Enrollment in each program is limited and competitive. The admissions committee of each program, composed of program faculty and administration, evaluates the qualifications of each applicant and makes the final selections for admission.
You must have a bachelor’s degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution prior to Orientation in August. All applicants are required to present a minimum overall quality point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. For further information on how various grade point averages are calculated, see the Application Instructions published by Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS) for the current admissions cycle.
The following prerequisite course work must be completed by July 15 preceding the intended fall semester date of enrollment. Required courses must be taken for letter grades. Credits for courses in which grades below “C-“ were received, are not accepted in fulfillment of the individual course prerequisites listed below. [Exceptions to this policy due to COVID-19]
- Human Anatomy with lab – 4 semester hours
- Human Physiology with lab– 4 semester hours
- Anatomy and physiology requirements can be fulfilled by a series of two courses of combined anatomy and physiology.
- Exercise physiology does not fulfill the human physiology requirement.
- No online labs will be accepted.*
- 4 semester hours of natural science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Kinesiology, Physics or related)
- General Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Developmental Psychology (lifespan preferred)
Statistics: 1 course, 3 semester hoursHumanities: 6 semester hours minimum
- Courses from two of the following subjects: anthropology, art history or appreciation, community health, criminal justice, cultural geography, ethnic studies, gerontology, human sexuality, literature, marriage/family, music, personal health, philosophy, psychology (in addition to psychology requirement), religion, social science, social work, sociology, theatre, women’s studies
- One sequence or course completed. Certificate programs accepted.
- UNMC offers a medical terminology course, CAHP 310, which meets this requirement. Taking medical terminology at UNMC is not a preference factor for admission.
- Courses may include professional writing, writing for the sciences, expository writing or intensive writing.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) is required.
- Grades below "C" are not accepted in transfer to the University of Nebraska (e.g., C-, D+, D, D-, F). [Exceptions to this policy due to COVID-19]
- Any repeated course grades (original and repeated) will be averaged in the GPA calculations and used accordingly in evaluation of the application.
UNMC will not require or utilize scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission to the OT program.
Advanced Placement (AP) semester hours will be accepted for transfer if a score of a 3 or higher was earned on the AP exam. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits will be accepted for transfer, except for the math and science prerequisites.
*Exception to this policy due to COVID-19: Online prerequisite labs taken during the Spring & Summer 2020 academic terms and the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted.
Accepted students will be required to complete a background check and substance abuse testing prior to matriculation into the program. Depending on clinical site, additional requirements may need to be met or updated.
Discovering Occupational Therapy
Discovering what occupational therapy is about will enable you to learn about the depth and breadth of professional practice. We hope this exploration will enable you to make informed decisions about your future. Therefore, we request completion of the Occupational Therapy Discovery Module.
Credit for Previous Courses/Work Experience
No credit is offered for work experience or previous occupational therapy coursework. Students interested in transferring into the Occupational Therapy Education Program from another occupational therapy program under extenuating circumstances may do so at the discretion of the Occupational Therapy Education Division admissions committee. Admission decisions will be contingent on qualifications, reason for transfer, and available openings in the program. Only graduate level courses taken within the past five years from a regionally accredited college or university are eligible for consideration of transfer credits. Only course marks with a minimum grade of B or better are eligible for transfer credits. Students interested in transferring must meet admission criteria of the program, complete an application, and an interview. Students interested in transferring must supply course syllabi and a portfolio of completed work for each course. The admissions committee will consider qualifications according to current program admission standards, and reason for transfer. The admissions committee will compare course syllabi standards and content with accreditation content standards and current curriculum design to be considered for transfer. Admission is not guaranteed.
Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to professional development and service. Preference is given to Nebraska residents. Questions regarding residency status should be directed to the Office of Academic Records 402-559-6468.
Accepted students are expected to be computer literate. All resident and distance courses require computer use. Technology requirements include a computer with an up to date operating system, word processing software, pdf reader, Internet browser, camera, and access to reliable high-speed Internet.
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