This page has been updated to reflect new admissions and prerequisite requirements for Fall 2016 admission.
Interviews for Fall 2016 admissions will begin in October and are by invitation only. Applications are currently being reviewed in the order that they become complete. To be considered for an invitation to an interview session, the application must be complete AT LEAST 3 weeks prior to the interview date. It can take several weeks for materials to arrive and be processed by admissions. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure that their materials arrive and can be processed prior to the 3 week deadline. Students will be notified by email if they are invited to an interview session. Early admission decisions will be made following each interview.
MASTER OF HEALTH SCIENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (MHSOT)
The Georgia Regents University offers a Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy degree. The program consists of 6 consecutive full time graduate semesters. During the course of the two years, students will have 6 one-week fieldwork rotations and 2 twelve-week fieldwork rotations which are completed at sites throughout the state and across the US. There are limited CSRA sites, thus students should be prepared for the expense of each rotation. After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy examination.
General Admission Requirements
■ GRU Graduate Application Fee: $50
■ Deadline to Complete Application: December 15th Applications are considered complete when all supporting materials (transcripts, letters
of recommendation, and test scores) have been received and processed by Admissions.
It can take up to 2 weeks or longer for records to be received and processed in the admission system. Applicants MUST
factor in the time when submitting application materials in order to ensure that all
materials have been processed prior to the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered for interviews.
■ Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all necessary documents are submitted. This can be done online by following the information supplied by admissions. The Dept of OT does not handle the receipt of admissions documents and will not be able to provide students with this information.
■ Applications are reviewed in the order that they become complete. Thus, early application is strongly encouraged.
MINIMUM requirements for admissions consideration:
■ A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all previous college work and an average of at least 2.8 on math / science courses.
■ A minimum of 290 combined for the GRE (2011) or a minimum score of 900 is required on the previous version of the GRE. A minimum score of 3.5 on the writing session is required
■ Prior to enrollment, the applicant must have completed a minimum of 90 prerequisite hours at an accredited college. Applicants do not need to complete a baccalaureate degree prior to admission into the OT program.
■ Applicants must submit at least three professional references: a minimum of 2 references must be occupational therapists. The 3rd reference may be an OT, a college professor, or work supervisor who can assess your academic or work related behaviors and potential for success as an Occupational Therapist. Applicants should select references who can attest to these skills and potential for success. Friends and family are not appropriate references for a graduate program
■ A minimum of 60 hours are required in one or more settings alongside an occupational therapist in order to develop foundational understanding of the responsibilities of the OT in each setting.
■ Interviews are by invitation only and will be factored into the final committee decision.
■ Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL cores. A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based exam, 550 on the paper exam or
79 on internet based exam is required for admission consideration. TOEFL scores must be less than 2 years old.
Admissions to the MHSOT program is more competitive than ever before. Prospective applicants must realize that the minimum admission requirements listed above are the MINIMUM recommended requirements for consideration. Competitive applicants will exceed the minimum requirements. With Admitted Students for Fall 2014 have an overall GPA of 3.53 and a M/S GPA of 3.26. The average GRE score was 300. The average subtest scores are: Verbal 151.88 & Quantitative 148.6 . Accepted applicants had an average of 243 shadowing hours with an OT, 523 service hours in areas related to the profession of OT, and 644 Service/Leadership hours. .
■ Complete online GRU Graduate Application
■ Submit official transcripts from each college/university attended.
■ References must be able to assess your academic abilities and potential for the OT profession. Applicants should select references who can attest to these skills.
■ Applicants must turn in 3 letters of references. At least 2 must be occupational therapists. The 3rd reference may be an OT, a college professor, or work supervisor who can assess your academic or work related behaviors and potential for success as an Occupational Therapist. References must be able to assess your academic or work abilities and potential for the OT profession. Applicants should select references who can attest to these skills.
■ Submit official GRE scores
■ Review Technical Standards, Criminal Conviction Disclosure and Disclaimer of Certification and Licensure. Accepted applicants will need to sign these documents prior to enrollment in the program.
■ Foreign applicants must submit TOEFL scores
■ Qualified applicants will be invited to attend a mandatory interview session which may include group problems solving activities, a writing sample, and personal interview with faculty members.
The graduate student in the OT curriculum is required to perform the following technical standards. Accepted students must sign these standards prior to the start of the 1st semester attesting to their ability to perform each of the necessary standards.
GRU Criminal Conviction Disclosure
Students are continually required to disclose in writing to their dean and/or the director of Campus Life Services criminal convictions occurring since completing the application for admission. Disclose of a prior criminal record is required on the application for admission. Criminal convictions include adjudication of guilt by a judge or jury for any crime. This does not include minor traffic offenses, but it does include "no contest" pleas, first-offender treatment, convictions under appeal and convictions which have since been pardoned. Minor traffic offenses are those which do not involve driving while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, which did not result in imprisonment and for which a fine of less than $250 was imposed. Disclosures should be made within 30 days of conviction. Retrieved August 15, 2013, from: GRU Student Handbook 2013-2014 Section 3.10.
An integral part of the OT curriculum is successful completion of fieldwork experiences throughout the program. All OT students must consent to a criminal background check in order to have access to our fieldwork sites. Prior criminal history may impact the student's ability to be cleared for client contact, thus jeopardizing successful completion of the program.
Disclaimer of Certification and Licensure
The National Board for Certification for Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) will require applicants to answer questions concerning felony history. This information is then available to states with Licensure. The Georgia Health Sciences University Department of Occupational Therapy Program assumes no responsibility for ineligibility for sitting for the NBCOT certification examination or the denial of licensure in states in which there are such requirements. For further information please contact the:
National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc.
12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
Phone: (301) 990-7979
Fax (301) 869-8492
Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217-3858
Telephone: (478) 207-1620