Adviser: Gretchen Reeves, Ph.D.
Established in 1941, Eastern Michigan University’s Occupational Therapy Program has a long-standing tradition of excellence. The EMU OT Program provides competent and caring professionals to the local community as well as throughout the State of Michigan and across the nation.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts a greater than average employment need for occupational therapists through at least 2014. This is based on the general population growth and the increasing demand for services for those aged 75 years and older who are requiring occupational therapy services to improve their quality of life. In addition, emerging practice areas for occupational therapists, for example, in such areas as driver rehabilitation and fall prevention, continue to develop. Occupational therapists are employed in diverse settings including but not limited to: hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, home health care, and in areas of prevention and wellness.
Program of Study
Occupational therapy advising for occupational therapy-intent students is performed by the OT intent advisor or the College of Health and Human Services Advising Center. All students should attend a group advising session with the OT Intent Advisor to discuss admission and portfolio requirements. Upon acceptance into the occupational therapy program, students are assigned to a faculty advising team. All students admitted to the program must meet with their advising team before registering each semester.
Certification in Occupational Therapy
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) administers the national certification exam for occupational therapists in the United States. All students in occupational therapy porgrams must successfully complete the academic requirements and fieldwork experiences in their porgrams in order to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an occupational therapist, registered (OTR) and can apply for licensure or registration in the state where they choose to practice. All students must take the NBCOT Certification exam in order to practice in the profession of occupational therapy. Character background information is reviewed by NBCOT to determine a person’s ability to sit for the examination. If you have any potential impediments, such as a felony charge or conviction, an encumbrance of professional license or negligence, malpractice or willful intentional misconduct, we strongly recommend that you contact NBCOT to determine your eligibility to sit for the national exam.
The Eugene Casey Building
800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150
Combined Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy
A competitive application process is utilized to select students. Please be aware that admission to Eastern Michigan University as well as successful completion of undergraduate courses does not guarantee entry into the program. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required to be considered for admission.
There are two different tracks, or means, of entering the Masters of Occupational Therapy program: the 3+2 track and the MOT track. The 3+2 track is designed for undergraduate students who do not yet have a Bachelor’s degree. It combines three years of undergraduate general education classes with two years of graduate course work in occupational therapy. This track culminates in a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. Undergraduates accepted into the program must have successfully completed 90 undergraduate credits by August 1 in order to begin the program in the Fall of the year in which they applied.
Required Prerequisite Courses
In order to be considered for admission to the occupational therapy program, a student must complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of B- or better. If you have previously taken these courses at another university please note that all prerequisite substitutions must be pre-approved before the submission of your portfolio. Submission of your portfolio without prior approval will result in your application being denied.
Anatomy and Physiology
* All of the following EMU courses meet this requirement: , , , MATH 170 , , , , , , or
Human Growth and Development
*These four courses must be completed by the application deadline. The remaining two must be completed before entering the program.
The competitive admission process consists of a review of portfolios by a screening committee in the Occupational Therapy program followed by interviews with faculty for applicants who make the cut. Portfolios are accepted once a year on January 5 for students interested in beginning the program in the Fall semester of that year. No late submissions are accepted. The portfolio must include the following items: official college transcripts from all schools attended, results of the GRE General Test, one academic reference, documentation of 100 hours of completed volunteer service with two references from these experiences, and a sample of reflective writing. Detailed information about the application process can be found on the program’s website. We strongly encourage all students interested in applying to the program to attend a group advising session with the OT Intent Advisor in order to successfully complete their application.
International students must contact the International Admissions office at 734.487.0205. They will assist in the evaluation of transcripts and determine your cumulative GPA. International students must provide a copy of the EMU Graduate School approved TOEFL score in their application portfolio.
A minimum of six months of full time supervised fieldwork is required at the conclusion of the academic program. Field placements are arranged by the Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Coordinator and approved by the faculty.
The Occupational Therapy program offers a number of scholarships to students who are admitted to the program. For more information contact the OT program at 734.487.4096. There are also a number of University scholarships available to students. Contact the office of Financial Aid for information.
The EMU OT program is accredited by the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. Telephone number: 301.652.AOTA.
General Education Requirements:
For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program in the undergraduate catalog.
Major Requirements: 66 hours
This major does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information:
To earn a degree, all students must:
- earn a minimum total of 124 credits, excluding credits below the 100-level
- meet the General Education requirements referenced in this pamphlet.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits, excluding those earned at a community college. (Some articulation agreements waive this requirement. See specific agreement for details.)
- earn a minimum of 30 credits from EMU.
- complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from EMU courses.
- have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors do not require a minor; see above for specific requirements.
- earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses in their major at EMU.
- earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses in their minor at EMU. These credits must be earned in courses different from the 300-level courses used for the major.
- have earned a grade of “C” or better in order to apply transfer credit at EMU.
- have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in the major and in the minor. (Note: some programs may require higher GPA.)
General Education Requirements:
For a current detailed listing of requirements, course options and waiver possibilities, please consult the General Education Program listing in the Undergraduate Catalog.
- Area I: Effective Communication (2 courses, 6 credits)
- Area II: Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3 credits)
- Area III: Perspectives on Diversity (2 courses, 6 credits)
- Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines (8 courses, 25 credits)
- Area V: Learning Beyond the Classroom (Satisfy two of six areas through a combination of experiences and/or courses)
The General Education requirements listed above apply to all students who began their undergraduate program at EMU during or after the Fall 2007 semester. Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before the Fall 2007 semester may have different general education requirements to fulfill; consult your academic adviser for additional information. Students who transferred to EMU may have different general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.
For more University information please refer to the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.