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Occupational Therapy Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

The next application window will open on November 28 and close on February 3 for the August 2017 start date.

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit completed ASOT/MSOT application online from MSOT web page
  2. Recommendation Forms (3 required), please make sure the recommenders promptly complete the online form upon request. References must be provided by a credentialed occupational therapist (OTR), a college educator, employer/supervisor or professional, preferably in a service related field  
  3. Submit “all” unofficial transcripts with online application       
  4. Official academic transcripts must be sent directly from previously attended College/University to the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy (Attn: Joe McCombs) 901 South Third Street Louisville, KY 40203 
  5. Submit verification of completed observation hours with the online application.
  6. Submit $30.00 application fee online with ASOT application submission.

Please review the msot-admissions-documents before applying.

Entry-level BSHS to MSOT program

Once admitted to Spalding University, and upon successful completion of 55 credit hours of the University study program including a minimum of 9 of the required 13 prerequisite courses with GPA of 3.0 or better for prerequisites, you may complete and submit your application to the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy. You must identify within the ASOT application how you intend to complete the remaining four prerequisites before occupational therapy courses start.

Admission Process

Based on core GPA ranking, the top tier invited to move forward in the application process will receive instructions via email how to complete an electronic interview and a writing sample. Upon the faculty review of electronic interviews, written notification will be sent in regards to application status by the ASOT Program Director and University Provost. Based on enrollment capacity the top 40 applicants will be asked to accept a position in the program. Also, three more candidates will be placed on a waiting list.

Individuals who will NOT be considered for admission include:

  • Any individual who has a GPA below 3.0 for prerequisites at time of application to the MSOT program
  • Any individual who has been unsuccessful with a D in two attempts to complete a program prerequisite

Early determination review

Any applicant who has a felony conviction or record containing illegal, unethical, or incompetent behaviors may jeopardize their ability to obtain certification or licensure to practice occupational therapy.

If you would answer YES to any of the questions below, must complete the NBCOT Early Determination Review process before applying to Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy:

1. Have you ever been charged and/or convicted of a felony? (NOTE: Applicants must answer affirmatively even if convictions have been pardoned, expunged, released, or sealed.)
2. Have you ever had any professional license, registration, or certification denied, revoked, suspended, or subject to probationary conditions by a regulatory authority or certification board?
3. Have you ever been found by any court, administrative, or disciplinary proceeding to have committed negligence, malpractice, recklessness, or willful or intentional misconduct which resulted in harm to another?
4. Have you ever been suspended and/or expelled from a college or university for non-academic reasons?

A copy of the NBCOT Early Review determination results must be included with the application to the School. 

NOTE: Admission to the University does not assure acceptance into the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy. Based on the student’s completion of the admission requirements, the applicant will be eligible for consideration for admission to the MSOT program.