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GENERAL APPLICATION to the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at TWU

The School of Occupational Therapy invites application to the Master of Occupational Therapy program from any individual meeting MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS.  Application is competitive.  Application processes are described here.  In addition the School of Occupational Therapy offers an assured admission process, our Alumni Advantage, for high performing graduates from selected Texas Woman's University majors.

TWU ALUMNI ADVANTAGE for High Performing Graduates from Selected TWU Majors

Five majors at Texas Woman's University offer degree plans that can qualify high performing students for the Alumni Advantage in preparation for occupational therapy.  Undergraduates who want to prepare for application to the Master of Occupational Therapy program select a major in child development, family studies, kinesiology, psychology, or health studies.  Please refer to these programs for specific course and major information.  TWU undergraduate core requirements, the required courses in the major, the prerequisite and additional required sources for the Master of Occupational Therapy Alumni Advantage are included in these degree plans.  All undergraduate advising is conducted within the major department.  Students may enter these undergraduate programs with transfer coursework from an accredited institution.  The university and the major departments of child development, family studies, kinesiology, psychology, or health studies determine which courses may be applied to the undergraduate degree.   

REQUIREMENTS
• Completed online application to Texas Woman’s University Graduate School
• Completed School of Occupational Therapy Application and Essay
• Texas Woman's University bachelor degree with major in child development, family studies, kinesiology, psychology, or health studies.  
• Overall grade point average of 3.7 calculated on last or most recent 60 hours of the Texas Woman's University baccalaureate degree. 
• Completed Prerequisites Report – A grade of B or higher for each prerequisite and additional Alumni Advantage program course.  
Prerequisite Courses: 
Mathematics - Elementary Statistics
Biological Sciences - Anatomy & Physiology I & Anatomy & Physiology II; Neuroanatomy/Physiology Lecture & Lab
Behavioral Sciences - Developmental Psychology & Abnormal Psychology 
Kinesiology - Kinesiology/Biomechanics  
Medical Terminology
• A favorable MOT Applicant Clinical Observation Form completed by one licensed occupational therapist who can document a minimum of 20 contact hours of supervised observation with that individual therapist.
• A favorable MOT Applicant Academic or Professional Reference Form to be completed by a TWU faculty instructor of an upper division course in the student's major.  
• International students: 
Must submit documentation of all coursework completed outside the United States to the TWU Office of International Education for review. External review is not required. 
Students for whom English is not the primary language of their home country, must satisfy the university’s minimum TOEFL score (see www.twu.edu). International students may contact the Office of International Education directly at 940-898-3048 for more details.

SELECTION PROCESS
• The Master of Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee reviews all complete application packets.
• Students who meet the Alumni Advantage requirements are admitted to the Master of Occupational Therapy program.    
Please note, class size in the Master of Occupational Therapy program is regulated by accreditation requirements.  Entry into the program for Texas Woman's University graduates who have met the Alumni Advantage requirement may be delayed dependent on that year's number of eligible Alumni Advantage applicants. 

WHEN ACCEPTED INTO THE MOT PROGRAM PROOF OF IMMUNIZATION RECORD, A BACKGROUND CHECK, AND A DRUG SCREEN WILL BE REQUIRED, AND MAY BE REPEATED BEFORE FIELDWORK.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR). In addition most states require licensure in order to practice.  Note: Students are advised that NBCOT may deny an individual's application to take the exam if he or she has a criminal felony conviction.  The School of OT recommends that students with a felony conviction contact NBCOT for an "early determination review". 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATION 
The Alumni Advantage program is currently restricted to MOT program attendance at the Denton location.  Students are admitted to the Master of Occupational Therapy program once a year in the fall semester.  Applications are accepted year round for fall entry.  Alumni Advantage applications must be postmarked by September 15 for consideration for entry in the subsequent fall semester. 

Step 1: Apply to the Graduate School at Texas Woman’s University
Navigate online www.twu.edu/admissions/ to begin the process. Applications will not be processed by the School of Occupational Therapy without Graduate School application.

Step 2: Provide an unofficial transcript that can be accessed through the Pioneer Portal.   

Step 3: Complete the Master of Occupational Therapy Application  and Essay

Step 4: Complete the Prerequisites Report - All prerequisites must be completed by the December before program entry.

Step 5: Complete 20 volunteer hours under the supervision of one Occupational Therapist - Clinical Observation Form
Contact an occupational therapist and arrange for 20 hours of observation of occupational therapy practice under his or her supervision. Present the occupational therapist with the MOT Applicant Clinical Observation Form and an envelope. You must submit the completed form, sealed in a signed envelope, along with the rest of your application packet. Note - The School of Occupational Therapy does not refer applicants to specific clinical sites or therapists for observation hours. This choice is the responsibility of the applicant. Typically occupational therapy practitioners are glad to provide this service to persons interested in joining the profession.

Step 6: Obtain a recommendation from a  TWU faculty instructor in your major  - MOT Applicant Academic or Professional Reference Form
A reference from a TWU faculty instructor of an upper division course in your major who can best attest to your readiness for graduate level work. Present the reference with the MOT Applicant Academic or Professional Reference Form and an envelope. You will submit the completed form, sealed in a signed envelope, along with the rest of your application packet.

Step 7: Mail or hand deliver your application packet
Place all application materials (listed below) in a 9” x 12” envelope:

  • Master of Occupational Therapy Application and Essay
  • Unofficial Transcript  
  • Prerequisites Report
  • Sealed & signed envelope containing the completed MOT Applicant Clinical Observation Form
  • Sealed & signed envelope containing the completed MOT Applicant Academic/Professional Reference Form

Mail to: Texas Woman’s University
School of Occupational Therapy
PO Box 425648
Denton, TX 76204-5648

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