Professional Entry in Occupational Therapy Admission Information

Create the next step in your career with Mount Mary University’s Professional Entry Occupational Therapy program. 

NEW! You are able to choose a degree path that matches your professional goals with either the Master of Science (M.S.) degree or the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)*.

 

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.) and Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)*:

The accredited Master of Science (M.S.) in Occupational Therapy program and the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) is a co-ed degree program designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field who want to become a certified (registered) occupational therapist (OTR).

Mount Mary's Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program is a 28 month program that serves as preparation for initial certification as an occupational therapist.  Students complete 21 months at Mount Mary University focusing on professional skills and then participate in a college arranged fieldwork experience for six months, putting their knowledge into practice. Following fieldwork, students complete a one-month culminating project and practice experience.

Mount Mary's OTD program is a 33 month program that serves as preparation for initial certification as an occupational therapist. Students complete 21 months at Mount Mary University focusing on professional skills and then participate in a college arranged fieldwork experience for six months, putting their knowledge into practice. Following fieldwork, students complete a doctoral capstone experience of 14 weeks and doctoral capstone project, for a total of 33 months. 

The M.S. in Occupational Therapy features:

  • The largest occupational therapy program in the state of Wisconsin
  • On-campus coursework and individual attention from faculty to support you to achieve success
  • A faculty-arranged, 6-month fieldwork experience where you can put textbook knowledge into practice
  • Online distance learning during your fieldwork that connects classroom knowledge to fieldwork practice
  • Faculty who have exceptional practice expertise, preparing graduates to navigate complex practice in diverse settings
  • Graduates who work in diverse practice settings, including hospitals, schools, nursing facilities, home health care and behavioral care 

The entry-level OTD program features:

  • interprofessional collaboration to develop policies and systems
  • synthesis of theory and relevant literature to design solutions for practice challenges
  • exploration of challenges that go beyond conventional practice boundaries
  • specialty practice focus, including physical rehabilitation, children and youth, emerging practice, wellness, and aging

The Master of Science and Doctorate in Occupational Therapy programs are designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree outside of occupational therapy or will be completing a bachelor's degree at another institution. The occupational therapy graduate program is open to women and men.

If you have not earned a bachelor's degree and plan to earn one at Mount Mary University, please see information on our undergraduate degree options. If you are an occupational therapy assistant, Mount Mary will work with you to determine how your previous experience and prior college coursework can count for credit toward earning a bachelor’s degree. 

International Students: See additional application requirements and procedures or contact your graduate admission counselor for questions.

Application Deadlines

The occupational therapy program reviews completed applications once each year for admission to the entry-level program each August. Application deadline is January 15 each year.

How to Apply

It is important to apply early to the Occupational Therapy program because it involves a two-stage process.

Stage I: Mandatory Initial Eligibility

1.Complete and submit the online Graduate Student Application.

  1. Submit the nonrefundable application fee ($45 for domestic students; $100 for international students). You can submit the payment online by credit card or e-check through CashNet on the MyMountMary portal. Note: The application fee is waived for Mount Mary alumnae. If you’re an alumna, contact your graduate admission counselor to obtain the waiver code prior to submitting your application.
  2. Submit your official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. You will need to contact each institution (typically the registrar’s office) to have your transcript sent directly to Mount Mary University. If you are in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree, send your current transcript at the time of application and then send your final transcript once your degree is conferred. If you previously attended Mount Mary, you do not need to request Mount Mary transcripts, but you should provide transcripts from other schools, if applicable.  Official transcripts can be submitted via mail or electronically to:
    • Graduate Admission Office, Mount Mary University, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597
    • mmu-admissop@mtmary.edu 

Once the application and all official transcripts are received your application will be reviewed for initial eligibility. Application materials are reviewed at the beginning of each month by the Occupational Therapy Admissions and Retention Committee to determine initial eligibility for admission to the program. Applicants will be notified by email if they are eligible for the program.

Initial eligibility does not admit a person into the occupational therapy program—it only determines if the applicant meets the initial academic standards required for admission. See the occupational therapy admission policy.

Stage II: Submission of Application Materials

If you are found initially eligible, you will be notified to submit the remaining application materials and complete any prerequisite courses indicated on the initial eligibility letter:

  1. Submit two letters of recommendation. The references used for these letters will need to indicate your potential for graduate study.
  2. Write and submit a narrative on specified questions. Use the Application Narrative Questions to complete this portion of the application.
  3. Complete and submit the shadowing experience forms. Applicants are required to shadow an occupational therapist for a minimum of four hours. Use the Shadowing Forms A and B.
  4. Complete and submit the Human Services Guidelines forms. A minimum of 10 hours of human service is a criterion for admission. Human service is defined as a volunteer experience or paid employment experience with an individual or individuals not related to the applicant and who may be a potential client for occupational therapy. Use the Human Service Forms A and B. 

In addition, you must complete the following prerequisite coursework (or equivalent transfer course):

Behavioral Science

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology (Must be a lifespan course)
  • Psychopathology/Abnormal Psychology
  • Cultural Anthropology or Introductory Sociology

Biological Science

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Medical Terminology    

Foundational Skills

  • College Composition II
  • Statistics
  • Oral Communication/Public Speaking
  • Physics
  • Orientation to Occupational Therapy*

*The Orientation to Occupational Therapy course or equivalent is highly preferred by the admission committee and completion will provide applicants additional points in the application scoring process.  While the course is not required for inclusion in the application process, students gain knowledge and understanding that may allow for greater insight when completing application materials. 

 

Please refer to the the occupational therapy admission policy for more details on prerequisite course grade requirements for admission.

Submit all application materials via postal mail or email to:

  • Mount Mary University, Graduate Admission Office, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597
  • mmu-admissop@mtmary.edu

When the required application materials are received and ALL prerequisites coursework is completed, an application is considered complete and will be reviewed at the next deadline date. Application review date is January 15 each year. Admitted students begin the program in August each year.

Note: All prerequisite coursework must be complete and a grade received on an official transcript by the time of the application review date. There are no exceptions to this rule. Please review the Occupational Therapy Admission Policy for details on the admission process and policies.

Applicants are notified by mail or email approximately 4 weeks after the deadline date regarding an admission decision. Learn how to check on your application status.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact your graduate admission counselor. If you have specific questions about the program or advising, contact the occupational therapy program at (414) 930-3059 or at mmu-ot@mtmary.edu.

 

Accreditation

The entry-level occupational therapy master’s degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program 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 a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

*The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must 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 a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Technology Requirements

The Professional Entry Occupational Therapy Program includes elements of distance education in select courses. These courses and course materials are accessed through Mount Mary University's password protected Learning Management System. The following technology and skill requirements are required to readily access the learning resources and complete assignments.

  • Access to desktop or laptop computer (PC-based system) with Windows 7 or newer operating system (If using a Mac, please work with Mount Mary's IT department to obtain trouble-shooting related to Mac-specific operating systems and software). Tablets can be used for some class functions.
  • The following programs must be installed on your device:
    • Microsoft Office Suite 2010 or more recent (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Ability to send and receive emails, upload attachments and download attachments (.pdf and .docx files)
  • Ability to independently use a search engine (such as Google) to locate information and websites on the internet. Ability to click on links to navigate websites.
  • Ability to use a word processing program (Microsoft Word or Mac Pages) to create documents and format documents (e.g. font, margins, spelling, grammar).
  • Ability to create slide presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint or Mac Keynote.
  • Access to the internet
  • Word processing skills