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Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in (M.S.O.T.)

Admission requirements

Prerequisites for admission to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy include a minimum of 90 credits of undergraduate course work or a completed Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university. The department will accept credits toward the program from students who have received college credit for AP courses and/or exams and present those credits on transcripts from institutions attended prior to enrollment at VCU. A grade of D in any required prerequisite course is not acceptable for transfer. A minimum GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to be considered for admission.

The GRE is required and scores should be reported directly to Virginia Commonwealth University. For non-native English-speaking applicants, regardless of immigration status, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 600 (score of 250 on computerized exam) is also required.

The program of study necessary to be considered for admission to the M.S.O.T. program must include a minimum of the following prerequisites with grades of C or better (credits are listed in semester credit hours) with a minimum overall prerequisite GPA of 3.00.

English/writing (one English composition course and one other English or writing-intensive course) 6
Anatomy and physiology (laboratory courses) 6-8
Social sciences 15
  Must include:  
  Life-span development course(s) sufficient to cover entire life span (3-6)  
  Abnormal psychology (3)  
  Other social sciences courses (psychology, sociology, social psychology, anthropology) (6-9)  
Statistics 3

Computer competence — the ability to use a personal computer for word processing, e-mail, online bibliographic searches and Internet listserv discussion — is required. It is helpful to be familiar with graphics software for preparing presentations. A course on medical terminology is strongly recommended.

These are considered minimal prerequisites, and applicants are encouraged to pursue additional study in liberal arts and science courses that develop intellectual competence, enrich interest areas and promote an awareness of the breadth of social and cultural values. To fulfill the human development prerequisite, it is important to read course descriptions carefully, as many courses say they cover the life span but primarily focus on a single area (e.g., childhood). To meet this requirement, students will need courses that prepare across the life span. To fulfill the psychology prerequisite, a course in theories of personality is highly recommended.

A total of 60 hours experience in at least two occupational therapy settings (one with adults and one with children) is required. Criteria for admission include GPA (overall and prerequisite GPA will be calculated), scores on the GRE and professional criteria, including experience, references, professional attributes and statement of professional goals.

Graduates of occupational therapy programs are required to take the national certification examination to become an Occupational Therapist Registered. The national certifying organization for occupational therapy is the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Other licensure or certification requirements may be established by state organizations. Some licensure or certification agencies consider individuals convicted of a felony ineligible for licensure or certification. For specific information, prospective students should contact the licensure or certification agency for occupational therapy.


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