Occupational Therapy, M.S.

MSOT Program FAQ

  1. How do I know if OT is the right career for me?
    Occupational Therapists work in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, public school systems, in-home patient care, private clinics, and community-based organizations. As valued members of the healthcare team, occupational therapists provide services to children and adults with a variety of conditions that impact their physical and mental health. The focus of occupational therapy is on helping people to engage in meaningful everyday life activities.

    You can learn more about occupational therapy by observing an occupational therapist, or exploring the website of our national organization, www.aota.org for more information.

  2. When is the application deadline?
    Our priority application deadline is December 15. Our final application deadline is May 1.

  3. How much does the program cost?
    Our tuition and fees can be found at http://www.lewisu.edu/academics/msoccuptherapy/pdf/MSOT%20Fees.pdf

  4. How long does the program take?
    The 76 credit hour MSOT Program at Lewis University is designed to be completed over 7 consecutive semesters in 28 months.

  5. Can I enroll part time?
    This is a full-time program. Classes typically run Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

  6. When do classes start?
    Applications are now being accepted for students interested in starting in fall of 2018.

    The entry-level Occupational Therapy master’s degree program at Lewis University has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The program must be granted Candidacy Status, have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect the program’s ability to provide the student with fieldwork opportunities due to required background checks and fingerprinting. Also, a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

  7. I work as a rehabilitation aide/ABA therapist/special education program assistant/personal assistant for someone with a disability. Can I count my work experience for volunteer hours?
    Paid work experience should be listed under the Employment section on your OTCAS application.

  8. I volunteered at a rehabilitation setting and observed a physical therapist. Can I count this time for volunteer hours?
    You should list all volunteer experience in your OTCAS application. Volunteer hours supervised by a physical therapist or another non-OT professional should be listed under the Volunteer/Enrichment section on your OTCAS application. Volunteer and/or observation hours supervised by an occupational therapy practitioner (i.e., OTR or COTA) should be listed under the Observation Hours section of your OTCAS application.

  9. I took AP General Psychology and I have a Psychology major. Do I need to take General Psychology again?
    We do not accept AP coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements. However, higher level Psychology courses may be substituted for General Psychology based on a transcript review.

  10. I am finishing up my prerequisite courses and my grades won’t be posted by the time I submit my application. Will my application still be reviewed?
    You will be able to submit final grades for coursework that is in progress. However, all coursework must be completed with satisfactory grades and degrees conferred (when applicable) by the time you would begin classes in the OT program.

  11. I repeated one (or more) of the prerequisite courses to get a better grade. Will my higher grade be counted?
    The highest grade you received in a prerequisite course will be counted to meet the prerequisite course requirement.

  12. I took some prerequisite courses more than 7 years ago. Do I need to take them again?
    Prerequisite course must be taken within 7 years of starting the occupational therapy program. In some cases, students may have more current related coursework that can be substituted for prerequisite courses. This is determined on an individual basis and only after a transcript review.

  13. Can I transfer credits from another occupational therapy program?
    We are not accepting transfer credits at this time.

  14. One of the course that I’d like to use for a prerequisite has a different title than the ones that are listed on your website. How can I know if Lewis will accept this course?
    If you are unsure about whether or not a certain course will meet our prerequisite requirements, please contact Nancy Wiksten, OT Admissions Counselor, for a transcript review. She can be reached at WiksteNa@Lewisu.edu.

  15. Will my application be reviewed if my GPA or GRE score is lower than the program’s requirement?
    A balance of applicant experiences, attributes, and academic performance will be evaluated. Applicants that do not meet the GPA or GRE requirements, but who demonstrate strengths in other areas, may be considered. Other areas evaluated based on the applicant’s OT CAS application include, but are not limited to: life experience, leadership experience, community service, written communication, service orientation, work experience, commitment to the Lewis University mission, research and scholarship experience, participation in extracurricular activities, and awards and recognitions.

  16. I live out of state. Will I have to come in for an interview?
    No. Admissions decisions are based on a thorough review of your OTCAS application. An initial review of your application will be completed by the Office of Admissions. Applicants that meet the stated GPA and GRE requirements and/or who demonstrate strengths in other areas will move on to full review. A full review will be completed by designated OT program faculty members.