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  Sep 26, 2017

Combined Bachelor-Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy (OT-BMOT)

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

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 programs must successfully complete the academic requirements and fieldwork experiences in their programs 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.

Contact information:
The Eugene Casey Building

800 South Frederick Avenue, Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150


School of Health Sciences Information:

School Director: Colleen Croxall
School Contact:

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 Bachelors 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.

Effective Winter 2014, “All pre-admission coursework must be completed by the August 1st application deadline. Submission of your portfolio without course completion will result in your application being denied.”

Anatomy and Physiology




Medical Terminology



All of the following EMU courses meet this requirement:

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Human Growth and Development


NOTE: BIO 251, AHPR 200 , the statistics course, and IHHS 260/EDPS 325 must be completed by the application deadline. The remaining two must be completed before entering the program.

Application Process

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 August 1 for students interested in beginning the program in the winter semester of that academic 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

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 .

Minor Requirements:

This major does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits and the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.

  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).

  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)

  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.

  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.

  • 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 that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.

  • Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix) may be applied towards the minimum of 124 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree.

  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.

    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor

    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.

    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor

  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.

  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at