Admission Information and Criteria
Students who are seeking admission to graduate programs at Alvernia University submit their applications through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Application packets are reviewed for completion by the Coordinator of Graduate Admissions before they are forwarded for evaluation by the academic program. The application deadline is February 15, 2016 for the entry level MSOT program that will begin in the Fall 2016 Semester. Students may be informed of their application status sooner but will be informed no later than April 1, 2016. Students will be admitted as seat capacity permits. Students who meet admission criteria but cannot be admitted due to limited seat capacity may be placed on a waiting list. To secure their place in the incoming class, each accepted student must submit a confirmation of enrollment form with a non-refundable security deposit in the amount of $300.00.
Criteria for admission to the entry-level MSOT degree:
- Official transcript(s) indicating the applicant has earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited 4-year college or university.
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the baccalaureate degree is required.
- Transcripts from all institutions of 2- or 4-year colleges or universities the applicant has attended.
- Evidence of completion of the following course work with a grade of “C” or higher
- A minimum of six (6) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of human anatomy and physiology with a lab component.
- A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of introduction to sociology or anthropology.
- A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of introduction to psychology.
- A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of lifespan development or developmental psychology.
- A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of abnormal psychology.
- A minimum of three (3) semester credit hours (or the equivalent) of statistics.
These credit hours must be completed prior to full matriculation into the program.
- Three letters of recommendation from former professors, employers or supervisors familiar with the applicant’s professional or service experiences. These may be from religious or community leaders but not relatives or personal associates.
- Essay Questions. Using a 12-point font, double spacing and a maximum of 2-pages; respond to the following questions. What is occupational therapy? What do you expect to gain from an occupational therapy education? Why do you want to study occupational therapy at Alvernia University?
- Scores submitted from a graduate entrance exam such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). This requirement will be waived for Alvernia alumni, and other students who have earned a bachelor’s degree within 5 years prior to submitting an application.
- A minimum of 100 hours of observation of occupational therapy practitioners working in a clinical setting is required. Please download the site observation form and fill out appropriately.
- Additional evidence for success as a graduate student such as academic or professional awards, special certificates, continuing education, or completion of specialized examinations (not required but encouraged).
Retention and Progression:
The criteria for retention and progression in the entry-level MSOT degree are dependent upon:
- Achievement of final grade of ‘B’ or higher in all graduate course work taken at Alvernia University.
- Upon completion of five graduate courses (including the COR course), students with full graduate status must achieve and thereafter maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Students in the MSOT degree are permitted to utilize the repeat/delete option twice in total for all graduate courses taken at Alvernia University, but only one time for any individual course (COR or OT).
- Students will not be allowed to participate in the capstone activity for the degree unless their cumulative grade point average is 3.0 or higher and they have earned a “B” or higher in all graduate course work taken at Alvernia University.
- All course work must be completed within 24 months of the start of the first level II fieldwork placement.