BLA to MOT Admission Information

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.

Bachelor of Liberal Arts Admission

Students may apply online or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Freshman Admission

For Fall 2016

Admission to the Occupational Therapy (OT) Program is competitive. Applicants to the OT major will be admitted on a rolling basis to Xavier but not to the OT major - they will initially be admitted as undecided students. Students will be notified separately of their admission to OT. Students will receive two admission decisions; one for undergraduate admission to Xavier and one for the OT major. Selected students will be directly admitted to the OT major, but some applicants will be wait listed. Wait listed students will be admitted to Xavier University but not the OT major. Wait listed students will be notified as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2016 if they are admitted into the program. Applicants admitted to the Occupational Therapy Program and depositing on or before May 1, 2016 will have secured a spot in occupational therapy as a major.

Any student wishing to be considered for admission to the occupational therapy program must indicate occupational therapy as their major of choice on their application for admission and must apply by the February 1, 2016 application deadline. Students will be notified of their admission to the occupational therapy major during the last two weeks in February 2016.

Strong candidates for acceptance to the major will typically meet and/or exceed the criteria below. Please note that meeting the following criteria will make a student a strong candidate, but does not guarantee admission to the program:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA and
  • Minimum 1100 or higher SAT score or 24 or higher ACT score
  • Completion of 40 required hours of volunteer/work experience documented on approved form (minimum of 20 hours at 2 different sites).
  • Contact with Department of Occupational Therapy representative  The department representative contact can be at a monthly information session, X- Day information session, personal appointment, or phone interview. The next information sessions will be held on September 27 at X- Day from 12:00-1:00 and then again from 1:00-2:00, and October 22, 2015 from 12:30-1:30. Please email Diane Burton, to register.

Continuation in the major is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative 3.0 GPA each semester. Students dropping below a 3.0 GPA have one semester and one semester only to return the cumulative GPA to 3.0. Students unable to return the cumulative GPA to 3.0 will no longer be able to declare occupational therapy as a major.

Students wishing to have their major changed to Occupational Therapy after being admitted to another major at Xavier must be considered for admission separately to the program and will be admitted to the program on a space available basis.

Volunteer/Work Experience

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 with one practitioner prior to acceptance to Xavier and an additional 20 hours at a different site with a different practitioner prior to the February 1, 2016 deadline is required for a total of 40 hours. 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. The 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. Photocopies of completed forms will not be accepted. Forms must be sent directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy.

Human Occupation Studies Concentration (HOCS) Admission

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 cumulative grade point average as reported on the official transcript of 3.0 (on a 4.0) scale.
  • Completion of criminal background check by end of first HOCS semester.

Notice: For Fall 2015, 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 and a minimum cumulative grade point average 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 lecture and lab, Rhetoric, Statistics I and II, Physics lecture and lab, Developmental Psychology, Bioethics, Kinesiology lecture and lab, Neuroscience, and all HOCS courses). All pre-requisite courses 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 two step tuberculosis test; annual seasonal influenza immunization; annual history and physical exam; annual Universal Precautions and HIPAA training; and criminal background check in order to participate in all fieldwork experiences. The inability to comply with any of the required immunizations may restrict or prohibit Level I and/or Level II Fieldwork placements and subsequent program progression. Level II Fieldwork courses must be completed within 12 months of the academic coursework on campus. Additionally, a drug screen prior to participation in a specific fieldwork site may be required.

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