Occupational Therapy Admission Requirements

Occupational Therapy Session

Applicants to the occupational therapy education program must demonstrate the following to be considered for admission:

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited university in a discipline other than occupational therapy
  • Minimum cumulative, natural science, and prerequisite coursework GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended
  • Completion of all prerequisites by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning the program
  • If you are an international student applying from a non-English-speaking country, please also submit a TOEFL score of at least 79 Internet-based test
  • At least three professional references
  • Personal essay
  • Observation hours – two different OT settings for a total of 16 hours
  • Completion of all materials in the online application (otcas.org)
  • Participation in a personal interview


Points of Entry

The occupational therapy education program accommodates multiple points of acceptance for interested students. For Rockhurst undergraduate students, these include freshman pre-admission, the occupational therapy scholars program, or regular admittance during the final year of undergraduate coursework. Rockhurst students also have the option of completing their undergraduate degree and OT degree within our 3 + 2 program. Post-baccaulaureate and transfer students from other accredited universities are also invited to apply. Transfer students may qualify for the transfer pre-admission program. Please see details below.

Early Acceptance

  • Freshman Pre-admission
    Exceptional students who plan to attend Rockhurst for their undergraduate degree may be awarded a freshman early-admission guarantee for the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program based on a combination of ACT or SAT scores, high school GPA and prerequisite courses. Students complete the application process by Sept. 1 of their junior year at Rockhurst.
  • Eligibility for Pre-admission in Rockhurst University’s Occupational Therapy Program:
    • Minimum high school grade point average of 3.0,
    • Three units of college preparatory mathematics courses,
    • Three units of college preparatory science courses,
    • Four units of English courses, and
    • Minimum 1200 composite on the SAT or
    • Minimum 26 composite on the ACT
  • Requirements for Maintaining Pre-admission in Rockhurst University’s Occupational Therapy Program:
    • Achieve and maintain a 3.40 cumulative and all science grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) each semester and through the end of the RU senior year*, (* Through end of the RU junior year for students in the 3 + 2 program​)
    • Complete all required prerequisite coursework as specified by the Department of Occupational Therapy by the beginning of the MOT program,
    • Complete the occupational therapy application for admission by September 1st prior to start of the MOT program,
    • Interview before beginning the MOT program,
    • Begin the MOT program the summer semester immediately following successful completion of baccalaureate degree program, and (*For Pre-Admit students on the 3 + 2 track, must demonstrate the ability to complete baccalaureate degree program concurrent with the first year of the MOT graduate program. Approval from OT faculty advisor and faculty advisor for major is required.)
    • Meet with Liz Zayat, MOT program advisor and submit an unofficial copy of their transcript to the OT Department, each semester while in the Pre-Admit program.

Fulfilling the above requirements is required for maintaining early admissions status in the OT Program. In addition, the student must demonstrate professional behaviors when interacting with faculty, staff, students, clients, and patients. These behaviors are important for success in the graduate program and reflect the capacity to deliver a high standard of health service. We consider these behaviors to be as important as traditional academic standards in determining criteria for matriculation.

Rockhurst Undergraduates

  • OT Scholars
    Rockhurst students with outstanding academic work may apply for advanced admission status through the OT scholars program. To apply for acceptance into the OT scholars program, students submit a letter of intent to the occupational therapy program office before the start of their sophomore year. OT scholars must achieve and maintain a cumulative and science GPA of a minimum of 3.5. Students then complete the application process by Sept. 1 of their junior year.
  • Eligibility for OT Scholars in Rockhurst University’s Occupational Therapy Program Rockhurst students with outstanding academic work during the freshman year may be offered advanced admission status through the OT Scholars Program. To be considered eligible for the OT Scholars Program, students must meet the following criteria:
    • Current cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale),
    • Current science grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale),
    • Submit a letter of intent to the Occupational Therapy Program office before beginning of the student’s sophomore year and a copy of transcript,
    • Completed the Occupational Therapy application for admission by September 1st of their junior year, and
  • Requirements for Maintaining OT Scholars Status in Rockhurst University’s Occupational Therapy Program:
    • Achieve and maintain a 3.40 cumulative and all science grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) each semester and through the end of the RU senior year*, (* Through end of the RU junior year for students in the 3 + 2 program​)
    • Complete all required prerequisite coursework as specified by the Department of Occupational Therapy by the beginning of the MOT program,
    • Complete the occupational therapy application for admission by September 1st prior to start of the MOT program,
    • Interview before beginning the MOT program,
    • Begin the MOT program the summer semester immediately following successful completion of baccalaureate degree program, and (*For Pre-Admit students on the 3 + 2 track, must demonstrate the ability to complete baccalaureate degree program concurrent with the first year of the MOT graduate program. Approval from OT faculty advisor and faculty advisor for major is required.)
    • Meet Liz Zayat, MOT program advisor and submit an unofficial copy of their transcript to the OT Department, each semester while in the Pre-Admit program.

