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Occupational Therapy Program Application Requirements

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Combined Bachelor's to Master's Program (3+2) Application Procedures

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

The Occupational Therapy program at EWU provides an entry-level master's degree program taught by faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized in the occupational therapy profession.  Our mission is to prepare entry-level graduates to provide occupational therapy services with distinctiveness and compassion, in a variety of professional practice environments.  The program provides a foundation of skills in general practice competencies, leadership skills, and creative and critical thinking processes, to facilitate the development of an innovative, entry-level occupational therapist.  Additionally, graduates demonstrate a commitment to the common good, creative life-long learning, and high ethical standards for professional practice. Students engage in coursework designed to build practice skills across the lifespan in physical, mental, and preventive care paradigms.  Emphasis is placed in community-based and client-centered activities through interactive class tasks, labs and various facility experiences.  The program emphasizes community-based and interdisciplinary service delivery models essential for successful practice in rural, underrepresented and underserved areas.  Culture awareness, as related to service delivery, is integral to the program.  Students are also actively engaged in research activities, resulting in a completed research report relevant to occupational therapy.

Combined Bachelor's and Master of Occupational Therapy Program (3+2)

Students may pursue the 3+2 program in one of two ways:

  1. As an enrolled Eastern Washington University student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interdisciplinary Studies leading to the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program, or
  2. As an enrolled Eastern Washington University student pursuing a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science leading to the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program.

Once the student has decided on a major, they must meet with the selected program's advisor to plot their degree plan so they will be eligible for admission into the Combined Bachelor's to Entry-Level Master Degree Program in the summer between the junior and senior years.

  1. For the BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies leading to the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program contact John Neace at
  2. For the BS degree in Exercise Science leading to the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program contact Jeni McNeal at

In these programs, the student will need to complete University and the selected program's graduation requirements except for the final upper division courses plus the prerequisites and apply for admission into the Combined Bachelors to Entry-Level Masters Degree program before the end of their junior year as specified elsewhere in this catalog.

General Application Requirements

Eastern provides two methods for students seeking entry into the profession of occupational therapy:

  1. Combined Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interdisciplinary Studies leading to the Master of Occupational Therapy program, or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Exercise Science degree programs leading to the Master of Occupational Therapy program available at Eastern Washington University, or
  2. Completed bachelor's degree in any discipline ready to pursue graduate studies immediately.

General application requirements for both entry methods are described below.

A.  Prerequisites.  Please see OT Program Prerequisites sheet for list.

  1. Prerequisite coursework may be taken at Eastern Washington University or at any other accredited colleges, universities, or community colleges.  At the time of application, applicants must have completed at least seven of the prerequisite courses listed below, and it is highly recommended that anatomy and physiology be among them. 
  2. All prerequisites must be taken for credit (not through certificate programs), and only courses in which you have received a passing grade of a P or a 2.0 (letter grade equivalent of C) or higher will satisfy the requirements. 
  3. If your transcripts contain narrative evaluations, you will need to have these reviewed by the institution so they can provide us with supplementary documentation. 
  4. All eleven prerequisite courses must be completed satisfactorily prior to entering the program in Summer semester. 
  5. If you have any questions about these prerequisite courses, please contact us
  6. Please enter all of your prerequisite courses directly into your OTCAS application.

B.  Formal Application to either the Master of Occupational Therapy or the Combined Bachelor's and Master of Occupational Therapy program submitted online at OTCAS which includes the following components:

  1. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) submitted at the time of application.  Successful candidates are expected to perform a minimum score of 3.5 on the written section of the examination. GRE scores are valid for five years after test date.  Candidates should arrange for GRE scores to be submitted directly through the OTCAS process (use code number 2165 when indicating Eastern Washington University Occupational Therapy program as a score recipient.)
  2. Documentation of completion of a minimum of 40 hours work/observation/volunteer experience with persons who have disabilities. Ten of the 40 hours must be in at least two different types of practice settings (e.g., acute care institutions, rehabilitation centers, pediatric centers, residential facilities, nursing homes, schools or mental health settings) under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapy practitioner.
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Personal Essay in response to OTCAS prompt
  5. Three original letters of recommendation:
  • One letter of recommendation must come from a supervising occupational therapist of the volunteer experience.
  • One letter of recommendation from an instructor/teacher who taught any college-level academic courses taken by the applicant in the areas of: (a) Natural Science, (b) English, or (c) Psychology, or a letter from a supervisor from employment the applicant held at least 6 months at half-time or more.
  • One letter of recommendation from a person (unrelated) who can provide a character reference.

C.  Application to Graduate Programs (for MOT program applicants only) Please note applicants are not required to submit official paper transcripts to the Graduate Programs office or the Occupational Therapy department.

  1. MOT applicants submit an application to Graduate Programs admittance at the same time they apply for the MOT program.
  2. 3+2 applicants submit an application for advanced standing to Graduate Programs after they are accepted into the 3+2 program.  The OT program notifies those accepted into the 3+2 program when it is time to submit the application for advanced standing.

D.  Successful completion of an approved Occupational Therapy department interview

E.  Other

  • Public Speaking-candidates are expected to be proficient in public speaking.
  • Computer Competency-candidates are expected to be proficient with and have access to a computer.
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