Admission Requirements

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Program admission is made through the Graduate School of Tennessee State University and the OTCAS application system.. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission due to the competitive nature of the MOT program. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, documentation of the following is required:

1. Completion of an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

2. Completion of the following prerequisite courses within the last 10 years with a minimum grade of "C" (C- cannot be accepted).  Six of the nine courses must be completed by November 15, in order to apply for the following fall class.

General psychology

3 credits

Abnormal psychology

3 credits

Developmental psychology covering the lifespan

3 credits

Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

Anatomy and Physiology II

4 credits


3 credits

Medical Terminology

1-3 credits

Physics with a lab

4 credits

Introductory course in sociology or anthropology

3 credits

3. Completion of the GRE within the last 5 years: 900 or above (292 or above for the new GRE scoring system) for verbal and quantitative reasoning combined and a 3.5 or above for analytical writing  

4. Completion of a minimum of 30 hours of observation, volunteer, or work with an occupational therapist (OTR/L) in a minimum of two practice settings and populations. Examples of practice settings include inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient clinic, school system, long term care facility, home health, and community settings. Examples of client populations include pediatrics, adults, geriatrics, mental health, and hand therapy.  Observation hours with a COTA can no longer be accepted.     

5. Submission of a minimum of 3 professional and/or academic references or letters of recommendation are required.  Family members or personal friends will not be accepted.

6.  Payment of TSU Graduate School $35 fee is completed through OTCAS.  If the OTCAS link is not working (occasional issue) then the payment can be made through the link below and you may "check yes" for graduate school payment in OTCAS.  Graduate Application Fee

Please note:   A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination and/or to attain state licensure.  See the information below for future applicants.

The NBCOT Board of Directors has approved the implementation of background checks as part of the exam process. This enhancement offers the unique opportunity to apply a national standard to all entry-level practitioners in support of NBCOT’s mission of public protection.

Background checks will be completed as part of the exam application process for all first-time applicants beginning January 1, 2018. Candidates reapplying for the exam will not be subject to a background check. There is no change to the application fee as a result of this addition. The 2018 exam application fee will remain $515 for online applications and $555 for paper applications.

The NBCOT character review will continue to be guided by the character questions found on page 8 of the Certification Exam Handbook. An additional review will be conducted only when an incident results in an affirmative answer to one or more character questions.