Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. To be considered for admission, applicants must complete and submit the online application and all required documentation.
The admission requirements for the M.S. in Occupational Therapy are:
1. Application and application fee – Complete the online application and pay the $50 application fee.
2. Transcripts and coursework – Applicants must submit official transcripts in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution to ACU). The transcript must indicate a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Admissions are made on the assumption that applicants will have the bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation, and if not, the Graduate School admission is void. At the time of the application, applicants must demonstrate the ability to complete all required pre-professional coursework prior to enrollment in the first semester of the program. In addition, all prerequisite coursework must be completed within seven years prior to enrollment. Both Anatomy and Physiology must be complete at the time of application and no more than 9 hours of prerequisite courses can be in progress for the application file to be reviewed. AP and CLEP credit will not be accepted for any prerequisite course.
3. GPA – An overall GPA of 3.2 and a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.25 is required to apply. Prerequisite and general science course grades will be reviewed. In addition, a “key course” GPA – consisting of Anatomy and Physiology courses, a statistical methods course, and a Life Span Development course – will be scored as a part of the application review process. The key course GPA will be considered a priority over the overall GPA.
4. Experience – Applicants are expected to have some knowledge of the occupational therapy profession. This can be acquired as volunteer work, observation hours and/or paid work in a professional occupational therapy setting. A minimum of 40 hours of observation is required prior to the application deadline. Eighty to 100 hours of experience is recommended, preferably in more than one occupational therapy setting. Applicants should have each site where volunteer, observation or work hours are obtained complete the Verification of Observation Hours form.
5. Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter must be provided from an occupational therapist and the other letter can be provided by a professional who has observed your work. Applicants may submit written letters of recommendation or use the recommendation form that is included as part of the online application. Letters of Recommendation should be completed by individuals who have: (a) observed you during any health care-related volunteer or paid work; (b) previous or present instructors and/or advisors; (c) previous or present employers; and (d) health care professionals. Letters of recommendation should include elements demonstrating the applicants: (a) willingness to learn; (b) integrity; (c) perseverance; and (d) ability to interact with patients/clients.
6. Personal Essay – Applicants must complete an essay as part of the application process. The essay should be two to three pages, double-spaced with one inch margins, 12 pt. font, and should describe your interest in occupational therapy. The personal essay is an opportunity for the applicant to describe what is meaningful about the profession of occupational therapy that has drawn the applicant to the profession. Examples such as occupational therapy observation experiences and/or spiritual/life experiences that relate to choosing occupational therapy as a profession should be discussed.
Applications for ACU’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy should be submitted through the ACU Graduate School’s online application system at acu.edu/gradapply. All application materials should be submitted directly to the ACU Graduate School.