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The pre-OT degree plan prepares the undergraduate student for application to the Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program offered on the Denton Campus.  Students from the undergraduate majors of child development, family studies, kinesiology, health studies, or psychology complete the TWU undergraduate core requirements, the required courses in the major, and the prerequisite courses for the MOT program.  In addition, all declared pre-OT students are invited to attend an information seminar each fall and spring semester, hosted by the School of Occupational Therapy.  At the seminar pre-OT students receive information concerning the profession, network with current MOT students, and are updated on the MOT selection process.

One year preceding the completion of all non-OT courses on their plan, pre-OT students may apply to the School of Occupational Therapy for approval to begin occupational therapy coursework.  Enrollment in a pre-OT degree plan as an undergraduate student does not guarantee admission into occupational therapy courseworkA predetermined number of students can be accepted based on availability of clinical facilities, space, and faculty. Entrance is competitive. Selection is based on:

  • Academic performance
  • Therapist recommendation after completion of 20 volunteer hours with an occupational therapist
  • Academic reference
  • Total number of students that can be admitted in the program

Application for approval to begin occupational therapy coursework must be submitted by September 15th for the subsequent fall semester. Selection is made the December preceding the student's completion of all requirements of the major with the exception of occupational therapy courses.  Applicants who are not selected for admission into occupational therapy courses have ample time to meet with their undergraduate advisors, explore alternatives, adjust goals and plan for timely graduation.

The MOT Program -

Pre-OT students who have been selected begin occupational therapy courses the following fall semester.  The undergraduate degree plan determines whether the student completes one or two semesters of occupational therapy coursework as part of the undergraduate degree. One semester prior to undergraduate degree completion, students taking occupational therapy coursework apply to the Graduate School.  To begin graduate level coursework a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above in all occupational therapy courses completed is required.   To be accepted into the Master of Occupational Therapy program as a graduate student the student must meet the requirements of the Graduate School.  Once accepted by the Graduate School, pre-OT students transition from undergraduate to master's level and are admitted to the Master of Occupational Therapy program. To complete the Master of Occupational Therapy degree, the student must complete the remaining graduate course work in occupational therapy and six months of full-time occupational therapy internship. 

The Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE*). With successful completion of the Master of Occupational Therapy degree, the student is eligible to apply for the national certification examination given by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (  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.” 

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  • An advisor and major department approved pre-OT degree plan
  • Pre-OT degree plan including completion of all core and major courses required for BS completion, before entry into occupational therapy courses
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in higher education (includes all courses completed, at TWU or elsewhere, at time of application)
  • Submission of a Master of Occupational Therapy Application
  • Submission of a Clinical Observation Form completed by a licensed Occupational Therapist who can document a minimum of 20 contact hours of supervised observation
  • Submission of a favorable Academic or Professional Reference form from a University instructor in your major
  • A grade of B (3.00) or higher for each prerequisite course 
  • Prerequisites differ somewhat by undergraduate major but have the following content:
    • Math Sciences
      • Elementary Statistics
    • Biological Sciences
      • Anatomy & Physiology I
      • Anatomy & Physiology II
      • Kinesiology/ biomechanics
      • Neuroanatomy/Physiology Lecture
      • Neuroanatomy/Physiology Lab
    • Behavioral Sciences
      • Developmental Psychology or lifespan development
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • Introduction to Psychology


The Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee reviews all complete application packets. Students are recommended for acceptance on the basis of academic proficiency, recommendation ratings, and application reviews. All applicants are notified in writing as to acceptance status.


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.  A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensurer. 




Step 1:  Apply to Texas Woman's University as an undergraduate student (Transfer students welcome!) Navigate online to  to begin the process. 


Step 2:  Select a major, meet with your undergraduate advisor in that major and select a pre-OT degree plan.


  • Child Development
  • Family Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Health Studies
  • Psychology  

Step 3:  Attend the School of Occupational Therapy pre-OT information seminar each Fall and Spring semester while taking courses in undergraduate major. 


Step 4:  Complete 20 volunteer hours under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist - Clinical Observation Form (pdf) 

No more than two years prior to actual application, 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.  As indicated in the instruction letter, provide the supervising therapist with an envelope for the recommendation form to be sealed and signed.  You will submit this with your School of Occupational Therapy Application prior to September 15th.  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 5: Obtain a recommendation from a college/university instructor in your major - Applicant Academic Reference Form (pdf) Obtain a reference from an instructor in your major who can best attest to your readiness for graduate level work.  You must have completed at least 1 course under this reference.  Present the reference with the enclosed letter, 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 6: Complete the Master of Occupational Therapy Application (pdf) 


Step 7: Mail your application packet - Place all application materials in a 9x12 envelope: Master of Occupational Therapy Application; sealed and signed evelope conataining the complete MOT Applicant Clinical Observation Form; and sealed and signed evelope containing the complete MOT Applicant Academic Reference Form.    

Mail to:           

Texas Woman’s University

School of Occupational Therapy
PO Box 425648
Denton, TX  76204-5648




Students who enter the Pre-OT program while completing bachelor level coursework will need to apply to the Graduate School prior to bachelor level graduation in order to remain in the MOT Program. 

One semester before baccalaureate graduation Pre-OT degree plan students apply for admission into the Graduate School:


Minimum requirements for graduate admission to the MOT program:

  • Submission of an application to the Graduate School 
  •  A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all occupational therapy courses 


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