Fulfilling the above requirements is required for maintaining OT Scholars status in the OT Program. In addition, the student must demonstrate professional behaviors when interacting with faculty, staff, students, clients, and patients. These behaviors are important for success in the graduate program and reflect the capacity to deliver a high standard of health service. We consider these behaviors to be as important as traditional academic standards in determining criteria for matriculation.

  • 3 + 2 Program
    A five-year Master of Occupational Therapy program is available to students consecutively enrolled at Rockhurst from their freshman year. RU students need to contact the OT department early if interested in this opportunity.

Post-baccalaureate or Transfer Students

  • Post-baccalaureate Students
    Students from accredited universities are welcome to apply to Rockhurst. Typically, students apply while in the last year of their undergraduate degree with a plan to enter the graduate program upon completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • Transfer Students
    Students transferring to Rockhurst may apply for pre-admission if they have between 48 - 60 hours of undergraduate work or have completed an Associate of Arts degree and have been accepted to Rockhurst University as an undergraduate transfer student. *Transfer students are not eligible for the accelerated degree track.
  • Eligibility for Pre-admission in Rockhurst University’s Occupational Therapy Program Students who are transferring to Rockhurst University to complete their undergraduate degree may be offered a guaranteed admission into the Master of Occupational Therapy Program if they meet the following criteria:
    • Have completed at least two years of undergraduate coursework,
    • Have attained a cumulative and science GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and
  • Requirements for Maintaining Transfer Pre-admission in Rockhurst University’s Occupational Therapy Program:
    • Achieve a 3.5 grade point average each semester and maintain a 3.5 cumulative and science grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout the undergraduate program,
    • Complete all required prerequisite coursework as specified by the Department of Occupational Therapy by the beginning of the MOT program,
    • Complete the occupational therapy application for admission through otcas.org by September 1st prior to the start of the MOT program
    • Interview before beginning the MOT program,
    • Begin the MOT program the summer semester immediately following successful completion of baccalaureate degree program, 
    • Meet Sierra Grady, OT program advisor and submit an unofficial copy of their transcript to the OT Department, each semester while a Transfer Pre-Admit.

Fulfilling the above requirements is required for maintaining Transfer Pre-admission status in the OT Program. In addition, the student must demonstrate professional behaviors when interacting with faculty, staff, students, clients, and patients. These behaviors are important for success in the graduate program and reflect the capacity to deliver a high standard of health service. We consider these behaviors to be as important as traditional academic standards in determining criteria for matriculation.

Rockhurst students may apply for admission to the MOT program through the graduate admissions office. All other applicants must apply through OTCAS at otcas.org the summer prior to the selection of a new class.


Prerequisite Courses

Students must have all prerequisite courses completed before entering the program. A minimum cumulative natural science, and prerequisite coursework GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.

  • English Composition (6)
  • Foundations of Speech (3)
  • Statistics (3)
  • Ethics (3)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • Introductory Sociology or Anthropology (3)
  • Developmental Psychology (3)
  • Introductory Physics with lab (4)
  • Biology with lab (4)
  • Anatomy with lab (or A&PI) (4)*
    • A minimum of four hours of anatomy must have been completed within the past five years.
  • Physiology with lab (or A&PII) (4)

Requirements are subject to change. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact the graduate admissions office or the department of occupational therapy education to inquire if there are changes before submitting an application through OTCAS.

If you have questions about whether specific courses meet our prerequisite requirements, contact Terry Forge, director of academic advising.


Partnerships

Degree seeking students at Avila University, Lindenwood University, Missouri Western State University and Truman State University with outstanding academic qualifications may be eligible for automatic acceptance into the MOT program at Rockhurst University. For consideration, interested students are expected to submit the following materials to Rockhurst University's occupational therapy department at the end of the spring semester of their junior year.

  • Letter of intent
  • Official transcript (needs to include grades from the spring semester of their junior year)

For specific criteria and information about the OT department's articulation agreements, please download and print the following materials:

Materials can be mailed to:
Rockhurst University
Department of Occupational Therapy
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, MO 64110