This articulation agreement is designed for applicants who have completed the prerequisites and will be obtaining a baccalaureate from Shenandoah University. This agreement is available to all students enrolled full-time at Shenandoah University for undergraduate study.
For admission and entry into the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program through this articulation agreement, candidates must complete the following for priority status eligibility:
- Submit a completed admission application available through the Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service (OTCAS). The OTCAS admissions cycle begins on or about July 1st and ends on or about October 15th of each academic year.
- Complete all prerequisites required for admission to the program.
- Submit all official transcripts
- Two letters of reference, which must come from a licensed occupational therapist, an academic professor, and/or an employer, must be submitted via OTCAS instructions. Shenandoah University Division of Occupational Therapy requires that you designate the following individuals as evaluators:
- One from a licensed OT
- One from an academic professor (from Shenandoah University)
- Demonstrate knowledge of the profession by completing a minimum of 40 observation hours with a licensed OT at the time of application.
- A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with all prerequisites completed at Shenandoah University. A grade of “C” or lower in any required prerequisite course is not acceptable.
- A minimum grade-point average of 3.2 (in a 4.0 system) for all prerequisite courses.
- Successfully complete the interview process for the Division of Occupational Therapy.
The application deadline for the program is published on the program specific page in OTCAS.
Up to a total of five students/graduates per year from Shenandoah University, who meet the criteria for admission through the Articulation Agreement will be granted priority status for admissions to the Division of Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah University. As with all other applicants, priority applicants must have an on-site interview prior to admission and receive an interview score of acceptable or above.
If more than five students meet the application deadline and qualify for priority status, Shenandoah University’s Division of Occupational Therapy will rank-order all priority applicants based on consideration of the full set of application materials and the evaluations from the admissions interview. The additional students will enter our regular applicant pool.
All decisions for Admission into the Masters of Occupational Therapy program are made by the Admissions Committee for the Division of Occupational Therapy. Final decisions for all applicants are based on consideration of the full set of application materials and the evaluations from the admissions interview. Applicants who have been interviewed will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee decisions within 30 days of their visit.
Students can be given provisional acceptance indicating that some of the admissions requirements need to be completed prior to matriculation into the program. Provisional acceptances are generally offered to those students completing final prerequisite courses prior to the program entry. These students receive a letter from the Division as well as from the Admissions Office that describes/outlines which courses, materials, or other requirements (e.g. – desired level of competency for remaining prerequisites) that need to be completed.
Nothing in this agreement is intended to negate the usual process of student evaluation or supersede final decisions on admissions. After successful completion of the curriculum in the Division of Occupational Therapy, Shenandoah University awards a Master’s in Occupational Therapy.
This agreement is intended to be a long-term arrangement. Each party may continue or discontinue this agreement on a yearly basis with notice. Shenandoah University requires two year notice for changes in prerequisites to provide adequate protection for students in pre-occupational therapy program.