Admissions Information

Becoming a Health Sciences: Pre-Occupational Therapy Major

Students who are 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.

All students must meet all university requirements for graduation.

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).

Eligibility for Admission

All students are strongly encouraged to see an advisor prior to applying to determine eligibility for admission.

Students' grade point average for the required pre-requisites must be above 3.0 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 therapy program.

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 undergraduate courses.

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.

Application Process:

Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the academic year, and students may 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 requirements 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

Composition6 credit hours
ENG 1270, 1280 
Mathematics3 credit hours
MATH 1200 
Critical Thinking 3 credit hours
Recommended: PHIL 1030, 1020, Ph S 1080, Pol SCi 1000, or Econ 1000 
Natural Sciences/Physical Sciences16-17 credit hours

PH S 1000 or PH S 1010 or CHEM 1550 or 1050
BIOL 1080; ZOOL 2050,2610; PSYL 2040


Social Sciences

12 credit hours

ANTH 1010 or SOC 1010; PSYCH 1100, PSYC 2000 or 2040,
PSYC 4155.

 Computer Science 3 credit hours
 CPTR 1060 
Statistics3 credit hours
PSYC 4190 or MATH 1600 
Diversity Requirement 3 credit hours
Recommended: SOC 1250 or ANTH 1010 or GEOG 1100 


9 credit hours
CMAT 2030 and 6 additional hours of humanities electives including one course in fine arts 
Foreign Language 6 credit hours
Six hours in a single foreign language. 
Health Sciences 15 credit hours
H SC 1104, 2150, 2250 (or PHIL 1040), 3375, 3321 

Occupational Therapy

3 credit hours
OT 2010 

Students will also need 10-12 hours of electives selected with the approval of department academic advisor. Courses that promote communication, critical thinking and cross cultural psychology are highly recommended.

Admission Forms

The Department of Occupational Therapy | The College of Health Sciences
Chicago State University