All applications will be processed through OTCAS. There is no supplemental application required by Elmhurst University.
The master of occupational therapy program at Elmhurst University welcomes applications from students who hold a bachelor’s degree in any major from a regionally accredited university/college. A master’s degree in occupational therapy from Elmhurst University will prepare you for professional entry-level practice as an occupational therapist.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend a graduate information session. During a graduate information session, you will have an opportunity to visit the University, meet faculty and to learn more about our master of occupational therapy program.
How to Apply
Each year, the OTCAS application for fall opens July 15 and closes November 15 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).
All submitted applications must be complete and verified by OTCAS on or before Dec. 1. Applications that are not verified by OTCAS and/or are missing required admission criteria after Dec. 1 will not be reviewed for consideration by the admission committee.
Qualified applicants will be notified via email beginning January through early February if selected for an interview with the master of occupational therapy program faculty. Admission decisions will be made no later than mid-February.
For assistance regarding the OTCAS application, please refer to the OTCAS frequently asked questions web page at OTCAS FAQ.
All applications will be processed through OTCAS-there is no supplemental application required by Elmhurst University.
*Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant, without exception, to meet all application deadlines and maintain all updates to the applicant’s OTCAS application.
In order to ensure proper delivery of emails to your inbox, it is recommended to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book. It is also suggested to periodically check the “Messages” section of your application as any email that is sent from OTCAS can also be found there.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 on a 4.00 scale.
Prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited institution must be completed within five years of the submission of the application for consideration, without exception.
Applicants must have satisfactory completion of all undergraduate or graduate level prerequisite coursework with grades of B- or better.
All in progress and future prerequisite requirements must be documented in the OTCAS application and/or included on an official transcript verifying the intent to complete the requirement.
Statistics (3 credit hours) – Example: Elementary Statistics, Business Statistics, Social Science Statistics
Social Science (3 credit hours) – Example: Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Health Psychology
Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours) – Example: Abnormal Psychology, Pathopsychology
Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours) – Example: Lifespan Development, Human Growth & Development, Child Development, Adolescent Development, Adult Development and Aging
Human Anatomy 100 Level or above (3 credit hours)
- In a two-part 100 level anatomy and physiology course series both courses must be completed to fulfill the anatomy prerequisite requirement.
Human Physiology 200 Level or above (3 credit hours)
- A 100 level physiology course will not satisfy the physiology prerequisite requirement.
- In a two-part anatomy and physiology course series (Example: Human Anatomy & Physiology I & Human Anatomy & Physiology II), both courses must be completed to fulfill both anatomy and physiology prerequisite requirements and the second course must be 200 Level or above. If the second course in the series is 100 Level, a separate Human Physiology course at the 200 Level or above must be completed to fulfill the prerequisite requirement.
- Physiology of Exercise will not satisfy the physiology prerequisite requirement.
A prerequisite grade of a B- or less does not exclude applicants from consideration, however; preference will be given to applicants with a B- or better in prerequisite coursework. The University offers all prerequisite courses. For details on non-degree seeking enrollment, please contact the Office of Registration and Records at (630) 617-3250 or email@example.com.
The master of occupational therapy program at Elmhurst University does not accept transfer credits, experiential learning credits, or Advanced Placement credits toward fulfillment of graduate-level coursework required to complete the master of occupational therapy degree.
Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted directly to OTCAS, Transcript Department, PO Box 9120, Watertown, MA 02471.
Official transcripts sent to the University will not be considered.
*Note: The master of occupational therapy program does not accept transfer credits toward the fulfillment of graduate level coursework required to complete the master of occupational therapy degree at Elmhurst University.
All in progress and future coursework including outstanding prerequisite requirements must be documented in the OTCAS application and/or included on an official transcript verifying the intent to complete the requirement.
The GRE exam is required of all applicants (no exceptions).
Official GRE Scores
- The OTCAS GRE institution code for Elmhurst University is 1213. Using this specific code will ensure delivery of the official GRE scores directly to OTCAS. Official GRE scores sent directly to the University will not be considered
- A composite verbal plus quantitative score of 300 and a writing score of 4 are preferred. Lower scores do not exclude applicants from consideration, however; preference will be given to applicants with a minimum writing score of 4.
*Note: It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the GRE exam prior to the application deadline of Nov. 30. To be considered for admission to the program, at the minimum, a self-reported score must be submitted to OTCAS by the application deadline.
As prompted in the OTCAS application, you will be asked to address why you have selected OT as a career and how an Occupational Therapy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Further, describing how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals. The personal statement should be uploaded to the documents tab in the supporting information section in the OTCAS application. An additional, supplemental personal statement is not required.
A current professional resume should be uploaded to the CV/Resume tab under program materials in the OTCAS application.
Three letters of recommendation are required from:
- A professor, teacher, or academic advisor
- A person who supervised your employment, an observation or volunteer experience
- A person of your choice, other than family or friend, who can speak to your potential for success in professional graduate education
Observation hours are not required.
Qualified candidates will be notified via email if they are selected for an interview with the master of occupational therapy program faculty. An interview with the master of occupational therapy program faculty does not guarantee admission to the program.
Requirements for Graduation
Students in good standing in the master of occupational therapy program at the time of graduation must:
- Successfully complete all didactic course requirements for the master of occupational therapy degree.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. (Students who receive a grade of “C+,” “C” or “C-” in more than two courses will need to re-take courses to complete the program.)
- Have successfully completed of 24 weeks of supervised Level II Fieldwork within 24 months of successfully completing all didactic coursework.
- Have successfully completed all program requirements within four years of matriculation.
NBCOT Certification: Upon program accreditation and successful curriculum completion the graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the NBCOT examination to become a practicing occupational therapist. The examination is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), locate at One Bank Street Gaithersburg MD, 20878, NBCOT’s phone number is (301) 990-7979; web address is nbcot.org.
NBCOT Eligibility: A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. For students with a concern in this area, NBCOT can be contacted directly for information related to the Early Determination and Character Review process for approval to take the NBCOT certification examination.