Entry Requirements

The following information provides the specific requirements for applying to the ISU Occupational Therapy (OT) Program. The requirements include the completion of a bachelor's degree, graduate record exam (GRE) scores or Miller Analogies Test (MAT), grade point average, prerequisite course work, and volunteer or paid aide experience under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist.

Completion of a Bachelor's Degree

Applicants must complete a bachelorís degree from a college or university accredited in the U.S. or its equivalent from a school in another country. This degree may be in progress during the application process but must be completed prior to beginning OT courses in the Fall semester.

  • Combined Bachelor of University Studies (BUS) and MOT: For those students who do not yet have a Bachelorís degree.
  • All applicants applying to the ISU OT Program must also apply for admission to ISU through the Graduate School. General admissions requirements may be obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office in the ISU Graduate Bulletin.

Please Note: Some of the requirements for admission into the OT Program are higher than the general requirements for the ISU Graduate School.

GPA Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A minimum of an earned grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 over all upper division course work.
  • A minimum of 25 upper division credits must be completed, or in progress, by January of the year of admission for applications to be considered.
  • Applicants with advanced degrees may use the most recent upper division or graduate credits completed.

GRE/MAT Requirements

Applicants must take either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The scores on these tests must meet the following requirements:

  • GRE
    • A total combined score of at least 295 in the verbal and quantitative portions.
    • Verbal must be at least 146.
    • With a minimum of 4.0 on the analytical portion.
  • MAT-
    • Must meet the following requirement to be competitive: A total score of 390.

Test of English as a Foreign Requirements

  • International students must complete the TOEFL Examination with a score of 550 (paper based) and 213 (computer based).
  • In addition, the score of Section I of the exam must be 55 (paper based) and 21 (computer based).

Applicants with scores lower than the requirements will not be competitive in the application process. The scores of the GRE/MAT must be received by the ISU Graduate School by the application deadline (December 15) for an application to be considered. The ISU code for the GRE is: 4355

Prerequisite Course Work

Applicants must:

  • Complete specific prerequisite courses with a GPA of 3.0 in each of the specified categories.
  • Prerequisite course work in anatomy and physiology must be completed within the last five (5) years.
  • Prerequisite course work that is ten (10) years or older may not be acceptable for admission unless approved by the Department Admission's Committee prior to application.
  • An applicant with more than four (4) prerequisite courses in progress or planned for the spring/summer semesters may not be considered for admission (the program may not consider applications when there are more than 4 prerequisites planned/in-progress).

Prerequisite Courses

Category: Course: Credits:
1)- Biology (2 courses) 1 course in Human Anatomy and 1 course in Human Physiology 2 semesters or 2 or 3 quarters
Note: Anatomy and physiology courses MUST be listed in the Biology or Zoology Departments for fulfillment of this requirement.
2)- Chemistry (1 course) General Chemistry with lab-Biochemistry recommended, but not required. General chemistry for science majors with a laboratory. 1 semester or 1-2 quarters.
3)- Math (1 course) Statistics. Lower, upper division or more recent graduate course. 1 semester or 1-2 quarters.
Note: Research methods, marketing statistics or tests & measurements courses will not meet this requirement.
4)- Social Behavioral Sciences (4 courses) Human Development (focus over life span), Sociology, Abnormal psychology, Cultural Anthropology. 4 semesters or 4-8 quarters.
5)- English/Communication (2 courses) Composition, Speech Communication 1 semester each course, or 2-4 quarters
Note: Technical Writing recommended but not required.
6)- 15 additional credits (courses from the following areas are recommended): 1 course in Fine Arts**(see note below), 1 course in Ethics, 1 course in Philosophy, 1 course in Education, 1 course in Literature, 1 course in Humanities, 1 course in Economics, 1 course in Foreign Language, and 1 course in History.
**Note: Fine Arts (suggested courses- studio/ performing arts: visual arts, theater, music, or dance.)
7)- Physics Not required but his highly recommended.
8)- Medical Terminology May be an academic, for-credit course or a course taken through an extension service or on-line. If not an academic course (appearing on your transcript), the course must have included a post-test to show competency and a certificate of completion must be included with the application.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge and exposure to the occupational therapy profession. They are required to complete:

  • A minimum of 40 hours of volunteer or work related experience.
  • Hours must be completed in at least two different occupational therapy practice settings.
  • Under the supervision of an occupational therapist or certified occupational therapy assistant
  • Examples of practice settings include, but are not limited to acute care or rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, school-based or pediatric practice, mental health practice and nursing homes.
  • All of the required experience must be completed PRIOR to admission to the ISU MOT Program.

Letters of Reference

Each applicant is required to submit three letters of reference to complete the application. The letters of reference should come from the following individuals:

  • One letter from an Occupational Therapist or OTA - who directly supervised your volunteer or aide experience.
  • One letter from an Academic Reference - professor or advisor who is familiar with your academic performance.
  • One letter from a Personal Reference - an individual with knowledge of your personal characteristics or attributes that would enhance your ability to be an occupational therapist.

Please Note: Letters of reference will not be accepted from relatives of the applicant.

Letters of reference from doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other health care professionals will not be accepted in place of letters from an occupational therapist.

The ISU MOT Program will include a form on which to obtain letters of reference. Letters of reference may not be read by the applicant and must be submitted with the application in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal.

Applicants meeting all of the above requirements will be given preference for admission into the program and have been more successful in gaining entry. The Admissions Committee reviews all applicants on a competitive case-by-case basis during any admissions cycle.