Conditions & Phenomenology||3||MOT 535||Theoretical Foundations of OT||3|
|MOT 515||Kinesiology||3||MOT 540||OT in Rehabilitation I||4|
|MOT 530||Fundamentals of OT Practice||3||MOT 541||OT in Behavioral Health I||3|
|MOT 517||Neuroscience for OT||4||MOT 545||OT and Assessment of Children & Infants||3|
|MOT 546||OT with Aging Adults||2||MOT 550||Applied Research II||1|
|MOT 549||Applied Research I||1|
|MOT 500||Fundamentals of Occupational Science||1|
|Total Hours:||18||Total Hours:||15|
MASTER OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY II
|MOT 504||Professional Development III||1||MOT 570||Level II Fieldwork (12 weeks)||6|
|MOT 525||OT Policy and Administration||2||MOT 575||Level II Fieldwork (12 weeks)||6|
|MOT 526||Professional Reasoning and Development||2||MOT 566||Applied Research IV||0-6|
|MOT 548||OT & Upper Extremity (2 weeks before term)||2|
|MOT 555||OT in Habilitation II||3|
|MOT 556||OT in Behavioral Health II||3|
|MOT 560||OT with Infants and Children||4|
|MOT 565||Applied Research III||1|
|Total Hours:||18||Total Hours:||12-18|
- 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.
- Biology with lab - 4 credit hours
- Courses include General Biology, Principles of Biology, Biology I, Intro Biology, and College Biology.
- Plant Biology and Zoology do not count for this requirement.
- Chemistry with lab - 4 credit hours
Courses include General Chemistry, Principles of Chemistry, Chemistry I, Intro Chemistry, and College Chemistry.
- Basic Anatomy (lab optional) - 3 credit hours
- Courses include Basic Anatomy, Human Anatomy, and Anatomy & Physiology I
- Physiology (lab options) - 3 credit hours
- Courses include Human Physiology, Basic Physiology, Exercise Physiology, and Anatomy & Physiology II
- Physics (lab optional) - 3 credit hours
- Courses include General Physics, Concepts in Physics, Principles of Physics, Physics I, Intro Physics, and College Physics
- Lifespan Human Development or Developmental Psychology - 3 credit hours
- Must cover human development through the lifespan
- Child Psychology, Adolescent, or Adult Psychology will not be accepted alone but instead must be combined to cover the lifespan
- Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology - 3 credit hours
- Research Methods or Statistics - 3-4 credit hours
- Courses include Fundamentals of Research Methods, Basic Statistics, Elementary Statistics, Introduction Behavioral Stats, Research Design in Psychology, and Statistical Methods
- Medical Terminology - 1-3 credit hours
- No other course title accepted
- Biology with lab - 4 credit hours
- 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
- Personal Potential Inventory (PPI) Scores
- Submit to Saint Louis University (code: 6629)
- All applicants will submit the names of three (3) references to the web-based Personal Potential Index electronic reference system.
- You may request up to three references via the PPI system at no charge, as long as you have taken the GRE
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and she will check your application status.