College of Education and Rehabilitation

Department of Occupational Therapy

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Admissions Process

Selection Criteria

The College of Education and Rehabilitation actively seeks individuals with an undergraduate degree and diverse life experiences who desire to become occupational therapists.  The Admissions Committee has established policies that include the selection of applicants best qualified to serve the public and the profession in the years to come. Many factors are considered in selecting students for our program, including:

  • academic performance
  • motivation
  • extracurricular activities and interests
  • related and unrelated work experience
  • personal achievements
  • essays
  • letters of evaluation

In weighing academic performance, the applicant’s grade point average, performance in prerequisite courses, number of college credits completed, and degree status are taken into consideration.

It is recommended that students with less than a 3.0 (B) grade point average consult the Office of Admissions prior to applying.

To see a profile of the 2014 Entering Class

To be considered an applicant must:

  • Submit a properly completed application to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). (www.otcas.org)
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (or currently attending) directly to OTCAS.
  • Complete a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, prior to enrollment. It is highly recommended that an applicant have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with less than a 3.0 GPA should consult the Admissions Office prior to applying.
  • Complete admissions prerequisites at the college level with a grade of B or better. Prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the program, not prior to application.
  • Acquire a minimum of 50 hours of observation experience with an Occupational Therapist.   At least 2 different OT settings is highly recommended (may be volunteer and/or employment).
  • Three letters of evaluation are required. Arrange to have forwarded directly to OTCAS the following letters of evaluation:
    • One letter from a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) regarding your work, shadowing, or observation experience
    • One letter from a teaching faculty member (at the undergraduate level or above) or research supervisor assessing your ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
    • One letter must be written from a person with authority (i.e. faculty, work supervisor, OT professional, etc.) regarding your work and/or assessing your qualifications for graduate education, ability to complete graduate work, and qualifications for a professional scholarly career.
  • Additional letters will enhance the file but will not fulfill our required letters of evaluation.
  • Satisfactory score results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions. As per the Salus University policy, there is no specific range set for scores from standardized tests; this information is used in conjunction with other materials along with the interview process to determine if a candidate is appropriate for the OT program.
  •  The MAT institution code is 2556 and the GRE institution code is 2645.

Prerequisites*

 *Admission requirements are the same for both the MSOT and the combined MSOT/OTD degree options.

All required course work listed below must be completed at the college level with a grade of B or better. An applicant need not have completed all prerequisites prior to filing an application, but must be able to complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to enrollment.

Credit by examination (such as AP credits) is permitted for any prerequisites needed to apply for the occupational therapy program except for the Anatomy and Physiology requirements. No credit is given for experiential learning.

As per CER policy, credit by transfer may be accepted for any course within the curriculum when it is determined that the transfer course is substantially equivalent to that offered by the College and OT program.  This equivalency will be determined by the course instructor and the Program Director.  Only courses in which the student receives a grade of B or above will be considered for transfer.  The maximum number of semester hour credits a student may earn by transfer is 6 (six) semester hour credits.

Prerequisite Courses

A total of at least 18 semester credits are required in the following areas:

  • **Anatomy and Physiology 1 with lab (or Anatomy with lab)
  • **Anatomy and Physiology 2 with lab (or Physiology with lab)
  • Statistics (Psychology- or Sociology-based course recommended)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Development or Lifespan Psychology
  • Sociology (or Cultural Anthropology)

**Anatomy and Physiology course work completed within an Exercise Science or Kinesiology department will also be accepted. Similar course work may be reviewed on a case by case basis for an approved substitution.
Prerequisite credits completed ten or more years prior to the anticipated entrance date will be reviewed for approval on an individual basis.  

Interview Process

Individuals successfully meeting the above selection criteria receive an invitation to visit our campus for an interview, which provides further insight into the applicant’s characteristics and motivation, and allows an applicant the opportunity to meet with an Admissions staff member to discuss his or her application, tour our campus and meet with personnel from the Financial Aid Office.

Notification of Acceptance

An applicant may be notified of his or her acceptance as early as October. Upon receipt of acceptance, an applicant is required to pay a $1,000 matriculation fee to the University prior to the start of classes, payable as follows:

  • Return the matriculation form within 14 days of the date of the acceptance letter. A $500 deposit is due by January 15; if accepted after January 15, the $500 deposit must accompany the matriculation form.
  • The balance of $500 for the matriculation fee is due April 15.
  • All monies received above will be applied toward first term fees.

Policies and Procedures

Record of Immunizations

All entering students are required to provide an immunization record for Hepatitis B to the University Office of Admissions. Acceptable forms of proof are as follows:

  • serological evidence of current immunity to Hepatitis B  or
  • a signed physician statement that you have completed the three-dose series of Vaccinations or
  • an informed refusal to be vaccinated*

*please note: many clinical sites require this vaccination prior to fieldwork placement)

University Refund Policy   

Matriculants who withdraw from the University on or prior to April 1 will be refunded 100 percent of their paid University matriculation deposit less a $100 administrative fee. The administrative fee is still required of all matriculants, even if no University matriculation deposits have been paid.

Matriculants who withdraw from the University after April 1(March 15 for OD Scholar Program), but before the first day of class, will forfeit all matriculation deposits paid to the University. Enrolled students who withdraw or are dismissed from the University will be responsible for the payment of tuition in accordance with the institutional refund schedule.

Enrolled students who withdraw or are dismissed from the University will be responsible for the payment of tuition in accordance with the institutional refund schedule.

Institutional Refund Schedule

The institutional charge is based on the number of days a student is enrolled at the University prior to the date of withdrawal or dismissal date. The formula is calculated as follows:

Number of days attended
divided by
Total days in the enrollment period*
(*including weekends and holidays, less any scheduled breaks greater than five days)

The resulting fraction is converted to a percentage; therefore, if there are 90 days in the academic period, the following would apply:

Withdrawal on the 10th day     -    Institutional charge    =    11.1%
Withdrawal on the 25th day     -    Institutional charge    =    27.8%

Any percentage of attended days above 60% results in a 100% charge.

10.09.2013