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 an 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.

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







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