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Master of Occupational Therapy (Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies)

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Undergraduate Admission

To be considered for admission, students must have completed at least 24 semester hours of required course work, including at least 3 semester hours of prerequisite science course work, by the end of the fall semester in which they apply. 90 semester hours of prerequisite course work, including all required prerequisites, must be completed before the start of the M.O.T. program in summer session (June). Students must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in required prerequisite course work and the cumulative undergraduate grade-point average.

Applicants may fulfill this requirement with any combination of elective college-level course work taken to bring the total number of prerequisite hours to at least 90. Credit transferability can be tentatively evaluated through KU’s Office of Admissions. Courses that fulfill prerequisites for other occupational therapy programs are accepted as electives as long as they transfer to KU. Only 64 hours from a community college may be transferred to apply toward a degree at KU.

International students or those for whom English is a second language may have additional requirements relative to language proficiency, residency, and citizenship status. International students should review current requirements.

The department limits the number of students accepted annually. Applicants are encouraged to begin the admission process early; files are reviewed and evaluated for admission once they are complete. The application process is competitive; selection is based on the applicant’s strength in meeting all eligibility criteria.

All prospective students are encouraged to obtain advising from the department at KUMC or to schedule an appointment through the University Advising Center on the Lawrence campus. Prospective students should review the program requirements, including prerequisite course work, and complete list of application requirements on the department's website.

Students should complete the application process by submitting the School of Allied Health application and fee and other departmental application forms and official transcripts from each college or institution between August 1 and December 31.

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Prerequisites

Grade-Point Average and Grade Requirements

An overall 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade-point average — and a 3.0 admission GPA — on a 4.0-scale is required. Only grades earned in required prerequisite courses are used to compute the admission GPA. Information documented on student transcripts is used to calculate all grade-point averages. Consistent with University of Kansas policy, the admissions committee replaces grades of classes that have been repeated. Applicants must earn a C or higher in all required prerequisite courses.

90 semester hours of course work, including all prerequisite course work, must be completed before the start of the M.O.T. program in summer session (June). Of these, at least 6 semester hours must be numbered 300 (junior level) or above. Please be advised that KU accepts a maximum of 64 credit hours transferred from accredited community colleges.

English (6 credit hours). English composition I and II (6 credit hours) are required prerequisites. An advanced-level (200-level or higher) English course (3 credit hours) with a writing emphasis is recommended.

Mathematics (3 credit hours). College algebra or a higher-level math course is required.

Statistics (3 credit hours). An introductory course in statistics fulfills this prerequisite. The course need not be restricted to a math department.

Science (8 or more credit hours). The following content must be covered: biology, physiology, human anatomy, and anatomy laboratory. Lecture courses must be a minimum of 3 semester hours each. Physiology and anatomy (with lab) can be taken as a combined course, for a minimum of 5 credit hours. Anatomy or anatomy and physiology (combined) must have been taken within 5 years of application. Virtual course work is not accepted for either the anatomy lab or the anatomy and physiology lab requirement.

Speech/Communication (3 credit hours). Fundamentals of speech or interpersonal communication (3 credit hours) including an introduction to the study of communication theory, process, and skill with application to interpersonal relations, group interaction, and public speaking.

Psychology (6 credit hours) General psychology (3 credit hours) and abnormal psychology (3 credit hours) are required prerequisite courses.

Human Development (3 credit hours) Child or adult development course work is accepted for this requirement; life span development is recommended. The course may be taken across departments/disciplines such as psychology, human development, sociology, etc.

Sociology (3 credit hours). Introductory sociology or cultural anthropology may satisfy this requirement.

Ethics (3 credit hours). Introduction to ethics, bioethics, or medical ethics fulfills this prerequisite.

General Electives

Additional elective course work must bring the total hours to at least 90 when combined with the prerequisites listed above. Applicants may fulfill this requirement with any combination of college-level course work taken for a letter grade, earning C or higher; however, remedial and technical classes are not accepted.

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