School of Occupational Therapy
Director: Cynthia Evetts, Associate Professor
Location: MCL 810
Denton (Interim): Noralyn Pickens, Associate Professor
Dallas: Noralyn Pickens, Associate Professor
Houston: Patricia Bowyer, Professor
Occupational therapy is a health care profession whose members work to foster full participation in everyday life for persons with physical, cognitive, emotional, or societal restrictions. Occupational therapy is based on the premise that engagement in real life activities in prescribed areas with specific goals promotes health and wellness.
To enter a career as an occupational therapist a graduate degree is required. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for a full description of the Master of Occupational Therapy program and requirements for application. In addition, The School of Occupational Therapy offers an Alumni Advantage for high performing graduates from selected majors at Texas Woman’s University.
General Application to the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at TWU
The School of Occupational Therapy invites application to the Master of Occupational Therapy program from any individual meeting minimum requirements. Application is competitive. Students are admitted to the Master of Occupational Therapy program once a year in the fall semester. Applications are accepted via OTCAS and must be submitted by October 15 for consideration for entry in the subsequent fall semester. The TWU Graduate Catalog should be consulted for directions regarding minimum criteria for general admission to the MOT programs offered in Denton, Dallas, and Houston.
The Alumni Advantage Process for High Performing Graduates from Selected TWU Majors
In addition to the general applications, Texas Woman's University graduates who qualify (see criteria below) may apply for an Alumni Advantage for assured admission into the MOT program. Five majors at Texas Woman’s University offer degree plans in preparation for occupational therapy. Undergraduates who want to prepare for application to the Master of Occupational Therapy and qualify for the Alumni Advantage program select a major in child development, family studies, kinesiology, psychology, or health studies. Please refer to these programs for specific course and major information. TWU undergraduate core requirements, the required courses in the major, and the prerequisite and required courses for the Master of Occupational Therapy Alumni Advantage are included in these degree plans. All undergraduate advising is conducted within the major department.
Students may transfer coursework from an accredited institution. The university and the major departments of child development, family studies, kinesiology, psychology, or health studies determine which courses may be applied to the undergraduate degree.
Minimum Criteria for Alumni Advantage Admission
- Texas Woman’s University bachelor degree with a pre-OT track degree plan majoring in child development, family studies, kinesiology, psychology, or health studies.
- Overall grade point average of 3.7 calculated at the time of application on last 60 semester credit hours before completion of the Texas Woman’s University baccalaureate degree, and maintenance of a 3.7 GPA or higher through graduation.
- Report from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) taken within 5 years of application date.
- A prerequisite grade point average of 3.5 with grade of a B or higher for each prerequisite and additional pre-occupational therapy track* courses. These courses are:
- Math Sciences
- Elementary Statistics
- Biological Sciences
- Anatomy & Physiology I
- Anatomy & Physiology II
- Kinesiology/ biomechanics*
- Neuroanatomy/Physiology Lecture*
- Neuroanatomy/Physiology Lab*
- Behavioral Sciences
- Developmental Psychology or lifespan development
- Abnormal Psychology
- Certificate of competency in medical terminology
- Math Sciences
- Submission of a School of Occupational Therapy application that includes:
- A favorable report from a minimum of 20 hours of recent volunteer work under the immediate supervision of an occupational therapist. This must be done within 2 years of application for admission to the MOT program. The applicant is responsible for arranging the volunteer experience and securing the recommendation materials from the School of OT .
- A favorable Academic Recommendation from a TWU faculty instructor of an upper division course in the student’s major.
- Admission to Texas Woman’s University Graduate School
Alumni Advantage Application
Applicants requesting Texas Woman’s University Alumni Advantage admission may apply the year prior to the completion of their degree. Applications must be submitted via OTCAS by October 15 for consideration for entry in the subsequent fall semester. Applicants requesting Alumni Advantage must demonstrate an overall grade point average of 3.7 on the last 60 semester credit hours completed at the time of application, as well as a 3.5 grade point average on prerequisites and maintain these averages until the award of the undergraduate degree. Assured admission status will be revoked for applications not meeting this standard.
Class size in the Master of Occupational Therapy program is regulated by accreditation requirements. Entry into the program for Texas Woman’s University graduates who have met the Alumni Advantage requirements may be delayed dependent on that year’s number of eligible Alumni Advantage entry applicants.
The Graduate Catalog contains detailed instructions for application to the Master of Occupational Therapy program. Application materials are posted on the School of Occupational Therapy webpage.
*NOTE: If accepted into occupational therapy courses, proof of immunization record, background check, and drug screening will be required.
The Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). With successful completion of the Master of Occupational Therapy degree, the student is eligible to apply for the certification examination given by the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy . Note: The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) may bar persons from taking the certification examination for the following reasons: 1) felony conviction, 2) adverse action related to professional license, registration, or certification, 3) documented misconduct, and/or 4) suspension or expulsion from an institute of higher education. The School of Occupational Therapy recommends that students with questions concerning their eligibility to take this required examination to be credentialed as an occupational therapist, contact NBCOT for an “early determination review.”
P.O. Box 31220
Bethesda, MD 20824-1220
OT 4901. Special Topics. Study of selected topics in the field of occupational therapy. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.
OT 4902. Special Topics. Study of selected topics in the field of occupational therapy. Two lecture hours a week. Credit: Two hours.
OT 4903. Special Topics. Study of selected topics in the field of occupational therapy. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.
OT 4911. Independent Study. Credit: One hour.
OT 4913. Independent Study. Credit: Three hours.