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Application to the Master of Occupational Therapy Program

The application deadline for the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies is November 17, 2017 for fall 2018 start. Students should start the application process early. The application for fall 2019 start is November 16, 2018.

Last updated 2017JUN21

A completed application includes the following:

  1. A minimum of 50 contact hours between at least 2 settings with a minimum of 8 hours in one setting. Hours are recorded into OTCAS so keep a log of the facility name, OT name and contact info, dates and number of hours. The minimum observation hours must be complete at the time an application is submitted. An applicant may continue observation above and beyond the minimum after the application has been submitted. If a students is taking an introduction to occupational therapy course to meet the hour requirement, the course must be complete or in progress at the time of application submission.
  2. GRE official test results. The test must be taken early enough so that the University of Utah receives the scores by the application deadline. The University of Utah GRE Institutional Code is 1982. Students should submit all GRE scores to OTCAS as we will choose the highest component score across all tests.
  3. Complete the prerequisite courses.
  4. TOEFL Test if English is not an applicant's first language. The test must be taken early enough so that the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies receives the scores by the application deadline. You can view score requirements at prerequisite courses under required tests.
  5. Application to OTCAS must be received and marked as complete in OTCAS by midnight EST (that's 10:00 PM in Utah) on November 17, 2017. Verification is not required by this date. A complete application in OTCAS is a submitted application, fees paid and receipt of all university transcripts. Applications not marked as complete by OTCAS by the deadline date will not be considered. Start your application early to ensure all components are received and complete in OTCAS by the deadline. To learn more about the OTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the OTCAS website at http://otcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.
  6. Official university transcripts submitted to OTCAS showing completed prerequisite coursework and courses in progress. Transcripts may take 3-4 weeks to deliver. Be sure to plan for this when submitting your application. If you need help with your OTCAS application, be sure to visit their instructions and FAQ page.
  7. Three letters of reference submitted to OTCAS using their electronic using forms. At least one (1) reference must be from an occupational therapist under whom observation hours were spent. The other references should come from an individual who knows the applicant professionally (employer, professor, etc.). The reference should not be a relative of the applicant. Arrange for OTCAS to receive all of your references by the application deadline. The OTCAS application may be submitted without receipt of the reference. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all references have been received by the application deadline.
  8. Academic Update in OTCAS must be submitted after the completion of fall semester to enter in fall semester's grades and list planned courses for spring (if any). The academic update is opens in mid December. The academic update must be submitted by January 10. Applicants will be required to submit a transcript showing completion of fall courses to OTCAS.
  9. Application to the University of Utah Graduate School. Students must have a bachelor’s degree completed prior to the start of the Occupational Therapy program in the fall. Students applying to the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies must also apply to the University of Utah Graduate School using Apply Yourself by November 17, 2017. AY will start accepting applications for 2018 in July 2017. Please be aware that a copy of transcripts from EACH college that you have attended, including the University of Utah, needs to be uploaded to the application site. Additionally, the online Graduate Application has several sections. Please fill out the Basic Information Section. However, as a MOT applicant, you do NOT need to complete the sections on Resume, Statement of Purpose, Writing Sample nor Faculty. You do NOT submit Letters of Recommendation on this application, either. We use this information from OTCAS. A decision will not be made on the graduate school application until the OT application process is completed.

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete or inaccurate files/forms WILL NOT be reviewed. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure receipt of all application materials with OTCAS and University of Utah Admissions not the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies.

Admissions Process

After the deadline, application files are reviewed to determine eligibility based upon receipt of all application materials and completion of prerequisite coursework with a "C" or better.

Once eligibility is determined, each student's academic background will be reviewed on an individual basis for admission. All completed applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee in the Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies. Qualified applicants are invited for individual interviews. The interview process is a critical one; through the interview process, we gain an understanding of the candidate, his/her academic preparation and insight into his/her potential as a future OT. Serious applicants must be willing to travel to campus in mid February for interviews. Finalists are judged on the basis of the interviews in conjunction with the rest of the application. Interviews for fall 2018 start will be on February 9, 2018.

Approximately thirty-four (34) students will be accepted into the fall semester class. Notification will be by mid-March. Because there are a greater number of well-qualified students interested in the field of occupational therapy than the University is able to accommodate, there is competition for the limited number of positions available and although well-qualified some applicants are not able to be admitted. We had a total of 140 applicants in the applicant pool for 2017. Of those 140 applicants, 120 were complete and qualified. We interviewed 91 applicants. Qualified students who do not receive an initial offer of admission may be offered an alternate spot. Alternate students will be offered admission should a spot become available. Students fill out the Alternate Notification Form to remain on this list. We do not maintain a waiting list from year to year. If a student is not selected for admission, the student will need to reapply the following year. Applicants are welcome and encouraged to meet with the academic advisor to discuss the factors that lead to the decision and to explore areas for improvement for future application.

Application process flow chart

The Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies at the University of Utah is committed to policies of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, age, or status as an individual with a disability in all of its programs and activities, including but not limited to, student admissions and student financial assistance. Reasonable prior notice is needed to arrange accommodations.

Hepatitis B for Incoming Students

Hepatitis B vaccination is a series of 3 time sensitive injections. The 2nd injection is administered one month after the first, and the third injection is given 6 months after the second. Therefore, students are advised to begin the series of vaccinations as soon as they begin the application process in order to complete the series before admission. Most, if not all, OT programs require these immunizations so it is well worth the applicant’s time to get them completed regardless of where they are admitted.

Admission Offer

When a student is offered admission, the actual acceptance of those students selected for the next fall semester is contingent on the following:

  • Verification of completion of all prerequisite courses and bachelor's degree.
  • Receipt of a non-refundable fee of $500.00 to hold class place. This fee is applied to fall semester tuition.
  • Admission to the University of Utah Graduate School.
  • Completion a criminal background check through CastleBranch. The cost of which is the responsibility of the student.
  • Proof of immunization. Submitted to CastleBranch.
  • Completion of CPR certification from the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers 1 & 2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant is universally accepted and is now the is the only CPR program accepted for the University of Utah Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies. We do not accept CPR from the American Red Cross. The skills practice and Skills testing portion must be done in the classroom, NOT online. Proof of current certification needs to be submitted to CastleBranch prior to the start of the MOT program.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage prior to participating in fieldwork in January.