Occupational Therapy

Prospective Students

Master of Occupational Therapy Program

The Master of Occupational Therapy Program has been placed on Inactive Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is https://acoteonline.org.

Please refer to the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program website for current information about the OTD Program https://health.csuohio.edu/occupational-therapy/doctor-occupational-therapy

The OT Program strongly encourages all interested students to schedule an appointment with an OT advisorAt this appointment, transcripts can be reviewed and individual questions can be asked. It is particularly important to make sure prerequisite courses taken at other universities contain the appropriate content.  This will improve student eligibility to apply to the program. Please go to the CSU’s OTD website for current information about advising https://health.csuohio.edu/occupational-therapy/admission-and-advising

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Online Advising Presentation
Please go to the CSU’s OTD website for current information about advising https://health.csuohio.edu/occupational-therapy/admission-and-advising

The CSU MOT Program has developed a power point slide show detailing the preparation and application process for admission.  Please open this presentation with Power Point, using the option that allows viewing of the notes accompanying each slide.  File Website Welcome to MOT Advising 2017.pptx

Students Interested in Undergraduate Degrees at CSU
If you are a current CSU student or are a student considering an undergraduate degree at CSU, you may be interested in pre-occupational therapy (pre-OT) track for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree.  The MOT Program reserves 15 slots each year for students who pursue the pre-OT track at CSU and meet the minimum requirements for admission.

If you are interested in learning more about the pre-OT track, please schedule an advising appointment with either University Academic Advising or the College of Sciences and Health Professions Advising Center  based on your specific advising needs.  The MOT Program advisors cannot provide guidance on undergraduate degrees. 

Prerequisite Course Requirements
Eight courses (or their equivalents) are required for eligibility for admission to the MOT Program.  The courses must be completed with a “C” grade or better better and your prerequisite GPA at the time of application must be a 3.0 or better.  Please refer to our Equivalency Chart File Course Equiv Ohio 2019.xlsx   & File Course Equiv NonOhio 2019.xlsx for a list of accepted prerequisite courses that may be taken at other Ohio schools.  If your school is not listed on the chart, you should see an MOT advisor for approval of your course(s).  You will need to provide a catalog course description.

All eight prerequisites must be completed before the MOT Program start date in the fall, but four of the eight, including two of the natural sciences, must be complete by the October 1st application deadline.  The prerequisites are:

Natural Sciences

  • Physiology (CSU-HSC 422/450, BIO 422/423):  Human physiology strongly preferred; lab recommended.  Study of the fundamental molecular, cellular, and systems-based physiologic concepts as they apply to homeostasis and as they relate to the aspects of health, adaptation, and rehabilitation.  Physiologic principles applicable to testing, evaluation, and therapeutic intervention across the lifespan and in altered states of wellness are considered. Note: Anatomy and Physiology I and II may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Human Anatomy (CSU HSC 475/457):  Course involves detailed dissection and examination of the back, upper extremity, lower extremity, trunk, and internal structures with an emphasis on function. Human cadaver prosection or dissection recommended in equivalent courses.  Note: Anatomy & Physiology I and II do NOT satisfy this prerequisite.
  • Pathology (CSU-HSC 381):  introduction to medical diagnosis and treatment covering basic concepts and nomenclature of pathology, major diseases of the systems of the body, epidemiology, biopsychosocial concepts, pharmacology, infectious disease, cellular injury and tissue repair, neoplasia, genetic disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, nervous system disorders, and psychiatric disorders.
  • Neuroscience (CSU-HSC 476/478):  Study of the structure and function of the human central and peripheral nervous systems, including vascular components and special senses.  Anatomy of the peripheral sensory receptors (including special senses), motor systems, peripheral nervous system, autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, and nervous system supporting on both gross and cellular levels.  Nervous system pathways mediating sensation, voluntary movement, and reflexes.  Neurophysiology, including the action potential, synaptic transmission, post-synaptic responses, integration of potentials and the role of neurotransmitters.  Development and plasticity, functional systems controlling movement, learning & memory, emotion, motivation, pain perception, the sleep/wake cycle, language and attention.  Note that a course that contains only neurocognition is not an acceptable equivalent.

Social Sciences

  • Lifespan Development (CSU-PSY 223):  Content includes cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development from conception through old age
  • Abnormal Psychology (CSU-PSY 345):  Survey of major psychological disorders and their classification, etiology, and management.
  • Social Science Statistics (CSU-PSY 317 or MATH 347):  Content should include measures of central tendency, correlations, t-tests, analysis of variance, non-parametric statistics, application of descriptive and inferential statistics to the analysis and interpretation of data in the social sciences, and hypothesis testing.
  • Medical Terminology (CSU-HSC 203):  Content focused on enabling the student to use specialized language in a professional health care environment and in scholarly and professional writing. 

Social Media
The CSU OT Advising has a Facebook page.  We encourage you to ‘Like’ us to help you stay connected to any news or updates that may occur in the program.  This page offers an opportunity to ask questions about the program, advising, admissions, etc., privately or publicly.