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Doctor of Occupational Therapy Admission Requirements

Faculty member explains the components of a therapeutic activityAdmission into the OTD program is competitive and selective due to a limited class size. 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 accept outside course work, work experience or experiential learning in place of any OTD curriculum course. The program does not offer advanced placement or admission based on ability to benefit.

In addition to the general admission requirements for UMMC and SHRP, candidates seeking admission into the occupational therapy doctoral program must also meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning or submission of a plan of study which outlines completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to summer enrollment. There is not a required major for the baccalaureate degree;
  2. Earn a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale;
  3. Provide evidence of 24 hours of observation under an occupational therapist or an occupational therapy assistant in at least three occupational therapy clinical departments or practices within the two calendar years preceding the application deadline (click here for the observation form);
  4. Submit an official GRE report that includes verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores;
  5. Complete all prerequisite courses with the following stipulations. By the application deadline, at least four (4) of the seven (7) prerequisite courses must be complete; completion of all seven (7) courses by the deadline is preferred. Students  must achieve a grade of "C" or better on each prerequisite course with a minimum prerequisite average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  6. Upon request, complete an interview with representatives from the Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee.
Prerequisite Courses*Number
of Courses
General Psychology13
Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology13
Anatomy and Physiology with Lab228
Physics with Lab14
Biological or Physical Science (300 level or above)13-5
Total prerequisites24-26

1 Statistics may include courses such as Elementary, Behavioral or Introductory. Survey courses are not acceptable. 
2 One course of pure human anatomy with lab AND one course of pure physiology with lab is equivalent to two combined anatomy and physiology with lab courses.
* Courses beyond the required prerequisites (above) which may be helpful to the student in the OTD program include: medical terminology; advanced science courses; psychology courses and/or research courses.