Master of Occupational Therapy


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  • Admission Requirements

    The program consists of 36 months of didactic, laboratory, demonstration and clinical course work. Class size is limited and acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis. 

    Preference is given to Mississippi residents; out-of-state applicants will be considered only if there are positions available after all qualified Mississippi applicants are accepted. 

    The program does not offer advanced placement or admission based on ability to benefit. 

    In addition to the admission standards of the institution and the general admission requirements of the School of Health Related Professions, candidates seeking admission to the occupational therapy program, must:

    • Have completed a minimum of 72 semester hours of academic credit (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocational courses) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning;
    • Have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (A minimum grade of C is required on each course accepted for transfer.)
    • Provide evidence of 24 hours of observation in at least two occupational therapy clinical departments or practices within the calendar year preceding the application deadline; (click here for observation form); 
    • Complete an interview with the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee;
    • Have written confirmation of completion of the Hepatitis B vaccination series or that the Hepatitis B vaccination series has been started at the time of registration; and
    • Have successfully completed (a grade of C or better) on the following prerequisite courses:

     

    Prerequisite courses

     

    Prerequisite Courses

    Number of CoursesSemester Hours
    English Composition
    2
    6
    Speech
    1
    3
    College Algebra, Quantitative Reasoning, or Higher Mathematics
    1
    3
    Statistics2
    1
    3
    Social or Behavioral Science3
    2
    6
    General Psychology
    1
    3
    Child or Adolescent or Abnormal or Educational Psychology
    1
    3
    Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology
    1
    3
    Humanities and Fine Arts4
    3
    9
    General Biology I and II, Zoology I and II, or Higher Level Biology with Labs1
    2
    8
    Anatomy and Physiology with Lab5
    2
    8
    General Chemistry with Lab1
    1
    4
    Physics with Lab1
    1
    4
    Electives6
    3
    9
    Total Prerequisites
    22
    72

     

    Course choices

    1. Science survey courses designed for non-science majors are not acceptable for a required course. 

    2. Statistics may include courses such as Elementary, Behavioral or Introductory. Survey courses are not acceptable. 

    3. Social and Behavioral sciences include courses such as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology or sociology. 

    4. Humanities and fine arts include courses such as art history, dance, history, modern languages, music, philosophy, religion or theater. 

    5. One course of pure human anatomy with lab and one course of pure physiology with lab is equivalent to two A&P courses. 

    6. These are not required but might be helpful: medical terminology, trigonometry (prerequisite to physics), additional psychology courses and/or other biological science courses.

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