Becoming a Health Sciences: Pre-occupational Therapy Major
Students applying need to meet all of the general requirements of the university for
admission. Applications are available through the undergraduate admissions office.
Successful completion of university placement examinations or courses in English,
mathematics, and reading is required prior to some prerequisite courses. Students
are encouraged to discuss registration with an advisor to address this issue.
Students must meet all university requirements for graduation, including passing the
federal and state constitution exams or providing proof of previous examinations.
Prior to admission to the professional phase of the occupational therapy program,
students will be identified as Health Science: pre-occupational therapy majors.
Admission to the Professional Program
The Department of Occupational Therapy application forms and all supporting documents
should be submitted directly to the department secretary located in Douglas Hall Room
132. (Download Application Form-Word document).
All students are strongly encouraged to see an advisor prior to applying to determine
eligibility for admission. Students with a bachelor’s degree must have completed the
defined 28 credit hours of prerequisite courses.
Students' grade point average for the required pre-requisites must be above 2.75 for
consideration. The anatomy and physiology courses must have been taken within 5 years
of admission to the program. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on
a 4.0 scale. A limited number of students with a GPA of 2.9 to 2.99 may qualify for
conditional admission. Conditional admission status is removed when a student achieves
a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the first semester of the professional occupational
When applying to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies prior to the Masters
of Occupational Therapy phase of the program, students will need to have a grade point
average of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in the final 60 semester credit hours of
A detailed degree evaluation (CAPP) must be submitted with the application. Students
may be granted a conditional admission if they are completing their final prerequisite
courses. All courses must be completed by the summer semester of the year applying.
Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the academic year, and students
can receive early acceptance. Students are enrolled full-time or part-time into the
professional OT program only once a year in the fall semester. Class size is limited
and admission is competitive. Dependent on the number of qualified applicants a waiting
list may be created. Applicants placed on the waiting list will be notified of their
status and rank on this list. If slots become available, applicants on the waiting
list will be offered admission in rank order.
The Department of Occupational Therapy application and all supporting documents are
to be submitted directly to the department.
Although Chicago State University accepts applications on a continuous basis. Students
interested in obtaining admission for the fall term, should complete the admission
process by February 1st.
The fall application deadline will be extended to March 15th of each year only if admission slots are available.
Recommendations: Each applicant must submit two (2) recommendations using the prescribed department
form. One recommendation must be from an upper division teacher (courses above the
200 level) and the other may be from an instructor or from an employer, work supervisor
or community service supervisor. No recommendations will be accepted from relatives.
The applicant should complete the top of the recommendation form and provide a stamped
return envelope to the evaluator. The evaluator must return the recommendation form
directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy in a signed and sealed envelope.
(Download Recommendation form- Word Document).
Human Service Experience: Each applicant must submit a Human Service Experience Form. The top of the form is
completed by the applicant and describes their experience and duties. A supervisor
who is directly aware of the applicant’s duties and duration of experience completes
the bottom of the form. The evaluator must return the form directly to the Department
of Occupational Therapy in a signed and sealed envelope.(Download Human Service Experience Form-Word document)
Essay: Each applicant must submit a typed essay with his or her application. This 1000 word
essay should explain the applicant’s reason for pursuing a career in occupational
therapy and how the applicant’s human service experience has enhanced their interpersonal
skills. The essay should provide specific examples that demonstrate the applicant’s
compassion, sensitivity to others, interpersonal skills and how the human service
experience has impacted personal growth.
Interview: Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview session with members of the Occupational
Therapy Admission Committee. Students whose application does not meet the admission
requirements may be invited to meet with the program director to discuss options for
strengthening their application.
If there are any questions regarding the application process for the Master of Occupational
Therapy program, please feel free to contact the department at 773-995-2366.
Prerequisite Requirements for BS/ MOT Students All prerequisite coursework must be completed before beginning professional coursework
with a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite courses required for admission may be repeated
only once to improve a grade. The anatomy and physiology courses must be taken within 5 years of admission to the
professional program. Community College Students:
A student who has completed the A.A. or A.S. degree from a community college in Illinois
will be exempt from general education requirments and some other course work. Please
make an appointment to discuss this with an academic advisor in the Department of
Occupational Therapy if you qualify. For students without an undergraduate degree
the following prerequisites are required
||6 credit hours
|ENG 1270, 1280
||3 credit hours
||3 credit hours
|Recommended: PHIL 1030, 1020, Ph S 1080, Pol SCi 1000, or Econ 1000
|Natural Sciences/Physical Sciences
||16-17 credit hours
PH S 1000 or PH S 1010 or CHEM 1550 or 1050
BIOL 1080; ZOOL 2050,2610; PSYL 2040
|12 credit hours
ANTH 1010 or SOC 1010; PSYCH 1100, PSYC 2000 or 2040,
PSYC 4155, PSYC 4190.
||3 credit hours
|PSYC 4190 or MATH 4600
||3 credit hours
|Recommended: SOC 1250 ANTH 1010 or GEOG 1100
| 9 credit hours
|CMAT 2030 and 6 additional hours of humanities electives including one course in fine
||6 credit hours
|Six hours in a single foreign language.
||14 credit hours
|H SC 1104, 2150, 2250 (or PHIL 1040), 3375, 3321
|3 credit hours
Students will also need 12 hours of electives selected with the approval of department
academic advisor. Courses that promote communication, critical thinking and cross
cultural psychology are highly recommended.
The Department of Occupational Therapy | The College of Health Sciences
Chicago State University