Applications for Fall 2014 admissions are due on February 1, 2014
We are currently accepting applications for the next academic year.
Where do I send my application?
There are two applications that must be completed. An admission application to the
University is submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission. The application to the
MOT program is submitted directly to the Department of Occupational Therapy.
Where can I take the Introduction to Occupational Therapy class?
The Introduction to Occupational Therapy Course is usually offered at colleges and
universities that have an occupational therapy or occupational therapy assistant program.
In Illinois, Chicago State University, Governors State University, South Suburban
College and Wright College all offer an introduction course. Additionally, there
are many occupational therapy programs throughout the country who offer an introduction
course and CSU will accept any school’s course. This course must be completed prior
to starting the MOT program. CSU offers the course (OT 2010) on-line in the fall and
summer semester. During the spring semester course is on-campus.
Do I have to complete all pre-requisites before I can apply to the program?
No, you can apply with four or less prerequisites to be completed at the time of applying.
Either Anatomy or Physiology (one course) must be completed when applying in order
to evaluate your application. Applicants must explain in their application their plan
for completing all prerequisites before starting the MOT program in the fall. Students
who are accepted receive a conditional admission pending the successful completion
of all prerequisites and the maintaining of the required grade point average.
How long is the program?
The program is 28 months, full-time. It includes 6 long semesters and 2 short summer
semesters. Students graduate in May of their third year.
Are scholarships available?
There are a variety of scholarships available to graduate level OT students from various
sources such as the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, AMBUCS, and Aftercollege
to name a few. Also, the CSU OT department has grants periodically that support students.
The current scholarship support provided by the department can be found under scholarships
on the webpage.
What is the cadaver lab?
The CSU MOT program requires that students have a minimum of 30 hours of lab with
a human cadaver. The lab should provide detailed practical examinations on human cadaver
anatomy. CSU provides this lab as a separate course for students who have completed
a full anatomy course. Other schools have separate cadaver labs or they are imbedded
within the anatomy course. CSU offers the cadaver lab course (Zoology 2610) every
My school only offers a combined Anatomy and Physiology course. Will that meet the
Schools provide the anatomy and physiology courses differently. Some schools such
as CSU have separate anatomy and physiology courses and students need both courses
and the cadaver lab. Other schools have combined anatomy & physiology courses, where
the body is divided between two courses. A student must have both courses Anatomy
and Physiology I and II to get credit for a full anatomy and physiology course. Some
schools have a cadaver lab as part of both courses which CSU will accept as meeting
the cadaver lab requirement. If the lab uses only models, students will be required
to take a cadaver lab prior to starting the program.
Is the GRE required?
The CSU MOT program does not require the GRE examination for admission.
I do not have an upper level instructor for a recommendation. Do I really need it?
Yes, one of the recommendations must be from an upper level (200 level or above) instructor.
This recommendation provides evidence of an individual who can speak to your academic
potential. While very few schools have their anatomy and physiology listed at a 100
level, we will accept a recommendation from an anatomy or physiology instructor.
Where do I send my official transcripts?
The Office of Graduate Admissions is the place to send all official transcripts. The
Office of Graduate Admissions sends copies of all transcripts to the Department of
Occupational Therapy once an applicant’s file is complete. Remember the University
must receive copies of all schools where you have ever taken college classes whether
or not you took a pre-requisite course at that school. You can contact the Office
of Graduate Admission directly at 773-995-2404 to make sure that they have received
all of your transcripts.
I am an OTA. Do I have to take all of the pre-requisites?
We give OTA’s credit for the Introduction to Occupational Therapy and waive the time
limit for the anatomy and physiology for currently practicing OTA’s. OTA program coursework
cannot be applied to the MOT program. Since OTA degrees are primarily AS or AAS degrees,
students can pursue our combined BS in HSC/MOT program. This combined program has
93 credits in specific pre-requisites that include the general education requirements
as well as the specific OT program requirements. A student with an AS or AA degree
will be waived from the University general education requirements but need the OT
specific pre-requisites and 93 hours of credit before entering the professional sequence.
Can I finish my pre-requisites once I am enrolled in the program?
No, all prerequisites must be completed prior to starting professional coursework.
The content of the pre-requisite courses are used as foundational knowledge within
the program and students must be able to apply that information from the very beginning
of the program.
I want to go part-time. How long will it take to complete the program?
It takes 10 long semesters and two summer sessions to complete the program part-time;
approximately 4 ½ years. Students can take two courses a semester and the last year
is full-time for Level II fieldwork. All courses are during the day and the number
of days on campus varies each semester based on the specific courses. Part-time students
start in the fall along with all of students. A student can go up to full-time after
4 semesters and completion of the entire first year courses.
If I apply early, can I start classes in the spring semester?
No, the curriculum has a defined sequence for its courses and professional courses
are only offered once a year. The department encourages early applications and begins
processing the next cohort for admission in September of each year. The department
tries to inform students of admission decisions by mid April.
Can I work while I am in the program?
Yes, many students work while in the program. However, students are encouraged to
reduce their work to the lowest number of hours possible in order to concentrate on
their studies. Most students try to work less than 15 hours.