COTA’s and students who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college must have an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Early Assurance undergraduate Shenandoah University Students must have an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.2. ALL students must have completed the following courses with grades of “C” or better:
3 credits: General Psychology
3 credits: Abnormal Psychology, 200 level or above.
3 credits: Statistics Course content must include the descriptive and inferential statistics
a minimum of 6 credits: Two sequential courses in Human Anatomy & Physiology. No online only courses. Content must include lecture and laboratory sections to include human structure and function, including the musculoskeletal system and an overview of the nervous system
3 credits: Entry level Sociology
3 credits: 200-level or above advanced course in Sociology or Anthropology.
A minimum of 3 credits: Courses to cover Life Span Human Growth and Development from infancy to the elderly. **students may have to take more than one course to meet this requirement.
3 credits: Medical Terminology course. In class and online courses are accepted with evidence of completion. (CEU courses/certificates are not accepted)
Students must complete a minimum of 40 shadowing hours under a licensed occupational therapist and these must be completed at time of application.
Students are required to have 2 different letters of recommendation from the following: an employer, licensed OT you shadowed, or an academic professor.
** No more than 9 outstanding prerequisite course credits are permitted at time of application and a plan for taking the outstanding credits must be indicated on the application **
** GPA is calculated at time of application**
COTA applicants must have a full year of work experience prior to matriculation.
Students must also complete all required application materials as listed on OTCAS to be considered for application.