Admission to the entry-level professional master of science program in occupational therapy requires a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited school of higher education by the start of the program; transcripts from each college, university, or technical college attended showing work completed and in progress; Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores; documentation of a minimum of 40 hours of observation experience (paid or volunteer) under the supervision of an occupational therapy practitioner (in at least two different occupational therapy settings with at least two different populations); a minimum of three letters of recommendation; a personal statement/essay describing life experiences and how these will promote success as an occupational therapist; and at least a "C" or better in the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent:
HDFS 362 Development of the Young Child, 3 cr or
Ed Psych 320 Human Development in Infancy and Early Childhood, 3 cr or
Psych 560 Child Psychology, 3 cr
HDFS 363 Development from Adolescence to Old Age, 3 cr
(Applicants who complete a lifespan/human development course should complete a second course in child or adult development.)
Psych 509 Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr
Stat 201 or 301, 3 cr
Anatomy 328 Human Anatomy, 3 cr
Physiol 335 Human Physiology with Lab, 5 cr
Applicants may complete 6-8 credits (2 semesters) of combined Anatomy & Physiology (with lab) to fulfill both the Anatomy and Physiology prerequisites.
For more information: Department of Kinesiology, Graduate Admissions, Room 1001 Natatorium (Gym Unit II), 2000 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1189; 608-262-8730; kinesiology.education.wisc.edu/ot.
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