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As you prepare your application for the ACU Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, you may have questions very similar to those of other applicants. Below are answers to a list of commonly asked questions.



When will the OTCAS application open for the next cohort?
The OTCAS application opens each July.

When is the ACU application deadline? What if my OTCAS application is not verified by the deadline?
The deadline to apply for the fall 2019 cohort is December 14th, 2018 and this deadline does include the OTCAS verification process. Please click here to find helpful application timeline tips from OTCAS.

Do I need to submit documents to ACU, in addition to OTCAS? Is there an ACU application fee?
Upon submitting your OTCAS application, you’ll find instructions for paying the $50 ACU application fee. All other documents are reviewed through OTCAS.

How many applicants apply/are accepted each year?
In 2017, approximately 200 applications were reviewed; 45 students were accepted. ACU joined OTCAS in 2018, so the anticipated number of applicants could change.

What is the minimum GPA required to apply?
An overall GPA of 3.0 is required to apply. However, the last 60 hours of your transcript will be used to calculate your GPA for consideration into the ACU MSOT program.

If I retake a course, is the original grade still included in the GPA calculation?
Yes, the overall 3.0 GPA minimum calculation will include all grades for all courses, even if a class was retaken.

What is the minimum number of observation hours needed to apply?
A minimum of 40 hours of observation is required prior to the application deadline. Between 80 - 100 hours of experience is recommended, preferably in more than one occupational therapy setting.

Can I include non-OT observation hours on the form, such as observing a PT?
No, all hours entered into OTCAS must have been spent observing a licensed occupational therapist.

How do I document my observation hours?
Applicants will enter observation information directly into their OTCAS portal. Please click here for observation hour tracking information and instructions. ACU does not require additional forms or signatures.

What are the prerequisite courses for the program?
Prerequisites include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (or Anatomy)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (or Physiology)
  • Statistics
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Life Span Development

Do all of my prerequisites courses need to be completed before the application deadline?
A maximum of 9 credit hours of prerequisites can be pending at the time of application, with the exception of A&P I and A&P II. Students must have a grade for A&P I and A&P II by December 14th.

How old can my prerequisite courses be when I apply?
All prerequisite coursework must be completed within seven years prior to enrollment. For example, if you’re applying to begin in the fall of 2019, all of your prereqs must have been completed during or after fall of 2012. 

Can I take some of the prerequisites during the first semester of the MSOT program?
No, an official transcript showing all prereq final grades must be submitted before beginning the ACU MSOT program.

How do I know if my class satisfies the prerequisite requirement?
If the name of your course does not match the name of the prerequisite, you can request a prereq review to confirm that it will satisfy the requirement.  To request a prereq review, please email Dr. Hope Martin at Please include the following information in the email:

  • ACU prerequisite course name
  • Course name, course number, and catalog description for corresponding course in question
  • University or college providing the course
  • Year and semester during which the course was taken

Does ACU have a preference for prerequisite course completion at a 2-year versus a 4-year institution? Online or residential?
The ACU MSOT does not have a preference, as long as the college or university is accredited.

Is the GRE required for admission?
No, the GRE is not required. If provided in OTCAS, your GRE score will not be reviewed by the ACU MSOT admissions committee.

Can I transfer credits to ACU’s MSOT from another program?
No, the ACU MSOT program does not accept transfer credits from another university.

When will I be notified of my admission status?
In the past, students have been notified of their admission status in February.

If I am waitlisted, when will I be notified if I’m accepted?
Waitlisted applicants are notified as soon as there is an opening in the cohort. This could occur as late as August in some cases.


Is the program accredited?
Yes. The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is

What are the ACU NBCOT exam pass rates?
Please click here to see pass rates for each cohort.

How many entry terms are offered each year?
One entry term is offered each fall; new students begin in late August.

What is the length of the program?
Students complete the program in 2 years (graduating in August). 

Can I enroll part time?
There are no part time options.

What are the fieldwork expectations?
Fieldwork consists of two phases:

  • Fieldwork Level 1 is scheduled at the completion of the first semester, can be performed in many different occupational therapy settings, and generally allows the students “real world” experiences under the direction of a licensed OT. The student is required to successfully complete three Level 1 Fieldwork experiences.
  • Fieldwork Level 2 generally consist of two 12-week assignments at various occupational therapy settings under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist. Students work closely with the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator to determine the best location and OT environment for the student.

When will the ACU MSOT transition to a doctoral program?
The ACU MSOT program has not yet determined when this transition will occur. Students applying through OTCAS during the current admission cycle will be considered for the master’s program.

What is the cost of tuition? Are scholarships offered?
The total program cost is $66,240 or $960/credit hour. (2018/19 Rates) Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis.

Can I attend an MSOT Open House?
Absolutely! Please contact the Office of Graduate Programs ( or 325-674-6911) to learn more.

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