Minimum Requirements for All Admissions Fall Term 2020/2021
The candidate is expected to satisfy the following minimum requirements:
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 (A=4.0) overall cumulative GPA. Minimum 3.0 GPA OT prerequisite courses.
- GRE scores on the verbal and quantitative sections, and the analytical section reported from the same test date is required. You may not mix/match scores from different exam attempts. GRE scores must have been taken within the past 5 years.
- Applicants must have a minimum grade of “B-” in each of the OT prerequisite courses (see list below).
- International students must meet the minimum requirements for admission and apply
to the University Office of International Services with certified translations of
transcripts at least 60 days prior to applying to the occupational therapy program.
International coursework must be evaluated by the USA Office of International Services
to verify equivalency to USA courses. International applicants must have a TOEFL score
= 100 on Internet based tests, OR iTEP Academic = 4.9, OR IELTS = 7.5, OR PTE Academic
= 75. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution
are not required to submit TOEFL results.
Prerequisite Courses are required for ALL Applicants.
A minimum grade of "B-” is required in these prerequisite courses:
Developmental (life span) psychology (PSY 250)
Abnormal psychology (PSY 340)
Statistics (ST 210)
**Anatomy & physiology I (BMD 251)
**Anatomy & physiology II (BMD 252)
**Kinesiology (biomechanics) preferred / or physics with algebra/trigonometry (KIN 380 or PH 114)
** These prerequisite courses must be taken no more than ten years prior to submitting
AP credit and CLEP scores are not accepted for any of the prerequisite courses.
Prerequisite Course Descriptions
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- Occupational Therapy is a full-time graduate program that provides scientific evidence and clinical education needed for clinical practice. Course work and clinical fieldwork placements are full-time in nature. Students must be able to manage full-time clinical placements which are scheduled both on weekdays and weekends, between semesters and within semesters, not always following the academic calendar. Students should have the resources to commute to clinical placements that are not local to the Mobile area.
- Students matriculating into and within Occupational Therapy will be required to have continuous health coverage and provide documentation of this throughout the program of study. Students are responsible for the cost of this health insurance coverage.
- Students matriculating into and within Occupational Therapy will be required to complete
background checks, drug screens, immunizations, and specific trainings at various
times within the program and clinical fieldwork placements. We are unable to accept
students into the clinical programs that are unable to sit for the NBCOT exam or achieve
licensure in the US. Students are responsible for the costs of these.
ACOTE® Accredited Educational Programs
ACOTE® accredited occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational
programs satisfy the states’ educational requirements in all states, the District
of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students graduating from an ACOTE® accredited occupational
therapy and occupational therapy assistant educational program are eligible to take
the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification
exam and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please
refer to the AOTA State Licensure webpage.
This will be a rolling application process.
Students will be viewed at two points for consideration for entrance for Fall 2021
Fall review of qualified applicants- OTCAS deadline for materials is Nov 13, 2020
- all above admissions criteria met and deadlines for receipt of information completed, no more than two pre-requisite courses in process for fall 2020 semester
- must have submitted all official transcripts and OTCAS verification completed through summer 2020
- will complete OTCAS academic update after fall grades are issued and courses completed
- some seats for fall 2021 admissions will be offered in Dec. 2020
Spring review of qualified applicants- OTCAS deadline for materials is Jan. 22, 2021
- all above paperwork completed, no more than two pre-requisite courses in process during Spring 2021 semester
- must have submitted all official transcripts through Fall 2020 and OTCAS verification completed
- will complete OTCAS academic update after spring grades are issued and courses complete
- enter pool for remaining seats for fall 2021 admissions
In order to be considered for admission to the MSOT program at USA, students should submit to OTCAS
- Completed USA OT Supplemental Application which will be uploaded in the documents section;
- Pay the $75 non-refundable supplemental application fee and upload the receipt in documents;
- Upload required documents (transcripts, etc..) in OTCAS
- GRE scores submitted to OTCAS by deadline
- Complete the OTCAS application process
- Have you transcripts verified by OTCAS. Please note that the OTCAS verification process may take 4-6 weeks.
REGULAR Admissions Applicant Information and Instructions
All applicants who have met the prerequisite requirements and wish to apply to the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program at University of South Alabama must complete and/or submit the following items:
- OTCAS application completed by due date.
- The Supplemental Application must be uploaded to OTCAS by due date.
- A $75.00 non-refundable USA OT Dept. application fee with copy of your receipt must be uploaded to the OTCAS application by due date.
- GRE scores: All applications must submit official report of GRE scores by due date directly from the testing service to the OTCAS code: 2109. Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing sections are utilized. GRE scores must have been taken within the past 5 years.
- Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent directly to OTCAS and updated upon completion of degree requirements.
- The Department of Occupational Therapy will not process any application that is incomplete (for any items noted above) or that is not submitted by the deadline.
- Preference MAY BE shown to Alabama residents, however, highly qualified out-of-state applicants whose academics and experiences indicate that they may be a success in both the program and the OT profession will be given the same consideration as residents. Residency and tuition info.
- Students accepted to the program must submit completed health and physical forms to include required immunizations by August 1, 2021. Accepted students must also read, sign, and submit the Core Performance Standards document outlining fundamental tasks of which applicants should be capable upon entering the OT program.
- Acceptance into the MSOT program is provisional pending a clear background check, submission of required medical forms, and completion of bachelor’s degree by August 1, 2021.
- Acceptance into the MSOT program is provisional pending completion of any additional required prerequisite courses with a grade of "B-" or better and submission of required medical forms as supplied in the acceptance packet. Failure to make a grade of "B-" or better in any required prerequisite course will result in a nullification of acceptance into the professional program. **Spring Semester 2020 only, courses listed as Pass in the Pass/Fail grading system or Satisfactory in the Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory grading system will be accepted for prerequisite courses.
- Accepted students must submit a $300 matriculation fee with the Statement of Intent
to reserve a seat in the class. This fee is non-refundable and is applied to the student’s
first semester tuition. Students offered admission may elect not to pay the matriculation
fee and be placed on the alternate list.
If you have further questions about the application process, please contact the OT Department:
Phone: (251) 445-9222
**PLEASE NOTE: A record of criminal charges, including misdemeanor and felony charges, may result in denial of access to fieldwork sites, inability to sit for the NBCOT board exam, inability to obtain a state license to practice, and/or limit job opportunities.