Pre-MOT to MOT Admission Information

Note: Currently there is a 3-year wait for this PMOT to MOT admissions point of entry.

Occupational therapy is a rewarding and satisfying career that requires a high level of skill and expertise. See the list of Essential Functions for Coursework & Fieldwork that details the performance abilities and characteristics necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the MOT program.

Pre-Master in Occupational Therapy Admission

Pre-MOT students apply through the Center for Adult and Part-Time Students.

The following must be submitted to the CAPS office:

  • A completed pre-MOT application
  • Official copies of all college transcripts

Human Occupation Studies Concentration (HOCS)

Admission to the HOCS courses is open to all Xavier students, but enrollment is limited. Registration for the HOCS courses is approved by the department of occupational therapy and is normally determined by the following criteria:

  • Evidence of completion or in progress of all semester hours for BLA degree or a non-OT Bachelor's degree with a minimum final grade point average as reported on the official transcript of 3.0 (on a 4.0) scale.
  • Completion of all 40 of the 40 HOCS required hours of volunteer/work experience prior to the first day of classes (hours must be documented on approved form as described below).
  • Evidence of meeting with representative of occupational therapy department.
  • Completion of criminal background check by end of first HOCS semester.

Documented exposure to the field of occupational therapy is accomplished through volunteer or paid work experience in an occupational therapy practice setting. Completion of 20 hours at one site and an additional 20 hours at a different site for a total of 40 hours is required prior to entrance to HOCS courses. Documentation must be on the Recommendation and Verification of Volunteer/Work Experience in Occupational Therapy Clinic or Work Setting forms. Only two forms will be accepted; additional forms will not be considered. These forms must be completed by a fully credentialed occupational therapy practitioner who supervised the student and must be submitted on the original forms. The supervisor may not be a relative, personal friend or acquaintance of the student. Photocopies of completed forms will not be accepted. Original forms must be sent directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy.

  • Notice: For Fall 2013, all HOCS slots are filled and a wait list has been activated by ranked GPA. Any student who begins the HOCS and/or MOCT courses and does not continue sequentially will be placed at the bottom of a wait list should one occur at time of placement. If slots are limited, ranked undergraduate degree-end GPA will determine continuation. Students are allowed only one such instance of "dropping back" one cohort year.

Master in Occupational Therapy Admission

Meeting the following criteria offers annually 40 students admission into the MOT program. If more than 40 qualified applicants apply to the MOT Program, applicants are ranked by their end-point undergraduate degree GPA. Students who dropped back a year will be permitted into the graduate program only if there are fewer than 40 qualified applicants from the original HOCS-entry cohort class. Qualified applicants not accepted into the program may re-apply the following year.

All criteria must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Services (513-745-3360; ). Applications are due June 1 following completion of the first year of HOCS courses.

  • Graduate program admission form.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work.
  • Evidence of completion or in progress of all semester hours for the BLA degree with a minimum final grade point average as reported on the official transcript of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Evidence of successful completion (grade of "C" or higher) or in progress of all prerequisite courses with no more than two "C"s (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Rhetoric, Statistics I and II, Physics, Developmental Psychology, Bioethics, Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and all HOCS courses). All pre-requisities must be taken at Xavier University.
  • Official test scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), with a minimum average of 33 percent across all GRE sections (verbal reasoning, quantitative and analytical writing).
  • Personal statement related to the 40 hours of volunteer experience.
  • Personal interview, evaluation and completion of on-site writing sample may be required.

Other Requirements

Upon acceptance into the MOT program, students are required to complete all graduate courses (MOCT courses) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Student membership in The American Occupation Therapy Association (AOTA) is also required. The mission of the AOTA "advances the quality, availability, use and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education and research on behalf of its members and the public" (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2000).

Prior to beginning Level I and Level II Fieldwork, students must show evidence of malpractice liability insurance ($2,000,000/$4,000,000). Liability insurance is mandatory, and provided by the University, and the University has negotiated a favorable group rate for occupational therapy students. Students are billed through the University when they register for courses that include a fieldwork or community experience. All students also must have current CPR certification; hepatitis B immunization; measles, mumps and rubella immunizations; an annual tuberculosis test; annual history and physical exam; annual Universal Precautions and HIPAA training; and criminal background check in order to participate in all fieldwork experiences. Level II Fieldwork courses must be completed within 12 months of the academic coursework on campus.

Note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the certification examination or attain state licensure.