What's unique about the Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (BS/MS) in Occupational Therapy program?

The Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (BS/MS) in Occupational Therapy program is designed for undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree and plan to complete one at Mount Mary University. The BS/MS program has rigorous admission standards above the minimum required for general admission to Mount Mary University. See the occupational therapy admission policy for details.

Note: If you are an occupational therapy assistant (OTA), your previous experience and prior college coursework may count for credit toward earning both your bachelor’s and master’s degree in occupational therapy. Transcripts will be reviewed by an admissions counselor and the occupational therapy program director to determine course transfers.

The admission process for the occupational therapy undergraduate program follows:

  1. Apply to Mount Mary University and finish a minimum of 75 credits.
  2. Apply to the occupational therapy program.
  3. Satisfy the prerequisites.
  4. Submit remaining application materials.

Step 1: Apply for Admission to Mount Mary University

Apply online for general admission to Mount Mary using the undergraduate application for admission. Be sure submit all required undergraduate application materials.

Step 2: Initial Eligibility – Submit Occupational Therapy Program Application

After you are accepted to Mount Mary, submit the occupational therapy program application.

Note: Official college transcripts from all other college institutions attended will be retrieved from the Admission Office and reviewed once per month by the Occupational Therapy Admission and Retention Committee to determine initial eligibility for admission to the program. Applicants will be notified of their initial program eligibility by mail or email.

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 for details.

Transfer students: Contact your Mount Mary admission counselor as soon as possible to receive guidance about which courses will transfer.

Step 3: Enroll in Classes, Take Prerequisite Coursework & Maintain High Academic Performance

Undergraduate students seeking admission to the occupational therapy program must:

  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • have grades of B or higher in all psychology, composition, sociology/anthropology courses, as well as in the occupational therapy orientation and medical terminology courses
  • have a BC or higher in biology coursework (including anatomy and physiology courses)
  • have completed all of the university’s liberal arts core requirements
  • have completed at least 102 credits of total coursework

Prerequisite coursework that must be completed include the following (or equivalent transfer courses):

  • ENG 120: College Composition II
  • BIO 103: Introductory Biology
  • BIO 211: Human Anatomy
  • BIO 212: Human Physiology
  • PSY 103: Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 214: Developmental Psychology
  • OCT 101: O.T. Orientation
  • OCT 201: Medical Terminology
  • SOC 101: Introductory Sociology or ANT 102: Cultural Anthropology

If you do not meet the specified academic standards each semester, you will no longer be eligible for admission consideration and will be notified in writing. See the Occupational Therapy Admission Policy for details.

Transfer students: Prerequisite courses completed at another institution will be reviewed by a Mount Mary occupational therapy director to determine which ones are equivalent to Mount Mary courses.

Step 4: Submit Remaining Occupational Therapy Application Materials

The Bachelor's to Master's track does not guarantee you a spot in the Master's Program. If you are found initially eligible, you will be notified to submit the remaining application materials as follows:

When the above application materials are received and ALL prerequisite coursework is completed, an application is considered complete and will be reviewed at the next application review date. See the Occupational Therapy Admission Policy for details.

Completed applications are reviewed once per year for admission to the program. Application review date is January 15 each year.Students are admitted to a cohort group that begins in August. The Bachelor of Science degree is earned after two semesters in the program. The Master of Science degree is earned after an additional four semesters. Total program length is 28 months.

Notice to undergraduate students: All admission requirements must be met before starting the 28 month sequence of the program. There are no exceptions to this rule. If an applicant does not meet this criteria at the time of reviewing the master’s program application, determination will be made whether the criteria can be realistically met before starting the program or if the application should be deferred and considered for admission at a future admission cycle.

Contact your admission counselor with questions about the application process.