Nov 13, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Occupational Therapy [M.O.T.]

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 that employment of occupational therapists is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. 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. Occupational Therapy was rated the 13th best job overall by US News and World Report (2019) 100 Best Jobs and Glassdoor’s 50 Best Jobs in America 2019 identified occupational therapy as #4.

There are two routes of entry to the occupational therapy degree. Student applicants are integrated into one cohort once admitted into the program. Please carefully review the tracks below to identify which option fits you.

Option 1 - Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

If you are applying to the occupational therapy program and have already received a bachelor’s degree or will have received a degree prior to the start of the program Applicants to this track must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university or appropriate international institution. Candidates may apply while their degree is in progress, but degree completion, demonstrated by transcript evaluation, is necessary prior to the start of the Occupational Therapy Program. This track culminates with a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT degree).

Please see Program Admission below for more information.

Option 2 - Combined Occupational Therapy (COT)

The Combined Occupational Therapy (COT) track is often referred to as the 3+2 program. The COT track is designed for undergraduate students who do not yet have a bachelor’s degree. This track culminates with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree. To be eligible to apply as a COT student:

  • 90 Undergraduate credits must be completed by the January start of the OT program. A student cannot be admitted to the OT program if less than 90 credits are completed by the start of the program.
    • If you will be submitting your application to OTCAS with less than 90 credits you will need to include a plan for how you will complete the 90 credits by the start of the winter semester.  Applicants will not be accepted to the OT program if less than 90 credits are completed by the start of the program.
  • All general education courses must be fully complete by the January start of the OT program. General education courses can be completed in the fall semester as applications are being reviewed.
  • Undergraduate applicants from schools outside of Eastern Michigan University will need to complete an undergraduate application to EMU and meet with a general academic advisor to identify how previous coursework will transfer to EMU and determine remaining general education coursework that may be needed. Failure to complete this step will result in your application to the OT program to be denied.

Please see Occupational Therapy Combined [B.S. + MOT]   for more information regarding this program.

Information/Group Advising Sessions for Occupational Therapy Intent Students

On-campus information/group advising sessions and the online webinar are designed to provide an introduction to the application process to the EMU Occupational Therapy Program.

All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to view the webinar and/or attend a scheduled On-Campus Group Advising Session


The EMU Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is

Program Admission

The information below pertains to applicants applying for Winter 2021 admission, for previous criteria and process, please see Program Admission (Winter 2020) .

The Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) requires a two-phase process, and a student cannot apply to EMU as an occupational therapy graduate student until the requirements have been completed, reviewed by the occupational therapy faculty, and a request to join the program has been extended. Carefully review the criteria below to identify how you could apply to EMU to complete pre-admission coursework before submitting your application.

Admission Criteria

Applicants are assessed on a comprehensive assessment and interview of selected applicants, including the following criteria:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of application. This GPA will be calculated from the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of coursework. It is the expectation that the average successful applicant has a GPA much higher than 3.0.
  • Completion of all pre-admission coursework with a grade of “B-” or better. (See Pre-admission Coursework)
  • Completion of the GRE revised General Test, or GRE General Test, within three years of application. No test is accepted as a substitute for the GRE. The test must be taken in enough time to ensure that scores are received, by the June 10th application deadline. EMU OT Program’s GRE Code is 4442. There is no minimum GRE score necessary to be considered for admission. However, average scores admitted to the program include a combined score of over 300 on the quantitative/verbal and 4.0 on the writing. For additional information regarding the GRE, including registration and accommodations, please visit
  • Three references. The ideal candidate will submit at least one professional and one academic reference. Select references who can provide insight into an applicant’s abilities, interpersonal skills, and qualities in the classroom, workplace, and community that would make them a good fit for EMU’s occupational therapy program.
  • Observation/Volunteer Experience - A minimum of 20 total hours of volunteering or observation with occupational therapists in at least two different settings must be completed in the three years prior to the application deadline.
  • Submission of supplemental information. The supplemental information section on OTCAS provides information on an applicant’s previous and current life experiences, including experiences, achievements, licenses and certifications.
  • Interview. After a review of OTCAS applications, selected applicants will be contacted for an online interview. Additional information regarding the interview process can be found below.

Admission Process

The admission process has four components:


  (Due by 11:59 pm on June 10, 2020)



School Information

Health Sciences | Colleen Croxall, Ph.D., Director | 313 Marshall, 734.487.4096,

Advisor Information

Sharon Holt, M.H.S., O.T.R.L., 260 Rackham,

Additional Program Information

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 applicants should attend a group advising session with the OT intent advisor to discuss admission requirements. Upon acceptance into the occupational therapy program, students are assigned a faculty advisor.

Scholarships - The Occupational Therapy program offers a number of scholarships to students who are admitted to the program. Information is annually distributed from the OT program to students who are currently enrolled in the occupational therapy program. There are also a number of University scholarships available to students. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information.

Fieldwork - All occupational therapy students must complete two Level II Fieldwork experiences within 24 months following completion of the didactic portion of the program. Students have the right to request part-time or full-time fieldwork. Students who desire part-time fieldwork must make this request in writing to the fieldwork coordinator prior to placement arrangement.

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) - The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT) administers the national certification examination for occupational therapists in the United States. Upon successful completion of the academic and fieldwork requirements, graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist, administered by the NBCOT. After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). All students must pass the NBCOT certification examination to practice in the profession of occupational therapy. In addition to passing the NBCOT certification examination, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT certification examination. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. 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, charges of malpractice or willful intentional misconduct, we strongly recommend that you contact NBCOT at to determine your eligibility to sit for the national examination. Contact Information: NBCOT | 12 South Summit Avenue, Suite 100 | Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150 | 301.990.7979