Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Admission Requirements

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Both OTCAS and Puget Sound-specific requirements are listed here.  Unless indicated otherwise, all requirements should be submitted via OTCAS.

*NOTE: If accepted into the program, a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Application Requirements

  • Apply online via Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). Applications, along with all supplemental materials (transcripts and letter of recommendation via OTCAS, and GRE scores sent directly to Puget Sound via ETS)must be submitted by 8:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on December 1. OTCAS can take up to 4 or 6 weeks to process your completed application, so make sure to check your file status online. Click here for more information. 
  • Official transcripts from every college attended - please follow OTCAS's directions for submitting transcripts. You are not required to submit to the university unless you are accepted.
  • One Letter of Recommendation from an OTR - submitted via OTCAS. If you submit more than one OTR recommendation, we will only read the first OTR recommendation submitted unless we receive a written request to read a specific recommendation.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - submit official scores directly to Puget Sound via ETS (Puget Sound #4067).  Scores should not be more than five years old. The last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle is November 1.
  • Supplementary Application Fee Payment Form and $50 application fee - mailed directly to the University of Puget Sound, Office of Admission:

University of Puget Sound
Office of Admission
1500 N Warner
CMB 1062
Tacoma, WA 98416

Checks can be made out to University of Puget Sound and should reference the student's full name, OTCAS ID number, and the OT program (For example: "Jane Smith, 20112112939, OT"). This check should be postmarked by December 1.

  • Supplemental Essay - submitted via the questions section in OTCAS.  We will not read the OTCAS personal statement.
    • Exposure to practice of occupational therapy (either volunteer or paid) under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist is required. There is no minimum number of hours, but the applicant must demonstrate knowledge across the spectrum of the profession within the supplemental essay.
  • Prerequisite course descriptions from all non-Washington institutions attended submitted via OTCAS. (If completing prerequisites at a Washington State Community College, please click here).

Additional items:

  • Prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 10 years. Applicants may petition for an exemption to the 10 year recency requirement if they have kept their knowledge current, for example through work experience. Petitions should be submitted in the form of a letter to the Office of Admissions.
  • If you are a re-applicant to our program, please send a letter explaining how your application has been strengthened since you first applied.

Prerequisites

General prerequisites:

  • Completed baccalaureate degree prior to starting occupational therapy classes. Any undergraduate major may lead to the successful study of occupational therapy; you may major in any field that maximizes your talents and interests as there is no preferred major. In fact, the department seeks a diversity of educational backgrounds among its students. A liberal education is a vital component in the preparation of today's health care practitioner.
  • Overall GPA of all baccalaureate work of 3.0 or better. If applicant has multiple degrees the GPA of the more recent degree completed is used as qualifier. Completed graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better will qualify an applicant with a low undergraduate GPA.

Prerequisite courses:

  • One course in introductory Statistics
  • Two sequential Human Anatomy and Physiology, preferably with lab. 
  • A total of three (3) courses in Human Behavioral Science/Human Development, distributed as follows:

(a)  Human Development through the life span: Developmental Psychology: Prenatal through Childhood or equivalent and Developmental Psychology: Adolescence through End of Life or equivalent.  Note: It is sometimes possible to meet the Human Development prerequisite within a single course in which case an applicant must have completed 2 courses in the Human Behavioral Science category listed below.

(b)  Human Behavioral Science courses (one or more courses as needed to complete the three-course Human Behavioral Science/Human Development requirement): Psychology, Anthropology or Sociology at the 200 level or above (non-introductory) addressing at least one of the following content areas:
     (i)  Normal and abnormal behavior of individuals and/or groups;
     (ii) The analysis of behavior of individuals and/or groups and their interactions; or
     (iii) Culture and mental health.

  • Though not a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that all applicants take a medical terminology course for a grade (i.e. not pass/fail).  Students who have not passed an approved medical terminology course with at least a grade of a C will need to learn medical terminology through independent study and pass a competency test during the first semester of the program.   

All prerequisite courses must be taken for a grade, and you must earn at least a grade of 2.0 in each course. However, in order to be competitive a grade of 3.0 or above is highly recommended. Prerequisite courses must be completed before enrollment in the Occupational Therapy Program.

Prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last 10 years. Applicants may petition for an exemption to the 10 year recency requirement if they have kept their knowledge current, for example through work experience. Petitions should be submitted via the Questions section in OTCAS.

Prerequisite course descriptions from all non-Washington institutions attended submitted via the Questions section in OTCAS by December 1st.


Questions? 

Have questions? Visit the Occupational Therapy FAQ. If you still have questions after reviewing the FAQ page, contact us at ot@pugetsound.edu.

OTCAS

Apply and submit documents electronically:

www.otcas.org

Official transcripts can be mailed to:

OTCAS Verification Department
PO Box 9120
Watertown, MA 02471