Application Requirements

Applications for the Summer 2020 cohort are open.  The application deadline is November 1, 2019.

If you are applying to the MOT program you must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  • Completion of the UC Graduate School application
  • Completion of an bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for consideration to the UC MOT program. 
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework (listed below). A grade of C or better is necessary for each prerequisite course. Students will be required to complete the MOT Prerequisite Worksheet for the graduate school application.
  • Minimum of 40 hours of occupational therapy observation (not required for occupational therapy assistants with current state licensure). Must be completed in two settings for a minimum of 20 hours per setting. Please use the Clinical Observation Evaluation Criteria (PDF) document for your observation hours. 
  • Two recommendation letters (Professional or Academic / Non-Relative). For OTA applicants, one of the two recommendation letters must be from a supervising occupational therapist.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a preferred minimum score of 150 in both Quantitative and Verbal areas.  The writing exam is not required for this program.  Applicants with an associate's degree in occupational therapy (COTAs) who have successfully passed the NBCOT examination for the occupational therapy assistant may submit NBCOT scores in place of the GRE.

For IELTS an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission. For PEARSON a score of 47 is sufficient.

TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken. For the TOEFL exam, the minimum university requirements are either:

  • 80 (internet-based test, iBT)
  • 550 (“paper-based test” that will be soon be phased out), or
  • a score of 20 or higher on each of the three components of the new “paper-delivered test” (this test does not have a single composite score).

For more information on UC's English proficiency requirements, please visit the UC Graduate School.

  • A statement of why you have selected occupational therapy as a career path
  • A description of previous activities and experiences that are consistent with / supportive of your career choice
  • A description of the personal attributes that you feel are most important for career success in occupational therapy
  • A description of the area(s) of occupational therapy practice that interest you most and why
  • A list and description of prior academic, service, professional, and/or athletic awards and recognitions received
  • A brief outline of your short and long range personal goals
  • A statement of the reasons for choosing the University of Cincinnati for your occupational therapy educational preparation

Prerequisite Coursework

Please review the information under each of the prerequisite categories below.  We have provided some of the UC course equivalent to help determine if your courses meet our requirements.  Please visit to evaluate your course equivalents.

Minimum 6 semester credits - These can be taken as separate course or combined. Both anatomy and physiology content must include all human body systems. A gross anatomy lab is highly recommended but not required.

UC Course Equivalents: BIOL2001C, BIOL2002C, HLSC4015C

Minimum 3 semester credits covering the properties, effects, and therapeutic value of the primary agents in major drug categories.

UC Course Equivalents: HLSC3014 (online)

Introductory course. Minimum of 3 semester credits.

UC Course Equivalents: PSYC1001

Minimum 3 semester credits or a combination of coursework that covers the lifespan – physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial human development.

UC Course Equivalents: PSYC2040, previously PSYC2005 &PSYC2007

Minimum 3 semester credits. Coursework covering the spectrum of mental illness.

UC Course Equivalents: PSYC2051 (online)

Minimum 3 semester credits covering stages of processing of the senses in human systems, such as vision, auditory, vestibular, and pain senses.

UC Course Equivalents: PSYC2030 (online)

Minimum 3 semester credits covering human brain structure and function. No lab required.

UC Course Equivalents: HLSC4020 (online), PSYC2070 (online), PSYC3024

Minimum 3 semester credits covering study of the structure and function of biological systems.

UC Course Equivalents: HLSC3020 (online)

Minimum 3 semester credits - Basic college level statistics course.

UC Course Equivalents: STAT1031 or STAT1034

Medical terminology course related to medical / health professions.

UC Course Equivalents: HLSC2012 (online)

Minimum 2 semester credits.

UC Course Equivalents: HLSC2011 (online), HLTH2011

Minimum of 3 semester credits.

UC Course Equivalents: ENGL1001, ENGL2089

Introductory course. Minimum of 3 semester credits

UC Course Equivalents: SOC1001, ANTH1001

The following courses may be taken after acceptance into the MOT program but must be completed prior to beginning MOT coursework. They are offered online at UC through the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Advanced level anatomy. Minimum 3 semester credits

UC Course Equivalents: HLSC2021C, HLSC2022C (online)

Minimum of 3 semester credits that includes content on the history of occupational therapy, AOTA Code of Ethics and Core Values, and Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.

UC Course Equivalents: HLSC3061 (online - spring semester only)

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Steven Wheeler, Ph.D., OTR/L

Occupational Therapy Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences

3225 Eden Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45267