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Prerequisite Coursework


To be eligible for admission to the MOT Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

1.  A baccalaureate degree and all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.00 scale.

2. The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better in each course by August 31st of the application year. For example, if a student is applying in the spring of 2020, all of the required prerequisites must be completed by August 31st of 2020. All prerequisite courses must be reported on official transcripts for an application for admission to be considered. If a course is repeated, an average of “C” or better is required. Prerequisite courses may include on-site or online content.

Prerequisite Requirements

General Biology (or Zoology)* 4
Anatomy and Physiology* 8
Additional Science Course* 4
Kinesiology* 3
English Composition 3
Oral Communication 3
General Psychology 3
Lifespan Psychology (or Human Growth and Development)** 3
Abnormal Psychology 3
Sociology, Social Psychology, or Anthropology 3
Statistics 3
Medical Terminology 1

*The anatomy and physiology and kinesiology courses must be taken within five years of planned enrollment and the biology, anatomy and physiology, and additional science courses must include a laboratory componentHigher-level science courses may be substituted if current and approved.

**Course content MUST cover conception to death. Two or three psychology courses may be required to fulfill the across the lifespan requirement at some institutions.

No credit is awarded for prior experiential learning to meet the prerequisite requirements.

Prerequisite Recommendations 



***Recommended courses include: foreign language (Spanish preferred), philosophy, logic, ethics, literature, and/or fine arts.
****Recommended courses include: computer/technology skills, education, technical or critical writing, logic, fine and performing arts, language and communication systems, philosophy, and industrial arts or activity-based courses (e.g., woodworking, ceramics, photography).

3.  To be competitive, a GRE score of 300 and a writing score of 3.5 are recommended.

4.  A completed application must be submitted to the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service( on or before January 5 for early admissions or March 5 for standard admissions of the year prior to the January start date. To be considered for early admissions, applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 3.2 or higher, have competitive GRE scores, and all required prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to the application submission. The student will submit all official transcripts to OTCAS. ALL application materials, including transcripts, GRE scores, and pre-professional evaluations, must be verified by OTCAS within four (4) weeks of the application close date for the Admissions Committee to consider the application. 

5.  In addition to coursework completed, the student will report the following information on OTCAS on or before the application deadline:

  1. Plan for completion of remaining coursework
  2. GRE Scores
  3. Three professional or academic references (recommend at least one by an occupational therapist)
  4. Leadership and service experiences
  5. Essay

6.  A personal interview (based on GPA and GRE scores) is required for admission.

7.  All application materials should be submitted to the OTCAS website at Applicants seeking assistance with the application process should be made to

8.  For accepted students, proof of the following is required prior to January start date:

  1. Ability to meet published technical standards of the College of Health Professions and the Master of Occupational Therapy degree program
  2. Background check
  3. Health insurance
  4. Transcripts showing completion of bachelor’s degree and all prerequisites with a “C” or better grade
  5. Official copy of GRE scores
  6. A signed copy of the UTHSC Honor Code 
  7. A complete Eligibility of Entitlement Act form

9.  Students do not receive credit for work experience and coursework from another program may not be transferred to meet the requirements for admission to or graduation from the MOT program.


If prospective students are concerned about any prior issues which might prevent them from securing a cleared background check, they may choose to undergo a character review prior to applying for the MOT Program. This is done by requesting the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy to complete an Early Determination Review. For further information about the process and fees please click on the following link:

For questions or additional information, please contact: 

The UTHSC MOT Program

Last Published: Jun 19, 2020